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  • Zachary man dies in crash on LA 22 in Sorrento

    June 9, 2017 6:06 PM

    SORRENTO – A Zachary man is dead following a single vehicle crash on LA 22, east of LS 936, in Ascension Parish. According to Louisiana State Police, the crash took the life of 34-year-old Dustin Good. The crash occurred on Friday around 3 a.m. when Good was traveling west... more »
  • Weekend closure of I-10 moved to next weekend

    June 1, 2017 10:19 AM

    SORRENTO – A total closure of I-10 East will be put on hold until the weekend of June 9-12, the state announced Thursday. A closure was planned for June 2, 3 and 4. Crews will instal a repaired section of the overpass above I-10 that was previously damaged. Earlier... more »
  • I-10 reopens at Sorrento; see how crews removed interstate bridge Play Video

    March 6, 2017 9:38 AM

    SORRENTO – The closed stretch of I-10 east in Ascension Parish re-opened overnight, nearly a day ahead of schedule after a weekend-long closure so crews could make repairs to a bridge section. As scheduled, both eastbound lanes of I-10 closed at the US 61 exit Friday night. The lanes... more »
  • Gunfire outside Sorrento landfill escalates environmental fight Play Video

    January 17, 2017 12:32 AM

    SORRENTO- As workers entered the BFI Colonial Landfill on Highway 70 Monday morning, witnesses say a woman shot her gun in the air after yelling at them. A short time later Ascension Parish Sheriff deputies arrested Genie LeBlanc, 62, charging her with a misdemeanor offense. LeBlanc was on her... more »
  • Seven students suffer minor injuries in Sorrento bus crash

    January 13, 2017 7:26 PM

    SORRENTO – First responders say seven students were injured, three of those taken to the hospital, after a school bus was involved in a crash in Sorrento Friday afternoon. The crash happened in the 8300 block of Main Street just after 6 p.m. Sources tell WBRZ’s Brett Buffington that... more »
  • UPDATE: I-10 east lane closure postponed

    January 4, 2017 5:23 PM

    SORRENTO – State traffic officials say the planned closure of both I-10 eastbound lanes at US 61 has been postponed. According to a statement released by DOTD Wednesday, the full interstate closure was planned for Friday, Jan. 13 at 9 p.m. Crews were planned to remove the damaged section... more »
  • Residents against landfill expansion in Sorrento Play Video

    January 3, 2017 6:29 PM

    SORRENTO – A controversial landfill is up for discussion in Sorrento Tuesday night. The BFI Colonial Landfill is trying to renew a permit and apply for a football field-sized expansion. However, residents who live close to the landfill are not happy with the proposed expansion. One resident, Tony... more »
  • Lanes reopen on I-10 east after accident near Sorrento

    November 4, 2016 1:31 PM

    SORRENTO – All lanes are open following an accident near US 61 that blocked the left lane of I-10 East near Sorrento Friday afternoon. The accident happened just after 12 p.m. Friday. DOTD officials say that congestion from the incident has reached three miles in length. Preliminary sources... more »
  • I-10 westbound closed at Sorrento due to accident

    October 21, 2016 5:42 PM

    SORRENTO – Traffic officials said that the left lane of I-10 west is closed to traffic after an accident near Sorrento Friday afternoon. According to DOTD, the accident happened around 4:28 p.m. Friday on I-10 just past LA 22. Traffic is currently passing through the right lane. ... more »
  • All lanes now open on the Sunshine Bridge

    September 21, 2016 7:00 AM

    SORRENTO - All lanes are now open on the Sunshine Bridge. Wednesday morning, all lanes of the Sunshine Bridge were closed westbound due to an accident with injury. There are several miles on delay on LA 44 southbound and LA 70 westbound. Commuters may take the Veterans Memorial... more »
  • Sorrento councilman pleads not guilty to theft, forgery charges

    September 8, 2016 10:34 AM

    GONZALES - Sorrento Councilman Randy Anny pleaded not guilty to theft and forgery charges in court on Thursday. Anny and Baton Rouge attorney Roy Maughan Jr. are accused of misappropriating more than $77,000 of town money in 2013. Maughan pleaded not guilty as well. Anny was serving as... more »
  • Sorrento church offering free supplies to flood-impacted residents

