school bus driver shooting http://apr.org en Alabama Senate Recognizes Slain Bus Driver http://apr.org/post/alabama-senate-recognizes-slain-bus-driver <P>The Alabama Senate began its 2013 session by passing a resolution memorializing a school bus driver shot to death while trying to stop a kidnapping.</P> <P>The senator representing Dale County, independent Harri Anne Smith of Slocomb, got the Senate to vote unanimously Tuesday for her resolution praising Dale County school bus driver Charles Albert Poland Jr. for trying to stop a kidnapping on his bus last week. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 23:18:01 +0000 The Associated Press 24426 at http://apr.org Alabama Senate Recognizes Slain Bus Driver 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