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  • 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 »
  • Former Sorrento mayor back on the payroll Play Video

    June 18, 2014 6:32 PM

    SORRENTO - A former mayor who cost Sorrento half-a-million dollars in a car crash settlement is back on the town's payroll. Brenda Melancon was arrested, but never indicted, after a deadly wreck with a motorcycle in 2007. Now she's the clerk for Sorrento Police after the former clerk resigned.... more »
  • Sorrento voters can abolish police department

    June 13, 2014 7:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal signed legislation allowing the Sorrento Town Council to ask voters to abolish the elected office of police chief and the police department. Legislation was introduced by state Sen. Jody Amedee. Mayor Mike Lambert asked for the legislation after Police Chief Earl Theriot Jr. resigned... more »
  • Plan to shutter Sorrento PD on governor's desk Play Video

    June 2, 2014 9:53 PM

    SORRENTO - Lawmakers passed legislation that would allow voters to decide if the town's police department stays or goes. The Sorrento Police Department has been in the middle of controversy after losing its insurance coverage last year. It's currently without a full force because of the insurance snafu, and... more »
  • Sorrento asks Jindal not to appoint interim police chief

    May 21, 2014 6:42 AM

    SORRENTO - The Sorrento Town Council has asked Governor Bobby Jindal not to appoint an interim police chief to fill the vacancy left when Earl Theriot resigned in February. Three council members voted for the measure during a meeting Tuesday. The Governor's Office has said they would defer to the... more »
  • LSP: Man killed after hitting dump truck head-on

    April 15, 2014 12:49 PM

    SORRENTO - State Police said a Napoleonville man died after hitting a dump truck head-on with his car Tuesday morning. Troopers said Shelby G. Johnson, 36, crossed the center line for unknown reasons and hit the dump truck while driving along LA 70 in Ascension Parish around 10 a.m.... more »
  • Notice to get rid of Sorrento PD posted Play Video

    February 20, 2014 4:43 PM

    SORRENTO - The fate of a troubled police department could come down to a vote by the town council, and eventually its residents. Sorrento Mayor Mike Lambert published his plan to get rid of the police chief position and the department. Two weeks ago, the previous chief, Earl... more »
  • Sorrento voters could decide police dept.'s fate

    February 20, 2014 10:08 AM

    SORRENTO - Sorrento Mayor Mike Lambert is taking steps to bring to voters this fall the issue of abolishing the town's Police Department and police chief post. Lambert tells The Advocate he contacted state Sen. Jody Amedee, of Gonzales, about the legislative process involved shortly after the abrupt departure of... more »
  • City leaders delay decision on temporary police chief

    February 18, 2014 10:31 PM

    SORRENTO- City leaders delayed a decision on selecting an interim police chief Tuesday. Instead of dealing with the issue, the council decided it was best to wait until a special meeting next week. The town must appoint someone soon, or the governor's office will be required to make the... more »
  • Complaint: city leaders used power for personal gain Play Video

    February 18, 2014 9:34 PM

    SORRENTO - Two council members are accused of using their positions for personal gain. The Louisiana Ethics Commission is investigating Sorrento councilwoman Patti Poche for work done at her home. Also, a former town police officer accused Councilman Marvin Martin of having the city pay for plumbing work done... more »
  • Investigations loom over city, residents embarrassed Play Video

    February 17, 2014 9:08 PM

    SORRENTO - A visit to the town hall by the Louisiana Board of Ethics is not sitting well with people in Ascension Parish. One resident said the mounting scandals in her town are hard to deal with. "You hope that's going to be the worst," said Jenifer Tingle,... more »
  • In growing town debacle, ethics board visits city hall

    February 17, 2014 3:30 PM

    SORRENTO- The Louisiana Board of Ethics spent the morning at the town hall Monday, but details about why political inspectors were in Ascension Parish were not revealed. The board typically does not confirm or deny an investigation, which is usually prompted by a complaint. Details of complaints are also... more »
  • Still no insurance after Sorrento meeting Play Video

    February 4, 2014 10:28 PM

    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... more »
  • Sorrento gets additional insurance quote Play Video

