Very Visible Herkimer Poison Gas Attack

Stephen Ames Berry

Here’s a recent, very visible Herkimer poison gas attack. Seems our murderous band of neighbors screwed up the settings on one of their pesticide foggers. The fogger’s hidden under that jeep next to our fence. That’s not their jeep. That’s not their house. They rent the house to the jeep’s rear, 334 Pleasant Avenue. The parking lot is Herkimer’s historic child trafficking lot, long a big money maker for Herkimer gangs.

The volatilized pesticide we’ve been getting dosed with the last few years has almost always been invisible to the naked eye, the fogger’s output probably set to an imperceptible particle size of 7-10 microns.

Herkimer poisoning foggers
Pesticide foggers – average adjustable particle sizes compared to human hair follicle

This stream, though, seems to be set at a very visible 30 microns. The initial range of the standard pesticide fogger is about 60 ft., visible or invisible, according to the literature. And, as seen in the video, the pesticide plum can easily soar two-stories from within a few feet of its source. The pesticide is odorless and colorless and attacks the central nervous system, as we can attest.

Timeline of Herkimer Gas Attack of 11.26.18

Minutes

0:01 – 0:10 Pesticide mist begins issuing from under front of driver’s side of jeep. Note: mild prevailing wind direction was N-S. Toxin is spewing E-W toward King Street.

0:11 – 0:14 View from our bedroom cam. Pesticide fog flows through fence, toward house and into our yard. Yard is still toxic from years of these attacks.

01:15 – 01:16 View from above backyard security light as poison seeps into yard and under our back porch and toward basement door. Gas would have continued into neighboring yards, homes and street.

1:17 – 1:39 Bedroom cam.  Poisonous cloud enveloping 2nd floor and bedroom window. Moving off to the west to poison other homes and street. (No one leaves their windows open here on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue.)

1:40 -2:15 1914 hrs. View from our parking lot light.

2:16 – 2:32 End Same view as of 2032 hrs. Poisonous output continuous since 1914 hrs. 2032 hrs – Drug runner car exits 341 Eureka Avenue rear, pauses to check out gas attack, moves on.

2:32 – End. Attack begins to taper off at 2052 hrs.

Use of Neighbors’ Property by Attackers

This attack lasted approximately two hours, 1910 hrs to 2200 hrs. It was staged from the rear of our law-abiding neighbors’ home at 332 Pleasant Avenue. That’s their jeep, parked behind their house. They have good day jobs and are rarely home. Their jeep at the time had been a motionless lawn ornament for some months. No one approached the vehicle that day or the previous several days. Many of these attacks seem to be triggered remotely or via a timer.

Our criminal neighbors would have noticed this. They live in the house behind the jeep—334 Pleasant Avenue—and the house to the right end of the parking lot, 341 Eureka Avenue. The houses are owned by Herkimer landlord Jay Smith. We previously outed 334 Pleasant Avenue as a source of poison gas attacks and lit up the suspected area at 334 rear. The gang then apparently moved their pesticide fogger closer to our house, using their unaware neighbor’s vehicle for cover.

Organophosphates Still Herkimer Poisoners’ Gas of Choice

As with most poison gas attacks here in South Herkimer, this one was with an odorless, colorless pesticide, released with the usual wanton disregard for people, pets and property.   In our experience, Herkimer gangs’ pesticide of choice has all the symptoms of a highly-toxic organophosphate, attacking the central nervous system. Odorless, colorless, a cousin of Sarin nerve gas. Nasty stuff. We’ve tightened up our house quite a bit, so the effect of this attack on us was negligible. After several years of these heinous attacks, though, our house and yard and neighborhood are thoroughly saturated with poison.

Police remain baffled.

New York State Police and Herkimer Poison Gas Attacks

Stephen Ames Berry and Linda Kaidan

“Human trafficking finds both its victims and perpetrators in regions of
poverty, violence, and corruption.”  Shannon A. Welch, Human Trafficking and Terrorism

Last month we met with New York State Police Investigator Jason Nellis at his request. We talked for about 90 minutes in a part of our home not yet contaminated by Herkimer trafficking gangs’ 21 months of poison gas attacks.  Our conversation highlighted the inherent inability of local and state law enforcement to cope with gang-based domestic terrorism.

