UPDATE: Death at Big Dogs Paradise Bar Suspected by Family of Victim to be Alcohol Related

March 14, 2016

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UPDATE 3/14/2016 @ 9:40 a.m.: After reading the article “Death at Big Dogs Paradise Bar Suspected to be Heroin Overdose” a family member of the deceased contacted SMNEWSNET, and said that the “overdose” death was alcohol related and that the man who died was not a heroin or opioid user.

They went on to say that they were told by witnesses that the deceased had arrived at the bar around 8:30 p.m., and was served “around 20 shots of Patron Tequila”. The relative said when he went into the bar he had $800 and at the time of his death approximately two hours later he had less that $200. The family member said she had received a call that that the bar had over served her relative and that he was passed out in a car in the bar’s parking lot when she arrived and called 911. When first responders arrive they administered Naloxone to reverse the effects of opioids, thinking it was opioid overdose.

The victim was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

The investigation is ongoing and additional details will be released as they become available.

3/13/2016: On Friday, March 11, 2016, at approximately 11:45 p.m., Police and Emergency Medical Services personnel responded to the parking lot of Big Dogs Paradise Bar at 28765 Three Notch Road, in Mechanicsville for the report of a 27-year-old male not breathing.

Police administered , also known as Narcan to the subject immediately upon arrival.

A source close to the investigation, said it appears to be an overdose, probably heroin.

CPR was immediately initiated; however, the man was subsequently pronounced dead a short time later at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Additional police were dispatched to the scene for crowd control.

Detectives responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.

The victim was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

The investigation is ongoing and additional details will be released as they become available.


Two More Heroin Overdoses Reported in Leonardtown

On Thursday, March 3, 2016 at approximately 4:45 p.m., police and and rescue personnel responded to the 23000 block of Hollywood road in Leonardtown for the report of two heroin overdoses.
When police arrived on scene they found an 18-year-old female unconscious. Narcan was administered to at least one of the patients.

Both patients were transported by ambulance to an area hospital, with one is serious condition.

Earlier that day police responded to a motor vehicle accident on Point Lookout Road in Loveville and found an unresponsive male passed out in an automobile with a hypodermic needle next to him.

Police had the break out the window to gain entry to the the man.

What is naloxone?

Naloxone blocks or reverses the effects of opioid medication, including extreme drowsiness, slowed breathing, or loss of consciousness. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic.

Naloxone is used to treat a narcotic overdose in an emergency situation. This medicine should not be used in place of emergency medical care for an overdose.

Naloxone is also used to help diagnose whether a person has used an overdose of an opioid.

180 Responses to UPDATE: Death at Big Dogs Paradise Bar Suspected by Family of Victim to be Alcohol Related

  1. Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 8:31 am

    My God!! :-(

    • Janet Murphy on March 14, 2016 at 11:28 am

      Let me start off by asking, Why in the hell would Big Dogs serve anybody 20 shots of alcohol? I think they are and should be liable for this mans death!!!!!

      • Jeremy R on March 15, 2016 at 3:18 pm

        Its not their job to babysit. The guy was 27 years old, if he can’t keep track of what he’s drinking then oh well. This should not fall on big dogs at all. People need to take responsibility for themselves and not blame their f ups on others. I guess he was held down and made to take 20 shots lol

        • CorrinaA on March 16, 2016 at 2:14 am

          I’m a bartender and I am responsible for every ADULT that I serve a drink. And it is my job to keep track of how much they’ve had to drink and to cut them off. So yes if he died from alcohol poisoning thn yes the bar should be held responsible.

          • Keepin It Real on March 17, 2016 at 1:47 am

            I’ll be you money not one single person from the bar is charged with anything. You heard it here first.

  2. Paxie on March 14, 2016 at 8:57 am

    I just don’t get it and I guess I never will understand killing yourself with this poison! Prayers for the family.

    • Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 11:19 am

      Instead of praying, try offering useful information like name and numbers for rehab centers or counselors

      • Paxie on March 15, 2016 at 8:41 am

        I’ll continue to pray for the families of those who lost love ones…and it sounds like you could use a few prayers yourself! What a callous remark Anonymous.

        • Keepin It Real on March 15, 2016 at 8:21 pm

          Prayers make people think they’re helping without actually doing anything. The lazy way out. Proceed.

        • commentor on March 15, 2016 at 8:53 pm

          or they need a drink

          • Paxie on March 16, 2016 at 4:06 pm

            It really doesn’t seem to mater what you say on this comment site, someone always has something smart a– or mean to say about it. Something as simple as praying for a family who’s love one has died…what is wrong with you people.

          • Keepin It Real on March 17, 2016 at 1:44 am

            Keep praying Paxie, it seems to be working wonders for people!

    • Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      The bar is responsible period!

      • Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 9:47 pm

        No they are not!!!!

        • to you on March 15, 2016 at 5:25 am

          Yes they are

        • Moved the hell out of Southern MD on March 15, 2016 at 10:02 am

          They most certainly are. I’ve been to Big Dogs before and as any other bar the girls behind the bar only care about the money. That man took too many shots in a short period of time. It is state regulation that the bartender keep tabs on the patrons that purchase from the bar. They did not stop that person from taking that many shots in a short time frame and they should be held liable for his death.

        • Anonymous on March 15, 2016 at 3:49 pm

          The law says they are.

  3. Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Good,less druggies around to steal and burglarize homes.

    • Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 9:36 am

      How cold hearted . No matter how they passed this was a human being wi5h a family that may see this . Hope at the reporting of your passing someone doesn’t leave a comment like ” good on less judgemental a**hole to make heartless comments .” Hope your day is pleasant maybe you won’t be so cold heartless .

      • Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 10:09 am

        Well said…

      • Keepin It Real on March 14, 2016 at 10:37 am

        Yeah, how dare you have an opinion that differs from mine!!1! Then add a threat that you “hope” this doesn’t happen to you. LOL

      • bluetooth on March 14, 2016 at 3:26 pm

        “this was a human being wi5h a family” – So was Jeffrey Dahmer!

        • Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 5:46 pm

          Ever had to deal with a dope addict? Ask the family and friends about it oh that’s right 9 times out of 10 they all have walked away from them. So stop wasting tax payer money and paramedics time they don’t want the
          Help let them kill them selves

          • Rw on March 16, 2016 at 1:39 am

            That’s pretty sad who. Wrote them

          • Rich on March 17, 2016 at 7:58 pm

            Put a name to your comments rather than being anonymous coward

    • Penny on March 14, 2016 at 9:38 am

      What an inhuman comment. May you never know the pain associated with addiction or the torture of having a loved one struggle with it. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. Initial drug use is a choice, but addiction is not – It is a disease of the middle brain. Educate yourself.

      • Tell You What on March 15, 2016 at 12:43 pm

        To be honest, there’s a lot of people that I would wish it on in Southern Maryland alone. All the sick f***s I’ve seen and dealt with over there? HA! If only I could pick and choose a list of who suffers the longest and hardest, I would be thrilled!

    • Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 9:40 am

      You are completely ignorant for making this comment! It is because of people like you that the drug problem is taking over today’s youth. People like you who are quick to turn your back on or write off anyone who has an addiction. Nobody intends to let their life come to that. At one point these kids wanted to be a doctor or firefighter just like everyone else. You don’t know the struggles that brought them to that lifestyle. You don’t consider that being a kid trying to fit in with the cool kids and making a poor choice brought them into an addiction so powerful they can’t escape it. You don’t consider that they have a family including a mother, and siblings, and children of their own who are absolutely crushed at this time! Then there ignorant assholes like you who want to make rude comments. The world will never change as long as people think the way you do! Now on another note this death was not heroin related! This is the news trying to make a story where there wasn’t one. This man died of a tragic accident and now his family has to deal with this slander all so the news can have something to gossip about! Please people consider who you are hurting when you post or share uneducated articles and comments!

      • The Anti drug on March 14, 2016 at 12:05 pm

        Wow, you have to be one of the biggest enablers around!

      • Beamer on March 14, 2016 at 12:12 pm

        Wow, just wow! According to a family member, this gentleman drank 20 shots of Patron Tequila within a span of only 2 hours at $20.00 a pop. There is something awfully fishy here. It will be interesting to find out the truth.

      • Beamer on March 14, 2016 at 1:08 pm

        I must respectfully disagree with you and respond to a few of your comments. You said that

        “You don’t know the struggles that brought them to that lifestyle.” Your right, I don’t but many many people struggle with things in life without turning to drugs/alcohol.

        Next, It’s “You don’t consider that being a kid trying to fit in with the cool kids and making a poor choice brought them into an addiction so powerful they can’t escape it” – Exactly how do you know what I’ve considered? By the way, the deceased in this story was 27 years old. Not exactly a kid.

        You say “The world will never change as long as people think the way you do”. I agree. Also, druggies will not change as long as there are enablers in their lives. Try some tough love sometime. It worked in my own family.

        You want to make a point that “Now on another note this death was not heroin related”. What is your point? Alcohol is as much a drug as heroin is. Dead is dead.

        Next, it’s “This is the news trying to make a story where there wasn’t one” – Finding a 27 year old, dead in his car outside of one our local bars is CERTAINLY a news story.

        You say “This man died of a tragic accident”. Whatever killed him, alcohol or heroin, this was not really an accident. It was a foreseeable outcome and it didn’t take a lot of intelligence or common sense to see it coming.

        You state that people should “consider who you are hurting when you post or share uneducated articles and comments!’ – I believe that you should use stories like this, as unfortunate as they are, to help educate others into the dangers of indulging in risky and possibly illegal behaviors.

        With all that being said, I offer my condolences to his family. I hope that you find peace and that time will help heal this wound.

        • Sorrynotsorry on March 14, 2016 at 5:03 pm

          Right on Beamer, right on

    • Liza on March 14, 2016 at 10:35 am

      did the devil make you say,good less druggies
      this person was someone’s child…shame on you
      don’t say never because it can happen to a family
      member of yours…I pray it doesn’t,you lousy piece of sh$$….

    • Evan on March 14, 2016 at 12:06 pm

      You are a heartless COWARD. If your are going to make a heartless, uncaring and moronic statement, at least be brave enough to leave your name with your ignorant comment.


      Evan Mitchell

    • Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 12:20 pm

      He wasn’t a druggie .. he died from the alcohol .. dumbass!!!

      • Anonymous on March 15, 2016 at 11:58 am

        Alcohol is a drug….

      • Anonymous on March 15, 2016 at 4:33 pm

        Who was he?

    • Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 12:31 pm

      Hardly the focus here. If true, he never should have been served 20 shots of tequila.

    • Anna Warren on March 14, 2016 at 1:17 pm

      That is so pathetic of you to make that comment. You didn’t know this young man, his family or the circumstances of his death. God help you if a member of your family meets an untimely death like this. How would you like to read nasty crude comments? You wouldn’t. You owe this family one sincere apology

      • Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 6:32 pm

        If one of my family members died, the last thing I would do is run to the internet to see what people are saying.

        • Anonymous on March 15, 2016 at 8:05 am

          Thank you.

