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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

Frankfort Fusion Gold finished their 2014 season in Overland Park, Kansas, at the USSSA Fastpitch World Series where they took fifth place. 

Their record was 7-2-0.  

Frankfort Fusion Gold started their new season in Mokena at the PGF Regional Qualifier hosted by Blue Wave where they were named the champions. The girls have been playing together for several years and continue to progress at each level.  

Rebecca Susmarski

Three individuals were reportedly charged after police received a tip that a possible drug transaction could be taking place in the area of Lincoln Highway and Wolf Road in Mokena.

Danny Ciamprone

A Bourbonnais woman was charged with retail theft April 6 after attempting to steal five packages of ribs and fleeing from a Mokena store.

Amber Zummallen, 26, of 1325 N. Arthur Burch, in Bourbonnais, was later located by police hiding under a semi-trailer at 11305 W. Lincoln Highway in Mokena. The suspect allegedly tried to steal several packages of ribs, and after being apprehended by police, stated she had stole 10 packages of bacon approximately one week prior from the same location.

April 6

Danny Ciamprone

The annual outdoor flea market for the Mokena Community Park District will take place from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, May 24, at The Oaks east soccer field, 10847 W. La Porte Road, in Mokena.

Guests can enjoy the day selling, buying and swapping everything from fresh produce to new and used crafts, clothing, tools and more. Concessions will also be available.

Danny Ciamprone

Having left her glass slippers at home, Mokena princess-in-training Adrianna Villarreal made do with white sparkly dance shoes. 

Villarreal, along with her father, Jose, were among the royal subjects who attended the Mokena Community Park District’s Cinderella Ball held April 18 at the District Recreation Program Center in Mokena.

“He’s a pretty good dancer,” Villarreal said of her father’s performance on the dance floor. 

Danny Ciamprone

There has been an “Xplosion” of talent in the Lincoln-Way area when it comes to youth talent on the court.

The Xplosion, a nonprofit youth basketball organization, is now entering its 10th winter season with both boys and girls teams throughout the Lincoln-Way area.

It all started with a simple idea by a trio of parents  – Bill Hayes, Frank Toland and Jay Layman – to start a Lincoln-Way District 210 feeder program.

Danny Ciamprone

Factors surrounding an inevitable school closure were at the forefront of discussion at a special meeting of the Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 Board of Education Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Lincoln-Way East Fine Arts Center.

The meeting focused primarily on clarifying facts surrounding the forthcoming school closure and discussing the factors the district is considering.

Meredith Dobes

It would have felt like something was missing if a Lincoln-Way school was not represented May 16 during the Illinois High School Association’s boys gymnastics state finals, held at Hinsdale Central.

Lincoln-Way East senior Tyler Greenberg took care of that.

Greenberg competed on parallel bars and still rings, and he advanced to the evening’s championships on still rings with the state’s fourth-best score of 9.05. He was 48th on parallel bars with a 7.55.

Rebecca Susmarski
Central Command confirms friendly fire

Nearly three months after an operation in Afghanistan resulted in the deaths of five U.S. soldiers — including Lincoln-Way East graduate and Mokena resident Pvt. Aaron Toppen — the United States Central Command released documents confirming it was a friendly fire accident.

Danielle Tabor