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Pepper spray, Taser used in restaurant robbery

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Two robbers used pepper spray and a stun device to rob a Caddo Parish fast food restaurant.

Caddo deputies say it happened around 5 a.m. Saturday.

Three employees were preparing to open a McDonald's restaurant when two men entered the building armed with a Taser device and pepper spray.

Authorities say one employee was sprayed with pepper spray and another stunned with the Taser device. Both were treated at the scene.

The suspects got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.


Keithville man gets 5 years in firearms theft

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A Keithville man has been sentenced to five years in prison for his part in stealing firearms from a Shreveport warehouse.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley said in a news release that 44-year-old James Minor Jr. was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Maurice Hicks Jr. on one count of conspiracy to steal firearms.

Minor had pleaded guilty in March. Prosecutors said Minor conspired with two other Keithville men - 31-year-old David McNeil and 22-year-old Cameron Johnson - along with 23-year-old Luther Williams Jr. of Shreveport.

They conspired to steal 63 Colt M4 Carbine rifles in 2013 from a shipping warehouse where Johnson worked as a guard. Williams has been sentenced to 33 months in prison in the case; Johnson, to 37 months in prison; and McNeil to six years.


Ex-cop's trial won't be moved out of Many

MANY, La. (AP) - The trial of a former Natchitoches (NACK'-uh-tish) police officer charged in the kidnapping and fatal beating of a Sabine Parish man will not be moved from the 11th Judicial District Court in Many.

The Times of Shreveport reports that District Judge Stephen Beasley has rejected a defense motion that said Sabine Parish is the wrong jurisdiction to try 34-year-old Robert Barthelemy.

Barthelemy is scheduled for trial on Jan. 19. He's charged with first-degree murder, second-degree kidnapping and home invasion in the Aug. 20 death of 24-year-old Tony Procell of Many.

Sabine Parish sheriff's investigators say Barthelemy, a two-year employee of the Natchitoches Police Department, kidnapped Procell from his Many home, drove him to woods in Winn Parish then killed him.


Weekly unemployment insurance claims decrease

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending July 19 decreased from the previous week's total.

The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,543 from the previous week's total of 2,984. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 3,035.

The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, decreased to 2,601 from the previous week's total of 2,617.

Continued unemployment claims claimed for the week ending July 19 increased to 23,386 compared to 22,790 the previous week.

The four-week moving average for such claims increased to 22,381 from the previous week's average of 21,994.


Campbell calls for outage notification system

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell says at next month's commission meeting he will ask all electric utilities in Louisiana to send automated telephone and text messages to customers when outages occur.

Campbell said Friday he envisions companies notifying customers under a system that would include information such as expected restoration time and the cause of an outage.

Campbell notes that Entergy Inc. already has such a system operating in their Louisiana territories. He says he will ask all electric utilities regulated by the Public Service Commission to do likewise at the Aug. 6 meeting in Baton Rouge.

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