    • Lindsay on March 14, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      That is a very judgmental and heartless thing to say about someone that you don’t even know. The young man that passed was actually a really good guy. Not a crook! You have no business posting such a rude statement like this at all, but especially during a family’s time of grief. How would you feel if this was your family member that someone was speaking ill (and completely INCORRECT) about?!?!?! …… some nerve

      • Keepin It Real on March 15, 2016 at 10:04 am

        So you have to know someone to have an opinion now? You butt hurt people are ridiculous.

  4. Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Not surprised.

  5. Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Another poor decision that ended badly. You would think that people would turn in the dealers selling this toxic batch that is going around but they won’t. This dealers business will actually increase because the addicts are searching for the strongest dose possible. Expect more OD’s in the near future. One too many bad life choices will eventually lead to death.

    • great on March 14, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      Yep, its time to make alcohol illegal again. It takes more lives and costs the community more than all other drugs combined.

    • kevin on March 14, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      Looks like you got it all figured out huh

  6. J on March 14, 2016 at 9:35 am

    No matter what you should never say “Good Less Druggies” that “Druggie” is still someone’s child and someone whole world. What if this was your child or someone you love, you wouldn’t want rude people making comments like that. I pray that you never have to lose some due to an overdose because I can get at least one person you know is a struggling addict and don’t know where to turn for the right help because of judgemental people like you. I pray for everyone who is an active addict, a reviving addict and the families of the both. I know first hand what it’s like to lose someone to this horrible problem.

  7. Some one that been there on March 14, 2016 at 9:36 am

    The only way to over come this addiction is to pray to God and ask him to take the desire away from you. We can all spend the money on rehab after rehab. Until we pray and ask God to help us we are wasting our time. You have to ask God to renew your mind every day. If you change the mind the body will follow. You can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthen you. To every one reading this with an addiction it don’t have to be heroin it can be any thing we all are addicted to something in life. To break the strong holds in your life seek God don’t seek friends don’t seek your parents seek God first. You have to talk to God every day spend time getting to know him. Take time to pick up your bible And read it there is nothing that your facing or dealing with today that has not already been dealt with by Jesus dying of the cross. If you read your word you will begin see who God says you are. There is nothing to hard for God. We as people tend to condemn those with the addictions instead of lifting them up. Some times every thing is not for us to under stand why they do it but instead our job is to pray for our brother and sisters who struggle and as the lord to give them the strength. With that said we need to pray for the ones that selling the stuff as well either be the crooked doctors making extra money or the hustlers in street the people are addicted to the drugs and the doctors and the hustlers are addicted to the money. “Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding in ALL your ways acknowledge him and He will direct your path” Proverbs 3:5

    • Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 11:53 am

      Sorry buddy, I am not religious and even I know that is not how religion and god works. You can not pray away an addiction just like you can’t pray for lottery money. You should also know that your God gave every person free will and this is how some people choose to use it. I have seen some of the most devout religious people loose family members or their own lives in some of the most horrific and painful ways. Are you trying to tell us all that they didn’t prey hard enough for a miracle? If there is a God he is not answering prayers because that is not how it works. All someone has to do to get off this junk is to truly want to get off this junk. With the right amount of will power, love from family and friends (sometimes tough love), and guidance from trained people then someone can kick this habit.

    • Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      Please stop.

    • Doug C on March 14, 2016 at 4:53 pm


  8. Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Waiting for the, “He was a good friend of mine, he would never do this to himself. He was drugged!” Believe it or not, I already witnessed this theory on social media. No wonder these people are dropping like flies, their support system(s) have lesser IQ’s than they do.

  9. Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 10:04 am

    ADMIN: PLEASE PROOF READ BEFORE POSTING, yes I am the grammar police. Sorry, but it looks bad when errors are made.

    • Batman on March 14, 2016 at 10:22 am

      Says the person who talks in all caps.

      • Anonymous on March 15, 2016 at 7:33 am

        Well, with all the asinine comments, I wanted to be sure that proper personnel was able to see my comment amidst the ignorance! Thank you for the suggestion Batman.

        • Keepin It Real on March 15, 2016 at 8:22 pm

          Yeah, you’re a special little snowflake huh?

    • Bob on March 15, 2016 at 7:15 am

      *PROOFREAD* I’m the spelling police.

  10. Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 10:07 am

    That was a pretty ignorant thing to say.. God can only hope that somebody in your family or your ch children fall victim to this disease. Cause to say good to somebody losing there life is low and karma is a bitcb… by the way you think only people on drugs steal , you have alot to learn..

  11. research on March 14, 2016 at 10:10 am

    All y’all were wrong…INCLUDING the EMT’s who immediately assumed it was opiods. Easy to understand why with all the abuse that is rampant. It was ALCOHOL…The establishment & bartenders should have NEVER served that much alcohol to any one individual. Liquor board time…

    • Krissy on March 14, 2016 at 10:35 am

      How do you know how much he was swerved? He may have bought shots or drinks for other people. Is there a bill that shows he spent $600 there? How about an autopsy that shows the real cause if death before the news media calls the cause of death.

    • Doesn't matter on March 14, 2016 at 10:44 am

      The EMT’s don’t have time to investigate why a young person isn’t breathing. You do the job your trained for and immediately start trying to make them breathe and heart pump again. The EMT’s did nothing wrong with giving narcan.

