February 2nd, 2013
06:20 AM ET

Authorities tight-lipped as standoff over child hostage enters 5th day

Midland City, Alabama (CNN) – As an armed standoff entered its fifth day Saturday, authorities negotiated through a ventilation pipe with a man accused of barricading himself and a 5-year-old hostage in an underground bunker in southeastern Alabama.

Police have been tight-lipped about a possible motive since the hostage drama began unfolding in Midland City with the shooting of school bus driver and the abduction of the 5-year-old.

In a sign of perhaps how tense negotiations are between authorities and the suspect, officials have refused to detail what, if any, demands have been made by the suspect.

On Friday, the Dale County sheriff did confirm what neighbors have been saying and news outlets around Midland City have been reporting since the standoff began - the suspected gunman's identity.

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Document: Official sought band's suspension before FAMU hazing death
Florida A&M University student and band member Robert Champion, 26, died November 19.
July 6th, 2012
12:44 PM ET

Document: Official sought band's suspension before FAMU hazing death

A document released by Florida A&M University on Friday reveals the campus police chief recommended the suspension of the school's marching band three days before the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion.

Thirteen people have been charged in connection with the death of Champion, 26, who was badly beaten during last year's incident on a band bus after a football game in Orlando.

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