Herkimer Child Trafficking Sparks  Concern In Albany

Nellis came in response  to “the concerns of several people” in Albany regarding our widely-read series exposing Herkimer’s extensive role in the multi-billion dollar transcontinental child trafficking industry.  He also addressed our nearly 2 years reporting gang attacks on our property and selves using volatilized pesticides.  

It was an information-only visit during which Investigator Nellis clearly articulated why the New York State Police aren’t players in the child trafficking and gang-busting arena.

We were our usual unflinchingly outspoken selves. Investigator Nellis was an engaged listener. He didn’t agree with some of our suppositions, and we didn’t agree with some of his assumptions. It was a polite and frank  exchange during which we made the following points.

  • Herkimer child trafficking now  apparently out of range of our cameras – Not gone far. Child trafficking brings welcomed cash into economically depressed Herkimer. Has long been protected here. Logistically complex operation with many dependencies. Has proven local partners and protected properties. Moving it from Herkimer would be difficult, costly, time consuming and risky. 
  • Herkimer landlords complacently shelter child traffickers  – Property owner need not be complicit  with cash heavy criminals.  Just has to rent to them.  Herkimer’s historic child trafficking hub properties’ landlord Jay Smith was case  raised by state police investigator. For years Smith provided rental properties to the high-volume transnational child trafficker Little Mama and the Stanley Sykes gang. Gang’s still there, still trafficking.
  • FBI has sole jurisdiction over child trafficking – This we knew. Local and state police agencies haven’t the resources to tackle child trafficking cartels and their transnational networks. Billions in child trafficking profits make  large bribes possible. The FBI has the resources to take on large gangs and also provides assurance of integrity.

Why State Police can’t stop Herkimer poison gas attacks

It became obvious as we talked that the State of New York has no way to detect and interdict poison gas attacks on the scale we’ve experienced.  No state does–states haven’t the resources and their police agencies haven’t the structure. These heinous attacks constitute domestic terrorism. They’re staged from fleets vehicles modified to stealthily dispense clouds of invisible, odorless pesticide, and from neighboring  properties rented to  drug and child traffickers. 

This isn’t just about us.  The many vehicles and properties involved argue this is a well-established, well-honed strategy for driving people from their homes, dead or alive.  Houses can then be picked up for a song at tax auction, quickly mitigated and tenanted  with gang members.

There was much talk of the burden of proof  being our responsibility. Opening an investigation  would require evidence in the form of medical tests and property toxicity reports–at our expense. 

Investigator Nellis used the word “evidence’ quite a bit. No evidence, no investigation. We think probable cause should be enough to open an investigation with evidence to be obtained by the police during the course of the investigation.

Only the FBI Can Halt Herkimer Gangs

There have been strong indications in the last few years of a large Federal law enforcement presence in and around Herkimer. Eyes in the sky, boots on the ground. It seems to us toxicity levels from these poisons attacks have been confirmed by lab testing and direct observation. And resources deployed accordingly. 

Some big bites have been taken out of the gangs’ poison gas campaign capabilities in Herkimer. The feds have the resources for this. Drone mounted thermal imaging cameras can detect poison gas being dispensed, and follow the identified spraying vehicles and deal with their drivers.

Let’s put a tiny part of NY’s “$224 million in federal funding to support counterterrorism and emergency preparedness” to good use.

In September  2018 Herkimer County was awarded $89,974 as part of a statewide grant to improve safety in New York. Counter-terrorism is one purpose of this grant. Perhaps a very small part of it could go to halting child trafficking activities on Pleasant Avenue in Herkimer, NY using modern technology, like the FLIR Griffin™ G510 portable gas chromatograph mass spectrometer (GC-MS).  This chemical hazard identification device can quickly identify serious hazards. A single device can be shared by multiple counties and solve problems currently identified as being “impossible to prove.”  Help end the long reign of Herkimer’s three monkeys. 

herkimer ny
The 3 Wise Monkeys of Herkimer

 

New home security installation sparks poison gas attack during school bus pickups

Linda J. Kaidan

I was remounting a security camera on the side of my house facing 334 Pleasant Avenue the other day when I was suddenly wreathed in toxic fumes from the vicinity of 334’s parking lot. As we’ve noted, several houses on the parking lot have long been home to Herkimer gangs trafficking drugs and kids. They and their allies typically spray us and our home daily with volatilized pesticides. This most recent poison gas attack during school bus pickups highlights the ongoing failure of local police to deal with this heinous terrorism.

