UPDATE: 2 More Students Surrender in NIU Fraternity Drinking Death

By: WIFR, The AP, DeKalb Police
By: WIFR, The AP, DeKalb Police

The following 13 individuals have turned themselves in on the warrants issued on Dec. 17, as of 5 PM on Dec. 18:

 Alexander M. Jandick

Omar Salameh

Steven Libert

Michael Phillip

David Sailor

Alexander Renn

Michael Marroquin

Hazel Vergaralope

Michael Pfest

Nelson Irizarry

Johnny Wallace

Daniel Post

Russ Coyner

 

The DeKalb Police is reporting that two more individuals turned themselves over the weekend.

-Isaiah Lott, 19, of Cupertino, CA
-Andrew W. Bouleanu, 21, of Skokie, IL

Both arrests are in connection to the hazing case concerning the death of David Bogenberger.


DeKalb Police: Sixteen individuals have now turned themselves in.

The two new arrests today (12-19-12) in the hazing case involving the death of David Bogenberger are:

-James P. Harvey, 21, @ Northbrook PD

-Thomas F. Costello, 20, @ DeKalb PD

There are a few individuals who left the state for holiday travel prior to the warrant issue, but have inquired about their warrants and have indicated that they will turn themselves in upon their return to Illinois.



UPDATE: Another arrest was made in the hazing case involving the death of David Bogenberger.

19-year-old Andres Jimenez turned himself in on December 18th, 2012.

Other students allegedly involved in the case are expected to turn themselves in, as some of them left the state for the holidays prior to the warrant issue.


DEKALB, Ill. (AP) -- Thirteen of the 22 people facing hazing-related charges following a Northern Illinois University student's death have turned themselves in to police.

A DeKalb Police Department spokesman said Tuesday seven people surrendered to police in DeKalb. All seven posted bond and were released.

The other suspects turned themselves in to other police departments. The spokesman did not know if they also had posted bond.

Nineteen-year-old David Bogenberger died after drinking heavily during a Nov. 1 party at the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house.

Police said Bogenberger and other pledges drank large quantities of liquor during a two-hour period.

The coroner said Bogenberger's blood-alcohol content was about five times the legal limit for driving.

The university said 31 students could face penalties from reprimand to expulsion.



UPDATE: DeKalb police have issued arrest warrants for 22 members of an NIU fraternity, after freshman David Bogenberger died at a party. Five of those members are leaders of Pi Kappa Alpha and face felony hazing charges. If they're convicted, they could go to prison for one to three years. Bogenberger's blood alcohol content was five times the legal limit.

The DeKalb County Coroner’s Office has received the toxicology results and completed its report regarding the death of NIU student David Bogenberger, who was found deceased on the morning of Nov. 2 at the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at 1020 W. Hillcrest in DeKalb. Toxicology results indicate a highly-elevated blood alcohol content about five times the legal limit. The cause of death has been attributed to cardiac arrhythmia, with alcohol intoxication as a significant condition contributing to death.

The DeKalb Police Department’s investigation into the events preceding Bogenberger’s death has confirmed that the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity hosted an unsanctioned social event for its nineteen pledges on the evening of Nov. 1.

Fraternity leaders did not officially register this event with the national chapter or university. The event is referred to as “Parent’s Night” and involves the assignment of “Greek dads and moms” to the pledges. The Greek dads are upper classmen in the fraternity that serve as mentors to the pledges, while the Greek moms are members of associated sororities. The event that night involved the pledges rotating between several rooms in the fraternity house, being asked a series of questions, and then being provided cups of vodka and other liquor to drink. This resulted in the pledges drinking a large quantity of alcohol in about a two-hour time period. In addition to Bogenberger’s death, several other pledges reported getting sick and/or passing out due to excessive alcohol consumption.

A number of individuals from the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity have been charged with violating Illinois’ hazing statute [ILCS Chapter 720, Act 120] due to providing alcohol to the underage pledges and creating a situation where the pledges felt compelled to consume alcohol as part of membership initiation and the Greek parenting process.

Arrest warrants have been issued for the following five fraternity leaders for Class 4 felony Hazing:

1. Alexander M. Jandik, 21, of Naperville, IL, fraternity president
2. James P. Harvey, 21, of DeKalb, IL, fraternity vice president
3. Omar Salameh, 21, of DeKalb, IL, fraternity pledge advisor
4. Patrick W. Merrill, 19, of DeKalb, IL, fraternity secretary
5. Steven A. Libert, 20, of Naperville, IL, event planner

Arrest warrants for Class A misdemeanor Hazing have been issued for the following 17 members of the fraternity, who are the individuals that actively participated in the provision of alcohol in the rooms that the pledges visited:

1. Michael J. Phillip, Jr., 20, of Western Springs, IL
2. Thomas F. Costello, 20, of Munster, IN
3. David R. Sailor, 20, of Princeton, IL
4. Alexander D. Renn, 19, of Naperville, IL
5. Michael A. Marroquin, 20, of Roselle, IL
6. Estevan A. Diaz, 22, of South Beloit, IL
7. Hazel A. Vergaralope, 21, of DeKalb, IL
8. Michael D. Pfest, 23, of Chicago, IL
9. Andres Jiminez, Jr., 19, of Glendale Heights, IL
10. Isaiah Lott, 19, of Cupertino, CA
11. Andrew W. Bouleanu, 21, of Skokie, IL
12. Nicholas A. Sutor, 19, of DeKalb, IL
13. Nelson A. Irizarry, 19, of DeKalb, IL
14. Johnny P. Wallace, 20, of DeKalb, IL
15. Daniel S. Post, 20, of DeKalb, IL
16. Nsenzi Salasini, 20, of Mt. Prospect, IL
17. Russ Coyner, 21, of DeKalb, IL

For the school's announcement of the sanctions, please click here.


UPDATE: DEKALB (WIFR) -- According to DeKalb County Coroner, Dennis Miller, 19-year-old David Bogenberger, the Northern Illinois University freshman found dead on November 2, had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.351%.

David Bogenberger, a 2012 Palatine High School graduate, was found non-responsive November 2 at the Pi Kappa Alpha house at 1020 W. Hillcrest Drive in DeKalb.

Miller ruled the death accidental and determined that the amount of alcohol in the student's system triggered arrhythmia. According to his parents, Bogenberger had an enlarged heart and was an inexperienced drinker.

The legal limit to drives is a blood alcohol content of 0.08%. The DeKalb County Corner says a BAC of 0.3 to 0.4 percent would render someone of Bogenbeger's size unconscious.



DEKALB, Ill. (AP) -- The cause of death for a Northern Illinois University student found dead at a fraternity house are pending toxicology results.

Police found 19-year-old David Bogenberger unresponsive at the Pi Kappa Alpha house. The DeKalb County coroner's office performed an autopsy Saturday. The Daily Herald reports ( http://bit.ly/Toi5mC ) officials say the cause of Bogenberger's death won't be determined until toxicology results are available in ten days to two weeks.

The coroner previously said there was evidence that alcohol had been consumed at the fraternity house. Authorities say there were no signs of trauma or foul play.

The freshman lived in a dormitory on campus and was not a resident at the fraternity.



DEKALB (WIFR) -- Northern Illinois University's Greek Community is reeling after a student was found dead inside a fraternity. It's believed alcohol may have lead to 19-year-old David Bogenberger's death. The Chicago Tribune reports the NIU chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha, Also called "Pike" fraternity has ceased operations and is cooperating with the investigation. An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow.


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