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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Lack of information on ND slayings frustrates some

  • The FBI agency has released few details in the case, and FBI spokesman Kyle Loven said it is department policy not to release information during an ongoing investigation.
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  • Some residents of a North Dakota reservation say they are frustrated with the lack of information surrounding the deaths earlier this week of a grandmother and her three grandchildren.
    Martha Johnson, 64, and three of her grandchildren, Benjamin Schuster, 13, Julia Schuster, 10, and Luke Schuster, 6, were gunned down Sunday at Johnson's home in New Town, located on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.
    Martha Johnson's husband, Harley, was out hunting at the time of the shooting and was not hurt, as were two other grandchildren. The children had recently come to live with their grandparents because of issues with their mother. A New Town man who killed himself in Parshall later in the day, Kalcie Eagle, 21, is considered a person of interest in the case
    Because the slayings occurred on a reservation, the FBI has been leading the investigation. The agency has released few details in the case, and FBI spokesman Kyle Loven said it is department policy not to release information during an ongoing investigation.
    "At this time, we continue to believe there is no threat to the public regarding this case. When the investigation is concluded, whenever that is, we will release more information," Loven said.
    Numerous New Town, Parshall and Fort Berthold community members have expressed displeasure this week with the handling of the case, including New Town School District Superintendent Marc Bluestone, who was driving back from Kansas City during the time of the shootings.
    "I made the decision to cancel classes in our district on Monday because I didn't receive word that it was safe in our community until mid-Monday morning," Bluestone told The Dickinson Press in a story published Thursday (http://bit.ly/Sd58O9). "As a citizen and a superintendent, it was very frustrating. There was never any type of public announcement. We would have liked to have more information."
    Mountrail County Sheriff Kenneth Halvorson said the community may never know why the slayings happened.
    Halvorson said what is known is that Eagle was at a social gathering in Parshall with family members after the shooting. Sometime before 7 p.m., Eagle had an altercation with a family member and began injuring himself with a knife.
    Law enforcement located Eagle on a street in Parshall after receiving a call about someone cutting themselves, but officers were not able to revive him before he died as a result of his apparently self-inflicted wounds.
    The Fort Berthold Reservation is home to the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara, who are known as the Three Affiliated Tribes.

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