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Man Linked to Alabama Standoff Was Facing Court

By: AP
By: AP
Boy held hostage in bunker after being snatched from school bus.

Boy held hostage in bunker after being snatched from school bus.

The Alabama man whose property is surrounded by police after a school bus shooting had been due in court on a charge of threatening neighbors.

Investigators have not released the suspect's name. Neighbors said the rural property near Dothan at the heart of the standoff Wednesday belonged to Jimmy Lee Dykes, a man in his 60s.

Court records showed Dykes had been scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning to face a charge of menacing some neighbors as they drove by his house last month. The neighbors said he yelled and fired shots over damage he claimed their pickup truck did to a make-shift speed bump in the dirt road.

The standoff started Tuesday after a gunman boarded a stopped school bus, shot the driver and took a 6-year-old student.


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