      • EMT Life on March 15, 2016 at 10:57 am

        Story clearly says Narcan was administered by the police. Regardless Narcan is not hurtful to someone that is not breathing. Per this story- a source close to the investigation said it appeared to be an overdose. So therefore the officer had every right to give this med in attempt to save his life. So many people jump the gun without interpreting the details. I’m an EMT and I most definitely would of given Narcan. We(Police/EMT)are properly trained to save lives and we do have protocols that we follow! Prayers to the family of this young man.

        • Grammar Police on March 16, 2016 at 8:31 pm

          You said “would of given Narcan.” That should be would’ve given Narcan.

          • EMT Life on March 18, 2016 at 9:43 am

            Seriously, you have way to much time on your hands. Maybe you should consider becoming a member of a Volunteer Rescue Squad/Fire Department and make yourself useful to your community!

    • Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 11:27 am

      The family member states it was alcohol, is that what the autopsy reported? Can we honestly blame the establishment or the bartenders? Whose to say he didn’t purchase those shots for himself and others? If he wasn’t causing a ruckus or stumbling and whatnot, how can we point fingers at the establishment/bartender. The family member only knows what went on from the time they showed up and on. So until an official press release is released and the blame can be pointed to the establishment and/or bar tenders its a good idea to wait and see what the official outcome is.

    • Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 1:02 pm

      sigh…another person that believes someone else is at fault. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR OWN ACTIONS.

      • Night Owl on March 14, 2016 at 11:05 pm

        Exactly. He ordered the drinks. I really highly doubt he was forced to order and drink that much alcohol. It’s very unfortunate that this person has passed, and I don’t mean any disrespect to his friends and family, but a person should be held accountable for their own decisions. That doesn’t happen these days, though.

    • Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 2:22 pm

      Will they be charged with murder?

    • Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      I was there. He was served maybe 20 shots dispersed between several different patrons. Nice try of friends and family to blame someone else.

    • Anonymous on March 15, 2016 at 4:35 pm

      Well there is a Heroin issue down here… there is about 2-4 deaths a month due to this drug.

    • oneeye1954 on March 16, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      Obviously you don’t have medical training. In most young patients that are found unconscious, Narcan is given to “rule out” opiod intoxication. It doesn’t mean that the EMT’s suspect overdose. This is in their protocol. Considering this young man was found unconscious in his car, at a bar, the EMT’s did what they were supposed to do. It is truly sad that this young man died, but you can’t really place the blame on the Bar Tenders either.

  12. Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Now that this is listed as alcohol related instead of drugs, those who made ignorant comments look just that….ignorant!

    My question is this, will the bar/bartender be held liable for this young mans death? Since he was served 20 shots of Patron? $600 worth of alcohol and still being served? I’ll just sit back and wait to see the outcome of this one.

    My prayers go out to this young mans family. And thank you for notifying newsnet and setting the record straight!

    • Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 11:20 am

      I really am curious to see how this plays out. I’m sure the bartender will say they thought he was buying rounds of shots for himself as well as friends. How are they to know he was drinking them all himself? The bad part is hard liquors like that can sneak up on you quick. Drink a bunch of shots back to back to back very quickly and by the time you are drunk you may have another bunch piggybacking putting you way over the top. Curious to see the story the bartender and other patrons have.

    • Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 11:56 am

      Way to deflect personal responsibility. You men to tell me the bar tenders forced the alcohol down this person throat? I guess no one can be accountable for their own actions anymore.

    • Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      Well said. Been wondering how this will be ruled out as well. My prayers go out to the family and friends of this young man..

    • Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 1:05 pm

      I’m wondering if this person actually drank all 20 shots or just purchased 20. Do these witnesses specifically say he drank them all? Maybe he was buying drinks for friends. Also strange is that a relative knew how much money he had…I don’t even have a clue how much money my husband has!

    • Fishy on March 14, 2016 at 1:12 pm

      Just want to say that I am very sorry for the loss of this individual. I also want to say that simple math tells you he couldn’t drink 500.00 in alcohol. lets say 7.00 a shot that’s only 140.00. The bartender at Big Dogs is a nice lady and owner, she wouldn’t serve a person that much and he would have been falling all over the place not to mention puking everywhere prior to leaving. he would have never made it to his car without help. now perhaps he had a bottle in his car and took it to the head but still… something more will come of this but don’t slam a nice business and make them look bad because someone else made a bad mistake.

      • Fishy on March 14, 2016 at 1:13 pm

        yeah I know simple math says 800 minus 200 is 600 not 500 sorry…

      • Anonymous on March 15, 2016 at 9:14 am

        Agree Fishy!

    • bluetooth on March 14, 2016 at 1:15 pm

      I thought alcohol was a drug. I’ll never understand why people think that there’s a difference.

      We’ll know the truth only after the police complete their investigation, not when a family member comments on the story.

    • T on March 14, 2016 at 1:24 pm

      Thank you all these ignorant ass people are saying drugs but it’s alcohol that killed this young man, may he rest in peace!!

      • Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 6:35 pm

        Thank goodness it was only alcohol. But again, is he less dead now?

    • Anonoymous on March 14, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      It’s a sad situation all the way around but you don’t know if he personally drank $600 worth of alcohol. Maybe he bought a few rounds also. I don’t do shots of Patron but are they $30 a shot?

    • Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 6:56 pm

      I am Bartender and when someone had to much to drink and you know it because you serve them or your a good bartender that would pick
      Up on that !! You give them WATER !!!!! Not More alcohol !!! But Big Dogs is all about the MONEY !!’ Hope family SUES Him!!’

      • Anonymous on March 15, 2016 at 8:08 am

        That’s the problem now a days. Sue the bar because he wasn’t cut off? Orrrrrr did I miss the part where shots were forced down his throat. Personal responsibility.

