In brief: Members of frat charged in hazing
CHICAGO – Nearly two dozen members of a Northern Illinois University fraternity were charged with hazing crimes Monday after a student died following excessive drinking at a party last month.
On the night before his death, freshman David Bogenberger went from room to room in the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, answering a series of questions in exchange for vodka and other liquor over a two-hour period, authorities said.
It was a part of an annual ritual known as “Parents Night,” an alcohol-infused party. Bogenberger, a 19-year-old finance major from Palatine, had recently pledged the house in an effort to make friends at his father’s alma mater.
Bogenberger was found dead in a fraternity house bed, and tests ruled his blood-alcohol content was approximately five times the legal limit of .08 at the time of his death, authorities said.
Teen accused of plotting attack
OKLAHOMA CITY – A small-caliber rifle and notes about a possible attack on a northeast Oklahoma high school were found at the home of a teenager accused of plotting to shoot classmates and detonate bombs, police said.
Sammie Eaglebear Chavez, 18, lived at home with his mother in Bartlesville, about 50 miles north of Tulsa. He was arrested early Friday morning and has been charged with a felony count of planning to perform an act of violence.
Investigators still are sifting through possible evidence.
19 people drown in Benin boat crash
COTONOU, Benin – Officials say at least 19 people drowned after a boat capsized on a river near a village in Benin’s south.
The mayor of the town of Abomey, Patrice Hounsou Guede, said Monday that most of the victims were women and children. She said 19 people drowned and eight people lived.
Guede said the man who ran the boat has been arrested.
Bomber targets military contractor
KABUL, Afghanistan – A car bomb exploded outside of a compound housing a U.S. military contractor in the Afghan capital Monday.
The blast shook windows more than a mile away.
The security officer for Contrack, a McLean, Va.-based company that builds facilities for military bases, said a suicide attacker drove a vehicle packed with explosives up to the exterior wall of the compound and detonated the bomb.
Afghan authorities said that at least one person was killed in the attack.