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The longtime president of the Aragona-Pembroke Little League and his wife are out as officers, but the league won't say whether they resigned voluntarily or whether they will continue running the league's gambling hall.

Lou Mazza and Cheryl Mazza, the former treasurer, are no longer listed as officers or directors of the nonprofit, according to the league's website. The departure came Monday, one day after a Pilot investigation of a multimillion-dollar land deal found the couple had been receiving salaries for years in violation of Little League rules.

The top two positions are now held by former Vice President Carl Bush and his wife, Cathy Bush, who is listed as secretary.

Lou Mazza declined to comment Wednesday.

Bush also would not provide details of the separation and hung up the phone when asked whether the Mazzas will continue being paid to run the league's Witchduck Hall Bingo operations. The couple received a combined salary of more than $131,000 in 2012 as league officers while working four days per week at the Witchduck Hall facility, according to its most recent tax returns.

National Little League rules state that all officers must be unpaid volunteers. The Mazzas have been on the league payroll for at least five years, according to tax returns.

In 2010 the 300-player league, led by Lou Mazza and Carl Bush, bought the aging bingo facility at 660 N. Witchduck Hall for $1.8 million, even though it was assessed at $743,000. The league agreed to pay an additional $1.5 million for the bingo business, which included used furniture, bingo wheels and a snack bar.

Mazza had been president of Aragona-Pembroke league for more than 20 years, and his wife has served as secretary and treasurer.

John Holland, 757-222-5047,

They're out

One day after a Pilot investigation found Lou and Cheryl Mazza had been receiving salaries for years in violation of Little League rules, they are no longer listed as officers.





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