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Manassas Park Admits To Witheld Evidence?

By Greg L | 13 February 2008 | Rack & Roll Scandal | 29 Comments

Does Manassas Park have evidence that a crime has been committed, and refuse to turn this evidence over to law enforcement because it would implicate city officials in a blackmail scheme? You be the judge. Here’s city attorney Dean Crowhurst acknowledging they have this evidence:

Manassas Park city officials admit they have this evidence, and some of this evidence, according to city officials themselves involves the production of what is ostensibly child pornography. So what is it Mr. Crowhurst? Has a crime been committed here, and the city is attempting to protect the guilty? Or has no crime been committed, and the city has been engaged in a long-term effort to wrongly disparage the character of a local businessman?

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  1. MP Resident said on 13 Feb 2008 at 2:34 pm:
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    After this, I’m surprised Crowhurst still has a job.

  2. Patty said on 13 Feb 2008 at 3:26 pm:
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    It’s things like this that continue to enslave us to the Dillon rule.

  3. mnd said on 13 Feb 2008 at 6:22 pm:
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    The Dillon rule keeps the state from being a mismash of fiefdoms with a different set of rules for each.

  4. just some dude said on 13 Feb 2008 at 10:55 pm:
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    Crowhurst doesn’t strike me as much of a lawyer.

    It’s a shame Rack and Roll can’t afford a better lawyer to sue Manassas Park, the MP Police, and individual members of the MP government.

  5. Government Official said on 13 Feb 2008 at 11:44 pm:
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    Regardless of the presentation, Ruttenberg knew about the girls and was there. As a professional “victim”, Ruttenberg keeps trying to shift the blame to anyone but himself. He was the owner, the guy who hired Brendel, and he was the one who permitted the acts to occur. He was apparently on stage with the girls. No matter how you slice it, Ruttenberg is no “victim” and brought all of this on himself. The sleaze is incredible and the Ruttenbergs are the sleaziest of them all.

  6. MP Resident said on 14 Feb 2008 at 12:37 am:
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    So, Government Official, why in hell is Brendel still on the Planning Comission and why in hell did Brendel remain in office on City Council a full 2 years after this happened?

    Yes, the sleaze is incredible–the amount of sleaze found at One Park Center Court tops it all.

  7. MP Resident said on 14 Feb 2008 at 12:41 am:
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    There’s one BIG difference between Ruttenberg and Brendel. Ruttenberg doesn’t make decisions for the city. Ruttenberg doesn’t hold political office. Ruttenberg is just some guy trying to run a business that you can choose not to patronize if you don’t happen to like it.

    Brendel, on the other hand, is some guy that I have to do business with by virtue of the fact that he holds office in and makes decisions for the city and I pay taxes here.

    AND he was appointed to the Planning Commission by a governing body that had to be fully aware of what he did.

    Get it, “Government Official”?

    I really hope the turds floating at the top of the toilet bowl in MP finally get flushed on November 4.

  8. Greg L said on 14 Feb 2008 at 1:26 am:
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    Oh, “Government Official”, have you got your head up your fourth point of contact!

    Once again, self-described public officials are discussing evidence covered under THEIR OWN COURT PROTECTIVE ORDER not for the purposes of a legal case, but to wrongly defame someone who is the avowed enemy of Mayor Frank Jones and Vice-Mayor Kevin Polk. Hey, if this stuff is so bad, why are you still concealing evidence of possible criminal behavior from law enforcement, but still talking about it for the purposes of maligning someone’s character? You think it’s right to hide evidence from law enforcement, but still use it in a personal vendetta against a constituent? What the hell is going on here?

    I love how you characterize it as a bad decision to HIRE THE VICE-MAYOR at the time, and a person who the Governing Board has since appointed as a STILL-CURRENT member of the planning commission. If this guy is too sleazy for Ruttenberg to hire, why the hell was he appointed to the Planning Commission by the Governing Board? At least Ruttenberg hired him before these rumors of kiddie porn surfaced, but the Governing Board appointed him after they had obtained evidence of him taking nudie pictures of underage girls. Now that the City has seized Brendel’s computer and fully inventoried all of the photos he took, you’d think they would have gotten this guy to resign, but no, city officials such as yourself are having too much fun engaging in this nice little blackmail scheme, because having another meek and compliant official suits your purposes.

    You should be ashamed of yourself. I long for the day when you and your ilk will finally face justice.