    February 3, 2014 6:05 PM

    SORRENTO - The Sorrento town council has an additional insurance quote to consider ahead of their Feb. 4 council meeting. The quote, which was discussed briefly at the previous council meeting, offers liability insurance for the chief of police and his assistant for a premium of about $45,000 per... more »
  • Many in Sorrento without power

    January 29, 2014 10:57 AM

    SORRENTO - Entergy is working to restore power to nearly 500 customers in the Sorrento area. The company prepared for the worst with the latest winter blast, warning customers that electricity could be out for as long as five days. Crews were brought in from Arkansas to aid in... more »
  • No chief, no decision on insurance in Sorrento Play Video

    January 21, 2014 10:25 PM

    SORRENTO- The Chief of Police was absent from the council meeting Tuesday as his assistant presented the quote for liability insurance to town leaders. The quote, which was offered by a high risk insurer, wasn't complete enough for the council to make a decision, so it decided to table... more »
  • Sorrento has insurance quote to consider Play Video

    January 16, 2014 5:13 PM

    SORRENTO - The Sorrento Police Department received a quote for liability insurance that finally gives them the chance to reopen. Indian Harbor Insurance Company, a surplus line carrier, offered a quote for liability insurance for the department with a premium of $34,937 a year. Surplus lines are typically... more »
  • Sorrento chief patrolling without auto insurance Play Video

    January 14, 2014 5:36 PM

    SORRENTO, La. - Sorrento Police Chief Earl Theriot said he doesn't need basic auto insurance in order to patrol his town. Documents obtained by News 2 show that the basic auto insurance coverage for Sorrento Police was canceled Monday. This comes after Sorrento lost its insurance for the police... more »
  • Businesses worried about lack of Sorrento patrolling Play Video

    January 8, 2014 5:47 PM

    SORRENTO - For the first time, police officers didn't patrol the streets of Sorrento. Ascension Parish Sheriff's deputies will patrol Sorrento at night, but not from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Sorrento businesses are worried about not having police patrols during the day. "If we... more »
  • Sorrento won't have police presence during the day Play Video

    January 7, 2014 7:06 PM

    SORRENTO - The Sorrento City Council struck a deal with the Ascension Parish Sheriff Tuesday night that continues to have deputies patrol the town since the police department can not after losing its insurance coverage. But, the deal only guarantees a deputy in the town from 4:30 p.m. to... more »
  • Recall petition filed against Sorrento mayor

    November 22, 2013 10:15 AM

    SORRENTO- A pair of residents took the first steps Friday to recall Mayor Mike Lambert. Brain Sisk, chairman of the effort, and Donald Trabeaux, his co-chair, walked into the Secretary of State's office this morning to begin the petition. The pair can now officially collect the 348 signatures... more »
  • Sorrento residents planning two recalls Play Video

    November 20, 2013 5:37 PM

    SORRENTO - After a council meeting that left the town without a functioning police department and granted the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office the right to patrol the town, two elected officials will face a possible recall. Doris Lee and Ivan Bernuchaux, Jr., took the first steps to begin a... more »
  • Sorrento rejects police insurance offer Play Video

    November 19, 2013 6:28 PM

    SORRENTO - Town council members rejected an insurance proposal Tuesday night that would allow the Sorrento Police Department to continue operating, paving the way for the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office to take over protection for the town. "The sheriff saved the day," said Sorrento Mayor Mike Lambert. "I did... more »
  • Sorrento Mayor lashes out, citizen wants recall Play Video

    November 18, 2013 5:41 PM

    SORRENTO- Mayor Mike Lambert caused a scene at a special town council meeting when he erupted in front of the public and began yelling at the audience. During the meeting, he lashed out a police employee, telling her to "Keep your mouth shut!" while pointing into the audience. He... more »
  • Sorrento meeting provides more sparks than solutions Play Video

    November 16, 2013 1:24 PM

    SORRENTO - Sparks flew in Sorrento Saturday morning at a special meeting to decide on the future of the town's police department. Sorrento currently has only one quote on the table to provide insurance for the police department and an offer from the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office to step... more »
  • Sparks fly at special meeting in Sorrento

