Man accused of domestic assault no longer on Hastings Police force.

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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - UPDATE: 11-15-17
Hastings mayor Corey Stutte said late Wednesday that Cody Bland is no longer on the police department. City officials did not say whether Bland was fired or had resigned, citing personnel matters.

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ORIGINAL STORY:
A Hastings Police officer charged with domestic assault has retained an attorney who represented a Kearney Police officer earlier this year.

Cody Bland, 26, is charged with third degree domestic assault, third degree assault and with interfering with a public service device.

Bland's attorney is Charles Brewster of Kearney. Brewster's last high profile case involved Kearney Police officer Derek Payton, who was found not guilty in April in connection with a 2016 shooting incident.

Kearney county attorney Melodie Bellamy is a special prosecutor in the Bland case. She has formally charged Bland with three misdemeanor counts related to a domestic violence incident October 30.

Cody Bland, 26, is charged with third degree domestic assault, third degree assault and with interfering with a public service device.

The incident happened at Bland's Hastings residence. Court records indicate the victim claimed that Bland shoved and tackled the victim during an argument and that he took away a cell phone. A relative of the victim also claims that Bland slapped the relative.

Bland has been on the Hastings Police force for four years and is currently on paid suspension.

All three charges against Bland are misdemeanors. If convicted on all three, Bland could face a combination of fines and prison time.

Bland's next court date has been pushed back to January 11, as the judge granted Brewster's request for more time to prepare his case.