While we wait for the Manassas Journal-Messenger to get off it’s butt and finally print the story on the Dave Ruttenberg scandal, here are some interesting tidbits that I’ve come across as I continue to dig into the story that readers might enjoy. I’ve been expecting the story to run for about a week and a half at this point, and been holding off on some information out of courtesy, as Alex Granados has put a huge amount of effort into this story. Since the MJM editorial board is dragging, and I don’t want readers to get the impression that there’s no more to say on this topic, perhaps it’s time to serve up an appetizer for the main course that seems to have been delayed for some reason. So without further ado, here are some snippets worthy of those discussions at the water cooler that I’ve heard about.
Homeowners on Scott Drive, immediately behind the shopping center where Colonial Downs planned to set up it’s off-track betting facility were apparently contacted by agents of Colonial Downs and asked to sell their property. If the furniture store was to be the extent of the facility, as the public story went, why would Colonial Downs be interested in buying up adjacent properties?
Family members of Manassas Park Chief of Police Evans report having heard that Chief Evans was in a position to make a huge amount of money on a land deal in Manassas Park. Now how many big land deals do you think were on the horizon in the mid to late 90’s in Manassas Park?
At the other end of the mall where Rack & Roll was located, a bar operating under the name of the “Golden Phoenix” has homeless people drinking on credit, a bartender busted for dealing cocaine in the bar, and active prostitution by the bar’s owner. Their ABC license is not revoked. Rack & Roll gets their ABC license revoked because of two warm sample bottles of beer found during a raid, concerns that girls are “earning beads” at a Mardi Gras night, a flimsy charge that the chairman of the Board of Zoning Appeals gave alcohol to a minor, and that the police were conducting drug deals in the establishment.
Another pool hall by the name of “Confetti” has three murders since 2004, and still has their liquor license. I hear they have a gay karaoke night that’s probably worth a revocation on the grounds of being a hazard to victim’s ears.
The police recruit the doorman at Rack & Roll as a paid informant and order him to allow known drug dealers to enter the premises despite Dave Ruttenberg’s directions. Ruttenberg then gets blamed for having drugs in his establishment by the police. Nice trick.
Detective Mario Lugo of the Manassas Park Police Department testified that he was not having a sexual relationship with a paid informant he recruited by the name of Nina, nor that the doorman or another individual named Jeffrey are informants at the time he was the “case agent” for the Narcotics Task Force investigation of Rack & Roll. Sworn testimony and audiotapes refute this testimony, prompting a perjury investigation of Detective Lugo. Commonwealth Attorney Paul Ebert shuts down the perjury investigation, without explanation.
Hopefully that article will run soon, otherwise I’m going to have to scoop a significant portion of it. Stay tuned…
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