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.
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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.
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.
Superintendent: No official talks amid financial crisis
The rumors were out there; they just weren’t addressed – until now.
A troubling financial reality — which includes a reduction in State aid, unmet enrollment projections and a spot on the Illinois State Board of Education’s financial watch list — has caused talks of a school closing to circulate Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210, which directs four area high schools.
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.”
Village to see new trustee
Mokena voters elected a new Village trustee while also re-electing two familiar faces Tuesday, April 7, as the Friends of Mokena slate was able to garner a majority of the votes in the municipal election, according to unofficial results from the Will County Clerk’s website.
Mokena father of three Brian Costello is one heck of a guy, according to those who know him best.
In addition to running Mokena-based Costello Wholesale Floor Company with his wife, Christine, Brian regularly takes his boys on frog-capturing, salmon-catching adventures. He takes them to football practice and school picnics, too, those interviewed said.
Mokena police arrested two Joliet men suspected of burglary after apprehending both suspects Tuesday, May 12, at the construction site of Clarendale of Mokena, located in the 21000 block of S. Wolf Road.
Police took Dwayne Jones, 24, into custody at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday morning after an officer spotted an unauthorized vehicle on the premises of Clarendale, an assisted living facility under construction and set to open in the fall of 2015.
• Joseph Rafacz, 29, of 10831 W. 191st St. in Mokena, was charged with domestic battery at 10831 W. 191st St. after police responded in reference to an ongoing domestic disturbance.
• Traci Frazier, 40, of 13920 W. Carriage Lane in Manhattan, was charged with battery at 10847 W. La Porte Road in Mokena after striking a victim in the face.
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.