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Feb. 13
• At midnight near the intersection of Interstate 80 and South LaGrange Road, Juan Atenco, 43, of the 14900 block of Robey Avenue, Harvey, was arrested on charges of driving without proper lighting and without a valid license. He was released on bond, pending a March 19 court date.

Feb. 12

Will O'Brien

After more than three decades of operating Mr. Benny’s Steak and Lobster House at its Matteson location, the Leonardo family has decided to close its doors and focus solely on the Mokena restaurant.

“It’s time for me to hang up my spurs,” said Benny Leonardo, co-owner of both full service restaurants in the southwest suburbs.

Leonardo has been in the restaurant business for almost 50 years total, having operated the Matteson location for 38 years before opening the restaurant in Mokena, located at 19200 Everett Lane.

Danny Ciamprone

Cassidy DeGraff is a junior at Lincoln-Way North. The Tinley Park resident and girls water polo player led her team in goals this season.

Lincoln-Way West upset the Phoenix 10-9 in the quarterfinals of the sectional last week. What happened in that game?

Honestly, West stepped up and we underestimated them. They set up something different with Bridget Soukup shooting from the outside, and we just kept fouling her.

Danny Ciamprone

Tired, unoccupied and under utilized, it was growing more unlikely each day that the Therafin building in Mokena would see a proper use in the near future.

“It was almost to the point where [the building] had fallen into a state of disrepair and was also just so old and tired that in a lot of cases it didn’t meet the proper codes for certain uses,” said Mokena Village Administrator John Downs.

Danny Ciamprone

Wide open – 50,000 square feet to be exact – of what will soon be filled with athletes, an array of sports courts and fans all within the friendly confines of what may very well be the first of several indoor recreation facilities for a couple’s vision that knows no bounds.

Rebecca Susmarski

A Mokena man was allegedly charged with domestic battery resulting from two incidents in three days.

Justin Rafacz, 33, of 11208 First St., in Mokena, was charged first from an incident stemming from a June 2 incident at 11208 First St., in Mokena, after police responded to a domestic disturbance in progress.

After further investigation, the victim informed police that her tooth was broken after a fight broke out.

Danny Ciamprone

Since finishing high school, a group of Mokena and Frankfort natives have gone on to excel at Olivet Nazarene University both on and off the softball diamond.

Cheryl Sendzik, Caitlin Santefort, Hannah Gardner and Megan Butler all made big contributions to the Tigers’ 49-5-1 season, conference championship and NAIA World Series appearance, said longtime Olivet Coach Ritchie Richardson.

“The year itself has been fantastic, and these girls are a big reason why,” he said. 

Rebecca Susmarski

To the southeast of Rome lies the town of Amaseno – a small farming community in Italy with a population of about 4,000.

It’s also a place where three women can trace their roots from, and what serves as the focal point for a passion that has developed through generations of families.

“We grew up together in the same town and have known each other since we were little kids,” said Anna Panici as she helped get dinner ready Wednesday, Feb. 4, at Scrementi’s Italian Grill in Mokena.

Danny Ciamprone

A 29-year-old Mokena man and former educator at Herscher Community Unit School District 2 who allegedly abused six students in December at a Yorkville hotel is facing numerous charges.

Danny Ciamprone

Six individuals filed to run for four positions on the Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 Board of Education in the upcoming municipal elections — two of which are current board members. 

Board members James Gast and Stephen White opted not to run for another term, while members Christine Glatz and Kevin Molloy are to campaign to hold onto their seats on April 7. Mokena resident Joseph Spalla, and Frankfort residents Ronald Lullo, Chris McFadden, and Steve Kapsalis are to run, as well. 

Danny Ciamprone

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