  9. AWCheney said on 14 Feb 2008 at 5:19 am:
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    “Has a crime been committed here, and the city is attempting to protect the guilty? Or has no crime been committed, and the city has been engaged in a long-term effort to wrongly disparage the character of a local businessman?”

    …Or is it both?

  10. Gidget in Fairfax said on 14 Feb 2008 at 6:56 am:
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    (warning, total sarcasm follows)

    MP did things the hard way. They should have taken notes from the Fiefdom of Fairfax City, where if the “City” (i.e. Mayor, Council and staff) don’t like a business or don’t want “those people” around, they simply (a) buy the building, become the landlord, and either kick out the “undesireable” tenant or level the building for a “pocket park” or sell the land (usually at a loss) to their favorite developer, thus putting people out of business; or (b) call the ABC and have the establishments liquor license revoked (no prior notice or hearing of course) for minor technical infractions, also resulting in putting the people out of business.

    Alternatively, as with the Fairfax Fiefdom, they could’ve simply bought or condemned all the parking lots in the area, (selling them to their favorite developer of course) thus forcing out the businesses quietly. No parking, no customers… no customers, no business. Very simple really. No public hearings are required apparently. And, so far, the Fairfax Fiefdom has gotten away with everything. Seems MP should be taking notes from the “masters of redevelopment run amuck” over in Fairfax.

  11. AWCheney said on 14 Feb 2008 at 7:12 am:
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    “….or (b) call the ABC and have the establishments liquor license revoked (no prior notice or hearing of course) for minor technical infractions, also resulting in putting the people out of business.”

    They tried that Gidget…David Ruttenburg faught back as a matter of principle. That’s why they hate him so much.

  12. AWCheney said on 14 Feb 2008 at 7:14 am:
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    Rats! I tried to stop it because I didn’t proofread and needed a correction!:

    It’s “fought” of course…not “faught.” Geesh!

  13. Golem said on 14 Feb 2008 at 8:36 am:
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    Government Official:

    “There is sleaze here and the Ruttenbergs are the sleazists of them all”

    Just for the record:

    1. David’s father has practiced law for over 40 years. He started as aNavy lawyer and was the youngest Deputy Counsel, Naval Sea Systems Command ever. He was instrumental in resoving billions of dollars of shipbuilding claims against the Navy to the huge benefit of the U.S. Taxpayer;

    2. David’s sister is in cyber counter intellignce as a contractor for the Department of Homeland Security. She is a reserve Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy. She was the navigator of the ammunition ship Pyro during the first gulf war in the war zone with the Abraham Lincoln battlegroup. She was with Naval Counterintelligence in Suitland during the second gulf war.

    3. David’s brother is a partner in a Tyson Corner law firm and the current President of the Fairfax Bar Association. He is the Vice President of the charity “Devotion to Children.”

    4. David’s uncle is the senior member of the New York State Assembly.

    The allegations you keep bringing up about David are the product of fabrication by MP officials and perjury. Talk about sleaze. By the way, proof exists that Brendel was acting against David’s instructions and did put a stop to his activities when he became aware.

    Let me assure you that you will eventually be identified and sued for slander with respect to your remarks about “Ruttenbergs sleaze.” And believe me Mr. “Government Official,” I know whatof I speak.

  14. Gidget in Fairfax said on 14 Feb 2008 at 8:49 am:
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    AWCheney — they tried to fight back too. However, they had been involved in a lawsuit with Fairfax City for the past year (that’s a whole other ridiculous story there) and once the ABC literally ripped the license from the wall of their establishment they could no longer afford to pay the lawyers, much less their rent. The ABC said they could ask for a hearing — months down the road of course — but the damage is done and the place is locked up tight now.

    It is believed that the City realized they were going to lose the lawsuit with these people, and so resorted to this tactic instead. Sadly, very effective.

    Oddly, the Mayor of the city who owns an ice cream parlor/cafe, right around the corner, is rumored (we are attempting to verify this info) to have recently received his ABC license, even though just last October, an alcohol-related, sexual felony (perpetrated by his business ‘consultant’ against his under-age employee) occured on the premises which, at the time, had no license to sell alcohol of any kind. The incident has been neatly swept under the rug, of course. While the perpetrator will go to trial soon on the matter, the Mayor has come away unscathed.

  15. Batson D. Belfrey said on 14 Feb 2008 at 9:05 am:
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    It sounds like “Government Official” is worried that any corruption or obstrction investigation might ensnare him/her.

