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Sept. 23

• Phillip Smith, 29, of 601 E. 87th Place in Chicago, and Jeffrey Mason, 29, of 621 E. 87th Place in Chicago, were each charged with credit card theft, forgery and possession of cannabis at 20002 S. Wolf Road in Mokena after police responded to a reported credit card fraud with a description of two suspects purchasing gift cards with fraudulent credit cards, police said. The cannabis weighed 3.8 grams, police said.

Danny Ciamprone

Some may see the road Rick Tustin took to his new job at Grace Fellowship Church an act of fate — or even, the hand of God. 

Tustin, a Manhattan resident and father of three, accepted the interim position of lead pastor at the church after former lead pastor John Morlan departed on June 15 to preach in Colorado. Tustin left a tenured position at Hillcrest High School, where he taught for 12 years, to take the job. 

Danny Ciamprone

Mokena resident Pvt Aaron Toppen was tragically killed in the line of duty.  Arriving back to the United States the week of June 9, 2014,  local florist and owner of An English Garden on Front St.,  Kim McAuliffe decided to support the Toppen family by inundating the community with free yellow ribbon for residents trees.

Advertising only on Facebook, McAuliffe blew through over 5,000 yards of yellow ribbons simply by word of mouth in two days between June 12 and 14.

Rebecca Susmarski

Although Mokena resident Kathleen Fitzgerald Bowlds could be called a devoted teacher — a heroine, even — she humbly prefers not to broadcast her efforts. 

Yet Bowlds’s colleagues touted her superior work for her on Friday, May 2, when they surprised her with the Most Distinguished Teacher for 2013-2014 award at a ceremony in Gaelic Park. Bowlds educates children ranging in age from 14-21 with physical impairments and also works with children with other special needs via after-school activities. 

Police use stun gun to subdue teen

Police fired a stun gun at a Mokena 19-year-old who was arrested on charges of underage drinking, resisting arrest and disobeying a traffic control device. 

Around 3:02 a.m. on April 5, Robert M. Hollingsworth, of the 11400 block of Abbey Road, and a passenger were stopped after police received reports of a “vehicle driving at a high rate of speed and throwing beer bottles.” 

Will O'Brien

Aug. 4

• Kelly Conway, 34, of Frankfort, was arrested at 3:14 p.m. and charged with resisting/obstructing a peace officer, and having an in-state warrant. Shawn Roe, 35, of Frankfort, was arrested and charged with having a suspended/revoked license, resisting a peace officer and having an in-state warrant after police observed Roe driving on a suspended license with Conway as the passenger in the 19600 block of Wolf Road. 

Aug. 1

Rebecca Susmarski

Representatives on behalf of the Meijer store due to open in Mokena this summer gave $25,000 to the Mokena Elementary School District 159 Board of Education during a June 18 board meeting. 

Jags Brar, director of the Mokena Meijer, and Lisa Milla, Brar’s partner, presented the check to board president Danielle Didrickson in front of superintendent Omar Castillo and four other members of the board. (Members Joseph Spalla and Patrick Markham were absent.) 

Rebecca Susmarski

When owners Steve and Jeanna Rotondi of Mokena founded the original Roma Sports Club in 2011, they never imagined they would grow out of the building and need something much larger so quickly.  

On Monday, Nov. 10, the Rotondi’s broke ground on the new, larger, state of the art facility Roma Sports Club at 9115 Mark Court in Frankfort.  

Rebecca Susmarski

Dec. 3

• Thomas Leonard II, 32, of 11510 Francis Road in Mokena, was charged with speeding, driving without lights, failure to signal and attempting to elude a peace officer in the 11200 block of Front Street in Mokena after police reportedly observed the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed.

Dec. 2

Danny Ciamprone

From the suburbs to Chicago, three Lincoln-Way East graduates are on the verge of greatness.

Rebecca Susmarski

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