Herkimer Domestic Terrorism Attacks Enter 21st Month

These terrorist attacks are now in their 21st month.  Local police remain baffled. State police are complacent. The pesticides used are odorless, colorless and dispensed using insecticide foggers mounted beneath specially modified vehicles. These weapons of domestic terrorism release a fast-moving toxic cloud in a two-story arch with a typical range of 60 feet. The school bus was within 30 feet of the attacking vehicle. The gas didn’t stop there.

Another Herkimer Poison Gassing Vehicle In Action

A review of our security footage showed a vehicle parked at 341 Eureka Avenue exiting the parking lot via the 334 driveway. The vehicle carried 3 small children and was driven by a woman. This attack occurred as a school bus on Pleasant Avenue at the base of the 334 driveway was boarding a child.  Here’s a video of the incident:

 Woman and  3 children from 341 Eureka Avenue exit 334 Pleasant Avenue parking lot in vehicle while I’m mounting a new camera.  As they pass I’m again sprayed with pesticide. A moment later, the school bus arrives and waits in front of 332-334 Pleasant Ave to pick up a young boy. The gas would have by then been in the street.

While I can’t prove that that vehicle was the spraying vehicle, there are no other credible suspects.

This poisoning has long been way out of hand  and is endangering many people besides the pesky nuisances who write Herkimerpost.com.

Herkimer poisoner protests new security light
Poisonous neighbor from 341 Eureka Avenue bewails our new camera and security light. (The man is probably her landlord, Jay Smith.)

Above is a photo from an 11/6 surveillance video, which shows someone with a striking resemblance  to the poison vehicle driver gesticulating in protest at our security devices. She was apparently expressing heartfelt opinions to a man, perhaps Herkimer landlord Jay Smith, the owner of the lot and the houses it serves.  (Our neighborhood criminals previously complained to the Herkimer police about our backyard light and were told that New York doesn’t have a light nuisance law.)

Crime Fighting LED Lighting

We’re sprayed with poison gas several time a day from the direction of adjacent 334 Pleasant Avenue. 334 appears to be housing some new trafficking gang members following the disappearance of the Sykes gang’s Carrie Ann Bass and Stanley Sykes. We’ve illuminated the previously darkened portion of the 334 area from which seems to be the origin of the poison gas attacks. The contrast before and after the addition of the LED lighting is quite striking:

Herkimer anti-gang security light area
Likely source of poison gas attacks, 334 Pleasant Avenue, before installation of new daylight gentle LED lighting.
Herkimer poison gas attacks lighting defense
Likely source of poison gas attacks from 334 Pleasant Avenue following installation of our new daylight-gentle LED lighting.

Street lights with smart LED lighting are replacing traditional streetlights worldwide.  When LED tech is coupled with remote control, lighting efficiency and a greener energy profile can be achieved. A recent quote from Market Watch indicates “The Smart Street Lighting Market is a rapidly growing market and it is estimated to reach $39.0 billion by 2022″. I suggest that consternation regarding LED lighting has little to do with blinding light and much to do with negative impact on criminal activities. The reason we placed the new light where we did is because we suspect that poisonings are being launched from the area around 334 Pleasant Ave adjacent to the parking lot.

It is the responsibility of law enforcement agencies to protect our village from poison gas attacks which endanger our people, our water supply and our clean air. What country is this? These acts of terrorism must stop now.

Herkimer Child Trafficking Update

Stephen Ames Berry

A New York State Police investigator came by on 10/17 for an informational visit.  He came in response to “several people in Albany…[who] expressed concern” following our widely-read Herkimer child trafficking series.  It seemed our backgrounds had been verified beforehand.  We appear to have been deemed credible  and our postings plausible. We were shabbily dressed and well-spoken. (We’ll discuss that meeting and its implications in a later posting.)

