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Shelbyville man arrested for alleged role in U.S. Capitol riot

Mark Andrew Mazza, 56, of Shelbyville, was arrested last week for allegedly being part of the group who breached the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Federal agents and U.S. Capitol Police have accused Mazza of illegally having a firearm on Capitol grounds, civil disorder, and assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers with a dangerous weapon. Mazza is also accused of obstructing justice by interrupting a Congressional proceeding and by lying to local, state and federal investigators during a Grand Jury investigation.

According to court documents, Mazza posted pictures online of himself at the “Stop The Steal” rally in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6.

A U.S. Capitol Police sergeant reported fighting with a man around 2:30 p.m. Jan. 6 in west front terrace area of the Capitol building. According to the officer, that man and others “attempted to physically overtake” him and other police officers. The sergeant reported that a pistol fell from the waistband area of the subject’s pants during the struggle. The man that allegedly fought with the officer left the area in the large crowd and was not apprehended.

The firearm was reportedly identified as a Taurus Revolver branded “The Judge.” The handgun was loaded with .410 gauge shotgun shells and .45 caliber hollow-point rounds, according to the court documents. Investigators determined that gun was registered to Mazza.

On Jan. 8, Mazza reported to the Shelbyville Police Department that he had left his Judge Revolver in a rental car overnight Jan. 5 while he was in a casino in Cincinnati, Ohio, and when he returned to his car around midnight, the handgun was missing.

A U.S. Capitol Police investigators reportedly interviewed Mazza at Mazza’s Shelbyville home on March 29. According to the report, Mazza told the investigators that he was at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 for the “Stop the Steal” rally and had the handgun on him.

Mazza reportedly told officers he entered the Capitol Building to stop protestors who were trying to break windows on the building. Mazza told investigators he was trying to close a glass door when police began pepper spraying people in the hallway. Mazza said he was smashed behind the door when the shoulder holster carrying his pistol broke and he didn’t have time to pick up the gun.

Mazza reportedly told the officers the gun was a Taurus Judge “with 45 long and 410 slugs” ammunition.

According to the investigator’s report, Mazza reported the gun stolen to Shelbyville police “in case something happened and if Antifa found it, someone might get killed and my name is all over it.” “Antifa” is a political movement that stands for “anti-fascist” and started in 2017.

Mazza told investigators that he did not fight with any police officers in the U.S. Capitol. He told the investigators that he helped two police officers get away from protestors.

Security camera footage from inside the Capitol was included with the court documents. Still photos appear to show Mazza enter the building with a group of protestors and then standing behind a glass door. The pictures appear to show Mazza wearing an American flag or similar patterned fabric draped over his shoulders, similar to the photo he allegedly posted to his social media earlier in the day.

Another photo appears to show Mazza holding an extendable baton.

“The video footage reviewed does not show that Mazza assaulted either officer with the baton but suggests he may have attempted to thwart other rioters from attacking the officers,” the report stated.

Mazza appeared in U.S. Southern District of Indiana Federal Court on Thursday and is being held without parole.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Justice Department’s National Security Division are prosecuting the case, with assistance provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana.

The U.S. Capitol Police and the FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office investigated the case, with assistance from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), and the FBI’s Washington Field Office.

WestSide Home Goods holds grand opening

Rosalie and Dave Hardin held a grand opening Saturday for their new furniture and small appliance store, WestSide Home Goods.

The location, 1406 Miller Ave., first opened about a month ago. Since then, Rosalie said the sales have been great.

“We’re getting the word out more and more through Facebook, and customers are telling their friends, friends are telling their relatives, and we’re very pleased with the progress so far,” Rosalie said.

The grand opening celebration gave a boost to the new store.

“It was to introduce our business, not necessarily make a lot of sales today,” Rosalie said.

The Hardin couple used to own The Chicken Inn, but they sold it in 2020 so they could retire. And the retirement plan included running a furniture store.

“We just want to say thanks to our team, we’ve got a great team, and thanks to the public, our friends, neighbors and family who have supported us throughout all this,” Rosalie said. “It’s been a big transition from being in the food business for so many years coming to this, but it’s something we truly enjoy. We love what we are doing.”

The Chicken Inn even catered the event. New owners Bill Aughe and Kent Hankins brought one of the restaurant’s staples – chicken and noodles.

“We have a great relationship with the Hardins, and when they asked us to participate in this, we were more than happy to step up,” Aughe said.

“A lot of people ask for our chicken and noodles, and it’s kind of a cold day, so we thought it would go over well,” he added.

Up In Flames Pizza and Paparazzi Jewelry Dealer were also set up outside the store.

Since its soft opening in October, WestSide Home Goods now has Christmas Decor for sale. Customers browsed through the holiday-themed front room while sipping hot drinks and snacking on cookies provided by the Hardins.

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Shoppers attend the grand opening of WestSide Home Goods, 1406 Miller Ave., on Saturday morning. The store is a one stop shop for furniture and small appliances.

“This is my second time in here, but I know them,” said Robin Fix. “We were at The Chicken Inn all the time when they owned it and I’ve known them a long time.”

Fix said she loved the store. She was browsing for Christmas, she said.

“It’s wonderful,” she said. “There’s all kinds of different options and antiques.”

Donnie Stagnolia decided to stop in after driving by and seeing the grand opening sign out front.

“It looks really nice,” he said. “It’ll be an upgrade for this side of town – It’ll bring more business. I hope they do well. They’ve been around a long time.”

WestSide Home Goods is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The store is closed on Mondays.

Commissioners approve INDOT resolution

The Shelby County Commissioners approved a resolution Monday morning that could speed up state road projects through the county.

