Family defends their Bethesda hovel house, call county orders ‘unconstitutional’

Editor’s note: This story has been altered to simulate a attribute between a plaintiffs.

WASHINGTON — Months after a deadly Sept. 10 Bethesda residence glow and a successive find of both dangerous materials and a network of tunnels, a homeowner, and his son have damaged their silence, encountering claims done by a county.

Court papers from David Beckwitt — who is listed as a owners of a home — and Daniel Beckwitt reject many of Montgomery County officials’ contentions about a since-condemned skill in a 5000 retard of Danbury Road. Neighbors contend that Daniel lived in a home, and a source with believe of a box says his father owns a property.

A polite censure filed in March by a county is seeking injunctions to, among other things, “restore a skill to a safe, buildable site; “remove or pill all dangerous conditions”; “remove and scrupulously and safely dispose of all dangerous conditions or materials”; and “remove all encroachments … from a right of way.” 

Officials fear that a tunnels competence indeed extend underneath Danbury itself.

In response, a Beckwitts “deny a residential building and tunnels are vulnerable and/or need visual action.” They also repudiate a county’s row of hoarding conditions and a avowal that a “tunneling, excavations and cavities go into a open right-of-way, namely Danbury Road, and expected go over during slightest one skill line.”

The Beckwitts also claim that orders from a county’s Department of Permitting Services to pill a conditions are unconstitutional and that a dialect is preventing them “from accessing a skill for a functions of inspecting and/or repair a property.”

Asking that a county cover their authorised costs, a family members also asked they be awarded “further relief.”

It’s a latest section in a weird story that began with a deadly residence fire Sept. 10. Responding firefighters found a physique of Askia Khafra, 21, in a basement, passed from fume transformation and thermal injuries. Daniel Beckwitt safely escaped.

Authorities after pronounced Khafra had been hired to puncture a tunnels.

What has given followed has been a back-and-forth between a Beckwitts and Montgomery County officials. Underscoring all of this is both doubt about a border of these tunnels — county officials can't legally entrance a skill to consider a risk — and, as a result, area safety.

Other questions that sojourn unanswered are a length, breadth and purpose of those tunnels. David Beckwitt’s skill sits about 15 feet behind from Danbury and a mile divided from a National Institutes of Health and a Walter Reed campus. It’s bordered by other homes on 3 sides.

While a Beckwitts have indicated that they are open to a settlement, a county is not, and anticipates it going to court.

WTOP has reached out to a Beckwitts’ attorney, George A. Bealefeld III.

In an email to WTOP, county orator Patrick Lacefield pronounced “we are harsh divided in justice to get resolution.”


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