We had a lengthy conversation about Herkimer child trafficking, ongoing poison gas attacks, the presence of regional and national gangs and their local members, and state and Herkimer Village  policing.  The investigator left with the information he needed for Albany.  We were left with the certainty that the only authentic law enforcement in Herkimer is Federal.

Of keen interest to Albany was a Herkimer child trafficking update. We hadn’t posted any child trafficking material since April.  (Busy adding cameras and staving off the poison gas attacks triggered by our postings.)

Had things changed? we were asked.  Yes. 

Kids Gone. Stanley Sykes Moved Out. His Gang Traffics On

All child trafficking within the view of our cameras faded following the publication of our child trafficking series. Stanley Sykes vacated his 341 Eureka Avenue rental in mid-May.  

Child and drug trafficker Stanley Sykes
Child and drug trafficker Stanley Sykes coming by to harass us again. He offered us $1,500 for our house.

After Sykes left, the gang’s two houses on the hub were improved with updated cabinetry and new kitchen appliances by landlord Jay Smith .

Herkimer child trafficking hub
Herkimer child and Drug Trafficking Hub as of 4.1.18

Sykes’ daughter-in-law, Carrie Ann Bass, aka Carrie Ann Collins-Bass, moved the 40 meters across the parking lot into Sykes old place at 341 Eureka Avenue.  She was replaced at 334 Pleasant by other Sykes members.

Carrie Bass Herkimer child trafficker
Carrie Ann Bass, aka Carrie Ann Collins-Bass, Herkimer child and drug trafficker.

The Sykes gang are but the most recent operators of Herkimer’s historic child trafficking hub, small time locals who never came close to equaling the volume of trafficked kids moved through Herkimer by the national child trafficking cartel preceding  them.

Herkimer Child Trafficking Hub Now Bustling Drug Hub

The Sykes gang was quick to convert the child trafficking hub to a bustling drug trafficking hub. They’d always trafficked drugs from there, but have really stepped up the pace since Stanley Sykes relocated. All their activities have become open and often brazen as they reassert dominance.  They want us, and through us, you, to know they’re  not afraid of cameras, social media, law enforcement.  They pay. They’re protected. “In your face. We own this place.” is their message. 

Here’s a recent typical day’s drug trafficking  out of that grubby lot, sped up a bit to capture the frenetic pace:

Stanley Sykes has been heard to say he paid 10k for the rights to traffic out of that location. Seems those rights are still respected.

Herkimer gang’s message: “In your face. We own this place!” 

Where Is Stanley Sykes? What Is He Doing?

Stanley hasn’t gone far. He’s often at at his old address on Eureka Avenue.  Here he is the other day, hosting his gang for a smoke filled autumn evening of cracked-out good times at the gang’s trafficking hub:

Like the Big Time child traffickers before him, he’s probably relocated nearby, where he can move kids without scrutiny. Folks in Herkimer pride themselves on minding their own business.

Should we and our cameras be gone, kids would soon be trafficked again out of that parking lot, the well-protected Holy of Holies of the Herkimer gangs’ empire of dirt.

 

 

 

 

Herkimer Child Trafficking Brings 114,000 Views in 28 Days

Stephen Ames Berry

In 28 days over September through October, our Herkimer crime content had over 114,000 combined views on herkimerpost.com and our YouTube channel. Most readers and viewers were drawn to our Herkimer child trafficking posts and videos.  The posts were first published in April, and widely ignored by the Herkimer community. (Except for the gangs, which stepped up their poison gas attacks on us and our home.)

Facebook Features Herkimer Child Trafficking Posts

Then on September 17th, Facebook began featuring our Herkimer child trafficking posts.  We had 11,598 views of our blog that day.  This is unusual for us.

Visitors began with our child trafficking posts, and then often read of other Herkimer crime events. Thanks to the support of Facebook, Our September – October 11th blog views totaled over 75,000. Most of our readers were from North America, but people from another 98 countries read about and watched Herkimer child trafficking and other crimes.

