oh, that guy, I remember this……….hard to keep up, isn’t it?

jerry dyer

Former Kuma, Muddle co-owner indicted in alleged thefts

  • Jul 30, 2015
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Jerry Dyer Jr. stands in his Kuma sushi bar and nightclub while the building was being remodelled

  • Staff photo— Jerry Larson


The former co-owner of two downtown Waco dining and drinking establishments has been indicted on felony theft charges after he reportedly wrote more than $31,000 in hot checks to his former business associates.

A McLennan County grand jury charged Jerry Ross Dyer Jr., 40, with theft of more than $20,000 but less than $100,000, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Dyer is the former co-owner of the Austin Avenue cocktail bar Muddle and the short-lived Kuma sushi bar and nightclub at 520 Austin Ave.

He did not return phone messages left on his cellphone Thursday and has no attorney-of- record listed by the court.

The indictment against Dyer alleges he wrote a total of 13 hot checks totaling $31,200 to Jeff Wolf, Mike Priest, Adrianna Shelton and Raymond Silva in October 2014 and March.

Wolf invested in Muddle and Kuma; Priest bought Muddle from Dyer and his partner, Seth Sutton; and Shelton is a former Kuma manager, Sutton said. Sutton said Thursday he doesn’t know Silva, and his involvement in the case is not specified in court documents.

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Dyer bought out Sutton’s interest in Kuma, located in the former Treff’s Bar & Grill location, in February after Sutton, an attorney, said his busy practice and family life were becoming too much for him.

Dyer vowed to keep the business open and announced plans to changethe “concept” for the upstairs nightclub from a DJ-driven dance club with go-go dancers in cages and strobe lights and fog machines.

But three months later, Waco businessman Robert Johnson, who owns the building, shut Dyer down for good after Dyer missed an April lease payment of $7,700.

Dyer and Sutton opened Muddle in the 700 block of Austin Avenue in 2014 but sold their interests in the bar to Priest in April. 0 comments

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