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DAILYMAIL UPDATE; Gunman dead and boy hostage ALIVE after FBI agents storm bunker after ‘fearing for imminent safety of Ethan’

02/04/13, ALABAMA –

  • Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, allegedly stormed a school bus when it stopped to let off students and said he had to take two children hostage
  • Dykes is reportedly dead, but it is not known whether he was killed by police or committed suicide
  • Dykes held the six-year-old, known only as Ethan, in his homemade bunker for almost one week

Link to full article below..

Mugshot: Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, the suspect in the standoff, is believed to be deadJimmy Lee Dykes, 65, the suspect in the standoff, is believed to be dead

Saved: The boy, known only as Ethan, is believed to be ok after he was rescued from the bunker by FBI agents

The boy, known only as Ethan, is believed to be ok after he was rescued from the bunker by FBI agents

Hero: Murdered bus driver Charles Poland Jr, 66, was hailed as a hero for trying to stop the abduction of the children from his school bus. His wife said he loved all of the students he drove

Murdered bus driver Charles Poland Jr, 66, was hailed as a hero for trying to stop the abduction of the children from his school bus. His wife said he loved all of the students he drove

Long wait: Police say Jimmy Lee Dykes likely had supplies in his shelter to last weeks or months. He had previously spent eight days in the bunkerPolice say Jimmy Lee Dykes likely had supplies in his shelter to last weeks or months. He had previously spent eight days in the bunker

Click here for full updated article published by Dailymail

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01/30/13, ALABAMA — SWAT team in 24-hour siege as crazed gunman holds boy, 6, hostage in bunker after abducting him from school bus and shooting dead driver

  • Alabama State Police along with the FBI and bomb squads are involved in the stand-off of a gunman who murdered an Alabama school bus driver before kidnapping a child
  • Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, allegedly stormed a school bus when it stopped to let off students and said he had to take two children hostage
  • When driver Charles Poland Jr, 66, tried to stop Dykes, the gunman allegedly opened fire and killed him
  • Dykes took a an autistic boy, 6, with him and retreated to a makeshift bunker he dug in the ground
  • Boy is watching TV and has received medications through a PVC pipe that sticks out of the ground and runs into the fortified hovel
  • The standoff is taking place outside Midland City, Alabama, which is a rural town in the deep southeast of the state, near the Florida border

Link to full article by MailOnline below

Out in force: Dozens of local police officers, Alabama State Police troopers and federal agents from the ATF and FBI swarmed the area where the boy was being held captiveOut in force: Dozens of local police officers, Alabama State Police troopers and federal agents from the ATF and FBI swarmed the area where the boy was being held captive
Gearing up: A bomb squad unit is also on hand to deal with any possible explosive devices in the roadGearing up: A bomb squad unit is also on hand to deal with any possible explosive devices in the bunker
Panic: A suspect, identified as Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, allegedly held up a school bus Tuesday in Midland City, Alabama, shooting dead the bus driver and taking a boy hostagePanic: A suspect, identified as Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, allegedly held up a school bus Tuesday in Midland City, Alabama, shooting dead the bus driver and taking a boy hostage
Witness: This student said the gunman ranted about needing a 'child' to 'get the law off his back' - likely a reference to his court appearance that was scheduled for todayWitness: This student said the gunman ranted about needing a ‘child’ to ‘get the law off his back’ – likely a reference to his court appearance that was scheduled for today
Safe: Parents hugged their children tightly after the ordeal on the bus. Witnesses say the gunman was looking for a hostage because of his legal troubleSafe: Parents hugged their children tightly after the ordeal on the bus. Witnesses say the gunman was looking for a hostage because of his legal troubleClick here for full article published by Dailymail

Sandy Hook Elementary School Nurse Sarah Cox Relives Terror of Newtown, Connecticut Shooting (NYPOST)

Sandy Hook Elementary School nurse Sarah Cox was on the phone with her daughter, Bonnie, when she heard the strange, loud popping noise coming from outside.

“What’s that?” Cox asked.

She was calling to Barbara Halstead, a secretary who worked in the main office at the school’s entrance, which is adjacent to the infirmary.

