Midland City http://apr.org en Grant to Help Victims of Midland City Bus Killing http://apr.org/post/grant-help-victims-midland-city-bus-killing <p>The Southeast Alabama Child Advocacy Center in Dothan has been awarded a federal grant of nearly $142,000 to assist people affected by the Midland City school bus shooting.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The grant was announcement by the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Justice Programs.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The office said the grant is the result of Jimmy Lee Dykes killing a bus driver and kidnapping a student on Jan. 29. The office said the victims include 35 children who lost their bus driver and 20 who witnessed the bus driver's death.<br> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 11:52:49 +0000 The Associated Press 32785 at http://apr.org Grant to Help Victims of Midland City Bus Killing Authorities: Captor Shot and Boy Freed Safely From Six-Day Hostage Ordeal in Underground Bunker http://apr.org/post/authorities-captor-shot-and-boy-freed-safely-six-day-hostage-ordeal-underground-bunker <P>Officials say law enforcement officers stormed an underground bunker in southeastern Alabama, freeing a 5-year-old boy and shooting his captor to death after they became convinced the child was in imminent danger.</P> <P>Authorities said 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes had taken the child off a school bus after fatally shooting the driver on Jan 29. Dykes had remained holed up in the bunker with the child.</P> <P>Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson said late Monday that Dykes was armed when officers entered the bunker to rescue the child.</P> <P>Olson and others declined to say how Dykes died. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 12:46:13 +0000 The Associated Press 24362 at http://apr.org Authorities: Captor Shot and Boy Freed Safely From Six-Day Hostage Ordeal in Underground Bunker The Week-long Midland City Hostage Situation Has Ended http://apr.org/post/week-long-midland-city-hostage-situation-has-ended <P>The week-long hostage ordeal of a 5-year-old Alabama boy is over. Mon, 04 Feb 2013 23:16:33 +0000 The Associated Press 24339 at http://apr.org The Week-long Midland City Hostage Situation Has Ended Town Mourns For Slain Bus Driver Amid Standoff http://apr.org/post/town-mourns-slain-bus-driver-amid-standoff <p>Hundreds of people have turned out at a service to remember an Alabama bus driver who was shot to death trying to protect the young children on his school bus.</p><p>Mourners who attended a viewing service at a funeral home Saturday night remembered 66-year-old Charles Albert Poland, Jr., as a humble hero who taught Sunday School and often lent a helping hand to others.</p> Sun, 03 Feb 2013 06:21:59 +0000 The Associated Press 24249 at http://apr.org Town Mourns For Slain Bus Driver Amid Standoff Alabama Governor Calls Mother Of Kidnapped Boy http://apr.org/post/alabama-governor-calls-mother-kidnapped-boy <P>Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says he has called the mother of the 5-year-old Dale County boy kidnapped from his school bus on Tuesday. The boy is being held in a handmade bunker in Dale County in southeast Alabama.</P> <P>Bentley said he has talked to the mother on the telephone. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 22:37:45 +0000 The Associated Press 24125 at http://apr.org Alabama Governor Calls Mother Of Kidnapped Boy Man Linked To Ala. Standoff Was Facing Court http://apr.org/post/man-linked-ala-standoff-was-facing-court <P>The pastor of a nearby church helped comfort children who were on a rural Alabama school bus when a gunman killed the driver and took a 6-year-old boy.</P> <P>Pastor Michael Senn said Wednesday, a day after the shooting, that the kids were "pretty shocked, traumatized."</P> <P>He says "they saw everything that happened. Wed, 30 Jan 2013 23:02:53 +0000 The Associated Press 24061 at http://apr.org Man Linked To Ala. Standoff Was Facing Court