Man charged with supplying alcohol to teenagers

Suspect is a volunteer coach with Broadneck lacrosse team

May 19, 2007|By Dan Lamothe | Dan Lamothe,Sun Reporter

A volunteer lacrosse coach and 2001 Broadneck High School graduate has been barred from all activities at the school after police said he supplied several students with alcohol, leading to hospitalization for two of them.

Gregory James Karanzalis, 24, of the 1600 block of Elkwood Court, was charged Thursday with furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

Cpl. Mark Shawkey, a police spokesman, said the students were hospitalized after officers responded to a convenience store in the Cape St. Claire area about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday for a reported alcohol overdose.

Three students were found in a white sport utility vehicle, police said; two of them were taken to a hospital.

"They were severely intoxicated and they went to the hospital for detoxification," Shawkey said. The students, who were under 18, were released after their stomachs were pumped and they were administered medication that absorbs alcohol toxins, Shawkey said.

Police said they were able to obtain evidence, including video surveillance and witness statements, that implicated Karanzalis, a former lacrosse star at Broadneck who made The Sun's All-Metro team in 2001 as a defenseman and played for the State University of New York, Stony Brook.

Shawkey declined to specify yesterday what kind of alcohol was involved but said the students were each charged with possession of alcohol as a minor and released to the custody of parents.

The incident comes less than a month after the April 22 death of Broadneck senior Galen Harig Blaine, 17, after a night of heavy drinking with friends. He had suffered acute alcohol poisoning, according to a letter sent home to parents Wednesday by Broadneck Principal Lucinda S. Hudson.

In a prepared statement, Ken Kazmarek, Broadneck's athletic director, said school officials were "shocked and saddened" by the incident but believe it was an isolated event.

"Our athletic department and school are built upon integrity," Kazmarek said.

Bob Mosier, a spokesman for Anne Arundel County schools, said Karenzalis was not formally employed by Broadneck High School but received the same background checks that teachers and other staff undergo.

dlamothe@umd.edu

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