According to a recent Inspector General report, there has been a flagrant abuse of power taking place on the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors. “After reviewing available documentation and conducting interviews” state investigators concluded that board member Donald G. Lambert, Sr., a Kenner contractor, delayed the group’s handling of an examination waiver because the applicant owed his son money. The report states that Lambert “personally requested that a staff member remove [Bruce Dalrymple’s] application” and later left a voicemail for Executive Director Charles Marceaux that the debt had been paid and he “would not object to the board granting Mr. Dalrymple’s request.” Since Lambert’s actions “may have circumvented state law and circumvented board procedure,” the Inspector General’s Office recommended that the case be forwarded to the state Board of Ethics for further investigation. In a lengthy written response, Lambert denies the allegations and says “at no time did I ever take any action which could be deemed unethical and/or improper.”
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.