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Jacob A. Manka, 17, of Mokena, was identified by Will County Coroner’s Office as one of two teens involved in a fatal incident with a westbound Metra train in Joliet Wednesday, May 22.
TJ Kremer III
Metra has confirmed that a pedestrian at its Hickory Creek station has died after being struck by a train.
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Illinois State Police said three people were not injured after their vehicle was shot at the evening of Sept. 30 while traveling eastbound on Interstate 80 near LaGrange Road.
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For the second time since November, a Metra crossing at 191st Street in Mokena drew a police response.

A semitruck reportedly went through the Metra crossing on Monday, Jan. 14, which resulted in approximately $1,700 in damage to the gate arm and an oncoming train, according to a Metra spokesperson.

Megan Schuller
Community members and parents of Summit Hill School District 161 offered an interesting proposal during the public comments section of the May 9 Board of Education meeting. Tinley Park and District 161 resident Stephen Cook was granted the time to discuss the yearlong research he and a group of community members have done regarding the possibility of acquiring Lincoln-Way North for $56 million and restructuring of D161 into a K-12 unit district.
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Mark L. Batka, 63, of Bloomingdale, was pronounced dead at 2:23 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox following a crash on southbound LaGrange Road near Interstate 80, according to Will County Coroner's Office.
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A New Lenox man was reportedly abducted at gunpoint in his driveway around 6 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 29, according to a press release from the Will County Sheriff’s Office received on Monday, Dec. 2, three days after the incident happened.

The abduction happened in the northeast part of New Lenox Township, Will County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said. 

The man was found safe in Indiana at 11:08 a.m. on Nov. 29.

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At approximately 3 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, Mokena Police and Will County Sheriff’s Police actively engaged vehicle burglary suspects in the Foxborough and Rivendell subdivisions, according to a press release sent out Wednesday, Jan. 15, by the Village.
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Will County Sheriff’s Officers arrested a 16-year-old male Lincoln-Way East student Friday, March 9, after a classmate reportedly told school officials the boy made a threat that included firearms against the school, according to Will County Deputy Chief Dan Jungles.
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Panda Express and Binny’s Beverage Deport, two projects approved by the Mokena Village Board of Trustees last year and currently undergoing construction, are on track to open by the end of the year, according to a newsletter from the Village of Mokena.

Both establishments will be located at the Mokena Marketplace, which is located at the southwest corner of Wolf Road and Route 30.

Danny Ciamprone