Homicide charge follows fatal overdose
Suspect accused of selling fentanyl to victim
By Robert Cloud
Waupaca County Judge Vicki Clussmann issued a warrant for the arrest of Tyler James Allen, 26, Pulaski.
Allen is charged with first-degree reckless homicide, delivery of fentanyl and felony bail jumping.
Allen allegedly sold the drugs that caused the death of Leland S. Kroening, 42, Clintonville.
On Aug. 2, 2022, Clintonville police were dispatched to an apartment on Morning Glory Drive in response to a reported drug overdose.
When officers arrived, they found Kroening in the bathroom, wedged against the door. They forced their way into the bathroom, pulled out the unresponsive Kroening and began lifesaving measures.
Clintonville Ambulance personnel arrived and also attempted to resuscitate Kroening, but were unsuccessful.
Waupaca County Deputy Medical Examiner Heather Fail pronounced Kroening dead at the scene.
Officers found a cellphone and a plastic bag with white powder that tested positive for methamphetamine and fentanyl.
On the cellphone, investigators discovered evidence of text messages involving a drug deal between Allen and Kroening.
They also uncovered evidence that a relative gave Kroening a ride to Black Creek, where he met with Allen.
An autopsy indicated that a toxic mix of fetanyl and ethanol were the cause of death.
On Aug. 18, 2022, Waupaca County charged Allen with delivery of heroin.
The homicide charge was filed on Feb. 27, three days after Allen failed to make a Waupaca County court appearance.
Allen currently faces felony narcotics charges in Fond du Lac County, where a warrant has also been issued for his arrest.