Sorrento Police Mismanaged

SORRENTO, La. (AP) – The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office found no criminal intent in its investigation into the Sorrento Police Department.

Sheriff Jeff Wiley tells The Advocate (http://bitly.com/RoicPh ) he concluded after the roughly two-month investigation that Sorrento is a “dysfunctional town.”

Wiley says the town needs to consider whether it's providing the proper services to its residents or if it needs to become part of the parish again, where it would receive coverage from the sheriff's office.

Mayor Wilson Longanecker Jr. stopped short of saying he agreed with Wiley's recommendation.

Wiley said his office was presented a list of allegations against the police department, including alleged payroll fraud, evidence mishandling and illegal use of department vehicles. He says deputies didn't find any criminal activity.

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