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  • Baton Rouge company wins school contract

    April 5, 2014 2:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Baton Rouge construction company has been awarded a $49 million to rebuild Lee High School. The Advocate reports the bid by Milton J. Womack Inc. won out over bids from three other companies submitted to the East Baton Rouge School Board. The work is... more »
  • Company bookkeeper faces felony theft charge

    March 14, 2014 7:10 AM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A former manager/bookkeeper for Trinity Southern Foods has been accused of stealing nearly $100,000 from his employer. Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator says 54-year-old Jeffery Norbury, of Bossier City, was arrested Monday by Louisiana Probation and Parole for violating conditions of parole. He was convicted in... more »
  • Metairie company gets Navy contract

    January 1, 2014 7:50 AM

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) - The Navy has awarded a $22.1 million contract to Metairie-based information technology company Geocent to support its Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, known as SPAWAR. The Times-Picayune reports the company will help develop command-and-control technologies and capabilities for the center's Pacific office, including systems engineering... more »
  • Shipping company adds Port of New Orleans as stop

    September 3, 2013 4:56 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A global shipping company has added the Port of New Orleans as a stop on its new weekly container shipping service. New Orleans City Business reports that the port's container terminal will be added to Israel-based ZIM Integrated Shipping Ltd.'s "Caribbean Gulf Express" service. The service... more »
  • Company ordered to forfeit $1 million to feds

    June 25, 2013 8:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A federal judge has ordered the corporate owners of a now-defunct Baton Rouge convenience store to forfeit nearly $1 million in money-laundering and drug-dealing proceeds to the federal government. Katelyn & Claire Inc. and Alex T. Inc. did business as Quality Express that offered check... more »
  • Kansas company sues over fireworks fees

    June 17, 2013 9:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Kansas company that sells fireworks in Louisiana is asking a state judge to strike down a law that imposes higher permit fees and penalties on out-of-state fireworks retailers than on local sellers. A hearing is scheduled June 20 before state District Judge Wilson Fields.... more »
  • LPSB Considers Private Company to Run Alternative Program

    December 12, 2012 11:26 PM

    The Lafayette Parish School Board discussed the possibility of bringing in a private company to run an alternative program in the parish. The program would be housed in portable buildings on the campus of the new N.P. Moss Preparatory School, however it wouldn't be part of the school. The... more »
  • La. man, company barred from preparing tax returns

    December 12, 2012 6:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A federal judge has agreed to permanently bar a Louisiana tax preparer and his business from preparing tax returns for customers. The Justice Department accused Larry Carnell Dixon Jr. and his company, Dixon's Tax Service LLC, of fabricating and inflating business expense deductions on clients'... more »
  • Company Expands Search for Missing Worker

    November 18, 2012 10:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The owner of an oil platform that caught fire after an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico last week said Sunday that it has expanded its search for a missing worker, and doctors said one of four men burned in the blaze is improving and is... more »
  • Ex-owner of medical equipment company pleads

    September 19, 2012 7:39 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The former owner of a medical equipment company has pleaded guilty to health care fraud. U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley says 59-year-old Dorothy Cole, of Rayne, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court. Cole was charged in a bill of information in June with five counts of... more »
  • Company to Pad Fund to Aid Residents Near Sinkhole

    August 12, 2012 1:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Houston-based brine company has agreed to make a "significant contribution" to a fund for residents ordered to evacuate their homes after a sinkhole formed in Assumption Parish that may be connected to one of the company's salt caverns. The Governor's Office of Homeland Security... more »
  • Pineville Company Cited for Worker's Death

    July 11, 2012 10:44 AM

    PINEVILLE, La. (AP) - Federal regulators have cited a Pineville general contracting company for alleged workplace safety violations stemming from an employee's death. The Town Talk reports (http://townta.lk/NnGfsy ) that the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommended a $4,900 penalty for Migues Deloach Company. Jonathan Kyle West, a... more »
  • Company wants more land for Allen Parish Refinery

    July 3, 2012 8:34 AM

    OBERLIN, La. (AP) - A company needs more land to develop plans for a proposed $100 million refinery at the former Arizona Chemical site in Louisiana. The American Press reports Virtual Engineering Operations President J. Craig Harrington asked the Allen Parish Police Jury on Monday to consider leasing 150 acres... more »
  • Marksville company moves to Simmesport

    July 2, 2012 5:47 AM

    SIMMESPORT, La. (AP) - A highway construction and demolition company is moving from Marksville to Simmesport for the deepwater access of the Port of Avoyelles. Brudd Construction Co. LLC broke ground Friday on a 3,600-square-foot office building and hopes to start later this year on a 12,000-square-foot building for construction,... more »
  • Cab company head not liable in death case

