Child/Parent Safety Information

For Immediate Release:

Belgrade, Mont. — On August 30, 2013, the Belgrade Police Department received information from staff at Quaw-Heck Elementary School that an adult male approached a student with the school’s After School Program. The male reportedly called the student over to the playground fence and offered the student candy. A staff member observed the interaction and called for the student to come back towards the school, at which time the male turned and walked away on foot. The incident was reported to have taken place at approximately 5:00pm on August 29th. The male is described as an adult white male, approximately 30-35 years old, with short dark hair, a medium build and of medium height. He was said to be wearing a blue Montana State Bobcat t-shirt and blue jeans. Anyone with additional information is urged to contact the Belgrade Police Department at (406)388-4262. The Belgrade Police Department would like to remind parents and child care providers remain vigilant and to speak with their children often about safety plans and interactions with strangers. Additional resources can be provided by the Belgrade Police Department or other local law enforcement.

Sergeant Dustin Lensing
Detective Division
Belgrade Police Department
406.388-4262

Missing Belgrade Teen

Belgrade, Mont.-

On July 12, 2013, Sixteen year old Lane Leo Noakes was reported as missing by his father.  His father advised that Lane left his Belgrade residence on July 3, 2013 and was supposed to be staying with a friend in Livingston until July 4th when they believed he would return home. A friend of the family reported possibly sighting Lane at the Rainbow Family Gathering in Jackson, Montana, several days later.  Lane has not been in contact with his family since.

Interviews have been conducted with possible friends and associates of Lane’s, however they cannot/will not reveal his current whereabouts.  Assistance has been requested from numerous law enforcement agencies around the state but have yielded few results thus far.

On July 31, 2013, Gallatin County Dispatch was contacted by a male caller who claimed to have sighted Lane at a convenience store, somewhere in the state of Washington.  The call, which was placed to a non-emergency number, was not traced and the caller hung up before dispatchers could get an exact location or return phone number.

Lane is described as a Caucasian male with medium length hair and brown eyes.  He is 5′ 10″ tall and weighs approximately 210 pounds.  He has piercings in both ears and in his bottom lip.  He has scars on his forearms and is believed to be wearing jeans, a t-shirt, a red or black hooded sweatshirt, and possibly a headband.  Attached are two photographs provided by family members.

The Belgrade Police Department is seeking information from anyone who may know the current whereabouts of Lane Noakes. He has been entered as a missing person and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has been notified. Persons with information are urged to call local law enforcement or the Belgrade Police Department at 406.388.4262.  The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children can be reached at  1-800-THE-LOST   (1-800-843-5678) or www.missingkids.com.

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Sergeant Dustin E. Lensing

Detective Division

Belgrade Police Department

Ph:   406.388.4262

Fax: 406.388.4708

dlensing@belgradepolice.net

 

A sad day in Belgrade

It’s a Sad Day in Belgrade,

Thursday evening May 16, 2013 Belgrade City Manager Joe Menicucci passed away in Billings after being hospitalized for several months.

After serving the City of Polson. Mr. Menicucci relocated to Belgrade in 1990 as City Manger of Belgrade, a position he held for almost 23 years.

His dedication, knowledge, and commitment to this community will be greatly missed.

Our prayers and thoughts are with his family and city staff.

Mayor Russ Nelson

Belgrade Police Warn of Phone Scam

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- MAY 16, 2013

Belgrade, MT- The Belgrade Police Department has received information about a scam in which the caller, claiming to be a representative of the Belgrade Police Department, is contacting citizens via telephone and attempting to solicit donations for the police department.  The Belgrade Police Department IS NOT soliciting donations for the department and when raising money for charitable organizations, such as the Special Olympics, does not do so by telephone.  This is a scam and any funds or personal information given to these callers will not benefit the police department or any other charitable causes. These calls are being placed through VoIP (spoofed telephone numbers) and to date, we have received reports of this activity from as far away as Great Falls, MT.

The Belgrade Police Department would like to urge citizens to use extreme caution when contacted by telephone solicitors. Please do not provide solicitors with any personal, bank account or credit card information. If you have any questions as to the validity of a call, obtain a return telephone number and name from the solicitor, and contact your local law enforcement agency.

Contact: Sgt. Dustin Lensing, Belgrade Police Department, 406-388-4262

Release of Information/ Request for Information

In the evening hours of February 6, 2013 Belgrade Police Department responded to a reported Burglary near the Belgrade High School.

On February 7, 2013 Belgrade High School was put into a Shelter in Place status until School Officials and Police Officials could assess the information known to them at that time. After several hours the School Officials released the Shelter In Place and school functioned normally.

Police Detectives and Patrol Officers from Belgrade, Bozeman and Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office continued to work on this case. Officers conducted numerous interviews and followed up multiple leads from witnesses and citizens.

On February 7, 2013 a youth suspect (Belgrade High School Student) was identified and taken into custody by the Belgrade Police Department.

Police determined that prior to the discovery of the burglary by the complainants on February 6, 2013, the suspect had removed property from the residence and returned to Belgrade High School during the school day. One of the items was a handgun.

Police investigation indicates that on February 6, 2013 the suspect did enter Belgrade High School with the handgun. The handgun was removed from the school a short time later. No School Official or Police Official had knowledge of this incident until this investigation developed and information was obtained  on February 7, 2013.

