Small town of Sunset reeling from Wednesday’s slayings — suspect has lengthy criminal record

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK --  The owner of Sunset Mini Mart, who declined to give his name, stands outside of his business as he and others begin boarding it up Thursday, August 27, 2015, in Sunset, La. Harrison Lee Riley Jr. drove a car into the front of the store Wednesday after allegedly stabbing three people, killing one, and fatally shooting Sunset Police Officer Henry Nelson.

He was somewhat of an outsider to this small town straddling a rural highway of antique shops, liquor stores and Cajun-inflected arts and music joints. Those who knew the four Johnson sisters, one of whom was slain Wednesday and another critically knifed on the very lawn where they were… Continue reading →

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Paddlin’ down the Mighty Mississippi

Photo provided by Nicholas Martino -- Stand-up paddle board racer Jason Jeffirs competes in the 2014 Big River Regional Stand Up Paddle Board Race on the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge.

From the works of Mark Twain to the songs of Johnny Cash, the Mississippi River flows through the country’s collective imagination. In Baton Rouge, the river is heavily traveled by gigantic barges and other industrial vessels. Now, the waterway has… Continue reading →


Food & Dining

Review: Siro’s serves up solid bistro fare

Advocate photo by PATRICIA GANNON -- Siro Bistro's onion soup is made in the classic French bistro tradition.

When life handed Mark Stroud lemons, like any good restaurateur, he made lemonade. “We were forced to move when Lafayette General Medical Center took over and gutted the building to make offices,” he said, effectively putting an end to his two… Continue reading →


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