    May 17, 2012 10:28 AM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A court has ruled that the head of a Bossier City taxi cab business cannot be held personally liable in a lawsuit over the death of a 12-year-old boy. The victim in the case was Justin Bloxom, whose body was found two years ago in DeSoto... more »
  • 4 plead guilty in plot to defraud company

    April 11, 2012 7:20 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Four men have pleaded guilty in New Orleans in a plot to fraudulently bill an oil industry service company. Three of the defendants - Larry Collins, of Golden Meadow, Richard Autin, of Houma, and Kevin Larousse, of Hattiesburg, Miss. - face prison terms of up to... more »
  • Delta Fuels buys part of Miss. company

    April 2, 2012 6:27 AM

    NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - Two long-time Miss-Lou oil distributors have recently been bought out, but one of the buyers is expanding its market share in Mississippi and making plans to move out of Louisiana. Delta Fuel Co. Inc. recently bought the wholesale side of Independent Oil and Coal Co., and... more »
  • Texas company recalling some sausage products

    March 23, 2012 9:25 AM

    ELGIN, Texas (AP) - A Central Texas company has recalled more than a ton of ready-to-eat sausage products due to possible listeria contamination. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says no reports have been received of anyone getting sick from eating items recalled by Southside Market & Barbeque of Elgin (EL'-ghin),... more »
  • Energy company pleads to violations at refuge site

    March 8, 2012 10:25 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Apollo Energy has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of violations of a wildlife refuge special use permit pertaining to the company's drilling operations in the Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge. The Advertiser reports Wednesday's guilty plea exposes the company to a possible maximum fine of $400,000,... more »
  • Transport company dispatcher arrested for theft

    February 16, 2012 10:22 AM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A dispatcher at a Shreveport transportation company has been arrested for stealing more than $85,000 from his employer. Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator says 26-year-old Joseph Patterson worked as a dispatcher and also was responsible for paying drivers, so he had access to the company's payroll... more »
  • Mandeville computer company gets $11M DoD contract

    February 14, 2012 9:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Mandeville company has an $11.4 million, five-year federal contract for computer maintenance and support. The U.S. Defense Department said Monday that the contract with A-B Computer Solutions Inc. runs through Jan. 31, 2017. It says A-B was one of three companies that submitted bids through... more »
  • Antitrust suits target La. pool products company

    January 16, 2012 9:53 AM

    EW ORLEANS (AP) - A Louisiana company that bills itself as the world's largest wholesale distributor of swimming pool products is becoming an Olympic-size target for plaintiffs' lawyers filing antitrust lawsuits. In November, Pool Corp. settled claims by the Federal Trade Commission that the Covington-based company used its "monopoly power"... more »
  • State, company settle dispute over bridge systems

    July 4, 2011 9:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state and a company have settled a dispute over the tolling systems used for the Crescent City Connection bridge and the Leesville Bridge on Louisiana Highway 1. Both sides said Friday that lawsuits have been dismissed. Electronic Transaction Consultants Corp. and the Louisiana highway... more »
  • Blaze Destroys Historic Building

    June 21, 2011 6:51 PM

    Flames, smoke, and water ripped through the historic 100 year old Aurora Masonic Lodge building which also houses the Louisiana Medical Supply Company in New Iberia. "All I could see was smoke then, there were no flames protruding from the building, but then it didn't take long for the... more »
  • Blaze Destroys Historical Building

    June 21, 2011 7:12 AM

    The Iberia Parish Fire Department is working to extinguish a blaze in the 200 block of Main Street in Historical Downtown New Iberia. The blaze broke out around 11:00 Monday night at the Aurora Masonic Lodge which also houses the Louisiana Medical Supply Company. Officials wouldn't allow our crew... more »
  • Company accountant, stepson accused of embezzling

    January 21, 2011 7:59 PM

    RACELAND, La. (AP) - An accountant for a Raceland seafood company and his stepson have been arrested on charges they embezzled more than $466,000 since 2009. The Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office said Friday that 54-year-old Edward Snyder systematically altered and cashed checks worth $432,954 from 2009 to last year and... more »
  • BP: Company to Drill in Deeper Water, Assess Risk

    October 19, 2010 12:07 PM

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A BP executive says the company and industry will be drilling in deeper waters and go farther in their search for oil reserves, and must understand the risks so they can mitigate them in the future. Mike Utsler, the chief of BP's restoration effort along the... more »
  • La. doctor, company owner plead guilty to fraud

    October 4, 2010 10:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A New Orleans doctor and the owner of a medical equipment company have pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to submit more than $775,000 in fraudulent Medicare claims. Dr. Dahlia Kirkpatrick and Emmanuel Komandu, owner of Baker-based Alpha Medical Solutions Inc., each face maximum... more »
  • Greek Company to Pay $700,000 in Pollution Case

