Somangshu Mukherji’s Raid

Stephen Ames Berry
Somangshu Mukherji’s Raid was cunningly planned and brazenly executed. It could have succeeded but for the kindly old grandfather standing in the doorway.

This is my sneering son-in-law, Professor Somangshu Mukherji of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, lying derisively as he tries to make off with our two-year-old grandson under the guise of a court approved visitation. (Video timeline below and on also on YouTube.)

Our Grandson’s Not His Blood Relative
Somangshu’s a nontenured associate professor of Music and an Indian national. Our grandson’s not his blood relative. Somanghsu’s marriage to our severely bipolar American daughter enabled him to obtain his Green Card, the gateway to his professorship at a prestigious US  university. 

Court Judges Abusive Spouse Better Parent Than Loving Mom
In January, after years of forced isolation, neglect and abuse by Somangshu, our daughter and grandson Avram escaped to our home in Herkimer New York. Somangshu was soon in pursuit. He had joint physical custody of the child at the time of his visit.  Over our daughter’s strenuous objections, the Ann Arbor Family Court granted Somangshu an unsupervised visit.

Ann Arbor Michigan’s a university town. Its courts give even the nuttiest professor great deference. It opened the way for Somangshu to snatch grandson Avram and take him back to Michigan with no legal consequences and no additional legal fees. Most importantly, he’d avoid paying child support of $1,000 a month for Avram. Getting the kid into that waiting taxi and heading for the airport would be Somangshu’s Mission Accomplished.  

Our Daughter’s Damning Indictment of Husband Somangshu Mukherji 

File copy of our daughter’s Answer to Somangshu Mukherji’s Complaint and Motion for Custody of her son. There were other filings. This pretty much says it all: 

Rude and Demanding and At Our Door
Video Timeline of Somangshu Mukhjeri’s Raid 
0:01 – 0:30 Green Card Dad Somangshu Mukherji [SM] arrives via cab at our home from the airport. Storms the house. I open the door.
0:31 – 0:55 SM “Give me my son.” Avram’s his son on paper only, a Green Card son. His wife believes he signed the birth certificate to enhance his immigration status.
0:56 SM “I’m calling the police.” I remind him that he doesn’t have a lawful NY visitation order.
1:03 – 1:22 I advise SM that he is trespassing.
1:22 – 1:56 SM Refuses to let me step out onto my porch. I do anyway. SM again demands “my son.” I order him from our property. He refuses to leave. Happily, he’d rather be outed lying on camera than do anything I ask.

Litany of Lies Begins
2:06 – 2:20 SM, still refusing to leave, calls Herkimer Police: “This is about a custody order I’m here to fulfill.” He has a Michigan court visitation order. Had he a custody order, he would have no authority to fulfill it: Somangshu Mukherji is a foreign national and a Michigan resident.
2:22- 2:58 SM complains to Herkimer Police that I am threatening him, and violating his unenforceable Michigan court order, which he now says is a visitation order.
2:59 SM complains to police that I am “harassing [him] openly.”
3:04 – 4:20 SM tells Herkimer police that I am “violating a standing custody order.” (He does not have a custody order from anywhere). Miscellaneous verbal abuse from SM.
3:55 – 4:21 BRIEF MOMENT OF TRUTH: SM gives police his name and cellphone number (908-705-5616).
4:24 SM falsely states that his taxi driver is a witness to my “harassing” him. The taxi is out of sight around the corner, the driver in the cab. (My cameras are my witnesses.)
4:30 SM tells Herkimer Police that he’s spoken with Herkimer County Undersheriff Scott Scherer. 
05:01 SM at last leaves our property to await the police. (Note: no taxi in sight.)

Herkimer Police Arrive
5:04 – 5:44 Herkimer Police arrive. (Officers Carbone and Holt.) SM meets them. I follow and point out that his court order is a visitation order, not a custody order, and not lawful in New York unless registered with a New York court, which expense SM has avoided.
06:00 – 06:25 I repeat same to Herkimer officers when they interview me. I note that SM was trespassing and refused to leave when ordered. They send him on his way.

Somangshu Mukherji’s Retreat

06:27 – 06:57 SM leaves the area afoot. (Later spotted around the corner, presumably awaiting a cab to airport.)
06:58 – 08:27 SM has complained to police that he fears his “son” is being abused by his pedophile grandfather, crazy grandmother and neglected by his crazy mother. (It’s in their report.) They’re obligated to follow up. Which they do and depart. It’s the same toxic twaddle SM previously filed with New York Child Protection Services. They closed the matter as “unfounded.”
08:28 – End  Before leaving the area, SM has friendly chat with the Barton Gang’s Joyce Barton, who delightedly spreads tales of our troubles to the neighbors. SM in his custody filings has already cited the Bartons’ criminal activities shown in our videos as evidence of how dangerous the neighborhood is for our grandchild. 

