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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
Four men reportedly are in custody but have not yet been charged after what police are describing as a “smash and grab type of theft” attempt the morning of Thursday, Sept. 8, at an Orland Park jewelry store in the 15100 block of LaGrange Road. Police said they might have used a vehicle reported stolen from Mokena earlier that morning to get there.
Bill Jones
A Will County judge July 26 granted a motion by Olivieri Brothers Inc. and Perma-Seal to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the Mokena Community Parks District in October 2016.
TJ Kremer III

A 3-year-old Tinley Park girl died Saturday, July 4, after falling into an inground pool during a Fourth of July family gathering in the 19300 block of Lancaster Drive in Mokena.

Lamees Mohammed was pronounced dead at 10:10 p.m. at Silver Cross Hospital after being “found unresponsive in a swimming pool,” according to a press release from the Will County Coroner’s Office. An autopsy was later performed on Monday, July 6, where it was determined Mohammed died from drowning, according to a press release from the Coroner’s Office.

Danielle Tabor
Not long after completing four years of competitive cheer at Lincoln-Way East, Rachael Van Gennep could already sense a void in her life.
Tim Carroll
It appears likely that Mokena School District 159 will have a new superintendent after the 2017-2018 school year.
Tim Carroll

A proposal to bring a Panda Express to the Mokena Marketplace was well received by the Mokena Village Board of Trustees Monday, Feb. 16, during a Village worksession.

Panda Express is seeking a special use permit for a proposed 3,000-square-foot fast casual restaurant with one drive-through lane at 11255 Lincoln Highway in Mokena. 

Alan Zordan, director of community and economic development for the Village of Mokena, said the board first took a look at the concept plan for Panda Express in April 2014, but the board did not feel the designs were well suited to the area. 

Rebecca Susmarski

Guy Moses bought mountain bikes for himself and his sons 20 years ago to try his best at persuading them to take it up as an activity instead of following in the footsteps of his pastime motorcycle trail riding.

But instead, it has become an extension of his old hobby for the 70-year-old, as he recently completed the 2015 REI Palos Meltdown, a mountain bike trail race in Willow Springs. It was his third straight year participating in the event.

Danny Ciamprone