Nine Louisiana State University students arrested over fraternity hazing

first_imgBlakeDavidTaylor/iStock(BATON ROUGE, La.) — Nine members of a fraternity at Louisiana State University were arrested Thursday in connection to hazing activities that allegedly took place throughout the fall semester, officials said.The university confirmed that Charles Eugene Brakenridge, 23, Blake Andrew Chalin, 20, Cade Rain Duckworth, 23, Gaston Thomas Eymard, 23, Shakti P. Gilotra, 22, Joseph Dylan Harkrider, 19, Malcolm Richard McNiece, 23, Alexander Joseph Rozas, 23, and Garrett Joseph Sanders, 21, all were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges ranging from criminal hazing to felony battery.The young men, who are current and former students, all were members of the university’s now-closed chapter of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity.“This type of behavior is unacceptable and at complete odds with what we expect from our students. It does not belong at LSU,” Jason Droddy, interim vice president for strategic communications at Louisiana State University, said in a statement Thursday. “This is a sad day for the university, but one that illustrates the cultural shift occurring at LSU.”The Louisiana State University Police Department received a report of hazing involving the Delta Kappa Epsilon chapter on Jan. 18. Subsequent interviews with several pledges, or probationary members attempting to join the fraternity, determined that numerous hazing incidents took place throughout the fall semester, between Aug. 20 and Dec. 8, according to arrest affidavits.During interviews with police, pledges described incidents in which they were struck with a pipe, punched, kicked and slapped. Most pledges also spoke about an incident in which McNiece poured gasoline on a pledge, who then had trouble seeing because some of the fluid had gotten in his eyes and he had to rush to the shower, according to the arrest affidavits.One pledge described an incident in which he was forced to strip down to his underwear and climb into an ice machine that was filled with water and ice, where he was made to stay for 30 to 45 minutes and feared he would be “beaten up” if he didn’t obey. He was then taken out and made to lay on top of broken glass on a nearby basketball court. Another pledge was forced to lie face down next to him while they were both “sprayed with a hose, had milk crates thrown at them and were urinated on,” according to the arrest affidavits.The pledge told police that Duckworth was the individual who made him get into the ice machine and “actively participated” while he was lying on the basketball court, according to the arrest affidavits.Duckworth and McNiece are not registered students this semester, and Duckworth also was not enrolled in the fall 2018 semester, when the alleged hazing incidents occurred, the university said.Duckworth faces the most serious charges, including criminal hazing, felony battery and false imprisonment, according to the arrest affidavits.Duckworth, McNiece and the seven other defendants in the case did not immediately respond to ABC News’ requests for comment.Delta Kappa Epsilon’s national organization said it cooperated with police in the investigation and “acted decisively” last month in shuttering its chapter at Louisiana State University “upon learning of extremely disturbing hazing allegations.”“In our ongoing educational programming regarding hazing prevention, we emphasize to our undergraduates that individuals should and will be held accountable for their actions,” the fraternal organization said in a statement Thursday. “We will continue our efforts to eliminate hazing where ever and whenever it occurs.”It’s not the first time fraternity members at the Louisiana State University have been investigated for hazing. In September 2017, 18-year-old Maxwell Gruver died after authorities said he and other pledges were forced to drink during an alleged hazing ritual at the Phi Delta Theta fraternity’s on-campus house.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Concern over Munster championship changes

first_imgThe magic of Championship hurling is being taken away with the new format – according to a former Tipperary hurler.Paddy Stapleton’s comments come as the schedule for next summer’s championship is to be revealed this evening.The structural changes see the Munster and Leinster hurling championships being run on a league basis, with the top team through to the All Ireland semi final, and the second and third placed teams through to the quarters. Photo © Tipp FM Stapleton says it’ll put spectators off going to games.last_img read more

Wellington Fire/EMS Department report: Jan. 11 – Jan. 17, 2016

first_img15-Jan6:43 PMTransfer to Wichita 11-Jan11:20 PMMedical Emergency900 bock Orchard 16-Jan7:04 PMVehicle FireKansas Turnpike 11-Jan5:42 AMTransfer to Wichita 14-Jan9:58 AMMedical TraumaOxford 14-Jan7:49 AMMedical Emergency100 block E. 15th 11-Jan10:16 PMElectric Transformer100 block N. Plum 11-Jan8:30 PMMedical EmergencyOxford 12-Jan6:49 PMTransfer to Wichita 13-Jan5:29 PMCarbon Monoxide1000 block E. 20th Street South Wellington Fire & EMS Weekly Run Log Follow us on Twitter. 16-Jan1:16 PMMedical Trauma100 block W. Harvey 17-Jan4:21 AMTransfer to Wichita 14-Jan6:18 PMInvestigate Propane Leak50th Street South & US 81 17-Jan2:35 PMNatural Gas Leak300 block S. Jeffersoncenter_img 13-Jan7:30 PMMedical Trauma1400 block Michigan 15-Jan5:56 PMTransfer to Wichita 15-Jan5:14 AMMedical Emergency700 block N. Plum 16-Jan10:21 AMMedical Trauma600 block Delrose 13-Jan11:50 AMInjury Accident200 block S. K-49 16-Jan1:46 PMMedical Trauma2000 block E. 16th Sumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for Jan. 11 to Jan. 17, 2016 is as follows:  12-Jan2:39 PMMedical Emergency200 block E. Lincoln 14-Jan10:26 AMTransfer to Wichita 15-Jan9:44 AMMedical Trauma400 block South C 17-Jan6:46 PMMedical Emergency1000 block N. Poplar 17-Jan6:53 PMCeiling Fan Smoking400 block South C 17-Jan3:19 AMMedical Trauma1100 block S. Washington Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more