    September 30, 2010 7:22 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Greek shipping company has been ordered to pay $700,000 in criminal penalties for violating federal pollution laws. Stanships Inc. of Athens, Greece, pleaded guilty in June to charges that one of its ships knowingly discharged oil in the Gulf of Mexico and falsified ship records... more »
  • Serranos Salsa Company Closes Suddenly in Lafayette

    September 28, 2010 4:05 PM

    Serranos Salsa Company closes suddenly. Employees were notified by phone Monday. They were told the restaurant was closing because business was too slow. Signage is already removed from the business on Johnston Street. The property is now for sale or lease by Stirling Properties. A sign posted at the building... more »
  • Egg Company to Apologize for Outbreak

    September 22, 2010 9:16 AM

    WASHINGTON - The owner of an Iowa egg company says in testimony prepared for a House hearing that he was "horrified" to learn that his eggs may have sickened as many as 1,600 people in an outbreak of salmonella poisoning this summer. Austin "Jack" DeCoster and his son, Peter DeCoster,... more »
  • Ex-Iberia Parish Sheriff, Company Facing Fine

    August 31, 2010 7:22 AM

    Former Iberia Parish Sheriff Sid Hebert is facing a misdemeanor federal charge in connection with a waste processing company he managed at the Port of Iberia. Hebert and the company, Environmental Compliance Solutions, each face charges under the federal Clean Water Act The Advocate reports a bill of information filed... more »
  • LA Company Pleaded Guilty to Discharging Waste Oil

    July 30, 2010 4:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Justice Department says a Louisiana company has pleaded guilty to discharging waste oil from one of its vessels on the high seas. Offshore Vessels LLC entered the plea Friday in U.S. District Court in New Orleans. Federal prosecutors say the company admitted that crew members... more »
  • Eunice Woman Allegedly Used Company Checks For Personal Debts

    July 13, 2010 4:56 PM

    St Landry Sheriff's office received complaint from Coastal Culvert in Eunice that a former employee, Lisa M Soileau, age 44, had used company checks to pay off credit card debts on personal accounts. This allegedly took place from Feb 2006 to June 2009. The value of the checks was over... more »
  • 2 Workers From Oil Rig Explosion Told Congress Company Cut Corners

    May 27, 2010 5:24 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Two workers injured when an oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico tell Congress that the companies in charge of the doomed drilling operation cut corners and neglected maintenance in a race toward higher profits. Laborer Stephen Stone told the House Judiciary Committee Thursday that the... more »
  • Shipping Company Discovers Drugs In Package, Makes Arrest

    January 15, 2010 6:59 PM

    A Lafayette shipping company intercepted a package containing thousands of dollars worth of marijuana. It contained two pounds of high grade pot. Police went to the address marked on the package, a residence on Van Buren, where police say they found three more pounds. The total value $38,000. ... more »
  • Lafayette Metro Narcotics Task Force Drug Bust

    January 15, 2010 12:41 PM

    On 1/14/10 the Lafayette Metro Narcotics Task Force received information that a local shipping company had received a package which possibly contained illegal narcotics. Metro Agents took possession of this package and it was discovered that it contained approximately 2 pounds of High grade marijuana. It was also discovered that... more »
  • Lafayette Based Shipping Company Aids In Gulf Rescue

    December 22, 2009 4:11 PM

    GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - A boat used by an elderly Houston-area man sailing to Mexico reached Texas a week after he was rescued in rough seas. The Houston Chronicle reports the 32-foot Enchantress was towed to Galveston on Tuesday. A Coast Guard helicopter on Dec. 15 hoisted 80-year-old Ken Ketchum... more »
  • Bayou Tigre Repairs

    October 30, 2009 9:13 AM

    The referenced Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development project to repair the bridge located at Bayou Tigre on La 330 has been awarded to Boland Marine & Mafg. Co., Inc. at a low bid cost of $432,900.00. The contractor has been issued a conditional work order start date of November... more »
  • Spice maker files suit over trademark violation

    October 23, 2009 8:39 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Ville Platte company that makes "Slap Ya Mama" Cajun seasoning has slapped a lawsuit for trademark infringement on an upstart spice company marketing under the name "Punch Ya Daddy." Walker & Sons, the family owned company that makes "Slap Ya Mama," alleges the similarity of... more »
  • Cleco bills expected to shrink by year's end services

    October 15, 2009 7:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Electricity customers with Cleco Power LLC are expected to see their utility bills drop by the end of the year. That's when the company's Rodemacher 3 power plant goes on line, a petroleum coke-fired generator in central Louisiana that will offer a cheaper... more »

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