    For those new to this saga, when Greg bagan investigating the ongoing abuses of governement power inflicted upon the owner of Rack & Roll by the both the previous and current MP Governments, Cowhurst threatened to sue Greg. Undetterred, Greg continued to post articles VERY WELL supported by VIDEO, Photographic and documentary evidence. It’s all there in the archives of BVBL under “rack and roll scandal” I suggest that you newbies who may be skeptical do this before screaming “where’s the proof!” It’s all there, and has been developed over the better part of a year.

    WHile you may not approve of the type of establishement Rack & Roll was in its heyday, there is absolutely no excuse for the MP government to have acted as they have. What they have done is clearly illegal, and unethical. The good people of MP deserve better, and should demand better this coming November. However, if history is any indicator, the populace is a bit apathetic, and those holding power may not have any challenge, giving them a mandate to continue their abuses.

    Greg can only do so much. He can only tell the story, and hopefully inspire the citizens of Manassas Park to demand a change in the form of an electoral challenge.

  16. Batson D. Belfrey said on 14 Feb 2008 at 9:14 am:
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    I will also add that when Greg responded to the Cowhurst threat with the traditional BVBL war-cry of “Bite Me!” , the MP government backed down.

  17. AWCheney said on 14 Feb 2008 at 9:35 am:
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    I agree with Batson, and will add that Greg’s series on the RnR scandal has been an example of superlative investigative reporting…something of which our local MSM would seem to be incapable. It is all well worth a read!

  18. Nick said on 14 Feb 2008 at 10:26 am:
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    Does anyone know the status of Rack and Roll now? If it is still open, I would be tempted to go in there and spend some money.

  19. AWCheney said on 14 Feb 2008 at 10:35 am:
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    It is still open Nick…struggling, as you can well imagine. I’m sure that David would really appreciate the business! It’s really a great family place. I often sent my kids there when they were looking for a late-night place to go; of course Kevin Brendel was no longer employed there at the time. I just warned them to call me immediately if the MP police started any of their antics!

  20. Loudoun Insider said on 14 Feb 2008 at 10:54 am:
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    This whole saga simply infuriates me! Greg, I sent you a copy of an email I sent to McDonnell’s staff asking him to appoint a special prosecutor. We have to put some pressure on someone to really look into this mess.

    Most of the “lewd” acts were perpetrated by a city official and a police informant!!!


  21. Patty said on 14 Feb 2008 at 12:57 pm:
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    No wonder Manassas Park is considered a sanctuary city for illegal aliens. They have a bad habit of looking the other way when someone does something wrong.

  22. Gnarly said on 14 Feb 2008 at 1:05 pm:
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    It’s times like this that make me want to take a little time to look up some of my former roomates I’ve had over the years on campaigns and working for the legislature….ESPECIALLY the two who are Deputy AGs at US Justice.

    It will be great to catch up with them and tell them ALL ABOUT the town I’m living in now.

  23. Loudoun Insider said on 14 Feb 2008 at 1:44 pm:
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    Do it, Gnarly!

    The more people who raise this mess with higher authorities, the better the chances that something may actually happen.

  24. MP Resident said on 14 Feb 2008 at 1:48 pm:
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    As a Manassas Park resident, I beg you to do it.

  25. park'd said on 14 Feb 2008 at 4:38 pm:
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    I concur. Oh how I concur.

    Not holding my breath for anything to be done about this crew though. They seem to cover their bases and their illegal constituents, who now comprise 80% of the population of the town by my rough count based on hours of people counting, could care less what they do as long as they leave them alone. Nice gig if you can get it. Pull all the schemes you want and rob the town blind and the people don’t care because most of them are breaking the law too just by being here.

  26. MP Resident said on 14 Feb 2008 at 5:23 pm:
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    Now generalize that to what the rest of the country is going to be like. As goes Manassas Park, goes the USA.

  27. Anonymous said on 14 Feb 2008 at 9:32 pm:
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    Are there any MP council members up for re-election this year? Any prospects in the city that would be better and restore order and credibility?

  28. Patty said on 14 Feb 2008 at 10:55 pm:
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    MP said there are 5 up for election in November. Is there anyone decent that would run? I know what you mean about property values. Does the City of Manassas Park fall under the same zoning as PWC? Do you all have a seperate zoning enforcement or does the police department do that as well?

  29. MP Resident said on 15 Feb 2008 at 12:11 am:
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    The City of Manassas Park is completely independent of PWC. Zoning enforcement is handled by a department for that purpose.

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