Owner of Streetsboro's Stringz & Wingz arrested, charged with theft

By Bob Gaetjens | Gateway News editor Published:

Stringz & Wingz Owner "Chef" Bill Thompson was arrested Thursday afternoon in Cuyahoga Falls, according to Portage County Sheriff David Doak.

Doak said Thompson has been indicted by a Portage County grand jury on a third-degree felony charge of theft.

On Dec. 30, Streetsboro Family Days founder Chuck Kocisko filed a report with the Streetsboro Police Department alleging Thompson hadn't paid him money earned during a Nov. 15 and 16 fundraising concert benefiting Cleveland-based rocker Sonny Geraci, who has performed many times during Streetsboro Family Days' summer festival.

Geraci suffered an aneurysm nearly two years ago and the funds were to help the family pay medical bills, Kocisko said.

Thompson has said since the police report was filed he would pay more than $23,000 to either Streetsboro Family Days or the Geraci family.

As of Thursday afternoon, Kocisko said neither he nor the Geraci family has received payment.

Doak said an arraignment is likely today.

Stringz & Wingz, located in Streetsboro Plaza on S.R. 303 near S.R. 14, was closed Jan. 14 when plaza ownership company A & Z Management changed the locks to the business, according to Streetsboro police Lt. Troy Beaver.

Neil Lader, director of leasing for A & Z Management, said only that Stringz & Wingz is "out of business."

Thompson said last week he was trying to sell the business after his name was "dragged through the mud" over the controversy surrounding the benefit concert. He also was returning leased audio equipment on Jan. 14.

Contact this reporter at 330-541-9440 or bgaetjens@recordpub.com

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