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The Will County Coroner’s Office determined that “multiple injuries due to the motor vehicle accident” attributed to the death of a 56-year-old Mokena man May 30 in a single-vehicle traffic accident.

Michael J. Nardo crashed his vehicle near the intersection of Crystal Creek Drive and Floxglove Lane in Mokena where he was pronounced dead at 3:17 p.m. May 30 after his vehicle “struck several fixed objects” before coming to a rest in a ravine, according to the Will County Coroner’s Office.

Danny Ciamprone

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

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.

Danielle Tabor

After months of review from both the State and local levels, a medical marijuana facility will be coming to Mokena – one of only three that will come to fruition in all of Will County.

On April 27, the Mokena Village Board of Trustees unanimously approved the special use permit to Greenhouse Group LLC for a 5,100-square-foot medical marijuana facility to be located at 9930 W. 190th St., Unit H, located in the Mokena Crossings.

Trustee Don Labriola was absent from the meeting.

Rebecca Susmarski

Traffic stop leads to drug arrest 

An 18-year-old Tinley Park woman was charged with possession of cannabis, possession of drug equipment and improper display of registration after police observed the vehicle operating without a front registration plate.

Savannah Filkins, 18, of 19404 Cranfield Lane, in Tinley Park, was charged April 26 at Everett Lane and West Willow Lane in Mokena.

Rebecca Susmarski

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.

Danielle Tabor

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.

Will O'Brien

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.

Danny Ciamprone

Oct. 28

• 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.

Oct. 25

• 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.

Oct. 22

Danny Ciamprone
The Lincoln-Way High School District 210 Board of Education left a school closure as the only optional solution to its financial issues following discussion at its Thursday, July 16 meeting.
Meredith Dobes