And folks he added a good bit of detail to the Pappy Kershenstine arrest warrant saga in a story that is a must read. This snippet confirms who did the dropping of the charges against Kershenstine:
Sheriff’s Office spokesman Col. John Fortunato said the warrant was recalled at the request of the district attorney’s office.
That said I am hearing rumblings certain contractors are receiving a fresh looksie from certain interested parties. We’ll see.
In early March I highlighted a bit of Goatherder legal jackassery when I profiled Danny Abel’s attempts to quash an arrest warrant for Coastal Shoring owner Jerl “Pappy” Kershenstine using civil litigation tactics. Those tactics did not work out so well for Kershenstine in the courtroom.
That said the homeowner in question was amenable to any reasonable offer Coastal Shoring would make to resolve the situation and so with Plan A of passing civil litigation threats etc not proving very effective someone with some sense must have grabbed Pappy by the ear and convinced him to make the homeowner whole and thus happy. It was a sound strategy regardless of how it came down as the homeowner has been released to hired another shoring company and the fraud charges against Kershenstine have been dropped.
Sunday, the T-P’s Hammerman checked in with another good installment covering the Home Elevation Grant boondoggle. It is a long story that I will not rehash today but the bottom line Hammerman found a bit of silver lining to homeowner protections belated added to the program by the Jindal Administration. I will not dispute the silver lining part but there was one part of the story where a huge red flag was raised and I say that as someone who knows a thing or two about construction finance. Let’s highlight it:
Of the 12 busiest elevation contractors, only the two with the richest share of the grants — Orleans Shoring and J-Con/Davie Shoring — have managed to get final payments on more than 80 percent of their projects. The state has signed off on nearly 500 jobs done by Orleans, and on 439 for J-Con/Davie.
The next closest is Coastal Shoring, with 290 jobs that received advance grant payments. But fewer than 60 percent of Coastal’s jobs have received final payment, and there’s a warrant out for owner Jerl Kershenstine’s arrest on contractor fraud charges for allegedly collecting grant money to lift a Kenner house, failing to do the job and refusing to let the owner change contractors. Kershenstine is arguing it’s a false arrest.
More troubling is that Coastal is far from the only firm taking more than six months to finish lift jobs after getting 80 percent of the money up front. The state considers more than a third of the 242 contractors with active, grant-financed jobs “noncompliant” because more than half of their projects are still unfinished six months after they were paid the advance. Continue reading “Puttin’ the Hammer down: Home elevation horror stories and rumored happy endings (Updated)”
This is a valid question since last hearing Abel stood up District Court Judge Glen Ansardi. I hope to hear something from the Gretna courthouse on this matter later today folks. Hopefully Hammerman is there as well.
Folks do you get the feeling the Aaron Broussard cronies at Coastal Shoring are feeling a bit paranoid these days? Before we get to the latest jackassery from Danny Abel let’s review:
Did I say there was a warrant issued for Jerl Kershenstine’s arrest? Actually I did and it is true as it is alleged Kershenstine’s company, Coastal Shoring, helped itself to money that it was not entitled from a grant recipient. Now we’ve covered Coastal Shoring some here on Slabbed and it was in fact this post which contained a good bit on Coastal Shoring that finally pushed the Goatherders to SLAPP sue me in Nova Scotia. And that doesn’t count Lockem’s guest post on the topic.
As the above links indicate, Coastal Shoring has a few management problems to go along with the psychological ones and those would certainly Continue reading “About all this brouhaha surrounding Jerl Kershenstine’s arrest warrant: They call me quashed”