Kim Vargas’ Gang Poisons Neighbor’s Crop, Gets Free Food – Joe Handy, Landlord

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Stephen Ames Berry

Herkimer Gang Poisons Crops
Concerned friend watches helplessly as poisoned squash suffers inedibility.

It’s harvest time here in Upstate New York. Pumpkins and apple cider, squashes and fall festivals, game suppers and Halloween. The leaves are turning and the crisp mountain air off the Adirondacks is like ambrosia. There are people out West who’d kill for a breath of our air. Compared to much of the nation, we’re pretty well off so far: Covid-19 infections are low, home sales are up, industry’s moving in. No drastic budget cuts yet. Much to give thanks for.

Here in our pastoral village of Herkimer, the community continues its good-hearted sharing of its abundance with our drug gang neighbors, notably the Kim Vargas gang, routinely delivering them free food, with the good stuff packed in ice.

Kim Vargas drug gang getting free food
Periodic free food delivery to Joe Handy tenant Kim Vargas at 328 Pleasant Avenue. The Vargases are one of several criminal families on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue who receive food donations from the community. The Vargases typically give much of their donated food away.
Herkimer gangbanger Xavier Rowe receving free food for the Kyle Stone gang
Herkimer gangbanger Xavier Rowe receiving donated food for the Kyle Stone gang at Jay Smith’s 332 Pleasant Avenue. This is the first time I’ve ever seen Xavier do any work.
Herkimer gangbaner Kyle Stone and his krew receiving donated food
A June delivery of donated food to Herkimer gangbanger Kyle Stone and his opioid delivery krew via Pleasant Avenue drug dealer and granny beating provocateur Joyce Barton. Kyle is the bearded one holding the large box of Dunkin Donuts.

The Vargases recently celebrated harvest season by destroying our bumper crop of squash with herbicide, with the added fun of slaughtering our sunflower plant. The sunflower taunted their inner ugliness with its beauty and grace for much of the summer.

Poisoned Herkimer sunflower
Sunflower murdered by Kim Vargas’ krew at Joe Handy’s 328 Pleasant Avenue. The sunflower had taunted them from our yard all summer with its beauty and grace. Finally, they took action..
Poisoned squash leaves point accusingly at Kim Vargas'
Poisoned squash leaves point accusingly at Kim Vargas’ yard. (Landlord Joe Handy’s 328 Pleasant Avenue)

“It’s obscene that in a time of national pandemic, hunger and growing homelessness, Herkimer continues to coddle its criminals.”

As we’ve noted before, throughout the spring and summer, our backyard was blasted with volatilized pesticide from the Vargases’ yard. Below is a video of a kind gentleman delivering food to the Vargases and to the drug trafficking gang on the other side of us, landlord Jay Smith’s Kyle Stone gang. The young gang guy taking the food boxes is Xavier Rowe. This is the most work I’ve ever seen Xavier do. Kyle himself makes a cameo appearance, carrying a box of Dunkin Donuts.

After that portion of the video, there’s an older clip of Joyce Barton of the Joyce Barton Gang delivering foodbank boxes to the Kyle Stones and some of her other neighbors before scooting into her house at 333 Pleasant Avenue with her own food. Photos of our poisoned crops and plantings are at the end.

Joyce Barton Herkimer gang sends love
Neighboring drug dealer Joyce Barton of Herkimer’s Barton Gang, sending a little love our way.

Misplaced Charity Helps Sustain Herkimer Drug Gangs

It’s obscene that in a time of national pandemic, hunger and growing homelessness, Herkimer continues to coddle its criminals.  Free food is but one example. Our Herkimer gangs are happily nested here, and why not? It’s been the good life for them for the long decades in which Upstate New York was the poor country cousin of Downsate. Supportive landlords give them sanctuary, and the community and the state of New York provide them SNAP and cash assistance, fuel subsidies, utilities’ help, top of the line Medicaid coverage and a world class Medicaid dental insurance. And all amid the comfort of extended family networks.

“Only New York would put up with these destructive social parasites. They traffic poison and poison their neighbors.”

We’re close to shopping and astride major transportation routes and near magnificent recreational areas. (Herkimer’s drug and child traffickers vacation throughout the summer; we’ve heard some chat about their camps in the hills.) Why ever would they move? Heck, I wouldn’t. Only New York would put up with these destructive social parasites. They traffic poison and poison their neighbors.  In Florida, where we moved from, they’d be lucky to be merely homeless or in jail. And of course Herkimer’s gangs have long driven out many who opposed their domination of ours and other streets. 

Herkimer Becoming A Refuge Amid Pandemic And Climate Relocation

Times are rapidly changing: the area’s becoming a relocation mecca for its climate stability. Nice houses here get snapped up as soon as they hit the MLS. Rents are absurd. Drive the village streets; longtime residents and newcomers are busily fixing up their houses. Look at the out-of-state license plates in the Walmart parking lot: California, Texas, North Carolina, Florida. Many are on upscale German imports. There’s money behind this. Two recent examples–artisans replacing a slate roof on one of the long neglected grand old homes in north Herkimer. Slate. (!) While down the street at another house, about an acre of brick exterior was being carefully repointed and cleaned.

“History may mark this time as the beginning of the largest mass migration since the fall of Rome.” 

This isn’t a casual movement of a few, it’s a significant change in human geography in response to global crisis.  History may mark this time as the beginning of the largest mass migration since the fall of Rome.  A lot of  people are coming here and they all need homes. Boomtimes banishes gangs as property values soar and slumlords send their tenants packing and sellout. Yes, even on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue. We saw it in Boston and we’re seeing it here, though the transition is much faster. There’s no room for gangs in this new world.

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Author: herkimerblog

This blog is my perspective on dwelling in our small village nestled among beautiful forests, farms and open landscapes. Educated in Israel and the US, I have an MS in Computer Science. My viewpoint has been shaped by world travel, friends and benefactors both strangers and people I know. Linda Kaidan