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arrested reaches 16 in hazing case

Published: Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

Two more men charged with hazing in connection with the November death of Northern Illinois University freshman David Bogenberger surrendered to police Wednesday, bringing to 16 the number of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity members who have been arrested.

On Wednesday, James P. Harvey, 21, turned himself in to the Northbrook Police Department, and Thomas F. Costello, 20, surrendered to the DeKalb Police Department.

Police also said Wednesday that Andres Jimenez, 19, had turned himself in Tuesday to the Addison Police Department.

DeKalb police Lt. Jason Leverton said some of the remaining six people wanted on hazing charges left the state for holiday travel before warrants were issued Monday for their arrest. They have told authorities they will turn themselves in when they return to Illinois, Leverton said.

Bogenberger, who was pledging the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, was found dead Nov. 2 at the fraternity house after attending a Greek “parents night” event that was not registered with NIU. Toxicology results showed he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.351 percent when he died, officials have said.

Twenty-two members of the fraternity have been charged with hazing, including five who face felony charges. The fraternity’s national organization has suspended the fraternity’s local charter, and NIU officials have announced academic charges against 31 fraternity members.

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