    November 16, 2013 12:32 PM

    SORRENTO - Sparks flew in Sorrento Saturday morning at a special meeting to decide the future of the Sorrento Police Department. Council members tabled discussions until Nov. 19 -- the same day the police department's current liability insurance ends. The town currently has one insurance quote on the... 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 »
  • Sorrento told options for limited police protection

    November 14, 2013 8:04 AM

    SORRENTO - With just five days remaining until liability insurance coverage for the Sorrento Police Department ends, town officials are quickly running out of options to continue police protection for residents. Options presented to council members at a special meeting Wednesday were to accept the lone insurance company willing... more »
  • Council: No insurance, no police department Play Video

    November 5, 2013 10:29 PM

    SORRENTO - Mayor Mike Lambert says it's up to an insurance company to accept the risk of taking on the Sorrento Police Department. The town has two weeks to find viable insurance to back its police department before the current insurance will lapse the morning of Nov. 19. ... more »
  • 911 call, pictures of wild party released

    October 22, 2013 11:45 PM

    SORRENTO- A father was concerned for the safety of what he believed to be a hundred or more drunk teenagers when he called 911 to report an underage, wild party in Ascension Parish this weekend. The 911 recordings were released exclusively to the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit Tuesday,... more »
  • Update: I-10 reopens after fatal crash

    October 21, 2013 6:10 AM

    SORRENTO - State Police have reopened I-10 westbound between Hwy. 22 and 44 following a deadly crash Monday. Troopers say two vehicles were involved in the accident just before 6 a.m. No word on how many passengers were inside or what may have led to the crash. more »
  • Sorrento Police Chief explains how he was grazed by bullet Play Video

    September 1, 2013 4:15 PM

    BELLE RIVER - Sorrento Police Chief Earl Theriot says he was grazed by a bullet this week while getting his Belle River camp ready for the Labor Day weekend. "I was just like this getting stuff out of my truck, and I heard the shot and I turned and... more »
  • Ascension probes sewer contract

    August 11, 2013 10:13 AM

    SORRENTO, La. - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating how an unfinished sewer repair project was awarded under a nearly two-year-old emergency order and partially paid for in advance in July 2012. Mayor Mike Lambert and town attorney Matthew Percy tell The Advocate that the Sheriff's Office is probing... more »
  • Mother, father arrested in front of kids after standoff Play Video

    July 10, 2013 5:52 PM

    SORRENTO - Police arrested Nicholas Lewis, 32, and his wife Kristen Lewis, 25, after an hours-long standoff in front of their Lee Street home. The arrested stemmed from a traffic stop that turned sour, leading police to the home. Witnesses said the couple barricaded themselves in the home... more »
  • Sorrento trailers deemed commercial Play Video

    July 8, 2013 6:06 PM

    SORRENTO- A group of trailers, purported to be single-family homes, were deemed to be commercial buildings according to the State Fire Marshal's Office. The trailers on Melancon St. in Sorrento have five exterior doors, but only one kitchen and living space. That's why the owners of the property claimed... more »
  • Sorrento cop reprimanded for parking illegally Play Video

    July 3, 2013 4:58 PM

    SORRENTO - Pictures of a Sorrento Police Officer parked in a handicapped parking spot are stirring controversy in the small Ascension Parish town. Sorrento Police Chief Earl Theriot isn't wasting any time disciplining the officer. ""What I'm going to do is write a letter of recommendation that he... more »
  • Sorrento gets new mayor Play Video

    July 2, 2013 6:02 PM

    SORRENTO - Mike Lambert will be sworn in as Sorrento's newest mayor tonight, alongside three new council people. It ends an era of former Mayor Wilson Longanecker, Jr., who caused controversy when he took extended leaves of absence and held executive sessions during council meetings. Now Lambert wants... more »
  • Some Sorrento residents get connected to clean water

    June 6, 2013 9:05 PM

    SORRENTO - After multiple complaints from residents on Bertrand Street in Sorrento, city council members are taking action. People there started noticing a sewerage type smell coming from the water pouring out of the faucet. Residents use private well water for things like bathing and laundry. They also complained... more »
  • People worried about tainted drinking water from waste pond Play Video

