As Ala. standoff drags on, town grieves bus driver

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) — The police standoff with an Alabama man accused of holding a 5-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker continues for a fifth day.

Meanwhile, a nearby community is preparing to bury the beloved bus driver who was shot to death trying to protect children on his bus when the episode began days earlier.

Charles Albert Poland Jr., was described by folks in his hometown of Newton as a humble hero. And hundreds of people attended visitation services for him this evening. Mourners say they're proud of Poland for his act of selflessness, and for laying down his life for the children. His funeral is set for Sunday afternoon. Poland was 66.

Meanwhile, Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson says the suspect, Jim Lee Dykes, has told authorities he has blankets and an electric heater in the bunker on his property. Authorities have been communicating with Dykes through a ventilation pipe.

Olson also thanked Dykes for taking care of the boy and allowing police to deliver coloring books, medication and toys for him.

The shooting and abduction took place in Midland City, a small town near Dothan, Ala., in the state's southeastern corner.

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138-a-10-(Sheriff Wally Olson, Dale County Sheriff's Office, at news conference)-"of our child"-Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson says Jimmy Lee Dykes has allowed officials to send things to the 5-year-old. (2 Feb 2013)

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134-c-06-(Melissa Nelson, AP correspondent)-"to the bunker"-AP correspondent Melissa Nelson reports the police standoff with an Alabama man accused of holding a 5-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker is in its fifth day. (2 Feb 2013)

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136-c-15-(Melissa Nelson, AP correspondent)-"the neighbor's dogs"-AP correspondent Melissa Nelson reports on what neighbors are saying about Jimmy Lee Dykes. (2 Feb 2013)

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139-a-03-(Sheriff Wally Olson, Dale County Sheriff's Office, at news conference)-"with Mr. Dykes"-Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson says negotiations continue in hopes of freeing the 5-year-old boy. (2 Feb 2013)

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137-a-08-(Sheriff Wally Olson, Dale County Sheriff's Office, at news conference)-"and blankets inside"-Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson says negotiators in Alabama are still trying to persuade Jimmy Lee Dykes to surrender. (2 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO ALBIN107: Law enforcement personnel wait outside the funeral home as people pay their respects to Charles Albert "Chuck" Poland, the 66 year old bus driver who gave his life to save the children on his bus, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 in Slocumb, Ala. As the police standoff with an Alabama man accused of holding a 5-year-old boy hostage continued Saturday, a nearby community prepared to bury, Poland, the beloved bus driver who was shot to death trying to protect children on his bus when the episode began days earlier (AP Photo/AL.com, Joe Songer) MAGS OUT (2 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO ALBIN106: Law enforcement personnel wait outside the funeral home as people pay their respects to Charles Albert "Chuck" Poland, the 66 year old bus driver who gave his life to save the children on his bus, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 in Slocumb, Ala. As the police standoff with an Alabama man accused of holding a 5-year-old boy hostage continued Saturday, a nearby community prepared to bury, Poland, the beloved bus driver who was shot to death trying to protect children on his bus when the episode began days earlier (AP Photo/AL.com, Joe Songer) MAGS OUT (2 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO ALBIN103: People pay their respects to Charles Albert "Chuck" Poland, the 66 year old bus driver who gave his life to save the children on his bus, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 in Slocumb, Ala. As the police standoff with an Alabama man accused of holding a 5-year-old boy hostage continued Saturday, a nearby community prepared to bury, Poland, the beloved bus driver who was shot to death trying to protect children on his bus when the episode began days earlier (AP Photo/AL.com, Joe Songer) MAGS OUT (2 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO ALBIN102: Alabama state trooper Kevin Cook, center right, is surrounded by members of the media following a news conference, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, in Midland City, Ala. Authorities said they still have an open line of communication with an Alabama man accused of abducting a 5-year-old child and holding him hostage in a bunker since Tuesday, Jan. 29. Sheriff Wally Olson said Saturday that Jimmy Lee Dykes has told them that he has blankets and an electric heater in the bunker. (AP Photo/al.com, Joe Songer) MAGS OUT. (2 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO ALBIN102: Members of the FBI team wait, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, in Midland City, Ala. Authorities said they still have an open line of communication with an Alabama man accused of abducting a 5-year-old child and holding him hostage in a bunker since Tuesday, Jan. 29. Sheriff Wally Olson said Saturday that Jimmy Lee Dykes has told them that he has blankets and an electric heater in the bunker. (AP Photo/al.com, Joe Songer) MAGS OUT. (2 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO ALBIN102: Police and emergency personnel remain on site at the property of Jimmy Lee Sykes, a suspect accused of holding a 5-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker on Saturday Feb. 2, 2013 in Midland City, Ala. Negotiators were still trying to persuade Jimmy Lee Dykes to surrender. Police have said they believe the Lee Dykes, a Vietnam-era veteran, fatally shot a school bus driver Tuesday, and then abducted the boy from the bus and disappeared into the home-made bunker. (AP Photo/al.com, Joe Songer) (2 Feb 2013)

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