Officer seizes suspected psychoactive fungi
Jeremy J. Pomerenke, 39, Waupaca, is charged with felony delivery of psilocin, possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor bail jumping.
At 12:44 a.m. Wednesday, June 14, Waupaca Police Officer Brent Wittman met Pomerenke’s brother in the lobby of the police station.
According to the criminal complaint, the brother said Pomerenke handed him a psychoactive mushroom while they were at Simpson’s Restaurant and suggested he eat it so he could see things the way Pomerenke does.
The brother gave Wittman the mushroom and said Pomerenke had several more mushrooms and pills in his pants pocket.
While the two men were speaking, Wittman saw Pomerenke walk by on West Fulton Street toward Kwik Trip.
Wittman then went to the Kwik Trip where he made contact with Pomerenke.
Wittman asked Pomerenke what he had in his pockets.
Pomerenke reportedly answered, “A lot of things – pills, mushrooms, my ID.”
Then Pomerenke pulled a plastic bag from his pockets. In it were seven mushrooms and a prescription pill bottle with Pomerenke’s name on it.
After a week in custody, Pomerenke was released on a $2,500 signature bond co-signed by a relative with the condition that he not possess any illegal substances, receive a mental health assessment and follow treatment recommendations.