    • Anonymous on March 15, 2016 at 12:28 am

      20 shots of Patron doesn’t come close to $600.00

  13. Sandy on March 14, 2016 at 10:26 am

    They should stop assuming before the autopsy report is done it could have been another cause but yet they want to put a bad name on someone who is deceased!

  14. Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Here’s where the liberals recommend background and mental health checks before patrons enter a bar…

    • Anonymous on March 15, 2016 at 3:57 pm


  15. melvin on March 14, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Why are those so quick to play the blame game on someone else. This is a grown ass man that made a decision to go to a bar, to drink however many shots. Bars are NOT babysitters! It’s a shame that this man died but people need to take own their OWN responsibilities for their OWN actions. Unless that bartenders were holding this man down and forcing alcohol down his throat, unfortunately his demise is his own fault! PERIOD

  16. Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 10:57 am

    On a note with the EMTS. It is MD protocol that if therw is suspected opiod use or the patient is unconscious, they are required tp administer Naloxone, in attempt to help the patient. So, don’t go pointing your fingers at the Volunteer Resque Squad who wake up in the middle of the night to respond to 911 calls. They were not ignorant, they were following proper procedures and protocols that are in place by the state & county to ensure the safety and well being of the patients. :) Bless the family of the victim.

  17. Wagon on March 14, 2016 at 11:06 am

    That would explain why the Narcan didn’t work- 20 shots? And probably some additional beverages to chase it with. Although individuals are responsible for their actions, if this gentleman was served that much, the establishment bears some responsibility. This is sad all around. Prayers for the family and I hope their is a full investigstion.

  18. Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 11:08 am

    It is always interesting to read details of a developing story. especially when i was at St. Mary’s Hospital and have direct knowledge of this incident from other sources who were at the scene and related to this person. It is funny how it is stated he had this amount of alcohol in his system. One source says that he had 1 drink and hadn’t even taken a drink from the second one that had just been ordered when they noticed he was slumped over inside the bar. Funny how they put the blame on a male and female who they believe “gave him something” that caused him to die. Its funny how they physically fought in the parking lot because of this. Please don’t give input unless you have direct knowledge.

    • Anonymous on March 15, 2016 at 9:43 am

      If you had direct knowledge, you would have actually been with this person. You heard it from “other sources”. What you have is indirect knowledge.

  19. Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 11:26 am

    That is what I was thinking…. being a bartender and waitress for most my life, I have to say that she/he should have known better.. come on now 20 plus shots to one person… manslaughter!!!!

  20. Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 11:30 am

    First of all, this bar is trash. Besides that, be it drugs or alcohol, people have to take responsibility for themselves. The family wants to blame the bar for over serving. Yes, they have a responsibility, but so does the adult that walked into the bar.

  21. Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Big Dogs has a $20 all u can drink on most nights. Very irresponsible of the establishment and drinks r not counted or kept track of when being served. This is not the only tragedy that has happened at Big Dogs and should be investigated thoroughly. They allow people underage in and allow them to drink as well. This young man lost his life the cause is irrelevant. Ppl need to let his family grieve without bashing the poor young mans charter. Drug, alcohol, speed, gun shot etc. a life was lost.

    • Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 6:36 pm

      And you reported them to the police when you saw underaged drinkers in there, right?

  22. Debbie on March 14, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    I think what will set the record straight is the cameras that are available in the establishment if it even needs to come into play…along with witnesses who were present and lets not forget the autopsy being done. its rather disturbing that a news facility would even print something like this taking it into a whole new context when the person “called” to set the record straight when they were not even present. Do they know how much money was in the pockets that night (they weren’t even with the person) were they at the bar with the person, NO…lets just say he did spend 600.00, if he had ordered even 20 shots that’s not even 200 bucks so where or what did he do with the other money. Point is there is an autopsy being done and its appalling that so many accusations are going around including this report that the accuracy of the facts is what should be thought of not some phone conversation which could have very well been anyone

  23. Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    I know if my kid was doing drugs I would ask myself, “how did I fail as a parent?” Regardless if thats my kid or not he’s not a tribute to society. He’s probably the one living off social services and making his money to buy drugs and then he overdoses and look who’s there to pay, his friends and family. Unless he’s a complete idiot, he knows what he was getting himself into. I don’t feel sorry for the guy I feel sorry for the parents. At the same time its easy actually easy to see when your child is an addict by their actions and physical appearance especially when doing heavy drugs like heroin. With that being said raise your kids right and maybe you don’t have to deal with kids doing heavy drugs. Btw bashing drug dealers isn’t good, not saying I am because I never sold drugs. At least they are not the ones burglarizing homes when they’re just selling their drugs to pay their way and feed their families. You can’t say the same about an addict.

  24. Fixin Stupid on March 14, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Hmmmm…. $600 spent. 20 shots taken….

    At $30/shot… that place deserves to be shut down!

  25. sad on March 14, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Big dogs has got to stop having $25.00 all you can drink nights. They are asking for trouble.

    • Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 6:38 pm

      Or how about this; be responsible for yourself. Just because it says “all you can drink”, doesn’t mean you have to try and break the record. Poor decisions have consequences.

      • Anonymous on March 15, 2016 at 9:16 am


  26. Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Just to make a statement, there is nothing around the area except to na meetings with people still using outside of the parking lot for this addicts these people need our help as a community, and there needs to be more resources!

    • Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 6:39 pm

      google “sentence structure” and try again.

