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Updated: December 18, 2012 6:21PM

The president and two other leaders of a Northern Illinois University fraternity surrendered to police Tuesday to face felony hazing charges in the alcohol-related death of a freshman pledge.

At least 10 other members of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity charged in connection with the deadly November hazing also turned themselves in, DeKalb police said.

The NIU students were among 22 frat members charged Monday by DeKalb County authorities with taking part in a pledge initiation after which David Bogenberger, 19, of Palatine, died. He was found dead in the frat house on Nov. 2 after several hours of heavy drinking. An autopsy report indicated he died of an irregular heartbeat but listed alcohol intoxication as a “significant condition” that contributed to his death.

Five fraternity officers, including chapter president Alexander Jandick, 21, of Naperville, were charged with felony hazing for allegedly providing alcohol to underage pledges and encouraging them to drink, authorities have said. Jandick surrendered at the Naperville Police Department and was released after posting $1,500 bail, a DeKalb County official said. Two other fraternity officers charged with felony hazing also were booked Tuesday: pledge adviser Omar Salameh, 21, of DeKalb, and event planner Steven Libert, 20, of Naperville. Salameh was released after posting $1,500 bail, Libert after posting $2,000. None could be reached Tuesday for comment.

Ten other fraternity members facing misdemeanor hazing charges surrendered, DeKalb Police Lt. Jason Leverton said. All were released after posting $500 bail, Leverton said. All the students face a Jan. 8 court date.

NIU is on its winter break and students are being allowed to surrender for booking at local police departments.

DeKalb police expect the remaining students to turn themselves in over the next several days.

“I’m not anticipating any problems,” Leverton said.

NIU officials suspended the fraternity after Bogenberger’s death and have filed judicial charges that could result in the organization being permanently banned.

Dan Rozek, Sun-Times

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