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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »