Midland City hostage

Politics & Government
6:52 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Grant to Help Victims of Midland City Bus Killing

Jay Hare / Dothan Eagle
Law enforcement officials outside of the area where Tuesday's school bus shooting suspect was barricaded in a bunker.

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.

   The grant was announcement by the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Justice Programs.

   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.

Midland City Standoff
6:46 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Authorities: Captor Shot and Boy Freed Safely From Six-Day Hostage Ordeal in Underground Bunker

After seven days spent hostage in Jimmy Lee Dykes' underground bunker in Midland City, 5-year-old Ethan is free.
Joe Songer/jsonger@al.com

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.


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.


Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson said late Monday that Dykes was armed when officers entered the bunker to rescue the child.

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