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A page devoted to newspaper clippings, unusual articles some psilocybian mushroom trivia


Hello and welcome to our News archives. In this section you will find a wide variety of newspaper clippings regarding the visionary mushrooms. I Started to catalogue these clippings back in 1976.
They are arranged alphabetically by countries and newspapers and then Chronologically by dates.


FROM THE INTERENT, Cleveland/Akron, Ohio
POSTED: 5:14 p.m. EDT, August 1, 2003

Naked Man Shot By Police
Man Ran Through Neighborhood, Breaking Windows

MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio -- A 19-year-old man was shot and killed by police officers in Mayfield Heights Thursday night, NewsChannel 5 reported.

The man reportedly ran naked through a neighborhood, breaking out windows of homes.

While running down a street, he saw police officers. He ran toward the police cruisers, jumping on the hood of one and then breaking a window of another with a 5-inch hunting knife.

He was then shot twice by officers. Officials said that he had knife marks on his neck and arms.

While lying on the ground he said, "Just let me die."

An autopsy will be performed to find out if there were any drugs or alcohol consumed. He has not been identified.

Dayton, Daily News
August 2, 2003

MAYFIELD HEIGHTS A bloodied, naked man armed with a knife rolled over one police car and was shot and killed by a second officer whose patrol car side window was smashed by the attacker, police said.

An officer shot Dan Bucci, 19, of Mayfield Heights, after he attacked her with a knife before dawn Thursday in this Cleveland suburb.

He died Friday of a gunshot wound to the abdomen at Hillcrest Hospital, said Cuyahoga County Coroner Elizabeth Balraj.

Residents called police about a nude man running down the street, smashing house windows with his fists and shouting ĎĎcall the police,íí according to Detective Doug Suydam.

Police said Bucci had stabbed himself in the throat and torso. When police arrived, Bucci jumped on and rolled over one patrol car, Suydam said.

Next, he put his fist through the driverís window of another patrol car and began stabbing at the officer. Suydam said the officer was not injured.

Bucciís father, Fred, said his son had been using hallucinogenic mushrooms.

Toledo, Ohio

$40,000 Mushroom Bust

The seizure of the 6 pounds of mushrooms is the result of a 4-month investigation.

A drug bust in Sylvania, but marijuana and cocaine were not found. Instead detectives say it is high school students' new drug of choice. We're talking about mushrooms, specifically chemical-laced mushrooms. Investigators say the mushrooms found were worth more than $40,000. The mushrooms found are called psilocybin mushrooms and are a hallucinogenic drug that's taken orally.

Investigators say Kenneth Kuyoth, 28, was growing and selling the mushrooms. He was in court Tuesday afternoon on numerous drug charges. Detectives say his buyers were high school students. Kuyoth's home was raided early Tuesday morning. Detectives found the drugs growing in a makeshift dog kennel.

Teri Lutz lives just two homes down from Kuyoth's and never thought drugs were growing in the neighborhood. The seizure of the 6 pounds of mushrooms is the result of a 4 month investigation. Right now Kuyoth is the only one charged; he's behind bars on $80,000 bond. Investigators say these mushrooms are very dangerous. Regular consumption leads to medical complications, and if the mushrooms aren't grown properly they can be poisonous and even kill you.

Channel 13, 1bc tv with 4 of 5 photos

Guilty of possession of psilocybin mushrooms.

The Time Recorder Newspaper network of Ohio


Judge Howard Zwelling
Sept. 1, 2004

Brandon Elias French, 21, Westerville, was found guilty of possession of psilocybin mushrooms. He was sentenced to three years community control and was ordered to enter into and complete the program at Licking Muskingum to include any and all aftercare.


Hallucinogenic drug blamed in death of 19-year-old man.

Fred Bucci waited nearly two years to hear some genuine remorse from the man police say is responsible for his son's death.
But on Tuesday, the Mayfield Heights man left Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court disappointed.

