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.

Leads Online “ReportIT” for Citizens

The Belgrade Police Department has been using the “Leads Online” database service for the past few years as a tool in checking local pawn shop records, as well as identifying and recovering stolen items. Recently, Leads Online has implemented ReportIT, a new online service which is available to the public as a tool for cataloging and recording their valuables in the event that they should ever be stolen. ReportIT is free and secure, and allows public citizens to upload images, record serial numbers and scan the receipts of their valuables. This allows for quick reporting and identification by law enforcement in the event of a theft or loss. This record may also come in handy when reporting any loss to your insurance provider. Citizens can access the website at reportit.leadsonline.com. Citizens wishing to inquire further about ReportIT can contact the Belgrade Police Department at 406.388.4262.

Sergeant Dustin Lensing
Detective Division
Belgrade Police Department

Structure Fire

On August 2, 2012 at 6:35 pm the Belgrade Police Department and Central Valley Fire Department responded to a grass fire near Lions Park east of a row of homes. Lions Park is located on the north side of Belgrade.

The fire then spread to a residence at 704 Al Drive.

The residence suffered major damage. No one was at the residence at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported.

The fire is believed to have been caused by people unrelated to the residence being irresponsible with fire.

The fire is being investigated by the Belgrade Police Department and Central Valley Fire Department, more details will be released when they are known.

E. J. Clark Jr., Chief of Police




On July 24, 2012  at approximately 7:00 pm  the Belgrade Police Department and Central Valley Fire responded to a report of a 2 vehicle injury crash involving a motorcycle vs pickup truck. The accident was in the southbound lane of Jackrabbit Lane at the westbound I-90 on ramp.

The pickup truck was northbound on Jackrabbit Lane and attempted to turn left onto the I-90 westbound on ramp. The motorcycle was southbound on Jackrabbit Lane and struck the pickup truck in the passenger side.

The 26 year old female driver of the pickup was not injured during the accident. The motorcycle had two passengers. The driver was a 49 year old male and the passenger was a 44 year old female. Both were transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital with serious injuries.

The motorcycle suffered major damage, the pickup truck was driven away.

The 26 year old female driver of the pickup truck was arrested for Possession of Dangerous Drugs and Drug Paraphernalia and transported to the Gallatin County Detention Center and held without bond.

The cause of the crash is being investigated and witnesses being interviewed. Officers believe that alcohol was not a factor in this crash.

Chief E. J. Clark Jr.


Belgrade Robbery Update

The Belgrade Police Department received a call of a woman being Robbed in the Albertson’s Parking lot in Belgrade at 2:45 this afternoon. The woman struggled with the suspect and suffered some injuries.

The suspect and others fled the scene in a red vehicle with Washington Plates. Montana Highway Patrol Troopers located the vehicle westbound on I-90 near Manhattan.

A pursuit ensued to include high speeds in excess of 100 mph. At one point the suspects began driving the wrong direction into on coming traffic on I-90. Troopers discontinued the pursuit at that point for the safety of others.

The Troopers began back tracking and found evidence that the vehicle had left I-90 and turned onto Cottonwood Road. Troopers later found the vehicle on Cottonwood road in the Milligan Canyon area. Two suspects were taken into custody at that time. The third fled the area and a search was conducted.

The third suspect was arrested with the assistance of the Montana Highway Patrol helicopter and a Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office K-9 team.

We have verified that all three in custody are from Washington State. At this time we have 2 adult males and 1 female juvenile in custody.

At this time Detectives are working on witness statements and interviewing suspects.

Officers from the Belgrade Police Department, Montana Highway Patrol, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Broadwater County Sheriffs Office and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office all worked together to put an end to this incident.

There are no other known suspects at large relating to this crime.

This case is still under investigation. Facts will be released as we recover them.

Chief E. J. Clark Jr.




City of Belgrade Emergency Water Restrictions

Due to the recent prolonged high temperatures and overnight lows the City of Belgrade is experiencing unusually high demands for domestic water. In July 24, 2011, the City pumped 2,646,000 gallons on our highest use day of the year. We are currently pumping around 4,000,000 gallons per day. The majority of this increase is due to lawn irrigation. This condition may limit our fire flows, pump redundancy, and storage reserves.

As per Belgrade City Code, 9-1-6-1 AUTHORITY TO REGULATE, the use of municipal water will be restricted for the purpose of outdoor irrigation purposes.

This restriction will be applied as follows:

Properties located South of Main Street shall be restricted to outdoor irrigation on even numbered days only. For example, if your property is located South of Main Street you may water you lawns on even numbered days, July 12,14,16,18,20,22, etc…

Properties located North of Main Street shall be restricted to outdoor irrigation on odd numbered days only. For example, if your property is located North of Main Street you may water your lawns on odd numbered days, July 13,15,17,19,21,23, etc….

This restriction is temporary and will be lifted as soon as conditions permit. If you have any questions, please call Steve Klotz, Director of Public Works at 388-3760. Thank you for your support and understanding.

Effective: July 12, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.