Law enforcement personnel load provisions into a bus Thursday during the third day of a hostage crisis involving a 5-year-old boy, in Midland City, Ala. 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. The bus driver, Charles Albert Poland Jr., 66, was hailed by locals as a hero who gave his life to protect the 21 students aboard the bus.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press .
published Thursday, January 31st, 2013
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MIDLAND CITY, Ala. — Speaking into a 4-inch-wide ventilation pipe, hostage negotiators tried Thursday to talk a man into releasing a kindergartener and ending a standoff in an underground bunker that stretched into its third day.