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Panda Express and Binny’s Beverage Deport, two projects approved by the Mokena Village Board of Trustees last year and currently undergoing construction, are on track to open by the end of the year, according to a newsletter from the Village of Mokena.

Both establishments will be located at the Mokena Marketplace, which is located at the southwest corner of Wolf Road and Route 30.

Danny Ciamprone

A 22-year-old woman was reportedly found dead around 9:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, at a residence in the 19200 block of Thornham Lane in Mokena.

Mokena Police Chief Steven Vaccaro said police investigated the scene after being asked by the woman’s friends to conduct a well being check after the she had not responded to calls for several days. According to a news release issued Tuesday, Sept. 29 by the Mokena Police Department, the woman was located by police in a vehicle that was parked inside the attached garage. 

Danielle Tabor

A Mokena man was charged with armed robbery, armed violence, home invasion and burglary after he reportedly entered a Frankfort home at approximately 10:09 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12, in the 1000 block of Prestwick Drive. 

Micah J. Romanek, 21, of the 19900 block of Newton Way, rang the home’s doorbell and entered through the front door armed with a handgun, said Kevin Keegan, deputy chief of the Frankfort Police Department. Romanek reportedly entered the home after one of the two grade-school aged children in the home opened the door. 

Danny Ciamprone
Metra spokesperson says incident ‘may have been a suicide’

A 17-year-old Mokena girl was struck and killed by a Metra train late Wednesday, May 21, near the Front Street station in Mokena.

The girl was pronounced dead at 12:05 a.m. Thursday, May 22, according a Will County Coroner’s Office press release.

“Initial information indicates it may have been a suicide,” said Meg Reile, a Metra spokeswoman.

Danielle Tabor

A “threatening call” to Mokena School District 159 that led to soft lockdown of its schools Tuesday, May 12, has been called a hoax by district officials.

Danny Ciamprone

Over the shoulder and a few hundred yards away from Bruce Johnson stood the site of what will soon be filled with construction crews going to work on the first indoor shooting range in the Village of Mokena.

“It’s just going to be a state of the art, modern facility,” Johnson said with admiration as he gazed out the window of the RBT Development office building in Mokena. “That’s 88th Avenue and [the facility] is going to be straight back to where that white box is.”

Rebecca Susmarski

Momentum is heading in more than the right direction for the Mokena Marketplace, which as of Monday, Oct. 27, will officially welcome a new occupant to the Village in an area currently ripe with business and development.

Rebecca Susmarski

The Mokena Village Board of Trustees heard a proposal for a shooting range to come to Mokena during a June 16 work session at Village Hall. 

Dubbed Live Fire Gun Shop & Club, the business would be housed in a brand-new, custom-designed, 38,000-square-foot building at 18810 88th Ave. if granted a special use permit by the board. The establishment as currently proposed would contain a gun shop and shooting ranges for rifles and pistols. The business would also offer concealed carry classes and club membership. 

Rebecca Susmarski
A 53-year-old Frankfort Township man who initially was reported missing Feb. 13 was found dead Saturday, Feb. 18, according to Will County Chief Deputy Coroner Kevin Stevenson.
Tim Carroll

An event that failed to earn Village Board approval last summer has been given the green light its second go around.

The Mokena Downtown Merchants Association is set to host a Feast of St. Mary Mount Carmel on Sunday, July 20, in the Front Street commuter lot.

Will O'Brien