    August 24, 2016 12:55 PM

    SORRENTO- The Sorrento Baptist Church is prepared to distribute much needed supplies to those impacted by the recent flood. The supplies were delivered from out of state donors and include items, like diapers, cleaning materials and deodorant. Church organizers say the supplies are available on a first come, first... more »
  • Sorrento mom: 'I have nowhere to go.' Play Video

    August 16, 2016 2:09 PM

    SORRENTO – A Sorrento mother was brought to tears Tuesday after returning to her home to find it flooded with water. The single mother of two girls told WBRZ’s Earl Phelps that she evacuated Monday night to Pierre Part after battling rising waters Monday afternoon. She said the... more »
  • Voluntary evacuations spread as flood waters rise in Ascension

    August 15, 2016 11:54 PM

    SORRENTO - Ascension Parish residents are preparing for the worst on Monday night as flood water began to creep across major roadways. Parts of Airline Highway are underwater due to the heavy rains that fell across the area earlier last weekend. Parish officials are predicting that both sides... more »
  • Voluntary evacuation ordered for Sorrento residents

    August 15, 2016 7:23 PM

    S ORRENTO – Officials in Ascension Parish are asking residents in Sorrento to evecuate due to rising flood waters in the area. Sorrento officials say they expect water to potentially rise 3-4 feet over the next 12 hours. Ascension Parish authorities say residents can evacuate to the Lamar... more »
  • Judge awards $50K over alleged sex assault by police chief

    August 1, 2016 5:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge has awarded $50,000 in damages to a woman who accused a former Louisiana police chief of sexually assaulting her in his office while she was drunk and he was on duty. U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick's ruling Monday says the town of Sorrento... more »
  • NEW DETAILS: Sorrento council member and BR attorney indicted on theft and forgery charges

    June 16, 2016 1:55 PM

    SORRENTO – Sorrento Council member Randy Anny and Baton Rouge attorney Roy Maughan Jr. have been indicted on theft and forgery charges. According to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, Council member Anny was indicted on one count of theft, three counts of forgery, one count of malfeasance and one... more »
  • Judge finds police chief violated woman's rights in sexual assault lawsuit Play Video

    June 6, 2016 2:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge has ruled that a former Louisiana police chief violated the civil rights of a woman who accused the man of sexually assaulting her in his office while she was drunk and he was on duty. U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick didn't immediately rule Monday... more »
  • Repairs to begin on closed I-10 West access ramp near Sorrento

    April 28, 2016 4:24 PM

    SORRENTO - State Senator Eddie Lambert says work will begin soon to repair the US 61 northbound access ramp to I-10 westbound near Sorrento. The ramp has remained closed since October 2015 after a construction vehicle with an over-height load collided with the ramp’s structure. “According to the... more »
  • Former Sorrento police officer sentenced for indecent behavior with juvenile

    March 21, 2016 3:23 PM

    SORRENTO - A former Sorrento police officer, 36-year old Owen Ockman Jr., was sentenced to 5 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections for indecent behavior with a juvenile. Ockman, of Gonzales, was found guilty on one count of the above charge by an Ascension Parish Jury back in April... more »
  • Catching Child Predators: Inside look at State's Cyber Crime Unit Play Video

    March 17, 2016 6:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE- It's a job that has no end in sight and a case load that grows by the day. We're talking about state investigators who try to catch men and women who prey on children. Those convicted are public officials, those fighting for justice and average Joes. We've... more »
  • Post office clerk pepper-sprayed during hold up Tuesday in Sorrento

    February 9, 2016 12:18 PM

    SORRENTO - Sheriff's deputies surrounded the post office in this small town Tuesday after an unidentified woman tried to rob the facility. Deputies said the woman told the worker she needed stamps, then pulled out what looked like a gun. The weapon was actually a water gun filled with... more »
  • Troopers identify 2nd victim in deadly crash on I-10

    February 3, 2016 8:39 PM

    SORRENTO - Investigators say speed is a suspected factor in an I-10 crash near Sorrento that took the lives of a pair of California residents and hospitalized another Wednesday night. Louisiana State Police say the crash happened in the eastbound lanes of I-10 east of LA 22 in Ascension... more »
  • Former mayor Longanecker pleads guilty to child porn, animal cruelty Play Video

