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Nearby barricade situation prompts New Town schools into lockdown

By Amy Dalrymple

Forum Communications

NEW TOWN, N.D. – Schools in New Town are in lockdown today while law enforcement responds to a barricade situation in a neighborhood near the high school.

FBI spokesman Kyle Loven said a man wanted by law enforcement in Colorado on narcotics charges has barricaded himself in a residence in New Town.

The FBI is working with state and local law enforcement to peacefully resolve the situation, Loven said.

The situation is fluid, but Loven said he believes the man is alone in the residence. Loven said he didn’t know if the man is armed.

Loven declined to release the man’s name, but said he is wanted on several narcotics-related charges.

New Town Public Schools Superintendent Marc Bluestone said he heard from law enforcement shortly after 5 a.m. today that a community incident was in progress.

He decided to put the schools under lockdown and not run buses on Sixth through Ninth streets. Bluestone said that area of town is blocked off by law enforcement and he believes the incident is on Ninth Street, about three blocks north of the high school.

Students are allowed to pass between classes, but they’re only allowed to leave the building if a parent picks them up, Bluestone said. He will decide later this afternoon whether to call off after-school activities.

About 30 parents picked up their children out of concern for their safety, Bluestone said.

“Their level of awareness and concern is higher just because of what happened in Newtown, Conn.,” Bluestone said.

But school officials are keeping in contact with law enforcement and believe the threat level is low, Bluestone said.

“I believe my son is a lot safer here at school than he is at home,” Bluestone said.

New Town Public Schools called off classes Nov. 19 after three students and their grandmother died in a shooting at a New Town home. The suspected gunman in that shooting, Kalcie Eagle, later killed himself.

Loven said that investigation is ongoing and the FBI plans to release a synopsis of its investigation after it’s complete.

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