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Still no insurance after Sorrento meeting

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Posted: Feb 4, 2014 10:28 PM by Brittany Weiss
Updated: Feb 5, 2014 7:02 AM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Sorrento, police, insurance, quote, chief, council

SORRENTO - The Sorrento City Council tabled two insurance quote offers that would insure the police department Tuesday night.

The Sorrento Police Department was dissolved after it lost coverage in November. The chief and assistant are still patrolling the town and answering calls during the day, while the sheriff's department patrols the town at night and during the weekends through March.

At the meeting, leaders learned one quote offers liability insurance for only the chief and his assistant and has a premium of $45,000. The quote wouldn't cover sexual abuse and molestation or assault and battery claims without an additional cost.

Policy writers of another quote asked for more time to offer a better price and more coverage and possibly decreasing the deductible.

Chief Earl Theriot, who was present at Tuesday's council meeting is under scrutiny by his colleagues who want him to step down.

Last month, an attorney filed a lawsuit that targets Chief Theriot, alleging he picked up a drunk woman and bought her alcohol. In court documents, the woman said the chief forced her to perform oral sex on him while she was bound and cuffed.

The chief was not interested in talking about that at the meeting.

"Talk to my attorney," Theriot said when he was asked about the lawsuit. "That's all I can tell you. Talk to my attorney."

At the next meeting, the council will discuss the two tabled insurance quotes, tractor repairs for summer grass cutting and an Eatel rate hike.

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