    January 19, 2016 12:43 PM

    GONZALES - The former Mayor of Sorrento, Wilson Longanecker Jr. pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to possessing child porn and animal cruelty in an Ascension Parish Courtroom. Longanecker's deal for his guilty plea to all 50 charges gets him 40 years behind bars, according to authorities. He will receive credit... more »
  • Troopers identify passengers in fatal wreck near Sorrento

    November 8, 2015 9:15 PM

    SORRENTO – Police have identified all four passengers in a vehicle that flipped on I-10 near Sorrento Saturday and became partially submerged in water. With the assistance of the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab, the family members of the deceased identified two of the occupants in the vehicle. ... more »
  • Police: three confirmed dead in single-car crash in Sorrento

    November 7, 2015 10:50 PM

    SORRENTO - State police confirmed three people were killed in a single-car crash on I-10 in Sorrento Saturday night. According to Louisiana State Police, two males and one female were killed when their vehicle flipped over and submerged in water near mile marker 189 on I-10 before Sorrento. They said... more »
  • Randy Anny, wife plead not guilty to fraud, conspiracy Play Video

    September 3, 2015 12:49 PM

    SORRENTO - A Sorrento Council member and his wife pleaded not guilty to federal charges they illegally claimed thousands of dollars of Gulf oil spill recovery money. Randy Anny and his wife Barbara entered their pleas in federal court in Baton Rouge Thursday morning. They both face charges of... more »
  • Oil spill fraud charges against Sorrento councilman, wife

    August 6, 2015 3:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Sorrento city council member and his wife have been indicted on federal charges alleging fraud in a claim for damages resulting from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. A Thursday news release from Baton Rouge-based U.S. Attorney Walt Green says Randy Anny and Barbara... more »
  • Councilman, wife accused of making false oil spill claim

    August 6, 2015 2:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment Thursday which accuses Sorrento councilman Randy Anny and his wife Barbara of illegally claiming thousands of dollars of Gulf oil spill recovery money. U. S. Attorney Walt Green said Anny and his wife face federal charges of conspiracy and wire fraud.... more »
  • Louisiana police agency abolished amid scandals

    May 20, 2015 9:57 AM

    SORRENTO- Marred by lawsuits, federal charges and a disgraced former police chief, the Sorrento Police Department has officially been shut down by the town council. The Sorrento Town Council unanimously approved Tuesday an ordinance to abolish the police department. The town's voters had agreed in November to abolish the Police... more »
  • Flipped RV closes I-10E past Gonzales

    May 11, 2015 12:04 PM

    SORRENTO - State Police said an overturned recreational vehicle caused traffic to stack up on I-10 East starting at milepost 189 about 10 miles east of Gonzales Monday morning. Troopers announced all lanes of I-10E were back open shortly after 12:30 p.m. when vehicle recovery efforts were completed. ... more »
  • Report: Sorrento councilman target of federal raid Play Video

    February 25, 2015 6:22 PM

    SORRENTO - Men wearing FBI jackets descended on the home of councilman Randy Anny Tuesday morning and left with a high-dollar fishing boat, according to TheCreole.com . The FBI would not confirm that they are investigating the councilman, but images captured by the Ascension-based website show agents milling around... more »
  • Parents review bus camera footage after son is forgotten on bus Play Video

    February 6, 2015 10:32 PM

    SORRENTO - Parents of a six-year-old who was left on a bus earlier this week reviewed on-board camera footage Friday and said the video device recorded their son having a two-minute seizure as he sat alone on the special needs bus. The driver and bus aid got off and... more »
  • Parents: Child forgotten on bus had a seizure Play Video

    February 5, 2015 10:49 PM

    SORRENTO - A six-year-old boy left on a bus after two school system employees neglected to check the bus properly before getting off likely had a seizure, the boy's doctors told his parents. Anthony Lipps-Fugarino suffers from epilepsy and takes a special needs bus to Sorrento Primary. Tuesday morning,... more »
  • Police department mystery about missing items Play Video

    January 29, 2015 10:32 PM

    SORRENTO - There's a mystery at the empty police station: what happened to department items that went missing? Wednesday, one was returned. The Bushmaster M4 11.5 inch barrel assault rifle was left on the porch of the police chief's home. "I opened the door to see what was... more »
  • Barnett submits resignation from Sorrento Police