Abusive and Controlling Behavior 
I’ve known Somangshu Mukherji for 16 years. He’s gone from the seemingly  nice kid we saved from deportation when he was at Harvard (allegedly “academic dishonesty”) to a scourge of God on our family.  Our daughter, his wife, is terrified of him. Obviously he lies a lot. He may even believe what he’s saying because he’s saying it. Classic behavior of a malignant narcissist.

As you can see, Somangshu’s already established a working relationship with the Herkimer County Sheriff’s Department, which later aided him in the illegal taking of our grandchild. On this day Herkimer Police sent him packing.

Somangshu Mukherji’s Raid is an chilling example of how easily a biased judge can fuel a disastrous result and ruin a child’s life.

Here’s Avram with his first-ever toys. We bought them for him when he arrived in Herkimer. Somangshu, our daughter told the court, never once bought his beloved “son” clothes, shoes or toys. “Never a dime,” she said.

Somangshu Mukherji's Green Card son
2,1,19 Our grandson Avram at our home in Herkimer, NY, with his first toys ever. This is shortly after he and his mother’s at last escaped Avram’s abusive and neglectful Green Card dad.

Change to post: Updated 7/13/19 to include copy of daughter’s Answer to Mukherji’s Motion for sole custody of her son. 

Fire Watch of 6.4-5 – They Figured It Out

by Stephen Ames Berry

Herkimer Fire Watch, 6.4-5. Our continuing coverage of the dangerous ongoing antics of the fire bugs next door: 332 Pleasant Avenue, Herkimer, a Jay Smith property. We’re a tinder-dry, flammable village along the Mohawk. We’ve had 3 deaths this year from a nighttime house fire, some very young kids perished.  Open fires within 100 feet of anything are illegal. Have been for years. Some folks don’t care. We do. Others do. The police and fire departments certainly do.

Herkimer Fire Performance of 6.4-5

Tonight’s performance was brief with fewer players than previously. All of these guys either live at or are associated with 332 Pleasant Avenue, the house to the left. It’s owned by, did I say? Herkimer landlord Jay Smith.
Police responded promptly and the fire was extinguished.

The shirtless Kyle from 332 Pleasant was as usual the chief performer. At minute 0:45, someone points out the unconcealed camera to him. They at last figured it out. It’s been there for months, as have the lights. Kyle reacts and everyone files by into the house, low-hanging fruit for video recognition software. 

Herkimer gang member showers security camera
6.5.17 332 Pleasant Avenue Herkimer fire bug Kyle showers security camera with love

Why do you move next door to a house with 25 cameras and a very active crime blog, unless of course, you want media coverage?

A tip of the hat to the Herkimer police for a quick response and to Herkimer County 911. We await the next performance. 

Sykes Gang Swarms – Police Respond

by Stephen Ames Berry

Herkimer gang head Stanley Sykes
Stanley Sykes in full cry.

Sykes’ gang head Stanley Sykes returned briefly to his old Herkimer drug and child trafficking lair this week. It was seemingly for a harmless picnic and a cheery fire with his gang members at 341 Eureka Avenue—341 anchors one end of Herkimer’s historic drug and child trafficking lot the Sykes gang used to control. They don’t appear to be trafficking out 341 anymore—some are barracked there, courtesy of the gang’s longtime landlord, Herkimer’s Jay Smith.

The Heinous Stanley Sykes Gang

The Sykes gang’s heinous, not harmless: they traffic drugs and kids and coordinate poison gas spraying campaigns against neighbors they want gone and whose houses they covet. We’ve overheard them pimping out their own kids. Stanley’s been gone a year, relocating after being highlighted in our widely-viewed Herkimer child trafficking series.

Sykes gang member Utica
5/26/19 Sykes gang member. probably from Utica, at 332 Pleasant Avenue fire circle. Not happy about our surveillance camera.

The gang’s Wednesday social event was a venue to harass us and assert dominance over the tenants in the lot’s other two houses, 332 and 334 Pleasant Avenue. The gang appears to now only fully control 341 Eureka Avenue. 

Herkimer Sykes gang member Harvey Bass with vandalized fence slat.
Junior Sykes gang member Harvey triumphantly waves kindling stick harvested from our fence. His grandfather Stanley’s red Honda SUV is to his right.

The Sykes gang took over 332 Pleasant Avenue’s massive beloved fire bowl for the occasion and gathered kindling from behind 334 Pleasant. No one was going to deny them permission. They had two of their weaponized kids vandalize our fence on camera as Stanley Sykes serenaded us with the mighty horn of his signature red Honda SUV, parked as close to our yard as he could get without knocking down our fence.

