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Alabama Hostage Standoff Enters Day 5

Police still talking to Jimmy Lee Dykes through pipe in bunker
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2013 7:01 AM CST
Alabama Hostage Standoff Enters Day 5
Law enforcement officials remove the bus Friday that Charles Poland was driving when he was fatally shot in Midland City, Ala.   (AP Photo/The Dothan Eagle, Jay Hare)

(Newser) – Day five of the Alabama hostage situation arrives with little news: Police are still talking with 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes through a PVC pipe connected to his underground bunker, and Dykes is still refusing to leave or free the 5-year-old boy he abducted, reports KAIT8.com. About the only tangible developments: Police released a photo of Dykes and towed away the school bus whose driver was fatally shot Tuesday morning while trying to protect his charges.

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"I believe he wants to rant and rave about politics and government," one neighbor tells AP of Dykes. "He's very concerned about his property. He doesn't want his stuff messed with." Residents of Midland City are holding nightly vigils, and a local lawmaker who visited the boy's mother says she is "hanging by a thread." The child is said to have Asperger's. (Read more hostage stories.)

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