    January 21, 2015 11:10 AM

    SORRENTO - The last chief of the Sorrento Police Department submitted her resignation this week, signaling the final chapter for the scandal-plagued department. Fern Barnett's resignation was accepted with a 3-2 vote. Mayor Mike Lambert was the tiebreaker. Citizens voted to shutter the department this past November. Sorrento... more »
  • Audit shows Sorrento still with delinquent unpaid accounts Play Video

    January 19, 2015 6:40 PM

    SORRENTO - An independent audit found the town of Sorrento still unable to collect on past due accounts but the mayor says the numbers are inaccurate. The audit found that Sorrento experienced a net operating loss of more than 100,000 dollars over the last two years in utility operations.... more »
  • Teen's recovery promising, family seeking help Play Video

    January 2, 2015 9:23 PM

    SORRENTO - The family of a teen still recovering from a deadly New Year's Eve accident is looking for help with the financial troubles that will soon follow. Wednesday, Dakota Guedry, 18, and Erin Guillotte, 17, were hit by a car while crossing Highway 22 on their ATV around... more »
  • Teen remains critical days after ATV crash Play Video

    January 1, 2015 9:45 PM

    SORRENTO - A teen is still in critical condition after an ATV crash on New Year's Eve. It happened on Highway 22 in Ascension Parish. The ATV collided with a car around 10 p.m., according to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office. Dakota Guedry, 18, suffered multiple injuries including... more »
  • Town council approves 'Going out of Business Sale' for police

    December 16, 2014 10:45 PM

    SORRENTO- The town council overwhelmingly approved selling off police equipment Tuesday night. City leaders declared police cruisers, guns, desks - everything once used by officers - as surplus property. It allows the city to sell the merchandise to other area departments or at a public auction. Last month,... more »
  • Police department to hold 'Going out of Business' sale Play Video

    December 15, 2014 8:50 PM

    SORRENTO - Town leaders are set to approve the sale of police equipment, no longer needed since the town closed its police department. Tuesday, the Sorrento Town Council will vote on a measure to "declare police equipment as surplus". Several hundred items will likely go to the highest bidder.... more »
  • Man killed in single vehicle crash near Sorrento

    November 26, 2014 11:28 AM

    SORRENTO - State police are investigating a single vehicle crash that killed a Baton Rouge man early Wednesday morning in Ascension Parish. According to troopers, the crash that took the life of 27-year-old Brandon Jamal Guillory happened shortly after 5:15 a.m. when his vehicle ran off I-10 west of... more »
  • Sorrento chief: People 'don't need to know' what I'm doing Play Video

    November 20, 2014 5:52 PM

    SORRENTO - After leaving the police department locked up for two days while she was sick, Fern Barnett was back in the office today, but wouldn't go into detail on her daily routine as the newly elected chief of police. As a News 2 camera rolled, Barnett was asked... more »
  • Grandma chief of officer-less force wants her salary Play Video

    November 6, 2014 10:16 PM

    SORRENTO - The new police chief attended Thursday's town council meeting, set on getting her salary even though voters shutdown her department two days earlier. Fern Barnett won the election for Sorrento's chief of police by default when other candidates resigned ahead of the election. The department has no... more »
  • Sorrento PD chief sits on resignation decision Play Video

    November 5, 2014 6:26 PM

    SORRENTO - The people of Sorrento voted to abolish their police department, but current police chief Fern Barnett says she hasn't made a decision to resign or not yet. She released this statement Wednesday: "I gave the residents a chance to make a choice. They made their choice, now... more »
  • Bond set for ex-Sorrento mayor following child porn arrest

    October 27, 2014 9:51 AM

    SORRENTO - A judge set bond for the former mayor of Sorrento who was arrested Thursday and charged with 40 counts of possessing child porn. Wilson Longanecker, Jr.'s bond is set at $1,025,000. In addition to the child porn charges, the former mayor is also charged with one count... more »
  • Volunteer firefighters talk safety at Sorrento Primary