Stanley himself left just after sunset, leaving some of his crew that had come with him gathered about the fire bowl with a mix of gang and non-gang locals.

Then the police came. A lot of them:

Herkimer police respond to gang presence
5/26/19 Herkimer and State Police respond to gang presence at Jay Smith’s 332 Pleasant Avenue.

 

Video Timeline:
0:01-0:10 Stanley Sykes arrives at 341 Eureka Ave.
0:11-0:38 Carrie Ann Bass’s son Harvey, Stanley’s grandson (long hair), and Stanley’s putative son Eric harvest our fence for kindling.
0:39-0:54 Harvey gleefully waves his trophy for all to see.
0:55-1:09 Stanley contributes to fire. Seems jubilant.
0:10-1:35 Gang members frolic as they build fire at 332 Pleasant.
1:36 -1:43 Stanley Sykes leaves. (Possibly relocated back to Utica where from which he now operates.)
1:44-2:00 Mix of gang and non-gang members at fire behind 332 Pleasant.
2:01-2:12 Herkimer police officer seemingly warning that open fires are illegal in Herkimer. We are a small, close-set and highly-flammable village. Typically, violators are required to bank and their douse fire.
2:13-2:24 Same officer, different cameras.
2:32-2:43 Officer gone. Did someone say something they weren’t supposed to?
2:44-258 Lots of cops have appeared. Questions being asked. Seems to be a person of interest.
2:59-3:09 Police leave via 341 Eureka
3:10-3:35 Police return. Arrest made.
3:54-End Midnight debriefing among locals at 332 Pleasant Avenue.

 

Herkimer Village Highly Flammable

by Stephen Ames Berry

A reminder as we enter nicer weather – Herkimer Village is highly flammable.

Some of Herkimer landlord Jay Smith’s tenants hosted this event the night of 5/17-5/18. It’s behind 332 Pleasant Avenue. 332’s one of the three anchor properties surrounding Herkimer’s historic drug and child trafficking lot. All are Smith’s properties.

Things began reasonably enough in the early evening. But as the hours wore on, the crowd grew, the music soared, the booze flowed and the sparks flew high. To be fair to the folks who live at 332, they got the lot of them to kill the music, then took their kids in. Most places that would have signaled the end of the evening. But no. People I recognized were soon outnumbered by people I didn’t, and still they came.

What began with five or so folks with some kids grew to more than dozen adults, gathered about a blazing fire bowl the size of the mother ship. Sparks soared high. The police appeared shortly after 1 am, shut down the festivities and ordered the fire doused. (A large federal surveillance drone was also in attendance.)

332 Pleasant Ave Herkimer gang members flee cops
5/18/19 “The guilty flee where no man pursues.” Party goers skedaddle as Herkimer police approach. (Jay Smith’s 332 Pleasant Avenue, Herkimer.)

Jay Smith's 332 Pleasant Avenue Herkimer police shut down fire5/18/19 “Herkimer police shut down the festivities and ordered the fire doused.” The crowd is much smaller than it was a few seconds ago.

Herkimer Village A Tinderbox

Herkimer Village is a tinderbox of close-set very old houses. In January, we were all tragically reminded of how  deadly this can be when three small children died in a fast moving house fire just a few blocks away.

3 children killed in Herkimer fire
1/11/19 Three small children died in a fast-moving Herkimer blaze.

Herkimer does not allow open fires of any sort within 100 feet of any house, vehicle or structure. Period. (A grill is not a cover—it’s a grill.) The Herkimer police these days are quick to respond to reports of open fires and large crowds. Call them. The neighbor’s being ticked at you is better than you and yours going up in flames.

Herkimer Fire Law,  Section 1-14(B)

Camp fires and fires used solely for recreation purposes [are permitted[ when such fires are located at least one hundred (100) feet from any dwelling, structure, or vehicle and are properly controlled and supervised by the Herkimer Fire Department.

 

Herkimer Police Crackdown Continues

The ongoing Herkimer Police crackdown continues, with the arrest yesterday of an apparent drug gang member in front of landlord Jay Smith’s 332 Pleasant Avenue. The arrest, by Herkimer and state police, occurred at the start of Pleasant Avenue’s annual Spring Gang Swarming, a Herkimer tradition usually not challenged by police. This year was different, with an arrest that ended the festivities before they grew. Last year’s Spring Gang Swarm was sponsored by the Joyce Barton gang, its centerpiece the beating of herkimerpost.com’s editor by Herkimer street thug Shianne Hill. 