  27. Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    PISS POOR JOURNALISM!!!!!! You are reporting this story based upon what? Witnesses? None of the people involved that you’ve listed in this story were with this young man the entire day to determine exactly what substances he used or did not use, etc. I’ve been to Big Dogs and they are very persistent in cutting people off and throwing them out when acting a fool. So, instead of saying something like, “under investigation” you report other peoples assumptions instead of actual facts! I do hope that once an official police report is issued and the autopsy report is issued that you update this story correctly, instead of making assumptions based on nothing but hearsay!

  28. T L on March 14, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    If it is proved that the overdose resulted due to alcohol then yes the server or bartender themself can and should be charged. It does not fall back on the bar itself but the person serving the alcohol.

  29. justanotherreader on March 14, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    $600 dollars divided by 20 shots = $30 dollars a shot. Somehow I don’t think the liquor was that expensive. Seems the monies were spent on something else. We will just wait for the toxicology report. That will tell the truth.

  30. Annonymous on March 14, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    My prayers to the family no matter what caused this person’s death. I did wonder why anyone would take $800 to Big Dogs and if he spent $600 on 20 shots that would mean he paid $30 a shot. That seems like a lot of money for a shot of Patron even with a good tip.

  31. Concerned on March 14, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    This bar is notorious for over serving to over and UNDER 21. They definitely need to be put on last. It was only a matter of time before something else happened at big dogs establishment. Hopefully this will finally wake up the beverage board to keep a close eye on them.

    • Concerned on March 14, 2016 at 1:37 pm

      Put on blast not last

      • Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 6:40 pm


  32. the watcher on March 14, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Alcohol is a drug. The fact that this person was able to consume $600 or do 20 shots is evidence of a dependence/abuse issue. The establishment should be held liable. I pray for the family.

  33. Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    I seen them coming in the hospital acting ghetto and yelling and cursing around children. His fault he died he knew what he was doing.

    • Unknown on March 15, 2016 at 1:16 am

      The most ignorant comment I’ve ever seen. It doesn’t matter if someone was acting “ghetto” when you lose someone you love dearly and who has literally just turned 27 years old, with no known health problems; let’s see how you behave. Don’t you dare sit there and pass judgment on someone’s family for the way they react to their loved ones death. It’s very traumatic. I’m not sure why you even bothered to make a senseless comment like that. You should be ashamed of yourself.

      • Anonymous on March 15, 2016 at 8:31 am

        Nope…your comments are the most ignorant. You should be ashamed of YOURSELF for defending their actions, as they showed no respect for the deceased and those present in the hospital.

        • Unknown on March 16, 2016 at 4:16 pm

          Regardless, the point is adrenaline is rushing and no one is thinking clearly. After all, they just lost a loved one out of the complete blue! If someone just died, you really think that they’re concerned about people around them at that moment?! Emotions are high and your mind is racing and trying to process everything that has just happened. Please do yourself a favor and take a seat. You’re not very bright.

          • Anonymous on March 18, 2016 at 8:25 am

            …and you likely believe throwing and breaking things when you are upset is rational as well. SMH Then you just have broken stuff to clean up and have to go buy more stuff to replace what you broke. And that makes you feel better? If you’re a light bulb, you are a very dim one.

  34. Sorrynotsorry on March 14, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    This is a sad gross negligence of this low life establishment. So very sad for the family of the deceased. Sad for the man to leave this world in such a sad and lonely way.

  35. Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    30 dollar shots..that’s expensive

  36. Sissy on March 14, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Unless you people personally knew him keep your comments to yourself. He wasn’t a drug user. You all do not know the cause of death. His family and friends see this have some damn remorse.

    • Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 6:40 pm

      “Unless you people personally knew him keep your comments to yourself.” Or what??

    • Anonymous on March 15, 2016 at 9:18 am

      Pretty sure someone posted on FB “he told me he was clean now”…sooo I’m assuming that means he used to have a problem…

    • Anonymous on March 15, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      “He wasn’t a drug user.” So he was only drinking water or soda at the bar? Alcohol is a drug, and it causes more deaths and problems for families and communities than all other drugs combined. This young man was using the most harmful drug in the world.

  37. ed on March 14, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    My prayers go out for him.The bar should be liable for his death if this is true.I never heard serving that many shots in 2 hours

    • Anonymous on March 15, 2016 at 9:21 am

      The bartenders are not babysitters…they aren’t forcing you to buy shots…or drink a ridiculous amount. Blaming everyone else doesn’t solve anything. People need to take responsibility for their own actions.

      • Anonymous on March 18, 2016 at 8:31 am

        Actually, by the law, they kinda are babysitters…for those who lose track and have to much to drink, get disorderly, etc. By the law, they ARE responsible for cutting patrons off, not letting them get so intoxicated they cannot drive, calling a cab if they are too intoxicated to drive…the list goes on.

  38. Someone who was there on March 14, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Who said it was alcohol poisoning? Who said he was served 20+ shots of patron? Who said now it has been changed to alcohol related. A family member? Not one Dr. Not one medical examiner, only a family member. The family member is the one who took the guys money out of his pocket before he was placed in the vehicle and left here. He victim was seen twice flashing his cash around at the bar to his friends. This is a sad once again because even the hospital doesn’t have a clue what happened to this young man. That’s why an autopsy is being performed. It’s why they do them, to determine caus of death. RIP young man.

  39. Clarence on March 14, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    That was my lil bro never been to jail in 27 years of his life..had a good job with alot of respect and was drug free.so before you judge get ur facts in order..

    • Keepin It Real on March 14, 2016 at 5:13 pm

      None of that is relevant to anything.

    • great on March 14, 2016 at 6:09 pm

      Alcohol is a drug…

    • Sissy on March 14, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      Thank you. Some of these people commenting have no life. It’s pissing me off

      • Keepin It Real on March 15, 2016 at 10:06 am

        Get over it.

