Stabbing victim remains hospitalised

first_imgThe three houses that were set alight on SundaySophia rampage…mother denies connection between stabbing and firesAlvano Williams, the 29-year-old minibus conductor who was stabbed about the body in B Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown on Sunday, after which a group said to be representing him rampaged through the area remains hospitalised.However, his mother is now denying having knowledge of the two incidents being connected.Bridget Williams, the victim’s mother, said that she was able to speak to her son, who claims that he has no knowledge of the series of fires set in his community.According to the woman, her son revealed that he was on the road with his girlfriend when he was approached by three men and was asked “is story you want?”However, she stated that Williams replied with expletives which prompted one of the men called “Gaza”, who is now in Police custody, to plunge a spade into his chest.She added that her son relayed that he had a cutlass on his person at the time which he drew, but was disarmed, so he attempted to flee.In the process of fleeing, Williams reportedly fell to the ground when he was further attacked with his own cutlass and chopped about his body.His mother revealed that the fight stemmed from an incident, which occurred on Thursday last.The girlfriend of the perpetrator, Kerry (only name given) was at the Sophia bus park when the victim asked whether she would be travelling with him, and she replied: “I ain’t going in no crassing bus.”As such, Williams responded negatively and told her “you and you man is two crass”. This was reported to the perpetrator, who stopped the said bus as it was proceeding to Sophia and started the fight with Williams.When questioned about the three houses being set alight allegedly by members of a gang that her son was involved with, Bridget Williams claimed that she was not aware that the two incidents were related.On Sunday, about 08:30h, Williams was stabbed when he was escorting his girlfriend to work on Dennis Street, Sophia. However, an angry mob rushed to the aid of Williams forcing the suspect to flee the scene and go into hiding.Police Officers subsequently arrived at the location of the commotion and were forced to fire a shot in an attempt to quell the raging mob but to no avail.Guyana Times understands that in an attempt to seek retribution for the harm done to the conductor, the gang went on a rampage in search of the missing suspect setting the three homes alight.last_img read more

Good times and laughs waft 60 years later in Smoke House

first_imgJudy Denniss takes a long, nostalgic look around the Smoke House restaurant in Burbank and sees 60 years of laughs and good times. She smiles, feeling no urgent need to state the obvious: If only these walls could talk. “The cast of `Laugh In’ came in every day and sat over there,” said the veteran waitress. “I’ve never laughed so much in my life. “Flip Wilson liked that booth, and George Clooney was in every day when he was shooting `ER.’ Adam West – Batman on TV – always caused the biggest excitement coming in. Then there was the cast of `Murphy Brown.’ They were so much fun.” With its red-leather booths and candlelit tables, the restaurant is a throwback to classier times, when couples like Gloria and Jack Sisk of nearby Toluca Lake would parlay a day at Santa Anita Racetrack to dinner at the Smoke House. “Coming here is like taking a walk back into the ’40s and ’50s,” Gloria said, sipping a cosmopolitan, while Jack has his regular before-dinner drink – VO and water with a twist. Celebrating 60 years, owners Lee and Marti Spencer will offer a $19.46 special on the menu every night in October. “We eat here two or three nights a week, and always sit in one of Judy’s booths because she makes the night special,” Gloria added. When you’ve been serving steady customers for 44 years, you know what they like, and make sure everything’s perfect, Denniss says. That’s how a restaurant makes it 60 years in this town while your competitors from that era are long gone. “You want people to remember they had a good time and good food,” Denniss said. “I still come to work every day feeling like I’m coming to a party.” With that the veteran waitress smiles, and looks out from the dining room area into the crowded bar. Ah, if only those walls could talk. They might tell you about the night actress Rene Zellweger got up on the bar and sang “Happy Birthday” to George Clooney. Or the night… Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. [email protected] (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsFrom Bob Hope and Bing Crosby – who both showed up on opening night in 1946 to christen the newest restaurant in town – to nearly every actor across the street at Warner Bros., they’ve all had a few drinks, dinners, and laughs at the venerable Smoke House. And no one – not any of the five owners over the last 60 years, or the cooks, bartenders and busboys – has seen more of those laughs and good times from the inside than Denniss. She’s been carrying trays laden with drinks, food and the restaurant’s trademark garlic bread for 44 years. “I couldn’t wait to get a job here when I turned 21 and could legally serve drinks because it was just such a fun place to work,” said Denniss, who used to live a block away from the Lakeside Drive restaurant before moving to Simi Valley. “You know that famous scene from `Laugh In’ where Artie Johnson as a dirty old man is riding a tricycle down the street and falls over like he’s been shot? That was filmed on my block.” last_img