Bucci's son, 19-year-old Daniel Bucci, was shot and killed by Mayfield Heights police in July 2003 after running down the street naked with a knife.
At the time, Daniel Bucci was suspected of being under the influence of hallucinogenic mushrooms, sold to him by Matthew Palinkas, a 24-year-old Chester Township man.

"Our son is gone, and it's a great loss. We live in pain," Fred Bucci said of himself and his wife. "As Christian people, our prayer for (Palinkas) is that he would repent. Our prayer is not justice for this young man, but true repentance in his heart. Vengeance is for the Lord."

Judge Michael J. Russo sentenced Palinkas to 30 days in jail for selling the mushrooms to the victim, but Fred Bucci said he would have rather seen a heartfelt apology.

After mumbling something about "politicians and bureaucrats," Palinkas composed himself and said,
"I respectfully decline to make a statement."

His attorney, Paul Daiker of Cleveland, said Palinkas, who pleaded no contest to the charges but was found guilty, plans to appeal the guilty verdict, partly because prosecutors failed to prove the drugs caused Bucci's behavior and subsequent death.

"Daniel Bucci - a 19-year-old man - died as a result of ingesting the drugs (Palinkas) sold," Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Sean Jones argued. "There's apparently no remorse, as he's now claiming he didn't do these crimes."

Russo could have sentenced Palinkas to a maximum of 11 years in prison but said there was not enough evidence the mushrooms had anything to do with Daniel Bucci's death.

"Although there was a terrible result from the drug sale, there was no definite link," the judge said.

In addition, Palinkas had no prior criminal record as an adult.
However, the judge did put several restrictions on Palinkas.
He will begin serving two years of community control - the new term for probation - after his jail sentence. He also must be tested for drugs twice a month, get a part-time job and his GED or high school diploma, and be evaluated by a drug counselor.

"You reach a point where you have to finish your education, get a job and get out of your parents' basement," the judge lectured Palinkas.

If he violates any of those terms, Palinkas will be sentenced to prison for one year.

Bucci's death occurred in the early morning of July 31, 2003, after officers responded to complaints of a naked white male running down Mayfair Avenue, breaking windows and screaming.

A female officer shot him in the stomach after he punched the glass on her cruiser and tried to stab her, according to reports.

Fred Bucci said he hopes Palinkas will come out of jail a better person.
"My concern is that Mr. Palinkas understands he's not just sorry he got caught, that he understands he violated God's ways," the father said. "I was a drug abuser when I was younger, and things can be turned around."

Fred Bucci said he's been clean for 25 years, and now has his own successful heating and cooling business.

He described his son as a loving, intelligent person who made a bad decision by experimenting with drugs.

"I don't minimize the fact that my son chose to take those drugs," he said. "Our faith in the Lord is that God will bring beauty out of ashes."
©The News-Herald 2005.
July 15, 2005.

Major Mushroom Growing Operation uncovered.
(Ohio) Area cops uncover major mushroom operation

July 15, 2005 -

MONROE, OH -- Monroe detectives said they uncovered the first major growth operation of psychedelic mushrooms in this area in the bedroom of Richard Green of the 100 block of Wyndcrest Drive.

The uncovered crop was the culmination of nearly a month of investigation that involved collecting information from residents, according to Detective Michael Staples of the Monroe Police Department.

The drug, known as psilocybe cubensis, is a hallucinogen that is usually eaten. It alters the perception of sights and sounds when consumed.

Possession of even one mushroom is a felony charge, Staples said; quite a few of them were sprouting from Green's production plant, he said.

Police said Green had "one of the most elaborate setups" for cultivating mushrooms that they'd ever seen, which included horse manure, racks holding seven large containers of soil, a syringe containing thousands of spores, two humidifiers, a food dehydrator and an instruction manual downloaded from a Web site that outlined cultivation techniques for the illegal mushrooms.

Staples said their investigation revealed that Green used this process to cultivate mushrooms: He stored mushroom spores in mason jars and mixed them with purified water, which he injected into soil with a syringe. He also kept masks and latex gloves on hand, which he most likely used to keep his "garden" sterile. A food dehydrator was used to dry the mushrooms after he harvested them.