75,534 Herkimer Post Content Views – 9.1.18 – 10.11.18 

Herkimer Post child trafficking views
Herkimer Post content views 9.01.18 – 10.11.18

Herkimer Post Top Posts – 30 Days Ending 10.12.18

Our Herkimer child trafficking posts drew 61,604 views out of approximately 75,000 views. The Stanley Sykes gang (child trafficking, drugs, poisonings, assaults) featured in most of those posts. Herkimer’s Joyce Barton gang (drugs, poisonings, assaults) was a distant second at 4,296 views.

Herkimer Post Most Viewed – 30 Days Ending 10.12.18

38,560 Herkimer Post YouTube Views – 28 Days – 9/13/18-10/10/18

The Herkimer Post’s YouTube channel features videos supporting our argument that Herkimer’s a major transcontinental child trafficking hub. These were taken by our home security cameras over a period of several years. Many who read our blog postings followed the links to our videos.  Those videos had 38,560 views in the 28 days from 9.13.18 to 10.10.18. 

Herkimer Post Child Trafficking YouTube Views
Herkimer Post YouTube Views – 28 Days – 9/13/18-10/10/18

Herkimer Post Most Watched Videos – 28 Days – 9/13/18-10/10/18

Of those 38,560 YouTube views, 31,264 were of 12 of our 106 videos. Those 12 were all child trafficking videos. They were viewed 31,264 times. All but two featured the Stanley Sykes gang. 

Thank You, Facebook 

A big thank you to Facebook for helping us widely expose Herkimer’s booming child trafficking economy. The trafficking gangs here have made a few transparent changes since we first published our child trafficking posts in the Spring. But they’re still firmly entrenched in Herkimer–a topic for subsequent posts.

Herkimer As Child Trafficking Hub – Not Unique

It’s estimated that approximately 300,000 kids are year are sex trafficked in the US. That requires an extensive transportation network and thousands of workers. There are probably many child trafficking hubs like Herkimer across the US and the world.  We just happened to move to this one.

Child Trafficking – See Something, Say Something 
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

New Menu Item: Poisonings Log

Poison gas attacks have resumed here along Pleasant Avenue. (Yes, it’s the Joyce Barton gang.) Rather than clog the blog with frequent updates, we’ve created a poisonings log page. It’s accessible from the top right of our home page.

Off to clean my gas mask.

Barton Gang Truck: Poison Spraying by the Numbers

Stephen Ames Berry

Poison Spraying Truck Herkimer Barton Gang
9/16/18 One of many vehicles used by Herkimer gangs to spray pesticide on people and homes. This one is used by the Joyce Barton gang. The pesticide tank was not on the truck at time of photo.

After months of well-publicized poison spraying of our home and us by Herkimer’s Joyce Barton gang, we undertook our own investigation, the Herkimer Police apparently stymied.

Joyce Barton gang leader
Joyce Barton of Herkimer’s Barton Gang, sending a little love our way.

We set out to establish that the Barton’s aged truck, used to gas us with volatilized pesticides, was modified to serve as a poisoning platform.  Linda Kaidan performed this complex investigation. (Video below.) 

Kaidan approached the Bartons’ truck–parked across the street from us in their driveway, and photographed it from the public sidewalk in front of their home. This was 3 months after she was beaten by the Barton gang’s Shianne Hill for standing on the same spot. Here is a Kaidan’s report: 

Linda Kaidan’s Report of Poison Spraying by the Numbers

After feeling the searing burn of chemicals on my face for too many mornings, on 9/16/17, I finally took the initiative to  look under the Barton truck parked across the street at their 333 Pleasant Avenue house. Here’s what I found.

  1. On the driver’s side a long cylinder with a 50% cut out on the 180 degrees facing the street is apparent.
  2. This cylinder may be an integral part of a spraying mechanism.
  3. A electrical connection dangles from the rear.
  4. On the driver’s side a similar cylinder with intact electrical connection can be seen.

Pesticide is typically dispensed by electrically volatizing it into a fine mist, rapidly dispensed under pressure in high volume over a wide area. The device is called a fogger.

The Barton gang’s truck appears to support both right, left and rear dispensing of a volatilized chemical. 

