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  • LSU drops over-budget contractor of engineering hall check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 6, 2015 7:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Renovations to one of the oldest buildings on LSU's campus could be pushed back longer than expected after the university recently dropped its current contractor. The State Facility Planning and Control withdrew their contract with Skanska-Mapp Construction to build LSU's Patrick F. Taylor engineering building. The... more »
  • Officials having second thoughts about paying contractor

    February 16, 2015 10:52 AM

    LIVINGSTON - Some Livingston Parish Council members are having second thoughts about paying a former parish contractor Corey delaHoussaye is accused of going to a Mardi Gras parade, working out at the gym and playing golf during hours he claimed to be working for the parish after Hurricane Gustav. DelaHoussaye... more »
  • Contractor's license revoked again

    January 15, 2015 1:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Contractor's Board once again revoked the license of an upscale homebuilder in Baton Rouge accused of doing substandard work and not paying his subcontractors. Jim Fussell was the subject of a WBRZ Investigative Unit report last year when the board revoked his license the... more »
  • Contractor sentenced in post-Katrina bribe case

    November 7, 2014 4:26 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A contractor who admitted bribing an official who oversaw New Orleans' anti-blight program after Hurricane Katrina was sentenced Thursday to a year of probation. Earl Myers was also ordered to pay $173,000 in restitution by U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown. Myers was one of four contractors... more »
  • Man wanted for contractor fraud charges

    September 3, 2014 4:41 PM

    ST. MARTINVILLE - Police are on the search for a man accused of fraud with contractor fraud this summer. St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office are looking for Neal Joseph Laperouse, 51, for taking money from two clients without performing the work. Investigators say Laperouse also has warrants for... more »
  • Handyman nailed in fraud investigation check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 16, 2014 9:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a 41-year-old handyman and charged him with home improvement fraud and felony theft. Investigators say Marland Hunter, 41, accepted money up front for jobs he either only halfway completed or never fully started. Hunter was arrested last Friday in connection with a job he... more »
  • Jindal-hired contractor releases its savings ideas

    June 3, 2014 1:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The contractor hired by Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration to find ways to save the state money has turned in its 425-page report, which outlines $2.7 billion in savings ideas over five years. Recommendations from Alvarez & Marsal include restructuring management, selling property, consolidating offices and cutting insurance... more »
  • DA to file charges against cleanup contractor

    November 26, 2013 7:55 AM

    LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish district attorney says he will file charges against a former parish contractor after a grand jury fell one vote short of indicting him on allegations he falsified billing invoices for work related to Hurricane Gustav cleanup. District Attorney Scott Perrilloux says he will file... more »
  • Contractor chosen for St. Helena school project

    October 23, 2013 7:23 AM

    GREENSBURG - The St. Helena Parish School Board named Ragusa Construction, of Independence, as the contractor for renovations and additions at St. Helena Central High School. The school board held a special meeting Tuesday to award the bid in advance of a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday. Ragusa's base... more »
  • La. hiring contractor to remove explosive material

    September 13, 2013 2:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana will hire an outside contractor to get rid of 18 million pounds of military propellant that was improperly stored at Camp Minden. State lawmakers have agreed to let the state Military Department use federal money to pay for the contract to remove the explosive materials, whose discovery... more »
  • State audits NO Head Start Program

    August 27, 2013 8:49 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- An audit finds a Head Start contractor in New Orleans didn't enroll enough preschoolers to justify its federal grant. The report from the state legislative auditor's office says the nonprofit Total Community Action needed at least 2,510 students to comply with its grant but had enrolled only 1,951... more »
  • Kenner business man sentenced in bribery case

    July 25, 2013 12:49 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Kenner telecommunications contractor and the last defendant in the four-year investigation of Jefferson Parish political corruption, has been sentenced. U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown sentenced Bill Mack on Thursday to 20 months for conspiring to bribe Parish President Aaron Broussard. Mack admitted paying Broussard $66,000... more »
  • Jindal: Marine contractor plans $30M expansion

    May 21, 2013 3:27 PM

    THIBODAUX - An oilfield service company plans a new $10 million headquarters in Gray and a $20 million manufacturing and fabrication plant at a Louisiana port. President and CEO Hank Danos says Danos & Curole Marine Contractors LLC is considering at least two ports. The manufacturing site to be selected... more »
  • Covington contractor pleads guilty in loan case