    June 5, 2013 10:56 PM

    SORRENTO - People who live on Bertrand Street in Sorrento are complaining about a smelly situation and they are worried about their drinking water. "It's like poop and you're smelling that in your house," said resident Cindy Luquette. "You don't want your house to smell like that." Luquette... more »
  • Charges could be filed against people who haven't paid bills Play Video

    June 4, 2013 10:27 PM

    SORRENTO - Delinquent water, sewer and trash customers in Sorrento could go to jail if they don't pay what they owe. It's the plan from the city council after discovering more than $11,000 in back bills where the people were still receiving services. It's an issue WBRZ News... more »
  • More people pay up after News 2 investigation

    May 29, 2013 10:14 PM

    SORRENTO- More people have paid overdue utility payments since a WBRZ News 2 investigation into why people were not paying, yet still receiving services such as water and trash collection. Around $1,000 has been collected in a week but somewhere around $10,000 is still owed. A town council... more »
  • People pay delinquent city bills after News 2 investigation

    May 24, 2013 10:20 PM

    SORRENTO- Leaders said a number of people showed-up at city hall to pay delinquent water, sewer, trash, and other city costs after a WBRZ News 2 investigation Thursday night. The story found people were not paying and services were not being disconnected, costing the city thousands of dollars. ... more »
  • Thousands owed to City of Sorrento Play Video

    May 23, 2013 9:30 PM

    SORRENTO - Several dozen people owe thousands of dollars to the City of Sorrento for city services like water, trash, sewer and even for the demolition of condemned properties. Some of the bills add up to more than $1,000. "We are operating a lot in the red," said Councilman... more »
  • Truck wreck closes highway near I-10

    May 13, 2013 2:53 PM

    SORRENTO - An 18-wheeler wreck shut down an intersection just off I-10 at Sorrento, according to emergency responders. The wreck happened around 1:30 p.m. at the intersection of LA 77 and Hwy. 20 south of Sorrento. According to the Sorrento Fire Department the truck was carrying topsoil and... more »
  • 16-year-old dies in crash

    May 4, 2013 6:00 PM

    SORRENTO, La. - A 16-year-old died in a single-vehicle crash around noon Saturday on I-10 westbound in Ascension Parish, according to Louisiana State Police. State Troopers say Gary Clark, Jr. was a passenger in a 2006 Cadillac CTS westbound on I-10 when the car ran off the roadway and... more »
  • Sorrento Mayor's race goes to runoff Play Video

    April 8, 2013 5:34 PM

    SORRENTO - The mayor of Sorrento's father could have a shot at taking his son's spot. Wilson Longanecker Sr. will face Mike Lambert in a runoff next month after this weekend's election yielded no majority winner. Wilson Longanecker Jr., the current mayor, lost his bid for a spot... more »
  • Sorrento chief defaults to 4th term

    March 5, 2013 9:55 PM

    SORRENTO- The town's police chief will serve a fourth term, since his only opponent left the race. The election was set for April. Earl Theriot has been in the spotlight recently for making bizarre comments to WBRZ News 2 reporters, asking questions about the department's spending. Those reports... more »
  • Third suspect wanted in "ZIP Code Thugs" murder

    January 31, 2013 5:43 PM

    SORRENTO - Ascension Parish deputies listed a third suspect today wanted in an execution-style murder. Investigators are looking for Darryl "Hoop" Jones in connection with the death of Gerald "Butta" Wilkins, who was found shot on Jan. 12. Cecil "Unc" Beals and Calvin "Dirt" Williams were already arrested... more »
  • "ZIP code thug" arrested, accused of murder

    January 29, 2013 6:16 PM

    SORRENTO - Sheriff's deputies said a Baton Rouge man has been arrested in connection with a murder earlier this month in Sorrento. Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley said Calvin "Dirt" Williams, 37, surrendered to U. S. Marshals in Baton Rouge. He was wanted for second-degree murder in the death... more »
  • Sorrento council approves cop's verbal resignation

    January 17, 2013 6:35 AM

    SORRENTO- The Sorrento Town Council has voted to accept the verbal resignation of police officer Tige Scott because Scott had failed for more than a month to respond to requests for his formal written resignation. Police Chief Earl Theriot told council members during their meeting Tuesday that Scott turned in... more »
  • Highway back open after tanker rollover