There was no pesticide tank the day the photo was taken. The Bartons, apparently fearing increased official scrutiny, have had allies spraying us recently. But the necessary apparatus is still on the truck. I (Berry) recently watched as  Joyce Barton sat in the truck cab,  controlling the mechanism with a hand unit as she parked in front of our house. An invisible blast of pesticide mist hit the front of our house and me.

There are many of these vehicles in Herkimer. They been known to convoy past our house, spraying. Herkimer’s criminals dislike our cameras and coverage of their activities. 

2013 Silverado wired for trailer hitch
2013 Silverado wired for trailer hitch. Compare to Barton gang’s Silverado, wired to volatilize and spray plums of pesticide.

 

 

 

Herkimer’s Poisonous Bartons Spray On

Stephen Ames Berry
The more things change, the more they remain the same-Herkimer’s poisonous Bartons spray on. Despite the arrest of one gang member and the disappearance of another, the Joyce Baton gang continues spraying our home and us with odorless pesticides. This is the 19th month of poison gas attacks on us here in Herkimer. 

Lillie Belle Williams of Herkimer's Joyce Barton gang
5/18/18 Joyce Barton gang’s Lillie Belle Williams (center) ordering neighbor Linda Kaidan from Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue as gang’s Shianne Hill (left) readies to assault Kaidan for crossing to “our side of the street”. Which she did, a moment later. Williams vanished shortly afterwards.

The Barton gang poison gassers seem mostly down to Joyce Barton and household members. Still using the same old truck, several times a day they send a burst of volatilized pesticide down our driveway from a concealed fogger somewhere on their spraymobile. (The truck apparently enjoys diplomatic immunity.)

If you don’t believe me, come stand beside outside me for a driveby.  Or in an open window. Morning’s their preferred time, though the sight of us outside at any time often inspires a quick burst. Sometimes they fire down our 332 Pleasant Avenue neighbors’ driveway. Sometimes the gas gets into our 328 neighbors’ house and yard, sometimes it drifts into the street. 

If there’s a will to stop this murderous conduct, a way will be found.  Until then, the war of attrition between Herkimer’s legacy criminals and its first climate change migrants grinds on.

Happy Autumn, all.

 

WUTR’s Angie Pavlovsky Stands Tall on Barton Gang’s Public Sidewalk

Stephen Ames Berry

Here’s last week’s visit of a WUTR Utica news team to the Joyce Barton gang’s crib at Herkimer’s 333 Pleasant Avenue, as captured by our security cameras. The woman appears to be WUTR crime reporter and news anchor Angie Pavlovsky. Pavlovsky’s best known for her investigative series about The Word of Life Christian Church cult,“What Faith Allows.”

Her colleague is probably Ben Dennis, a recent Penn State grad who’s interned at CNN and CBS News. His Animal Control outfit is appropriate for a visit to the Joyce Barton gang’s turf; on a drug-fueled romp, the gang’s crazier than a sack of rats. (Apologies if we got the names wrong. Our cameras aren’t as good as yours.

It seems likely the news team’s visit was inspired by our  widely viewed coverage of the Barton gang’s 5/18 assault on herkimerpost.com editor Linda Kaidan. Despite being warned that she’d be beaten if she crossed the street from her home to the Barton gang’s 333 Pleasant Avenue, side, she did so. And was beaten.

Angie Pavlovsky confronts gang
8/9/18 WUTR crime reporter Angie Pavlovsky stands on public sidewalk claimed by Herkimer’s Joyce Barton gang. On 5/18/18, Herkimerpost.com editor Linda Kaidan was beaten by the gang’s Shianne Hill for the same offense

Like Kaidan, Pavlovsky stepped onto Joyce Barton’s public sidewalk, camera rolling.  Kaidan’s assailant Shianne Hill, on a year’s probation for her cowardly assault, was present on the porch but did not attack Pavolvsky. Of course, there was an Animal Control officer present.

The WUTR news team then plunged down the driveway between the Barton’s and a neighboring house. (Never been down there–“Here Lie Dragons.” There’s a smaller house at the base of the driveway.) They emerged unscathed, presumably after interviewing a few folks, then left.