When Halstead responded she didn’t know, Cox abruptly ended the call with Bonnie and prepared to investigate.

Then she heard Halstead call her name.

“The way she said my name, in a terrified tone of voice, I knew it was bad,” said Cox, a 60-year-old grandmother who has worked at the school for the last 15 years.

TERRIFYING: Sarah Cox, at her home in Newtown yesterday, recalls how the killer entered her office as she hid under her desk.

PICTURED: Sarah Cox, at her home in Newtown yesterday, recalls how the killer entered her office as she hid under her desk.

Cox, known as Sally to friends and co-workers, took no chances.

“I just dove under my computer desk,” she told The Post in an interview at her home in Newtown, a day after Adam Lanza stormed into her school and gunned down 20 children and six staffers.

Within seconds, the popping sounds stopped as quickly as they had started, and Cox held her breath when she heard someone open her office door.

Through the openings of the desk, she saw a pair of legs from the knees down wearing dark clothing and boots.

“I could see by the position of the feet that they were facing my desk,” Cox said, describing her brush with Lanza, 20, who had earlier killed his mother, Nancy, before unleashing his terror on the school.

Cox said he was no more than 20 feet away from her.

“The person was there just a few seconds,” Cox said. “I was frozen in fear.”

Cox crouched paralyzed under her desk.

“He turned around and walked out, and as soon as the door closed I heard more popping,” Cox recalled.

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In the main office, Halstead had also been hiding under a desk.

“By the grace of God, there were no children in the office, and in my office,” Cox said.

Halstead then made a dash for the infirmary and dove under Cox’s desk. She grabbed the office phone and immediately called 911.

“Help, we have a shooter,” Halstead said into the phone. “It’s the school. Get help right away.”

Seconds later, the two terrified women ran into the first-aid supply closet to hide.

“I could hear popping and screaming, and it was horrible, knowing I couldn’t do anything,” Cox said.

They remained in the closet for more than an hour.

“We were praying, ‘Please stop, please stop,’ ” she said. “We had hoped that nobody got hurt. That maybe he was just spraying bullets around.”

At 11:15 a.m., they opened the closet door a crack. From her office window, Cox looked out into the courtyard where she saw several men wearing fatigues and toting weapons.

She said she didn’t know whether they were SWAT team members — or the attackers.

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Neither Halstead nor Cox had their cellphones with them.

She and Halstead had no idea what was going on, but they could hear helicopters overhead, people on the roof of the school, shouting and yelling. At one point, someone jiggled her office door, but did not call out.

It would be another two hours, at 1:15 p.m., before the two women summoned the courage to open Cox’s office door.

“I just got brave enough to open up the door to a slit,” she said.

That’s when she saw police, who eventually escorted her and Halstead out of the school.

“They didn’t really tell me too much,” Cox said. “When they walked me out of the school, they told me to close my eyes.”

When she learned Lanza’s identity, she could not recall him being a student at the school.

Cox, who takes pride in knowing all of the 580 pupils who attended Sandy Hook Elementary, said she didn’t yet know the names of all of the victims of Friday’s violence.

“I haven’t asked,” she said. “I haven’t wanted to know.”

SOURCE: NYPOST

Missing Fox Executive’s Sister Speaks Out On His Disappearance

Gavin Smith Headshot - P 2012

Pictured; Gavin Smith (born December 10, 1954 — disappeared May 1, 2012)

Where could he be?

On the night of May 1, 2012, Smith left a friend’s house in Oak Park, California, where he had been staying due to reported marital difficulties. It does not appear as if he had planned to be away for an extended period. When he failed to pick up one of his sons for school the next morning, his family reported him missing.The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is investigating.

His sister and his wife talk with THR about their struggle for answers as his office is packed up, clues remain scarce and a dramatic turn dead-ends.

In late August, the personal effects of missing 20th Century Fox executive Gavin Smith were quietly removed from his Calabasas, Calif., office and delivered by the studio to his West Hills home. But the 57-year-old Smith’s wife, Lisa, says the boxes, which contain such items as framed family photos and golf trophies — “everything the sheriffs didn’t take” — remain on her porch. More than four months after Smith disappeared May 1, the distribution executive’s belongings are a painful reminder that he still is gone.

