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Thursday
Jan312013

Alleged Bus Driver Shooter Remains Holed Up with Boy in Ala. Bunker

George Doyle/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(MIDLAND CITY, Ala.) -- A 5-year-old boy, who police in Dale County, Ala., say was abducted by a man who killed a school bus driver, remains holed up with the suspected kidnapper in an underground bunker as of early Thursday morning.

Law enforcement authorities are keeping a close watch on the bunker, where reports are that the child is unharmed and watching TV.

The suspect has been identified as Jimmy Lee Dykes, who was due to appear in court Wednesday on charges that he pointed a gun at people during a disagreement over a speed bump.

According to police, the boy was among a group of children riding a school bus in the rural Alabama community Tuesday afternoon when Dykes, who has been described as an anti-government survivalist, forced his way onto the vehicle at a stop.

Reports are that Dykes said he wanted two boys for an undisclosed reason when bus driver Charles Albert Poland tried to intercept the suspect.  It was then that Dykes allegedly fired four shots at Poland, killing him.

Dykes then took the 5-year-old to the homemade bunker he had constructed on his property, authorities said.

Police are tight-lipped about the situation and what, if any, demands Dykes has made in order to free the boy.

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Wednesday
Nov142012

Baltimore Bus Brawl Between Driver and Juvenile Passenger Caught on Tape

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) -- A Baltimore bus driver has been suspended following a brawl with a female student who the driver accused of "being disrespectful." The tussle was caught on tape and posted to YouTube.

When the video begins, the female bus driver is standing over the passenger and struggling with her as the teenager kicks and punches the bus driver. When the passenger stands up, the two wrestle their way to the back of the vehicle with the bus driver holding the girl by her arm and by her hair. The two struggled to the back of the bus with the girl throwing several punches at the driver's head and shoulder. The driver eventually pushes the girl into a corner seat.

The driver seems to be shouting, "You want to fight somebody?" The passenger answers, "No."

The passenger can also be heard saying, "Get off of me." Other passengers were shouting, videotaping and some laughter can be heard.

It is unclear what initiated the fight.

 

When the fighting stopped, the two women had an inaudible tense exchange before the bus driver returned to the front of the bus. "You shouldn't have jumped in my face," the passenger said.

Moments later, the driver can be heard saying, "It wasn't about that. It's about being disrespectful."

The incident occurred on Monday at around 2 p.m. and the video was posted to YouTube on Tuesday. It has been viewed over 106,000 times.

"The bus operator reported that an incident had occurred on her bus and then we got calls from media informing us that it has been posted on YouTube," Maryland Transit Administration spokesman Terry Owens told ABC News. "The report included some details, but I'm not going to discuss the content of that report."

Neither the bus driver nor the passenger have been identified. Owens said the the driver has been with the agency since 2003 and that the passenger involved was a student and a juvenile. He said no one was seriously injured.

The driver has been suspended without pay, pending the results of an investigation, according to Owens.

"We hold the safety of our passengers and employees as our highest priority at the MTA," he said. "Our employees are expected to respect this policy and passengers are expected to abide by the rules and policies of the agency when using our systems."

The incident is being investigated by the Maryland Transit Administration Police.

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Monday
Apr092012

Student, 13, Drives Bus to Safety When Driver Faints

George Doyle/Stockbyte(MILTON, Wash.) -- A middle school student who jumped into the hot seat when his school bus driver passed out on the way to class Monday morning is being hailed as a "quick thinker" for leading the bus, and 15 other students, to safety.

Seventh grader Jeremy Wuitschick is being praised by the local police chief for his actions when the driver of his school bus started gasping for air and waving his hands frantically in the air, losing control of the bus.

Wuitschick hopped out of his seat and grabbed the steering wheel, pulling the bus over to the side of the road before pulling the keys from the ignition, Milton Police Chief Bill Rhodes said Monday.

"I'll tell you, I'll give the kid credit for fast thinking. He did the right thing and we're going to do something for him. The kid definitely deserves credit," Rhodes told ABC News.

Police officers were notified of a school bus driving erratically through town around 8 a.m. Monday, but by the time a officer arrived at the scene, Wuitschick had it under control. He had pulled the bus over in front of Discovery Primary School, which is adjacent to the school where the students were headed, Surprise Lake Middle School.

"I knew something was wrong," Wuitschick told ABC affiliate KOMO. "It was pretty scary. I was just acting on instinct. It was all happening really quickly."

Jeff Short, assistant superintendent for the Fife school district, said the students had been trained in emergency situations on the school bus, including how to shut down the bus in an emergency.

A staff member at the school, John McCrossin, happened to be driving behind the bus when the driver lost consciousness, and rushed onto the bus to administer CPR once Wuitschick had pulled over to the side of the road, Rhodes said. The kids told McCrossin they had already called 911.

The bus driver, whose name has not been released, was taken to the hospital. Emergency service personnel told school administrators he was suffering from a problem related to the heart. Short said his condition was "grave."

Rhodes said that there were no traffic accidents or other injuries.

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