    April 25, 2013 7:56 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A 40-year-old Covington contractor pleaded guilty in federal court to filing false records with a bank to obtain a $3.45 million loan. Raymond Grow III pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of making a false statement in his loan application to First American Bank and Trust... more »
  • Shreveport contractor accused of selling marijuana

    April 18, 2013 8:58 AM

    SHREVEPORT- Shreveport contractor has been arrested after law enforcement officers reportedly found large quantities of suspected marijuana and other illegal drugs on his property. The Times reports authorities say a search of Billy Gale Keckler's home on Tuesday led to the discovery of an estimated 12 pounds of marijuana beneath... more »
  • BP contractor finds cement samples midtrial

    March 14, 2013 12:12 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A lawyer for the cement contractor on the Deepwater Horizon drilling project says the company has found cement samples possibly associated with BP's Macondo well that weren't turned over to the Justice Department for testing. Halliburton lawyer Donald Godwin told U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier on Thursday... more »
  • Mass. meningitis pharmacy blames cleaning company

    January 4, 2013 7:06 AM

    BOSTON - The Massachusetts compounding pharmacy linked to a nationwide meningitis outbreak that has been blamed for 39 deaths and hundreds of illnesses is blaming its cleaning contractor. The Boston Globe reports that attorneys for New England Compounding Center sent a letter to UniFirst Corp. demanding that it take... more »
  • Boil order issued in Clinton

    November 2, 2012 3:08 PM

    CLINTON - Authorities in Clinton issued a boil water advisory for people on the town's water supply until further notice. City workers said a contractor installing fiber optic cables broke a water main, compromising the integrity of the town's water supply. The town recommended people bring water to... more »
  • "Rebuild Rosie Project" makes progress Play Video

    August 13, 2012 6:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A family is finally getting a roof over their head after a News 2 story brought in thousands of dollars in cash and donations to rebuild her home. Rosie Antoine lost her home earlier this summer and planned to move into her son's old house. That home... more »
  • Homeowners learn how to spot crooked contractors check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 23, 2012 8:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE-Homeowners are learning how to out-smart would be-crooked contractors, from a woman who says she's made it her mission to teach them how to spot a fraud. Phae Howard says," My grandmother was ripped off by a contractor. So I decided that I'm going to what I can... more »
  • Livi Parish pres. given deadline to pay contractor Play Video

    June 22, 2012 5:56 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS- The Livingston Parish Council told President Layton Ricks to pay contractor C-Del, despite objections from some. It is part of ongoing controversy concerning debris removal after Hurricane Gustav in 2008. C-Del owner Corey Delahoussaye was the environmental consultant for former President Mike Grimmer. The parish delayed paying... more »
  • WF Fire looks to add on amid parish growth

    June 21, 2012 10:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The West Feliciana Parish Fire Department is growing, along with the number of people living in the parish. Fire Chief James Wood says a full time technician is needed to keep up with 12 engine companies, 10 tankers, 2 rescue trucks and various other equipment. He says... more »
  • Authorities caution citizens about potential scammers

    March 8, 2012 4:57 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Chief Deputy Jason Ard of Livingston's Sheriff's Office sent out a press release Thursday reminding people to be wary of potential scammers identifying themselves as independent contractors. LPSO encourages citizens who are approached by individuals soliciting renovations, to ask for proper identification, a contractors license, references and... more »
  • DOTD moves to replace I-10 expansion contractor check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 6, 2011 11:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Transportation officials said the contractor working on the expansion of I-10 between the I-10/12 split and Siegen Lane is more than a year behind schedule, so they will be replaced. The project was supposed to be completed by the end of the year. Jodi Conachen, a... more »
  • Livingston Parish contractor fights vandals

    October 14, 2011 5:25 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS- A new neighborhood near the corner of Lockhart and Dunn Roads was the victim of vandals earlier this week, after homes under construction had their windows smashed causing thousands of dollars worth of damage. "Damaged the windows, some of the frames, inside the house made a huge... more »
  • Homeowner arrested after meth explosion

    August 25, 2011 6:04 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE-- One homeowner finds himself in jail after he says he came home to find his house completely charred by fierce blaze. The problem is, police said, the home owner's story wasn't entirely true. Clinton Auzenne, Jr., 28, was at home when the flames started, according to investigators. They... more »
  • New fire station on standby because of bankruptcy