    October 17, 2014 2:22 PM

    SORRENTO - With the month of October nationally designated as Fire Prevention Month, firefighters visited Sorrento Primary School on Friday morning to present fire prevention information to students. Students enjoyed live demonstrations of the actual techniques and tools used in the field by members of the Sorrento Volunteer Fire... more »
  • New police chief has big goals, bigger challenges Play Video

    October 15, 2014 6:36 PM

    SORRENTO - The unfunded and uninsured police department of Sorrento has a new police chief, but local leaders say it won't last. Fern Barnett, 71, took over last week after the last of her opponents in the police chief's election dropped out of the race. The grandmother of 17... more »
  • Great-grandmother becomes Sorrento's police chief

    October 14, 2014 4:16 PM

    SORRENTO- A 71-year-old great-grandmother appears to be the de facto police chief of this small town since all of her opponents withdrew. Fern Barnett is now listed as the "unopposed" candidate on the Secretary of State's candidate's list. Barnett is listed as a Democrat. "Different things have been... more »
  • Sorrento makes no moves on $500,000 lawsuit Play Video

    October 7, 2014 9:40 PM

    SORRENTO - City leaders met in executive session Tuesday to discuss a $500,000 lawsuit filed by a woman who said the town's former chief of police assaulted her while she was detained. Earl Theriot resigned in February over the allegation. He was convicted of lying to the FBI about... more »
  • Victims in deadly I-10 wreck identified Play Video

    October 3, 2014 9:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State Police said two Baton Rouge women were not wearing their seat belts when they wrecked and died in a crash on I-10 Friday morning. Troopers said Keona K. Bobo, 21, and her passenger Brittany J. Bright, 20, died in the wreck east of Highway 61... more »
  • Ascension Sheriff offers deal to Sorrento Play Video

    October 2, 2014 6:09 PM

    SORRENTO- Sheriff Jeff Wiley thinks he can provide superior police protection for a fraction of what it would cost to reanimate the lifeless Sorrento Police Department. City records show the town was willing to spend as much as $448,000 to outfit the Sorrento Police Department, but Sheriff Wiley says... more »
  • Sorrento councilman wants police department gone Play Video

    September 15, 2014 6:01 PM

    SORRENTO - The voters will get to decide if the police department should be abolished when they hit the polls in November. The Police Department has been defunct since it lost liability coverage last year and the chief of police resigned after he lied to the FBI about a... more »
  • Three vying for chief of officer-less police department

    August 22, 2014 9:01 PM

    SORRENTO - Three people have qualified to run for a job that, in its current form, has no responsibilities. Fern Barnett, Jerry LeBlanc, and "C.J." Martin are running for police chief in this small Ascension Parish town. Earlier this summer, the town council cut the department's budget to nothing... more »
  • 71-year-old great-grandmother campaigning for police chief spot

    August 20, 2014 10:04 PM

    SORRENTO- A 71-year-old great-grandmother has entered the race for police chief in this small town. Fern Barnett, who had been a clerk for the city and the department, qualified for the election on the first day candidates could sign up. By Wednesday evening, she was the only person listed... more »
  • Interim chief fired, town shutters police force Play Video

    August 19, 2014 9:51 PM

    SORRENTO - After supporting a measure to fire the interim police chief, the mayor of this small town is asking residents to disband the department. "I think we are better served by the Ascension Parish Sheriff's office. We cannot provide the services that they can provide," mayor Mike Lambert... more »
  • Lawsuit is another black eye for gutted Sorrento PD Play Video

    August 12, 2014 10:08 PM

    SORRENTO - The town is being sued after an accident involving one of its police officers. Last September, officer James Bell was involved in an accident on Airline Highway inside town limits. The crash happened before the force was dropped by its insurance provider and before the town council... more »
  • Sorrento council to vote on police department Play Video

    July 22, 2014 5:55 PM

    SORRENTO - The town council will vote on a motion to let Sorrento residents decide the fate of their police department and chief of police position. After legislation was passed at the Capitol earlier this year to allow the town to abolish the position and the department, the council... more »
  • Sorrento Police have options to stay open Play Video

    November 14, 2013 4:24 PM

    SORRENTO - The Sorrento Police Department has one offer on the table to provide insurance to keep the department open. The town of Sorrento is currently considering the only liability insurance quote they have of $67,692. That's nearly $40,000 more than the department's current insurance, which is set to... more »

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