Staples said it took him and three other officers nearly an hour to remove all the equipment from Green's house.

"We told him he should use his ingenuity for something less criminal," Staples said.

Green - who has not yet been charged by Monroe police for the alleged drug cultivation - was booked at the Butler County Jail for violating a prior probation given in 2002 for selling marijuana, according to Butler County Jail officials. Investigators believe he had grown quite a few crops of the mushrooms over the past few months and was possibly selling them.

"I can't see (growing) this many for personal use," Staples said.

One crop can be grown in only five to seven days, Staples said.

The mushrooms will be sent to the Bureau of Criminal Investigations in London, Ohio for a laboratory analysis of their chemical composition, which will allow investigators to determine whether they contain active ingredients, according to Ron Dye, assistant director of lab operations at the bureau.

Butler County officials said they haven't seen enough cases of the drug's sales in this area to have any estimate of its street value, which would depend on the quantity and quality of the substance.

"There's not a lot of precedence at this point; it's fairly rare in this particular area," said Detective Monte Mayer, public information officer for the Butler County Sheriff's Office.

Butler County Prosecutor Robin Piper and Detective Dan Bussell - who has been with the Monroe Police Department since 1978 - both said this is the first time they've ever heard of a growth operation taking place in the county.

There have only been a few sporadic sales of mushrooms over the past 15 years, mostly in the Oxford area, Piper added.

Dresden man gets 10 years for drugs
January 17, 2007. newarkadvocate.comWednesday

A 28-year-old Dresden man is traveling around Central Ohio admitting to drug charges.

Bair pleaded guilty this morning in Licking County Common Pleas Court to two first-degree felony charges. He admitted to possessing and trafficking more than 9,000 grams of psilocybin mushrooms in April.

Tuesday, Bair pleaded guilty in Coshocton County Common Pleas Court to a first-degree felony charge of illegal cultivation of marijuana.

Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force officers allegedly caught Bair and his brother, Richard J. Bair, 33, with 9,426 grams of mushrooms in the trunk of a vehicle they were driving on Interstate 70 near Kirkersville on April 17.

Because of the amount and classification of the drug, each could face a 10-year mandatory sentence if convicted, CODE Task Force Capt. Bruce Myers said after the arrest.

Licking County Assistant Prosecutor Ken Oswalt said the drugs were prepared for distribution.

Judge Thomas Marcelain sentenced Bair to 10 years in prison, but did not impose any of the additional up to 10-year sentence he could have faced.

Oswalt said he strongly encouraged the court to impose the joint recommendation of only a 10-year sentence.

Coshocton County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Evans said Bair would get a mandatory10 years on the cultivation-of-marijuana charge. Bair had more than 51 pounds of marijuana and a 7-month-old child at his residence at the time authorities executed a search warrant.

Another $10,000 mandatory fine and all court costs and fees could be part of his Coshocton penalty. He will be subject to a minimum of five years of parole upon his release.

The vehicle the drugs were found in and more than $2,000 were surrendered as forfeiture specifications to the charges in Licking County.

Oswalt also said Bair willingly gave authorities more than $40,000 cash and other high-dollar items that were believed to have stemmed from some felony drug offenses.

Richard Bair is facing trial before Marcelain on the same charges Jan. 31. Bair also is facing a trial this afternoon in Licking County Municipal Court for allegedly driving under a suspended license May 11.

Kimberly Dick can be reached at (740) 328-8543 or

Zanesville Times Recorder. May 30, 2007

Brothers serving 10-year terms for drug trafficking
Newark Advocate
NEWARK Two brothers are each serving 10 years in prison for having more than 9,000 grams of mushrooms in the trunk of a vehicle they were driving on Interstate 70 near Kirkersville last April.

Richard J. Bair, 33, of Frazeysburg, pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree felony aggravated trafficking in drugs and aggravated possession of drugs charges associated with psilocybin mushrooms.

