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Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 was subpoenaed by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to testify before a grand jury May 18 at the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago, according to a subpoena released Monday, May 23, by Taryn Atwell, community relations director for District 210.

District 210 was required to bring to the hearing a variety of documents and recordings from Jan. 1, 2000, to present, many of which related to former superintendent Lawrence Wyllie. The subpoena was dated May 4.

Danielle Tabor

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

A proposal for a new gun range in the Village of Mokena was well received by the Mokena Village Board of Trustees Oct. 19 during a regular work session meeting.

Thomas Willingham, founder and CEO of Point Blank Range & Gun Shop, is seeking a special use permit for a gun range that would potentially be located at 18810 S. 88th Ave., in Mokena, which was the original site of Live Fire Gun Shop and Club that was approved last year in September by the Mokena Village Board of Trustees.

Danny Ciamprone

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

Ladies and gentleman of Mokena, start your engines. Indoor go-karts could be coming to town.
Developers at Autobahn Indoor Speedway want a two-track, 65,000-square-foot racing business up and running inside the Ligo building at 9100 W. 191st St. by June or July.
The plan was first publicly detailed Monday, Jan. 20, during a Village Board work session.

Will O'Brien

A 20-year-old Mokena man was charged with burglary and possession of burglary tools at 19900 S. LaGrange Road in Mokena after police were called to the report of a suspect in a gray hoodie attempting to break into a business.

Brian Sweeney, of 19903 Fiona Ave., in Mokena, was charged after police said security cameras showed the suspect attempting to break into the front door of the business and then trying to open the drive-thru window. 

Rebecca Susmarski

Two Mokena men were charged with retail theft Aug. 31 after police initiated a search warrant in regard to alleged theft involving the Village of Mokena’s water supply.

Rory Cook, 45, of 19521 Blyth Way, in Mokena, and Robert Cook, 66, of 20018 Pinegrove Drive, in Mokena, were charged with retail theft at their respective residencies after police reportedly initiated a search warrant.

Danny Ciamprone

For the past three weeks, people have been seen walking around on sidewalks or even streets with their heads buried in their phones. They seem to be walking around aimlessly. These are not tech-crazy millennials, but rather Pokémon hunters. 

The new game “Pokémon Go” has built up unbelievable popularity since being released earlier this month. The game is so popular that one local organization has taken notice. 

Amanda Jarzynski

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

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