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Midland City Alabama
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2. SOUNDBITE: Sheriff Wally Olson - Dale County Alabama(Transcript Below)
:patience with us, right now we really don't have anything to update you with but we really wanted to come over. We got a lot of volunteers, as much as the land that we are standing on now. People have been good to work with us, the law enforcement agencies, the Red Cross the salvation army all the private businesses that brought in food for the volunteers the workers. It's just a multiple agencies here helping out just a multitude of people. Again we really don't have a lot to add. I hate to tell you that but that's the way it is, but I do appreciate your continued support and effort I really can't take a lot of questions beceause we have a lot going on.
Q How are your men holding up after 40 hours
A we're doing good, everyone is doing good.
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A standoff in rural Alabama went into a second full day Thursday as police surrounded an underground bunker where a retired truck driver was holding a 5-year-old hostage he grabbed off a school bus after shooting the driver dead.
A normally quiet dirt road was teeming with activity around the siege that began late Tuesday. At least a dozen police cars and trucks, a fire truck, a helicopter, officers from multiple agencies, media and at least one ambulance crowded the stretch where the dead-end residential road branches off a U. S. highway near Midland City, population 2,300. A staging area for law enforcement was lit by bright lights overnight.
The boy being held was watching TV and getting medication sent from home, according to state Rep. Steve Clouse, who met with authorities and visited the boy's family. Clouse said the bunker had food and electricity.
Authorities lowered medicine into the bunker for the boy after his captor agreed to it, Clouse said.
The gunman, identified by neighbors as Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, was known around the neighborhood as a menacing figure who once beat a dog to death with a lead pipe, threatened to shoot children for setting foot on his property and patrolled his yard at night with a flashlight and a shotgun.
Authorities say the gunman boarded a stopped school bus Tuesday afternoon and demanded two boys between 6 and 8 years old. When the driver tried to block his way, the gunman shot him several times and took a 5-year-old boy off the bus.