A Heartening Visit

We were very heartened by the WUTR news team’s visit –we’ve been under siege for four years with not a word support from the Herkimer community. We hope WUTR’s interest in Herkimer’s entrenched criminal community and it’s depraved lawlessness continues. Our criminal neighbors don’t do well in sunlight.

(Conversation overheard later that day from the Barton’s side of the street: “How come you guys hit an old lady?” “We didn’t know she was that old.”)

Poison Gas Attacks Ramp Up after Reporters Visit

This is the 17th month of poison attacks on us. Following Shianne Hill’s arrest in May, attacks dropped off to an occasional sniping driveby or backyard spraying from the direction of Eureka Avenue. But they’ve ramped up again, following the broadcast journalists’ filming of Barton gang and their Pleasant Avenue lair.

Prime spraying time is now the morning when we’re out or in our front yard. We often return to find our driveway filled with pesticide, and get hit with it from drivebys if we linger out front. Chemical foggers dispensing volatized pesticide from beneath passing vehicles remain the weapon of choice. The Barton ‘s ancient pickup still seems the primary delivery vehicle, with backup from one or two allied vehicles. (How does that heap get an inspection sticker every year?)

We’ll have more details in our next posting.

Climate Change Relocation Dooms Herkimer’s Legacy Criminals

Our lessening problems aside, it’s obvious that Herkimer and the entire Mohawk Valley are undergoing a rapid sea change of rising prosperity, fueled by climate change relocation and the resulting booming real estate sales. Prosperity dooms criminals like the Barton gang.  They feed off of others poverty and desperation. Solid reporting and robust social media exposure will speed their end.

Joyce Barton Gang’s Shianne Hill Sentenced

Stephen Ames Berry

In a 7/25/18 appearance before the Herkimer Village Court, 18 year-old Shianne Hill pleaded guilty to 3rd Degree Assault.  On 5/18/18, Hill, a former Herkimer High School varsity athlete, stalked and attacked her 63 year-old neighbor, Herkimerpost editor Linda Kaidan, punching her in the eye. Kaidan suffered laceration, contusions and aggravation to osteoporosis of her neck. Hill’s attack had all the hallmarks of anabolic steroid abuse.

Shianne Hill Entered a Very Reluctant Guilty Plea

Despite the direct evidence of the videos of her attack, Hill seemed reluctant to plead guilty.  She had previously entered a Not Guilty Plea in her June court appearance.

Hill apparently agreed with her foster mother Joyce Barton’s assertion to Herkimer police the day of the assault that Kaidan was trespassing by standing on the public sidewalk in front of the Barton’s house, and that her attack constituted self-defense.

Only after further consultation with her public defender and Joyce Barton did Hill reluctantly enter a guilty plea. She was sentenced to a year’s probation.

Order of Protection Extended

Hill had previously been served with an Order of Protection enjoining her from approaching Kaidan. Magistrate Thomas DeCarlo extended the Order of Protection to two years.  Hill lives with the Bartons at 333 Pleasant Avenue, across from Kaidan’s home. 

Acknowledgements

We would like to thank the Herkimer Police, notably Sgt Bowman and the officers who responded to the assault on 5/18–they diligently followed through to secure statements and evidence.

As far as we know, this is the first ever arrest of one of the extended family members who comprise the Joyce Barton gang, which long terrorized Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue. We hope to see more of the same.

We’d also like to acknowledged the support of the Herkimer County District Attorney’s Office, especially Victim’s Services Coordinator Connie M. Stowell, and the excellent staff of the Little Falls Hospital Emergency Room.

Curtis Cool – Man on the Run?

While in court for Shianne Hill’s last appearance, a familiar name was called: Curtis Cool, a longtime associate of Joyce Barton. He failed to enter an appearance. We assume a bench warrant will issue for Curtis. Readers of this blog may recall Curtis’ hugely popular criminal harassment antics from when he was our neighbor.  Happily, his old rental at 328 Pleasant Avenue was sold for a good price last month. We wish the new owners well.

Curtis Cool Herkimer Drug Dealoer
Curtis Cool, Herkimer thug, seen here in driveway of 328 Pleasant Avenue, 2016.