The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

July 2, 2012

Joplin man faces weapon charge after alleged threat

By Debby Woodin


The Jasper County prosecutor’s office has charged a 48-year-old man with a felony weapon offense after authorities say a shot was fired over the weekend near Joplin.

Jasper County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call to 2154 N. Strawberry Lane, where a man reportedly had been in an argument with a woman and allegedly pointed a loaded gun at her before firing it into the air.

A news release from the Sheriff’s Department states that Terry D. Beetem was arrested at 9:40 p.m. Sunday. Joplin police records, however, show Beetem being stopped by police about 4:20 p.m. Saturday at 21st Street and Annie Baxter Avenue after alleged threats to a woman at the Strawberry Lane address.

Joplin police Cpl. Chuck Niess said police had received information that Beetem was armed and might be on his way to harm others at an address on Empire Avenue. A search of his vehicle reportedly turned up a handgun and rifle, Niess said.

Beetem was arrested in connection with allegedly driving while intoxicated and later was charged with unlawful use of a weapon in the alleged offense with the unidentified woman.