This took place at Belgrade High School and no other Belgrade School was involved. Based on the initial information, School Officials took appropriate precautions to ensure the safety of students and staff.

The youth suspect remains in custody at this time. This case is open as the investigation continues. Persons with any information on this case please contact the Belgrade Police Department Detective Division at (406)388-4262.

Belgrade School Officials and the Belgrade Police Department are very confident  in the safety measures that were taken on February 7, 2013 and that there was no threat to student or staff safety.

E. J. Clark Jr.                                    Mark Halgren                                       Russ McDaniel

Chief of Police                                   Acting Superintendent                       Principal

Belgrade Police Department          Belgrade Schools                                 Belgrade High School

Belgrade Schools – Shelter in Place

On February 7, 2013 the Belgrade High School placed the building into a SHELTER IN PLACE (SHELTER IN PLACE – is a safety procedure were students continue with classes as normal. Students are restricted to the building and the building is locked. Visitors are monitored by staff and escorted to their destination inside the school). This was brought about by a Burglary Investigation in close proximity to the Belgrade High School. This Burglary was reported in the evening hours of February 6, 2013.

At the start of school on February 7, 2013 the Belgrade Police Department was still investigating this crime. School officials were concerned with the proximity to the school and at the time rumors of student involvement choose to place the building in a SHELTER IN PLACE status.

No known threat to the school or students was present to Police or School Officials at that time. School Officials choose to be proactive and place the school building into a SHELTER IN PLACE.  At this time some other schools in the District choose to follow the lead of the High School and place their buildings into a SHELTER IN PLACE as well.

School and Police Officials have verified that no risk to students exists and the school is operating as normal.

The case is being worked by Detectives and uniform patrol officers. More information will be released at later date.

Chief E. J. Clark Jr. Belgrade Police Department

Mark Halgren, Acting Superintendent, Belgrade Schools

Russ McDaniel, Principal, Belgrade High School

Microsoft Phone Scam

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JANUARY 11, 2013

The Belgrade Police Department has received numerous complaints from residents reporting a possible phone scam involving a person claiming to be a representative of Microsoft. According to reports, a male caller is contacting citizens via telephone, informing them that their computer may have been infected by a virus. He is then asking for personal and/or computer log in information. It is our belief that this subject is attempting to obtain computer IP data and on at lease one reported occurrence, is believed to have attempted to remotely log on to a victim’s computer in attempt to glean personal information stored on their device. The Belgrade Police Department would like to remind citizens that the majority of unsolicited phone calls and emails requesting personal, banking, or in this case, computer information, are fraudulent in nature. Please do not release this information to anyone. The majority of corporations, such as Microsoft or your bank, do not operate in this manner. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact the Belgrade Police Department, your local authorities, or visit the Internet Crime Complaint Center at IC3.gov for additional information on current scams. Reports of such scams can also be filed at IC3.gov, as this is a reporting database maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Sergeant Dustin Lensing
Detective Division
Belgrade Police Department
406-388-4262

Four suspects arrested in connection to Belgrade home invasion

On October 29, 2012 at approximately 2:15 a.m., Belgrade Police Officers responded to a west side residence as they had received a report that several unknown persons had forced their way into the residence and assaulted the occupant.  The victim sustained only minor injuries and refused medical attention.

At approximately 2:25 a.m., Belgrade Police Officers conducted a traffic stop on Bollinger Road with a vehicle matching the description given by the victim.  Three adult males and one juvenile male were taken into custody for questioning, and ultimately charged with the crime of Aggravated Burglary.  The three adult males were transported to the Gallatin County Detention Center where they were held pending their initial appearance in Justice Court.

This was an isolated incident and this case remains under investigation.

 

Sergeant Dustin Lensing

Detective Division

Belgrade Police Department

Ph: 406-388-4262

dlensing@belgradepolice.net

Please re-broadcast: Missing Belgrade Children Located

Please re-broadcast as we are being inundated with calls regarding this matter:

On the afternoon of October 13, 2012, the Belgrade Police Department received a report that two, 9 year old girls were missing from a residence in a north Belgrade neighborhood. The girls had been missing for several hours and a reverse 911 call was placed to all residents of Belgrade and the surrounding areas. The children were located safe and unharmed later that evening. Belgrade Police Officers and Detectives were assisted in the search by members from the Gallatin County Search and Rescue, Fire Fighters from the Central Valley Fire District, the Bozeman Police Department, and Agents from the FBI-Bozeman Office.

Sergeant Dustin Lensing, Detective Division, Belgrade Police Department, ph. 406-388-4262

Missing Belgrade Children Located

On the afternoon of October 13, 2012, the Belgrade Police Department received a report that two, 9 year old girls were missing from a residence in a north Belgrade neighborhood. The girls had been missing for several hours and a reverse 911 call was placed to all residents of Belgrade and the surrounding areas. The children were located safe and unharmed later that evening. Belgrade Police Officers and Detectives were assisted in the search by members from the Gallatin County Search and Resuce, Fire Fighters from the Central Valley Fire District, and Agents from the FBI-Bozeman Office.

Sergeant Dustin Lensing,Detective Division, Belgrade Police Department.