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To Whet Your Appetite

By Greg L | 26 January 2007 | Rack & Roll Scandal | 3 Comments

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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  1. Anonymous said on 26 Jan 2007 at 6:43 am:
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    That was alot of stuff— but like you have done through this whole series…SPOON FEED,,,,we have “people”….that need to have this presented very simply….after all they work for the F.B…..oooops…nevermind…..they got it all…thanks

  2. Loudoun Insider said on 26 Jan 2007 at 8:24 am:
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    Greg, I hope you read the series of articles in the Washington Post (I know, not exactly a bastion of conservatism!) about the smelly land use dealings in Loudoun County. There is mention that the FBI has ongoing investigations into public wrongdoings in the DC metro area. Kind of a generic statement, but one can only hope that this is on their radar screens. As with the Loudoun mess, where else can we turn when the local authorities will not get involved and/or are involved with the same bad apples?

  3. James Young said on 26 Jan 2007 at 11:28 am:
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    Probably about the same time the Pot News publishes a story on Dion’s misrepresentations.

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