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A grand jury Wednesday indicted executive vice president Tony Packo III and another company official. They’re accused of stealing more than $100,000 from the business that’s based in Toledo.
Multiple media outlets report the charges stem from a yearlong family battle over control of Tony Packo’s.
A private restaurant group backed by Tony Packo Jr. and his son in October won the bidding for the restaurant chain, whose hot dog sauce is sold nationwide.
The dispute grew after a relative of the Packos began questioning them about company spending.
A message seeking comment was left at the home of Tony Packo III on Wednesday.
Cowell biography set for spring release
A biography of former “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell is coming soon.
Ballantine Books announced Thursday it will publish Tom Bower’s “Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life of Simon Cowell” in the spring. According to Ballantine, an imprint of Random House Inc., Mr. Bower has had “hundreds of hours” of access to Mr. Cowell. The book will also include “direct contributions” from Mr. Cowell’s friends and foes.
The acerbic Brit was a judge on Fox’s “American Idol” for nine seasons. He left “Idol” to launch his British-born hit series “The X Factor” in the U.S. It debuted on Fox this fall.
Mr. Bower has written 19 books, including biographies of former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and media mogul Conrad Black.
• Compiled from Web and wire service reports.
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