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After losing her 20-year-old sister to cancer six years ago, Carlee Koerner entered a “very dark place” emotionally — until someone pulled her back into the light. 

“Rachelle really took me and shook me up a little bit and said, ‘You’re missing life. You’re letting everything pass you by,’” Koerner said. “[She] helped me find my own ‘street of dreams‘ — my own path in life.”

Rebecca Susmarski

When a little boy at AutoZone stared at Michael Assefa’s prosthetic running blade recently, Assefa responded by lifting the blade and saying “It’s cool, isn’t it? Just like Iron Man!”

The positive response is characteristic of the 21-year-old Lincoln-Way East alum. Assefa lost the lower part of his left leg in an accident, but during the past three years, has risen to become one of 31 representatives from the United States in the International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports World Games.  

Plans to build a Panda Express near the intersection of Wolf Road and Lincoln Highway are headed back to the drawing board after Village trustees strongly objected to blueprints of the project presented by an architecture firm on Monday, April 21, during a work session at Village Hall.

“I think it would be a disservice to the residents and businesses in the area to put in a business like that,” Trustee George Metanias said. “It needs to match what’s around, which is nothing like this. I cannot and will not support a plan like this.”

Will O'Brien

A Mokena man was charged with five counts of child pornography and one count of possession of a controlled substance.

Daniel J. Foiles, 37, of 19548 Walnut St., in Mokena, was charged May 1 after being taken into custody April 30, according to the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office.

A search warrant was served on the suspect’s home where computers were seized. Cocaine was also discovered in the home weighing 0.5 grams, according to the State’s Attorney’s Office.

Danny Ciamprone

The Lincoln-Way High School district that went from one high school to four in less than 10 years in the 2000s will officially go back down to three. 

Meredith Dobes

The Mokena couple who died in a house fire Wednesday, June 11, has been identified.

Edwin L. Pauls, 81, and Arline R. Pauls, 80, both of Mokena, were pronounced dead at 4:48 a.m. Wednesday, June 11, in the 9400 block of Magnolia Drive in Frankfort Township, according to the Will County Coroner's Office.

Autopsies were performed June 11, and initial indications are that both experienced smoke inhalation. The final cause and manner of death are pending the outcome of autopsy, toxicological, police and fire reports, according to the coroner's office.

Danielle Tabor

Mokena teen who allegedly resisted police arrested again

A Mokena 19-year-old who police subdued with a stun gun during an alleged altercation in early April was arrested again Sunday, April 27, this time allegedly with 368 Xanax pills and marijuana in his possession.

Robert M. Hollingsworth, 19, of the 11400 block of Abbey Road, was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver, possession of marijuana, underage drinking and driving on the wrong side of the road. 

Will O'Brien

Sometimes all one needs to make a difference is a few inspiring words and the collective will of a few good people to put the wheels in motion, or in this instance, an electric razor.

Late last year, Summit Hill Junior High seventh grader Madalynn O’Neil learned that her mother received a second cancer diagnosis. On top of that, her friend Lilly Pavlik was also diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, and became a sponsor for St. Baldrick’s.

“I was going to shave my head, but unfortunately the next day I had a dance competition so I needed my hair,” O’Neil said.

Rebecca Susmarski

After 8-year-old Bella Rodrigues lost her lower right leg to surgery, a therapy dog named Max came to her assistance — but if he could talk, he might say the young girl helped him just as much. 

Rodrigues, a Mokena resident, has been attending therapy with Max since the late winter of 2014 at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox. Rodrigues regained much of her strength and learned to use her prosthetic leg by walking Max down the hospital’s halls, playing catch with him and performing other activities. 

Danny Ciamprone

Children’s author and mother of two, Amy Logan, has made it her personal mission to empower children and spread kindness not only through her written words, but with her actions every day.

Danny Ciamprone