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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

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
Brian McMahon signed up his twin daughters, Anna and Olivia, for Irish dance classes when they were 5 years old, just so they could learn more about their heritage. He did not expect that nearly a decade later, his girls would go from novice learners to world champions.
Amanda Jarzynski

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