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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
Three male juveniles face multiple criminal charges in connection with vandalism reported at the site of the former Lincoln-Way North High School.
TJ Kremer III

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

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.  

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

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 suspicious circumstance reportedly lead to charges against two individuals after police located a suspect unconscious in a parking lot.

Ryan Testa, 20, of 19721 Glennell Ave., in Mokena, was charged with illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor, and Savannah Filkins, 18, of 19404 Cranfield Lane, in Tinley Park, was charged with obstructing justice July 23 at 10129 W. 191st St., in Mokena, after police responded to the report of a suspicious circumstance.

Danny Ciamprone
When Frankfort resident Rachel McCurdy started looking to buy “big girl” clothes for her oldest daughter, Chloe (6 at the time), she said she could not find anything that she would want her child to wear.
Amanda Jarzynski
Along with the usual business of approving the previous meeting’s minutes, reviewing district bills and hearing reports from administrators, the Mokena School District 159 Board of Education welcomed a new face to the group at Wednesday night’s meeting.
Tim Carroll

Ellen Duda, a Central student, was chosen as this week’s Standout Student for her academic excellence.

What is one essential you must have when studying and why?

I always have music playing in the background, whether it’s Beyoncé, TWENTY ØNE PILØTS or The Lumineers.

What do you like to do when not in school or studying?

When not in school, I play golf, binge-watch Netflix, go rollerblading or spend some time with my best friends. 

Tim Carroll

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