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Winslow Business Owner Cited For Being Open As A “Non-Essential Business” Under Governor’s Order

A Winslow business owner was cited this week after for being open as a “non-essential business.” Police responded to the “Authentic Indian Arts Store” at 91 Hipkoe Drive Saturday. Back on April 9th, Winslow Mayor Tom McCauley says he received several complaints by other business owners and citizens regarding the store being open, violating the current executive order by Governor Ducey and the City of Winslow. Officers went to the store then and told the man he would need to close or be fined. Then on Saturday, after police say two warnings were given to the owner, he was confronted. The man said he was in compliance because he sold toilet paper, dog food and hay and told officers he was now a department store. Officers noted there were no grocery items in the store and it was mostly a jewelry store. The owner, 71-year-old Daniel Mazon, refused to give police identification stating his constitutional rights were being violated and that COVID-19 was a “hoax.” He was detained until officers found out who he was. Mazon was issued a citation and was released. The matter has been turned over to the Navajo County Attorney’s Office to ensure officers did the right thing in citing Mr. Mazon under the governor’s order.