Resolution 2021-26 would allow the board of commissioners president to be the only signature on electronic contracts with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT).

Ben Taylor with the county’s Highway Department explained that the resolution comes after INDOT moved to solely signing contracts and agreements electronically through a program called DocuSign.

Typically, when the board approves a contract or an agreement, that document had to be signed by all three commissioners in order to be executed. However, INDOT hopes to speed up the process by only requiring the board president to sign the electronic documents, instead of the entire board, Taylor said.

The board will still need to approve any documents prior to the president, in this case Commissioner Kevin Nigh, signing them.

In other business, the commissioners tabled two utility requests so they can obtain more information about telephone pole heights.

Great Plains Communications would like to connect fiber to a cell tower along County Road 700 West.

Great Plains Communications would like to install the fiber on S. 700 West (North of Old SR 252), then west onto W. 1000 South.

At one point in this connection, wire between poles will be in a right of way, which had a nearby neighbor concerned about wires getting caught on tractors and other farming equipment, Commissioner Don Parker said.

“Some farmers down there prefer that it be buried,” he said.

Commissioner Chris Ross added he would like to see the telephone pole height in writing prior to approving any requests. So the board tabled it.

The board also tabled a utility request by Jump Start Communications for the same reason.

Jump Start would like to install 3,560 feet of fiber both on telephone poles and underground starting at 10856 N. 800 West in Fairland, traveling North on 800 West, and ending at intersection of 800 West and 1200 North.

Parker suggested creating an ordinance to properly notify neighbors and create a procedure to get their input whenever a utility request is made in their area. No action was taken on this topic.

County Government Human Resources Director Donna Cook received approval to create two new job descriptions. The county is hiring an Emergency Management Deputy Coordinator and a Youth Assistance Program Case Manager. Both of these positions are full time.

To apply, visit the county website https://www.co. shelby.in.us/human-resources.

The case manager position will be a joint position between the county and the city.

“Currently, the director of Youth Assistance is working with the city and the county to get the interlocal agreement done on that,” Cook said.

Cook also recognized Community Corrections Director Josh Martin and Community Corrections Field Officer Brian Tony for receiving Director of the Year and Home Detention Officer of the Year awards from the Indiana Association of Community Corrections Act County (IACCAC).

“This is our third employee – I believe [Assessor] Anne Thurston was awarded earlier this year – so we’ve got three county employees that have been presented big awards this year,” Cook said. “I think that says a lot for our staff.”

Lastly, the commissioners approved a culvert replacement on 250 South near the intersection with 375 East. The quote received for this project comes from Trisler Construction Company at was estimated at $105,000.

Local celebrities lead the charge for MHP on Giving Tuesday

The MHP Foundation is eagerly looking forward to working with local celebrities on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 30, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

For readers not familiar with Giving Tuesday, it’s an international day of giving driven mostly by social media. Everyone knows “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday.”

Giving Tuesday is sort of the same, but also completely opposite. Instead of shopping, people are encouraged to make charitable contributions.

The MHP Foundation participates in Giving Tuesday to raise awareness, dollars, and to find donors new to the cause. According to Executive Director Angela Gill, Giving Tuesday will be one of the key events related to showcasing new projects for MHP.

Gill said the community will begin to see MHP doing work in social determinants of health.

Social determinant are “the conditions in the environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks.” (https://www.health.gov/healthy people/objectives-and -data/social-determinants -health)

“The Foundation’s fundraising for the next few years will center around supporting MHP’s work in social determinants of health to include early childhood education, behavioral health, obesity, and transportation,” Gill said.

She added, “Giving Tuesday is a fun day, and we’re super-excited to be including local celebrities in our fundraising efforts this year.”

Local celebrities, including Shelbyville News Editor Travis Weik, will use their social media accounts to help raise awareness about – and money for! – the MHP Foundation on Giving Tuesday.

Other celebrities taking part are Brent Baker, Donna Christian, Angela Gill, Dr. Paula Gustafson, Mary Harper, Jack Horner, LaTisha Idlewine, Mark McNeely, Kris Meltzer, Deryck Ramey, Kristiaan Rawlings, Warren Robison and Earsel Smith.

Each of them has agreed to match contributions in increments of $100. Each time contributions climb $100, one of them will contribute $100. Gill reports that it’s working already.

She said with a laugh, “I went ahead and put myself in that first $100 raised slot, just to set and example. I work here, so if I don’t do it, who will?”

She reports that the results of a mailing have chalked up the first $100, so the first match of $100 has been made. Others have jumped on board, and at the time of this press release, contributions have reached $300.

The goal for the day is $1,500 and sixty new donors.

“The monetary goal sounds modest, but the donor goal is very ambitious,” Gill said. “Keep in mind that new donors don’t jump right in with a $100 gift right off the bat unless they already know you or are very excited about your work. We’ve found that they generally, but not always, give about $25 or so on their first gift, especially through a social media solicitation.

“To hit our $1,500 monetary goal, that means roughly sixty new donors. That’s hard to do in a 24-hour period, but we’re going to give it our best,” she continued. “We’re so grateful to the local celebrities who have stepped up. When people see others who they like and respect giving, it really encourages them to give, too.”

You can help the MHP Foundation on Giving Tuesday by making a gift at https://mymhp.org/foundation/ways-to-give/ giving-tuesday/. Gifts made prior to Giving Tuesday will be processed on Giving Tuesday.

You can also do your own online fundraising for the MHP Foundation by setting up your own fundraising page by going to https://justgiving.com/campaign/GivingTuesday MHP.

And, since Giving Tuesday is driven by social media, you can like the MHP Foundation’s Facebook page (facebook.com/ Foundation4MHP) and share their posts on Giving Tuesday.