The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

October 17, 2012

Joplin man facing felony counts in wake of scuffle

 

A homeless man who was involved in a scuffle with a police officer Friday at a Wal-Mart store in Joplin has been charged with felony counts of assault on a law enforcement officer and unlawful use of a weapon.

Billy D. Tate, 53, was arrested at the Wal-Mart store at 1501 S. Range Line Road after loss-prevention employees of the store called police concerning a man in the store who had been involved in a previous offense.

Cpl. Chuck Niess of the Joplin Police Department said a responding officer attempted to place Tate under arrest on two outstanding city warrants and a Jasper County warrant, but he allegedly pulled away from the officer and started to run. Tate allegedly pulled a knife on the officer, after the officer used a stun gun on him.

Besides the two felony counts, Tate was charged with misdemeanor counts of fleeing and failure to comply with an officer, Niess said.

1
Text Only
Crime & Courts
Local News
Sports
Facebook
Poll

Given that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that electronic devices and communications are protected from searches and seizure without a warrant, do you think Missouri needs Amendment 9 added to its constitution?

A. Yes.
B. No.
     View Results
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
NDN Video
Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue