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  • 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »

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