Charleston Mayor Promises Prosecution of Those Responsible for Sunday Morning Party

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Published on September 18 2013 2:09 pm
Last Updated on September 18 2013 2:09 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Charleston Mayor Larry Rennels Tuesday said the City would not tolerate behavior such as that exhibited at an early Sunday morning party.  Two people were shot and another was a battery victim at the gathering where 300 to 400 people were present when police arrived.

Two people, neither of whom are current Eastern Illinois University students have been arrested for resisting a peace officer.  One is from Park Forest and one is from DeKalb.  Police are still looking for suspects in the shootings.

Rennels also asked those who own large buildings and are approached to rent the facilities for a one- or two-day event to do their due diligence to know how the building will be used.

The Charleston mayor also shared an e-mail sent by EIU Vice President of Student Affairs Dan Nadler to Rennels and the registered student organizations on campus that host late night dances at the University Union.  The e-mail reads that Nadler is suspending the operation of late night dances to give the university time to conduct an assessment of security measures.

Phi Beta Sigma, the fraternity that sponsored by the barn party Sunday morning was put on interim suspension Monday, which means it can't function as a fraternity.