Bair changed his plea Tuesday afternoon in Licking County Common Pleas Court after cooperating with authorities and aiding in ongoing investigations.

Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force officers caught the brothers with 9,426 grams of mushrooms on April 17, 2006, after an investigation.

Nicholas A. Bair, 28, of Dresden, also was sentenced to a 10-year mandatory prison term in January after pleading guilty to similar charges related to this incident.

Licking County Assistant Prosecutor Ken Oswalt previously had said the drugs were prepared for distribution.

Because of the amount and classification of the drug, both faced a 10-year mandatory sentence if convicted, CODE Task Force Capt. Bruce Myers said after the arrest.

The 10-year mandatory sentence Judge Thomas Marcelain imposed Tuesday was the minimum in the case. Richard Bair could have been sentenced up to an additional 10 years.

Richard Bair is not eligible for judicial release and will be on parole for five years after his release. He has to pay a mandatory $10,000 fine in addition to court costs.

His driver's license is also suspended for three years, and he forfeits more than $1,200 confiscated at his arrest.

33 Pounds Of Psychedelic Mushrooms Seized Police Say.

August 19, 2008 -

LSD, Marijuana, Ecstasy Also Found During SearchM

POSTED: 2:43 pm EDT August 19, 2008
UPDATED: 3:01 pm EDT August 19, 2008

Forest Park, Ohio: Authorities arrested a man Monday that they described as a major supplier of psychedelic drugs in Hamilton County.

Following an investigation by Oxford police, officers executed a search warrant at a Forest Park residence, where authorities said they seized 33 pounds of psilocybin mushrooms, 1,000 doses of LSD, a pound of marijuana, a powder form of Ecstasy, $3,000 cash, a handgun and a 1996 Mazda car.

Investigators said the amount of hallucinogenic mushroom was eight times the statutory minimum for a felony offense.

ďIíve been in this business for over 40 years, (and) this is the largest mushroom bust Iíve ever seen,Ē said Leo Robinson, coordinator of the Drug Abuse Reduction Task Force.

Officers arrested Chandler Wilson, 20, who could face a 10-year prison term on each felony drug offense, if convicted.

See Lauren Pack 2008 below for related info.

Journal News: Dayton, Ohio


>Detectives: Bust nets 33 pounds of psychedelic mushrooms

Multi-agency investigation leads to one arrest and seizure of drugs, cash and a gun.

By Lauren Pack

Staff Writer

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

A multi-agency investigation involving the Butler County Sheriff's Office, Oxford police and the Drug Abuse Reduction Task Force in Hamilton County has resulted in the arrest of a Springfield Twp. man for dealing in LSD and psychedelic mushrooms.

Chandler Wilson, 20, of Centerbrook Court, was arrested Monday, Aug. 18, after detectives found 33 pounds of psilocybin mushrooms; 1,000 hits of LSD; a pound of marijuana; a powder form of Ecstasy; $3,000; and a handgun at his residence. The large quantity and weight of the mushrooms exceeds nearly eight times the statutory limits classifying Wilson as a first-degree major drug offender under Ohio law, according to the sheriff's office.

Wilson was booked into the Hamilton County Justice Center on a single charge of drug trafficking, but Butler County Sheriff's Sgt. Todd Langmeyer said more charges may be ahead. Wilson was released on bond Tuesday, Aug. 19.

Officials said the investigation is ongoing and could result in other arrests.

A probe into the source of mushrooms began in Oxford, which assigned one of its officers to the sheriff's office drug and vice unit, according to Langmeyer. The investigation moved to another Butler County city, then ultimately pointed

to Wilson in Hamilton County, according to detectives.

Langmeyer said officials believe Wilson was receiving shipments of the mushrooms that when eaten have similar hallucinogenic effects as LSD. He was not cultivating them at his residence, the detective said.

Officers from all the police agencies involved in the investigation expressed surprise at the amount of mushrooms found.

"I have never seen that many," Langmeyer said. "We don't usually see more than a handful."

