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FBI: No new developments in hostage standoff in Midland City; news conference canceled

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The hostage standoff remains unchanged in Midland City Saturday night, and officials have scheduled the next update for 9 a.m. Sunday. (abc3340.com) The hostage standoff remains unchanged in Midland City Saturday night, and officials have scheduled the next update for 9 a.m. Sunday. (abc3340.com)
A massive law enforcement presence remained on the scene in Midland City Saturday as the hostage standoff with Jimmy Lee Dykes continued without any new developments. (abc3340.com) A massive law enforcement presence remained on the scene in Midland City Saturday as the hostage standoff with Jimmy Lee Dykes continued without any new developments. (abc3340.com)
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A schedule news conference in Midland City was canceled Saturday night after the Federal Bureau of Investigation informed the media that there were no new developments to report.

Special Agent Jason Pack said in a news release that "Mr. [Jimmy Lee] Dykes continues to allow comfort items for the child...such as potato chips, toys and medicine."

Complete coverage of the Midland City shooting and hostage standoff

Dykes and his five-year-old hostage have been in a bunker in Dale County since Tuesday, after Dykes allegedly shot and killed a local school bus driver, then took the child off the bus.

Media was also told police and investigators continue to maintain a 24-hours-a-day open line of communication with Dykes, saying they talk with him "whenever he wants to talk."

Pack points out ,"Mr. Dykes is making the child as comfortable as possible. Through our communications, Mr. Dykes has told us that he has an electric heater and blankets."

The next scheduled news conference is Sunday at 9 a.m.

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