      • Anonymous on March 15, 2016 at 2:46 pm

        Says the girl commenting here.

    • Teresa on March 15, 2016 at 12:57 am

      Love ya :)

  40. Anonymous on March 14, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    dead is dead

  41. Grieving Mother on March 14, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    FYI. My 19 year old son passed away suddenly AND of course people gossiped it was DRUGS. The autopsy revealed he died from natural causes. He had an aortic dissection of his heart. The pain is the same no matter what the reason of death is. WAIT FOR THE AUTOPSY

    • Keepin It Real on March 15, 2016 at 10:07 am

      It’s a FACT this guy was hammered. Apples to oranges comparison, but nice try.

      • Anonymous on March 16, 2016 at 4:47 pm

        You know this because you were there, right?

        • Keepin It Real on March 16, 2016 at 8:03 pm

          I wasn’t around when Lincoln was President either. Suppose he never was the President then according to your flawless logic.

      • Anonymous on March 18, 2016 at 10:31 am

        Actually, as of 15 March (the date of your post) it is NOT “…a fact this guy was hammered…” A coroner’s report was not complete at this time. You are basing your ‘FACT’ on random postings and an article update based off a family member’s comments that were presented as 3rd hand information at that.

        …but you just keep hangin’ it out there, Sport.

        • Keepin It Real on March 18, 2016 at 7:56 pm

          So in summation, you didn’t prove me wrong with any facts, just like you accused me of. LOL And I’ll keep hangin’ it out there for as long as I like, Sport.

          • Anonymous on March 20, 2016 at 7:19 am

            Oh, but I did prove you wrong. Re-read my post. Your reading comprehension level is obviously below par.

          • Keepin It Real on March 21, 2016 at 4:09 pm

            So in other words you’ve got nothing, all you can do now is pretend I can’t read. LOL Your jimmies are really rustled right now.

          • Anonymous on March 22, 2016 at 8:38 am

            You are basing your ‘FACT’ on random postings and an article update based off a family member’s comments that were presented as 3rd hand information at that.

            The fact is, you have no facts. Thanks for playing! Buh-bye.

  42. Anom on March 14, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    What’s scarier is he got in a car. Was he planning to drive before he passed out? And the bar didn’t stop him?

  43. Teresa on March 15, 2016 at 12:57 am

    I’ve known this person since he was a small child. He’s never ever been a bad person or been to jail, he’s always been about family and was a terrific uncle. He’s always had a good head on his shoulders. He was respected by a lot of people. Very funny, and kind and loyal. Please don’t jump to conclusions based on what you read on the Internet. Now, as for the bar or any bar for that matter you do not have to personally go up and buy the drink yourself in order to get drunk. I’ve been to this establishment myself and many others and you go to the bar and order a drink and it could be for yourself or anyone else who is with you. So to those saying ” no way a bar would serve him twenty shots” that’s complete garbage. Especially if it’s a busy night, those bartenders aren’t always paying attention. They are mixing and making drinks and making tips. I’m sure he bought drinks for people and I’m sure he was probably served that many shots because the bartender may have possibly thought they weren’t all for him or just didn’t care or even didn’t have time to pay attention. Please don’t jump to conclusions until there are hard facts stating other wise. It’s so easy to read some crap and just assume but this was someone’s family and they loved him very very much. Have some respect. To his family, my deepest condolences and prayers are with you.

    • Anonymous on March 15, 2016 at 12:34 pm

      You sure are assuming a lot here for someone telling others not to make assumptions. You’re SO SURE the bartender “just didn’t care or didn’t have time to pay attention.” Stop blaming others for the death of this man.

      • Teresa on March 16, 2016 at 4:22 pm

        I’m not assuming anything. I’m making suggestions. I’m open to possibilities. I know that it’s not always clean cut and dry. However, what I do know is that he was a very kind person and a great person to be around. A very family oriented person. I don’t believe others should pass any judgment on someone based off of some “news article” and bash someone they didn’t know. Regardless of what the cause of death, doesn’t change the fact a human life is lost. It doesn’t make that person a terrible person or someone to be belittled publicly!

    • Tell You What on March 15, 2016 at 6:17 pm

      You must be kidding if you expect average people from SOMD to actually have compassion or sympathy. I’m guessing that you’re very new to the area or live in a small and exclusive community where everybody loves everybody. The typical attitude towards a death in SOMD is either “glad it wasn’t me” or “it should have happened sooner.” They (the majority of the SOMD population) don’t care about anybody or anything besides propaganda, political/mainstream media bait agendas and themselves.

      • Keepin It Real on March 15, 2016 at 8:25 pm

        Go cry somewhere else.

        • Tell You What on March 16, 2016 at 11:38 am

          That’s your mother’s job Tray Von..

        • Keepin It Real on March 16, 2016 at 8:04 pm

          Thanks racist.

  44. Yo-Mamma on March 15, 2016 at 7:09 am

    I was a bartender during college, Big Dogs and the bartender/bartenders involved most likely be sued, and maybe charged.

  45. Anonymous on March 15, 2016 at 11:23 am

    This is very sad!! I use to be a bartender and have my bartender license and it doesn’t matter if he was buying rounds for people the bartender or bartenders should know what to look for and he should have been cut off before the situation lead to this and should have been given some water and a snack and call him a ride but I do feel this is on the bartender for not paying attention to the customer because you can always tell when someone has had to much and needs to be cut off

  46. craziness on March 15, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    The owner of the bar carried him out to his car and left him there instead of calling for help/911. The victim did NOT walk out of the establishment on his own. He was unconscious..
    That right there should have raised a red flag for the bartenders and Brian or Monica the owners. I mean really!!!

