Update: Belgrade High School Incident

On June 4, 2019, Officers from the Belgrade Police Department, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Montana Highway Patrol and Manhattan Police Department responded to the Belgrade High School for an incident which was precipitated by a threatening video posted to social media.  Detectives are still actively investigating the matter, however incidents such as these are complex in nature and are very time consuming. Four juvenile students have been charged with Felony Intimidation.  One adult male was arrested and charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence, also a felony.  As this matter is still under investigation, we cannot offer further comment at this time.  Belgrade Police Detectives are still working to identify and contact the victims mentioned and/or tagged in the video and will be in contact with them in the coming days.  Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Belgrade Police Department Detective Division at 406-388-4262. Tips can also be emailed to: generalinfo@belgradepolice.net

Media Contact:

Dustin Lensing, Detective Sergeant

Office: 406-388-4262

Cell: 406-209-0668

Belgrade Police Seeking Assistance in Locating Missing Person

For Immediate Release:

BELGRADE, MT- The Belgrade Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing adult female, JoVonne Marie Justice, 42 years of age.  JoVonne is approximately 5’5″ tall and weighs approximately 150 pounds.  She has blue eyes and natural blonde hair, however it is reported that she recently dyed her hair pink/purple. It has been reported that JoVonne was last seen shoveling snow outside of her 9th Street residence between the hours of 2 and 3pm on Friday, March 1, 2019.  Any persons who may have seen JoVonne or have information about her whereabouts are urged to contact the Belgrade Police Department at 406-388-4262.

Detective Sgt. Dustin Lensing

Belgrade Death Investigation

(Belgrade, Mont.) On June, 30, 2018 at approximately 10:00 AM, Belgrade Police Officers were dispatched to the 300 block of 9th Street as it was reported a male subject was trapped under the hood of a vehicle.  Officers responded and located an adult male victim who was pronounced dead at the scene.  This matter is still under investigation pending a report from the Medical Examiner’s Office. The identity of the victim has not yet been released by the Gallatin County Coroner’s Office.  Any further questions can be directed to the Gallatin County Coroner’s Office or Detective Sergeant Dustin Lensing with the Belgrade Police Department (406)388-4262.

Belgrade High School Update


BELGRADE, MONT.- The shelter in place at Belgrade High School has been lifted.  It has been determined that there is no credible threat at this point.  Detectives are continuing to investigate the origin of this report and officers will remain on scene for the peace of mind of students and staff.

Belgrade High School Shelter in Place


BELGRADE, MONT.-On February 22, 2018, several students reported to Belgrade High School Administrators that they had heard rumors about a child possibly bringing a gun to the school. Belgrade High School staff promptly reported this information to the Belgrade Police Department. The Belgrade Police Department and School Administration are taking proactive and precautionary measures, given the recent events in Florida. Several uniformed Officers are stationed at the school and will remain there while detectives are investigating this matter. Classes are on-going however, students will be sheltering in place within their locked classrooms until this investigation is concluded. There is no threat at this time, no reports of violence, and detectives are currently present with and speaking to all parties involved. Belgrade Police Administration is requesting parents do not respond to the school to collect your children without making prior arrangements as the building is locked and you will not be able to gain entry. Anyone with questions or information can contact either the Belgrade Police Department at 388-4262, or the Belgrade High School Administration at 388-6862.

Detective Sergeant Dustin Lensing-Belgrade Police Department

Belgrade Arson-UPDATE



(BELGRADE, Mont.) Please disregard the request to identify/locate the individuals wanted for questioning, as mentioned in our July 20th release.  These persons have been identified.  This case is active and under investigation and no further comment can be made at this time. The Belgrade Police Department wishes to extend its most sincere gratitude to all who assisted us with this matter.  We are fortunate to have such helpful and cooperative citizens in our community.

Animal Bite in Belgrade



Belgrade, MONT. – On May 7, 2016 at approximately 6:20pm, Belgrade Police Officers were dispatched to a residence on Cottonwood Lane as it was reported that a four-year old child had been bitten by a dog.  Personnel from Central Valley/City of Belgrade Fire District and American Medical response were dispatched as well.  The child suffered lacerations to the head and face and was transported to Bozeman Deaconess hospital for treatment.  The injuries were not life-threatening.  The dog was impounded for quarantine purposes and the dog owner was issued a citation.  No further information is available at this time.

Burger King Robbery

patchBelgrade, Mont.- On May 2, 2016 at approximately 9:11pm, Belgrade Police Officers responded to a reported hold-up robbery at Burger King, located at 6915 Jackrabbit Lane.  Responding officers located an adult male suspect running from the scene and apprehended him following a foot chase.  No one was hurt during the incident and one person remains in custody.  The Montana Highway Patrol assisted in apprehending the suspect. Detectives are on scene investigating and the restaurant will re-open for normal business in the morning.  Any witnesses or persons with information regarding this incident are urged to contact the Belgrade Police Department at 406-388-4262.

-Sgt. Dustin Lensing