Bus Driver Charles Albert Poland, Jr. Buried Sunday

8:50 PM, Feb 3, 2013   |    comments
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Midland City, AL -- The hostage standoff in rural Alabama is now in its sixth day.  Sunday, the town remembered the bus driver who was shot and killed.

66-year-old Charles Albert Poland Jr. was buried today.  Police say Poland was shot and killed Tuesday while trying to protect his young passengers.

At the funeral Poland was remembered as a loving husband, father and "paw-paw," who would do anything for his grandchildren.

More details are emerging about the suspected gunman.  Neighbors and officials describe 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes as isolated, with few friends and no close family.

Authorities say Dykes gunned down a school bus driver and then abducted a 5-year-old boy from the bus, taking him to an underground bunker on his property.

Dykes is a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War.   After leaving the military, Dykes was arrested for improper exhibition of a weapon.  That was in 1995, and it was later dismissed. 

Neighbors describe Dykes as a man 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 firearm.


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