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Along U.S. Route 6, just past its intersection with Cedar Road in New Lenox, sits a house that many drive past on a daily basis.

When drivers sit at the stoplight waiting to board the on-ramp to Interstate 355, they may wonder how this house came to be, what its history is, or whether anyone lives inside.

Meredith Dobes
The body of Charlie Cooper, the missing New Lenox 15-year-old who was struck by a Metra train May 22, was found the afternoon of Saturday, May 25, Metra spokesperson Katie Dahlstrom confirmed.
Sean Hastings
A second teen involved in a fatal train accident has been identified as Charlie Cooper, 15, from New Lenox, according to members of his family.
Sean Hastings

Senior prom is a once in a lifetime opportunity for most students, and one that Julie McGrath said she never thought she’d see her son experience.

A couple weeks ago, however, Ryan McGrath got the courage to ask Sydney Jankowski, a cheerleader at Lincoln-Way West High School and fellow classmate, to their senior prom.

The two talk regularly at school and don’t have any classes together, but they are in the same gym hour — which is where he asked her.

“It was a simple ‘will you go to prom with me?’” Ryan said.

James Sanchez

All Brett Dobczyk, 17, a Lincoln-Way West student, was trying to do was fix a flat tire on his truck.

And while a horrific accident may have started this particular story, something much more picturesque came from it — the strength that can come from family, the heroics of friends, and the generosity of a community.

“It’s kind of like you don’t really realize how many people care for you until something bad happens to you,” Brett said.

The incident 

James Sanchez

UPDATE: Two new attached photos that show the suspects in jackets and masks in the New Lenox incidents 

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.

Sean Hastings

The Will County Sheriff's Department is investigating a former Lincoln-Way Central High School employee regarding tens of thousands of missing athletic dollars discovered by the school's booster club in early August.

Sean Hastings

Making art with ink and skin might be the only type of creation one would expect to take place in a tattoo shop, but Mike Luera aims for his new studio in New Lenox to be much more than that — a place for artistic creation of all kinds.

Luera, who has 21 years of experience in tattooing, recently moved his shop, Sacred Art Studio, from Calumet City to 1921 Ferro Drive in New Lenox.

James Sanchez

Story has been updated to note Nicole's pathology report came back from her craniotomy, Jan. 10, confirming Ewing's sarcoma, which is a pediatric bone cancer. Her doctors are working on a complete plan that will include chemotherapy, radiation and a possible shoulder surgery in the future. 

Nicole has also started her fertility preservation process. 


Sean Hastings
New Lenox resident Rachael O’Connor lost her husband, Jim, when he tried the fractal burning process and now she is hoping to get word out about how dangerous and life threatening it can be.
Sean Hastings