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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

Feb. 2

• Kaitlin Hallahan, 20, of 19534 S. 115th Ave. in Mokena, was charged with domestic battery, illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor and criminal damage to property at 19534 S. 115th Ave. after a physical dispute with family members.

Feb. 1

Rebecca Susmarski

To say last year’s inaugural Festa Italiana in Mokena was a success would be an understatement, but those achievements have not deferred organizers from accomplishing more as plans are now in gear for the celebration to return.

“Many people doubted we would have 300 people [attend] and we ended up with about 1,200,” said Dave Molinari, co-organizer of Festa Italiana. “It was a great turnout and we expect even more than that this year.”

Danny Ciamprone

Aidan Byrne, Mokena Elementary first-grader 

Byrne was chosen as this week’s Standout Student for his academic excellence.

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

I like it quiet when I am studying because I get easily distracted.

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

I like to play sports like soccer, baseball and football. I also like to play on my iPad or video games.

Rebecca Susmarski

Mokena woman charged in massage parlor scam

A Mokena woman was charged with violating the Massage License Act for performing massages without a proper license in Palos Heights after an ongoing investigation from police.

Rebecca Susmarski

The “Fantastic Four” is expected to be a blockbuster movie when it debuts this August, but when a trio of Lincoln-Way East boys volleyball players suit up to play together again at North Central College in Naperville this coming season, they hope to be a blockbuster themselves for the new program.  

They may even become known as the “Terrific Three.”

Danny Ciamprone

With three months until the April 7 Consolidated Election, three challengers have emerged to run for a spot on the Mokena Village Board of Trustees.

The challengers include Joseph E. Budzyn, Marietta Kafka Glass and Debbie Fox. Seeking reelection on the board are incumbents Don Labriola, Debbie Engler and Jim Richmond.

Rebecca Susmarski

Adeline Bowen, Mokena Elementary first-grader

Bowen was picked as this week’s Standout Student for her academic excellence.

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

One essential I must have when studying is a quiet space so I can focus.

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

When I am not in school or studying I like to cook with my mom.

Rebecca Susmarski

Seven thousand Easter eggs may sound like a load too large for even the Easter Bunny to carry, but a local club will soon hide that amount for Mokena children to find.
The Lions Club of Mokena will host its annual Easter egg hunt promptly at noon on Saturday, April 12, at the Mokena Community Park District’s Main Park, 10847 W. La Porte Road. All children ages 2-15 are invited to participate and will be divided into three groups at the hunt based on age.

Will O'Brien

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.

Will O'Brien

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