The two youth athletic teams now have a home at the Mokena Elementary fields, but some board members are unhappy about how the facilitation of the field agreement was handled.
The Mokena Burros and the Lincoln-Way Blue Demons have officially found a home at the fields at Mokena Elementary School. The Mokena School District 159 Board of Education unanimously approved an agreement granting field usage to the youth athletic organizations for the next two years at a meeting Wednesday evening. Both teams are in need of a place to compete. The Burros youth football team, which struggled to find play space last season, was recently ousted from its practice field, a vacant lot that will soon be the site of a new Meijer grocery store. “I’m asking for the support of the school board,” said Burros Vice President Dan LaValle. The Blue Demons baseball team has had a contract to play on the Mokena Elementary fields for the …
Michael Albanese, an ex-youth sports coach from Frankfort, turned himself in to police after a warrant was issued last week. He's charged with three counts of presence of a child sex offender in a public park, police reports state. A Patch Exclusive.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Joe Vince
Thursday, April 12, 2012
A former boys and girls sports coach with a history of exposing himself to minors was charged with violating child sex offender laws for being in a public park to coach his teams, according to police. Michael Albanese, 46, of the 11500 block of Tea Tree Lane, faces three misdemeanor counts of presence of a child sex offender in a public park. He turned himself in to Frankfort Police detectives Friday, April 6, said Cmdr. Kevin Keegan. He was released on bond, and his next court date is May 7. The charges came after an investigation that started earlier this year, Keegan said. Police received an anonymous fax Jan. 31 that stated Albanese had lived in Frankfort since September 2009 and had been coaching youth athletic programs even though he…