Case against Wallace Davis dismissed
The case against Wallace Davis, former alderman and owner of Wallace Catfish Corner was thrown out of court Aug. 10. The case was heard at Harrison and Kedzie, Branch 43.
Mr. Davis and his attorney, Dennis A. Berkson, said although the case was thrown out, they will now seek a civil lawsuit against the Chicago Police Dept. The 11th District police arrested Davis on June 28 after he came to the rescue of a lady who was being accosted by a deranged man with a butcher knife. The incident occurred outside Davis’ restaurant and as he ran out to help the woman, the police ended up arresting, beating and injuring Davis.
Loretto Hospital honors Spann
Loretto Hospital will host a reception Aug. 25 to rename their newly redesigned board room in honor of Leola Spann. Mayor Daley has officially proclaimed Aug. 25 as Leola Spann Day in the city of Chicago.
A ribbon-cutting will take place at 6 p.m. on the sixth floor of the hospital, which is located at 645 S. Central Ave. The public is invited.
Steve Drucker, Loretto’s president/CEO will present five scholarships to Austin High graduates in Mrs. Spann’s honor.
“The graduates will each receive $1,000 from Renaissance Hospital Management on behalf of Loretto Hospital,” Drucker said.
Radio/television personality Richard Steele will serve as Master of Ceremonies.
Mrs. Spann died Easter Sunday at the age of 71. She led the Northwest Austin Council for years and worked tirelessly as an advocate for the West Side.
For more information, call 773/854-5063.
Jackson Block Club honors collegians
Just in time for back-to-school activities, the Jackson Blvd. Block Club honored college freshmen at this year’s summer block club event, which took place Thursday at 5500 W. Jackson.
Planning for the event began about a month ago when the members of the Jackson Block Club began meeting at the Prince of Peace Baptist Church (located at 5448 W. Van Buren) to discuss the theme for this summer’s event.
“Last summer, we chose to honor the many elderly people who live on the block that generally fall beneath the notice of others in the neighborhood,” said John Hunter, president of the Jackson Blvd. Block Club. “However, this year we decided to recognize the recent high school graduates in the community, both to motivate them in their entrance into college and to serve as inspiration for others on the block.”
Each of the students acknowledged live between 5300 and 5500 W. Jackson. They will receive a certificate of congratulations as well as a check for $50.
Since Hunter became President of the JBBC in 1996, it has worked with the Chicago Police Department to seek help for those with debillitating addictions, supported the building of more single family units in the area and worked with teens in the community to inspire them to get their high school degrees.