“It’s been tough to bring them into the house,” says Smith.

STORY: Gavin Smith Mystery: Family Resumes Search for Missing Twentieth Century Fox Exec

There had been some cause for hope. The case appeared to take a dramatic turn in early June, when authorities searched the residence of Chandrika Creech, a woman with whom Smith is alleged to have had an affair, and her husband, John Creech, an admitted middleman in Los Angeles‘ illicit drug world. But Smith’s sister, Tara Addeo, and John Creech’s attorney, Daniel Teola, tell THR that it’s their understanding that nothing has come of the search.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department still considers the Smith investigation a missing person’s case and not a homicide probe, according to department spokesman Steve Whitmore. But Addeo says that while she has hope, her optimism is waning. “Where could he possibly be?” she asks. “I know that Gavin would not hurt himself, and I have a hard time believing that Gavin would ever walk away from his sons. The only other alternative is that there would have been foul play.”

Smith was last seen on the night of May 1 at a friend’s residence in Oak Park, a Ventura County community not far from his office. He departed from the property in his black Mercedes-Benz E420 sedan between 9 and 10 p.m.; the 6-foot-6 Smith, who played basketball for UCLA during the mid-1970s, was last seen wearing purple pants and black and gray shoes.

Forensic pathologist Michael Baden says that even though investigators have not publicly named a suspect, they could have people in their sights — assuming foul play was involved. “The police are waiting to get some information,” he says. “Pieces of clothing, somebody who saw him walk into the woods and never come out — and that might be sufficient to bring charges.”

STORY: Missing Fox Exec Gavin Smith Had Relationship With Woman Whose Home Was Searched (Report)

Although no suspects have been named, on June 8, investigators and a SWAT team swooped into the West Hills house where the Creeches reside, searching it for several hours and leaving with boxes, a computer and a black Audi Q7 SUV in tow. But no arrests were made, investigators have not said how the Creeches relate to the Smith case, and Smith never met John Creech, according to Teola. A June 21 E! News report that cited an unnamed source said that Smith had met Chandrika Creech in therapy in 2008 and began an on-and-off affair with her. “I believe Chandrika and Gavin Smith had a prior relationship, and so that is the reason for the search,” Teola tells THR.

Baden says that an affair would catch investigators’ attention, “but that doesn’t prove anything,” he adds. According to Addeo, who says that she speaks with detectives on the case regularly, the search of the Creech residence didn’t reveal anything. “That was very frustrating,” she says. Lisa Smith, who has sons Evan, Austin and Dylan with her husband, declined to discuss the Creeches.

Whitmore would not confirm Addeo’s account of detectives’ investigation of the Creeches. “They wouldn’t release that [information] if indeed that were true because it is an ongoing investigation,” says Whitmore.

Teola notes that his client was not questioned by police and has not been contacted by the investigators since his house was searched. “I’m just letting sleeping dogs lie; they haven’t asked me anything, requested anything,” says Teola. John Creech, however, has other legal issues. On Sept. 25, he will be sentenced in a drug case that stems from a 2010 bust in Glendale. Teola, a criminal defense attorney, says Creech has admitted to police that he was a middleman between drug dealers and producers and pleaded no contest to one count of selling and transporting cocaine. He faces up to 10 years in prison.

STORY: Authorities Search Home in Hunt for Missing Fox Exec Gavin Smith

An 18-year veteran of Fox’s distribution department, Smith was the branch manager for theaters in Dallas and Oklahoma City, serving as a liaison between the studio and theaters. A source with knowledge of the situation says the studio plans to fill Smith’s position (co-workers have been divvying up his duties) but has yet to do so. Fox declined comment.

Smith and Addeo say they remain confident investigators will solve the case, and the family’s $20,000 reward remains in place. But apparent breakthroughs — such as a reported sighting of the Fox exec on May 7 in Morro Bay — have turned out to be false. “We are devastated,” says Smith. “My sons, they can barely talk. We can’t even have a memorial service for my husband.”

Source: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/gavin-smith-missing-fox-exec-369719

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For more information on Gavin Smith and his disappearance, click: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gavin_Smith_(film_studio_executive)