    July 22, 2011 10:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Efforts to replace a rundown fire station with a new one have gone belly up. The Department of Public Works says contractor Quadrants, Inc., that was building the new Choctaw Fire Station, went bankrupt, so now, construction is on hold. The project started more than a... more »
  • I-10 widening project falls behind schedule

    May 3, 2011 2:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The I-10 widening project between the 10/12 split and Siegen Lane is about a year behind schedule, according to State Transportation Leaders. "There were some initial plan changes in the beginning," Jodi Conachen with DOTD said. "We have some issues with insufficient resources being dedicated." The... more »
  • Sheriff's office warns of contractor fraud in Hammond

    March 15, 2011 5:06 PM

    HAMMOND - Authorities in Tangipahoa Parish are warning residents to watch out for contractors that could be scamming homeowners in the area. Sheriff Daniel Edwards said deputies were called to a home in Hammond today that was the victim of contractor fraud. The homeowners said on Feb. 25 workers... more »
  • Contractor sues Livingston over Gustav bills

    February 27, 2011 10:18 AM

    LIVINGSTON- A lawsuit seeks about $53 million from the Livingston Parish Council for Hurricane Gustav cleanup costs. International Equipment Distributors Inc. is suing for bills that the parish has not paid and for which the Federal Emergency Management Agency has refused reimbursements, according to The Advocate. FEMA has... more »
  • Baton Rouge contractor to remain independent

    February 18, 2011 7:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Managers with the Turner Industries Group announced today that they would continue to remain an independent, family-owned company. "Insuring the long-term legacy of the Turner name, as well as maintaining the company's commitment to its employees, clients and the community, led to the decision," said CEO... more »
  • Companies say they are owed millions for BP work

    February 8, 2011 3:52 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Several companies hired to help BP respond to the massive oil spill claim the company or one of its subcontractors owes them millions of dollars for their work. Ricky Myers, who owns Rhino Construction in Bay St. Louis, Miss., said Tuesday that BP contractor O'Brien's Response Management... more »
  • 3 get prison for bribery scheme

    July 30, 2010 5:50 AM

    A former employee of Louisiana's transportation department and two former employees of a contractor on a $72 million highway project have been sentenced to prison for their roles in a bribery scheme. Former state employee, Jeffery Martin Bentley, was sentenced to five years in prison. The contractor's former employees, Albert... more »
  • Baton Rouge company will employ Angele Davis

    July 29, 2010 6:47 AM

    Gov. Bobby Jindal's chief budget adviser is going to work for a Baton Rouge contractor that had a role in former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson's bribery scandal. Angele Davis is joining Arkel International as vice president of strategic programs. She begins her new job next month after serving 2 1/2... more »
  • Contractor pleads guilty to fraud charges

    May 20, 2010 5:29 AM

    A New Orleans contractor charged with two counts of felony theft for work he didn't do for Hurricane Katrina victims pleaded guilty and has been sentenced to 10 years on each count. Kevin Meadows was also ordered to pay $90,000 in restitution. The 10-year sentences were ordered served consecutively, but... more »
  • Dow contract employee dies

    March 19, 2010 10:47 AM

    A contract employee at Dow Chemical in Plaquemine died Friday morning after sustaining injuries while escorting a truck. “Today is a very sad day at our site,” said Dow Leader Sharon Cole. “Our immediate focus and our prayers are with his family and his co-workers." The employee worked... more »
  • Roofing contractor seeks payment

    March 12, 2010 6:55 AM

    Roofing Enterprises Inc. operation manager Guy Huffine told the St. Helena Police Jury he will shut down work on the St. Helena Parish Hospital roof unless he is paid. Huffine told the police jury this week that the parish owes $213,590 for work completed to date. Jury President Thomas Wicker... more »
  • Four charged in highway bribery scheme

    September 29, 2009 5:35 AM

    Four men including a former state employee are charged with scheming to overbill for work on Interstate 10. Prosecutors say one of the men submitted invoices for more than $323,422 when his company performed less than $29,000 of work. The defendants allegedly agreed to share the proceeds. Jeffery Bentley, Albert... more »
  • Louisiana contracter killed in Iraq

    September 14, 2009 7:27 AM

    Military officials say Lucas Vinson, a civilian contractor from Leesville, Louisiana, was shot and killed on a U.S. installation in the Iraqi city of Tikrit. An American soldier has been detained. Vinson was shot yesterday morning while at Camp Speicher while he was working for Houston-based KBR. more »

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