    January 9, 2013 3:18 PM

    SORRENTO - State Police said a tanker truck rolled over onto two other vehicles this afternoon south of Sorrento. It happened around 1 p.m. at La. 22's intersection with La. 70 just south of I-10. The road was closed until just before 5 p.m. State Police said there... more »
  • Sorrento hires 2 new police officers

    December 31, 2012 8:35 AM

    SORRENTO - The shorthanded Sorrento Police Department will get some much-needed help soon. The Town Council unanimously approved during a special meeting Friday the hiring of two new police officers. James Bell, who Police Chief Earl Theriot said had worked previously for the Scott Police Department, and former... more »
  • Boat comes off trailer, ties up traffic on I-10

    November 14, 2012 11:56 AM

    SORRENTO - State Police said a boat came loose from its trailer while traveling on I-10 near Sorrento today, but caused no injuries. It happened this morning on I-10 just west of the Airline Highway exit near Sorrento. A State Police spokesperson said the boat came free from... more »
  • Sorrento police claim harassment by chief

    November 12, 2012 12:05 PM

    SORRENTO - Three Sorrento police officers have threatened to file suit against the town and its Police Department, alleging harassment and retaliation by Police Chief Earl Theriot. An attorney for the three officers - Catherine Gil, Tige Scott and Kermit Givens - tells The Advocate he faxed a letter to... more »
  • Flood water forces interstate closure in Ascension Parish

    August 31, 2012 1:03 PM

    SORRENTO - Rising water from Hurricane Isaac forced eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 to be closed at LA 22 in Ascension Parish. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development says traffic is being diverted off the interstate at LA 22. Westbound lanes of I-10 are closed between I-55... more »
  • Sorrento's mayor missing in action Play Video

    July 16, 2012 5:59 PM

    SORRENTO - Mayor Wilson Longanecker, Jr., who won his seat by one vote, has not stepped foot in his office for 145 days. His extended leave began in February when he took a medical absence citing a foot surgery, but since then hasn't returned any phone calls, text messages... more »
  • Sorrento mayor, town attorney resigns

    April 19, 2011 3:34 PM

    SORRTENTO - Mayor Brenda Melancon, who was named interim mayor of Sorrento in October, has resigned from her post according to town officials. The town attorney, Erin Lanoux, has also stepped down according to town officials. Melancon reportedly resigned because of the recent news of irregularities in the... more »
  • Judge orders election for eight people in Sorrento

    April 18, 2011 11:23 AM

    GONZALES - An Ascension Parish judge has ordered a restricted election to let eight people who weren't able to vote in the Sorrento mayoral election cast their ballots. Wilson Longanecker, Jr. was originally declared the winner of the April 2 election, beating Randy Anny by just eight votes. ... more »
  • Sorrento still fighting over mayor race

    April 15, 2011 10:23 PM

    SORRENTO- There is still no clear answer to who is Mayor of Sorrento. Wilson Longanecker Junior beat Randy Anny by only eight votes in the election earlier this month. But there are questions about whether a part of town should have been allowed to cast ballots at all. ... more »
  • Wrecked truck, grounded helicopter ties up traffic

    January 19, 2011 6:45 PM

    SORRENTO - A two-vehicle crash and a broken-down helicopter called out to help caused chaos for in Ascension Parish Wednesday morning. Police Chief Earl Theriot Jr. said a pickup rear-ended an 18-wheeler on Airline Highway as the truck was turning into Sorrento Lumber Co. Inc. Theriot said the driver of... more »
  • Student identified in safety equipment accident

    October 29, 2010 4:37 PM

    SORRENTO – The student from River Parish’s College Ascension Campus who authorities said died in a training accident earlier today has been identified. Chief Deputy Tony Bacala with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said 19-year-old Joshua Wallace was climbing a utility pole this morning as part of the electric... more »
  • Student killed in accident at an Ascension community college

    October 29, 2010 10:32 AM

    SORRENTO - A student from River Parish's College Ascension Campus has died in a training accident, according to authorities. Chief Deputy Tony Bacala with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said the student was climbing a utility pole this morning as part of the electric line technician course when the... more »

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