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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.
TJ Kremer III

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.
TJ Kremer III
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.
TJ Kremer III
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.
TJ Kremer III

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
An Orland Park man died late Monday, July 9, after his vehicle ended up in a ditch on the north side of LaPorte Road, according to a press release from the Will County Sheriff’s Office.
TJ Kremer III
Mokena police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at approximately 1:50 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1, at the BP gas station at 191st Street and LaGrange Road.
TJ Kremer III

A 22-year-old woman was reportedly found dead around 9:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, at a residence in the 19200 block of Thornham Lane in Mokena.

Mokena Police Chief Steven Vaccaro said police investigated the scene after being asked by the woman’s friends to conduct a well being check after the she had not responded to calls for several days. According to a news release issued Tuesday, Sept. 29 by the Mokena Police Department, the woman was located by police in a vehicle that was parked inside the attached garage. 

Danielle Tabor