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The Chizik Family Foundation, who supports local youth development, and the Auburn Police Division is seeking community support to provide gifts for Ethan and the first responders involved in the MidlandMore >>
The Chizik Family Foundation, who supports local youth development, and the Auburn Police Division is seeking community support to provide gifts for Ethan and the first responders involved in the Midland City hostage situation.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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MIDLAND CITY, AL (WSFA) -
One day after authorities successfully rescued a child hostage from an underground bunker in Midland City, Alabama, authorities say bomb technicians have found and "disrupted" two explosive devices.
One of the devices was located inside the bunker where Jimmy Lee Dykes held the child, known as "Ethan", over a seven day period. The other device was located inside the PVC ventilation pipe Dykes and authorities used to communicate.
Bomb techs with the FBI, ABI and Dothan Police Department continue to search the area around the crime scene for explosive devices. They say the search is expect to continue through Wednesday.
After the search is completed and the area is deemed safe, Evidence Response Teams will begin to process the scene. That phase of the investigation is also expected to last several days.
Authorities are also starting to reveal some of the details around the FBI's decision to breach the bunker. A preliminary investigation indicated that Dykes engaged in a firefight with the SWAT agents who moved into the bunker to rescue the child. Dykes was killed in the siege, though it's not known at this point if his death was self-inflicted or at the hands of law enforcement.
NBC News is reporting that sources have confirmed to them that Dykes was on the ladder leading out of the bunker was preparing to emerge when FBI agents threw two devices at him. The source says Dykes attempted to fire at the agents, who then fired back, killing him.
Jason Pack, a Special Agent with the FBI and Alabama Joint Information Center, said it also appears that Dykes reinforced the bunker against any attempted entry by law enforcement, though no details on the exact nature of the reinforcements was given.
The Dale County Sheriff's Department and the Alabama Department of Public Safety are working with residents who have been displaced due to the standoff. They say they're taking each request on a case by case basis so they can take care of animals and other needs.
"Ethan" who celebrates his sixth birthday Wednesday, was not physically injured in the siege, according to authorities, and appears to be doing the normal things children his age do. He's back in the care of his family.
His mother released a statement through the FBI Tuesday afternoon. ""For the first time in almost a week, I woke up this morning to the most beautiful sight ... my sweet boy," she wrote. "I can't describe how incredible it is to hold him again."
Birthday cards can be mailed to Ethan at this address:
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>