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Dakota Bland

Dakota Bland

West Plains, Mo. — An Oct. 9 1 p.m. preliminary hearing date has been set for Dakota Bland, 25, of West Plains before Judge Truman Wiles. Bland is charged with two counts of first degree assault, two counts of armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon and burglary in the first degree.
West Plains Police arrested Bland in the wake of an investigation of a shooting at a house on St. Louis Street where two men were shot and injured. After an interview with the shooting victims police knew they were looking for a man wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and a bandana on his face. The shooting occurred on Sept. 19.
Witnesses told them that a man wearing a red hooded sweat shirt was seen going through vehicles on Sept. 22 on the 600 block of Woodland and seen walking away toward Park Street, where officers found him and identified him as Dakota Bland. He was found to be living with a Jiliayna Wake on Park Street.
West Plains PoliceAs the investigation continued police were notified of a three-way phone conversation between Bland and Shane Stamm, a resident of the South Center Correctional Center in Licking, Mo., and Donna “Puddie” Stamm, which was recorded by authorities. Police said that during the conversation Bland discussed a shooting and described himself as “the stickup kid.” Police received this information on Sept. 23 and went to Bland’s home on Park Street with a search warrant. They arrested him outside the house.
Wake reportedly told police that she had seen him with a gun, and when she asked him what he did with it he reportedly laughed and said “bang bang.” Wake said she told him to get rid of the gun, and they went out on Howell County Road 4260, where he told her he got rid of the gun.
Bland is being held at the Howell County Jail on $200,000 bond. Police said the investigation is still ongoing, and additional charges could be filed.
His two shooting victims were James A. Blair, 24, who was shot in the right arm and Rick A. Blair, 29, who was shot in the hip.
Bland is being represented by public defender Bryce C. Crowley of West Plains.
To read the probable cause statement in this case, click probable cause – dakota bland.
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