    • fyi on March 15, 2016 at 9:20 pm

      That didn’t happen…

  47. Tell You What on March 15, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    This story sounds really odd and I’ll tell you why. 1. Why would ANY licensed or certified bartender serve that much liquor to one individual? They have strict rules that they must follow and they have the right to refuse to serve when they know that a guest has had too many. 2. How exactly does the “family member” know for sure how much the individual had to drink and what number exactly is “around 20?” 3. How can the cause of death be assumed so quickly prior to an autopsy? While we’re taking guesses instead of relying upon solid scientific facts; maybe his booze was “spiked”, maybe he had a heart condition, maybe he was on too many prescription medications, maybe it was an allergic reaction? There’s literally 1,000 assumptions that can be made but I would suggest waiting for the results of the autopsy report before jumping to conclusions.

    • Keepin It Real on March 15, 2016 at 8:24 pm

      Thanks racist.

      • Tell You What on March 16, 2016 at 11:43 am

        That made no sense or had no relevance to the article but thanks for letting everyone know how stupid you are.

        • Keepin It Real on March 16, 2016 at 8:05 pm

          What’s the matter, can’t be anything other than passive aggressive with your racism? Maybe one day you can put your big boy pants on and admit it. Doubt it though.

          • Anonymous on March 18, 2016 at 8:39 am


          • Keepin It Real on March 18, 2016 at 10:32 am

            So you don’t know what’s going on yet you decided to insert yourself into the conversation. Go back to eating paste Anonymous.

          • Anonymous on March 22, 2016 at 4:13 pm

            This must be comments amongst friends…an inside joke, I guess. Ok then.

        • Anonymous on March 20, 2016 at 7:22 am


      • Anonymous on March 18, 2016 at 8:41 am

        Since there is nothing racist about Tell You What’s statement, we’ll just assume you have a stiff one for his butt.

        • Keepin It Real on March 18, 2016 at 7:58 pm

          And we’ll just assume you like stiff ones and butts since you decided to bring that up out of nowhere. You like prison fantasies too?

          • Anonymous on March 21, 2016 at 9:16 am

            You are way too easy to draw out. :-)

          • Keepin It Real on March 21, 2016 at 4:10 pm

            I’m just trying to get you to come out of the closet. I’m here to help you Suzy.

          • Anonymous on March 22, 2016 at 8:40 am


    • Anonymous on March 16, 2016 at 8:38 am

      Guess you’ve never heard about alcohol poisoning? And you don’t need to be “licensed” to be a bartender in Maryland. Its a small bar, and the bartenders know how much they serve.

    • Grieving Mother on March 16, 2016 at 10:05 am

      EXACTLY! My son’s autopsy took about 2 months and they gave me the results over the phone (which I didn’t expect). I lived in Mechanicsville at the time and my son spent the night at a hotel with his best friend and 2 girls AND I never thought about holding anybody responsible for his death! As a mother who lost her only child I was devastated to say the least!! Long story short….,KEEP ASSUMPTIONS TO YOURSELF UNTIL FACTS ARE REVEALED!! This man’s mother, father, siblings, family are grieving his death sooooo give them RESPECT and quit posting comments. Including me! This just brings back all my pain just like the day my son died!!

    • AliceW on March 16, 2016 at 6:04 pm

      Wrong county for reason and facts and if you take this place serious you will lose your hair. One more week the toxicology results should be back and the tax payer can find out if the expense of a medical examiner is worth it or should be convert over to relatives that get third hand information from a bunch of drunks. If we close the bars at eight people can’t get as drunk and we could use the well trained police officers now stashed on late shifts to cleaning out the cesspool Great Mills and Lexington Park then move up the county.

  48. Anonymous on March 16, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Amazing that people actually think that it’s alright for a bar to serve that many shots to one person. A lot of states have laws against that. 2 shot per person maximum…maybe Maryland should follow suit. Just because it’s a legal substance doesn’t mean that there aren’t addicts abusing it. Alcohol is one of the most dangerous addictions there is. I think the bartender should be liable. After 3 a person cannot think clearly. What a shame…my heart goes out to the family.

    • fyi on March 16, 2016 at 10:58 pm

      Its clear to say that you rely on speculation and assumptions instead of facts to pass judgement
      Let the investigation reveal the facts..let the toxicology report reveal what sustance if any contributed to this trgic death.
      this is already a nightmare for many i find it “amazing” that you cannot let the facts fall in to place instead of hearsay rhetoric. .

      • Jack on March 18, 2016 at 3:34 pm

        what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  49. Anonymous on March 17, 2016 at 10:22 am

    While I am in no way a fan of this bar, I have to say that I am surprised how many people feel the bar/server should be liable if in fact alcohol is what killed this gentleman. I can’t even imagine trying to track how many drinks every patron drank. With people buying others drinks, moving around the bar and coming and going outside to smoke I don’t know how you would begin to keep track of this. Maybe if everyone sat in only one place and bought all their own drinks and didn’t get up until they left but that isn’t how it is at a bar. Plus if someone drank anywhere near 20 shots of tequila I can’t see how they were upright to approach the bar to get more drinks. I would think that he would have vomited before he got that much in his system and possibly choked. But if that is what happened the paramedics would have been able to tell. The toxicology report will answer the question of how. Unfortunately no matter how a young person is dead and a family is grieving.

  50. A Notch in the headboard on March 20, 2016 at 1:55 am

    $600 for 20 shots, damn no wonder they kept pushing the drinks his way