Contact this reporter at (513) 820-2168 or


Photo captions: Click on each image for large enlargements

Authorities found drugs, including psilocybin mushrooms that are shown packaged in a cardboard box, through an investigation that originated in Oxford. Photographs courtesy Butler County Sheriff's Office

West Lake, Ohio
August 27, 2008

Ohio Shroom and other drug bust.

Westlake: Apartment search turns up hallucinogenic drugs

WESTLAKE -- Police officers say a search warrant executed at condo on Detroit Road this morning turned up hallucinogenic drugs and led to the arrest of two 18-year-olds.

Police say they recovered liquid LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, a small amount of marijuana and ecstasy as well as a set of scales.

The residents of the condo Ryan Wiggins and Ray Zimmerman were arrested and charged with aggravated drug trafficking with a school specification, due to the proximity of St. Lutheran School. Police, however, say there is no indication that children from the school were ever approached or involved in any way.

Police say both Wiggins and Zimmerman had active failure to appear warrants from the Rocky River Municipal Court on underage consumption charges connected to a loud party they hosted last month.

In addition to the drug items seized, Captain Guy Turner says a book was found titled, "Arrest Proof Yourself." In his press release on the teens' arrests, Turner mused that it appeared the book had "never been read."

A hamster was also recovered at the condo and taken to the city kennel. Turner says the hamster was being fed Honeycomb cereal and will be given a more appropriate meal plan at the kennel.

Teen Charged In OU Studentís Death

Donna Willis

Web Content Coordinator
Published: July 28, 2009

ATHENS COUNTY, Ohio A teen was indicted Monday on two charges related to the April death of an Ohio University student.

NBC 4 reported with the FAST FACTS.

James Tyler Wagers, 19, of Mansfield was indicted Monday for one count of involuntary manslaughter and one count of aggravated drug trafficking in connection with the death of Eric Hansen.

Hansen, 20, died as a result of a fall from a fourth-floor dorm window at Ohio University Tuesday, April 28, 2009, while under the influence of psilocybin.

Wagers was accused of having provided psilocybin mushrooms, an hallucinogenic drug.

Psilocybin was discovered in Hansenís system during an autopsy performed by the Franklin County coronerís office.

The involuntary manslaughter charge is a first-degree felony and carries a possibility of as much as 10 years in prison.

The aggravated drug trafficking charge is a fourth-degree felony and carries a possibility of 18 months in prison.

Wagers was scheduled to appear before Judge L. Alan Goldsberry at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009.

Ohio University police investigated the case.

Student charged with manslaughter in dormitory accident arraigned, released from jail

Written by Athens NEWS Staff
Thursday, 06 August 2009 09:34

An Ohio University student pled not guilty Wednesday to charges of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated drug trafficking, in connection with an accident in which another student, allegedly high on psilocybin mushrooms, fell or leapt from a dormitory window to his death.

James Tyler Wagers, 19, of Mansfield, Ohio, was arraigned Wednesday in Athens County Common Pleas Court.

A trial has been set in his case for Nov. 12, though thatís likely to be postponed, given that the county is currently starting the second of four murder trials connected to a February shootout in New Marshfield.

The court continued Wagersí bond at $40,000, which was set by a judge in Huron County where Wagers was arrested after a grand jury here indicted him. According to the Athens County Prosecutorís office, Wagers has posted the bond and been released from jail.

Authorities claim Wagers gave or sold psilocybin to fellow student Eric Hansen, 20, before Hansen suffered a fatal fall April 28 from a fourth-floor window in OUís Weld House, where he lived.


The stateís contention is that without the influence of the drug, Hansen would not have gone out the window.

County Prosecutor C. David Warren has noted that for purposes of the criminal charge, it makes no difference whether Wagers is alleged to have given the drug to Hansen, or to have sold it to him.

According to OU spokeswoman Katie Quaranta, the university as of Wednesday was still weighing possible disciplinary options against Wagers. OU has the authority to immediately suspend the student based on his indictment, if it so chooses.

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