Police interrupt start of Herkimer's Spring Gang Swarming
4.7.19 Herkimer Police interrupt beginning of village’s Annual Spring Gang Swarming, this year hosted at Jay Smith’s 332 Pleasant Avenue by remains of the Stanley Sykes gang.

Herkimer Police Highly Proactive

Herkimer and New York state are aggressively challenging Herkimer gangs’ sense of ownership of village neighborhoods, this amid booming area real estate sales. As we long predicted, people are relocating to climate change  safe Upstate New York.  It’s a truism that as real estate values increase, crime decreases.
This gang appears to be the remaining dregs of the Stanley Sykes Gang, which trafficked children out of Jay Smith’s properties at 332 and 334 Pleasant Avenue and 341 Eureka Avenue.

Police arrest Herkimer gang member on at 332 Pleasant Avenue
4.7.19 Herkimer gang member arrested in front of Herkimer Post cameras. Herkimer and NY State Police officers participated. Gang members number about 11, with more in the process of joining them for the annual Herkimer Spring Gang Swarming. Then the police arrived.

Police activity along Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue has recently been constant and vigorous. A few days ago, Joyce Barton gang member, Joyce’s daughter Kylee Figueroa , was arrested at 333 Pleasant Avenue. Earlier on the day of this arrest at 332, multiple state and Herkimer police units responded to an incident at the King Street end of Pleasant Avenue, a few doors down from PK’s Pub. The house they entered remains cordoned off as a crime scene, with Herkimer police continuing to guard the property. Perhaps sometime the local press will tear itself away from its usual gripping coverage of 4H and village trustee meetings to tell us what happened.
332 Pleasant Avenue was reoccupied as a gang property in January, with intermittent drug trafficking activity occurring since. Additional gang members appear to have moved in there recently, or else are visiting so often and for so long as to be indistinguishable from residents. Herkimerpost.com hasn’t reported their activities: they haven’t bothered us and aren’t trafficking children, and we’re very busy with a major project. Federal law enforcement surveillance drones are a regular presence over the parking lot serving 332 and 334 Pleasant Avenue and 341 Eureka Avenue, making any coverage of trafficking we’d provide redundant. But any arrest here on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue is always welcome news that we’re happy to share. Here’s the video of the arrest. The timeline follows below.

 

Timeline of Herkimer Arrest of 4/7/19

0.01 Gang congregates at Jay Smith’s 332 Pleasant Avenue, spilling out onto the sidewalk. Opposite, standing next to parked car: Shianne Hill, Joyce Barton gang thug, serving 1-year probation for unprovoked beating of her 63 year-old neighbor. Hill has been placed under a restraining order.
0.17 Herkimer police arrive
0.27 Gang member (woman in red top) hands off her daughter to fellow gang member from 334 Pleasant Avenue. Child taken to Jay Smith’s 334 neighboring Pleasant Avenue. Red Top’s a well-known and highly visible drug trafficker.
0.43 Arrest made
1:29 Closeup of arrest
1:48 State police arrive from crime scene at house at King Street end of Pleasant Avenue
4:24 Herkimer officer appears to offer protesting gang member (Black guy, red shirt) a ride in a police car.

What’s Good About Herkimer’s Bad Crime Figures

Stephen Ames Berry

The most recently available crime figures for Herkimer are horrible.  Neighborhood Scout’s December 2018 report, assigned Herkimer a crime rating a 4, meaning that 96% of all US communities are safer than Herkimer. Chicago is safer than Herkimer

Herkimer’s violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation… In Herkimer, your chance of becoming a victim of violent crime is one in 134…Of property crime, one in 21. [Also one of the highest in the nation.]

Neighborhood Scout’s most recent figures don’t just regurgitate the FBI’s semiannual  figures. They analyze data sourced from communities, and drill down, identifying each crime by geolocation code.

 The most unsafe area of Herkimer, for example, is shown as the south of Herkimer Village, where we live.  Looking at this blog’s crime postings and YouTube channel, you’ll see how accurate that report is: All of our 100+ videos of Herkimer crime were taken within 40 meters of our home.

The Good News About Herkimer’s Bad Crime Statistics

The good news about Herkimer’s bad crime stats is that they’re realistic. Had we seen such grim figures before buying a house in Herkimer 5 years ago, you wouldn’t be reading this–we’d have bought that nice two-family in nearby Little Falls, and I’d be finishing my long-neglected technothriller sequel. Little Falls doesn’t seem to have much of a gang presence. Here we’ve long had a gang entrenched next door, still enjoying diplomatic immunity.

 Only through hard won experience did we learn the crime figures were low because the police only made a few token arrests. If you suppress complaints and don’t make arrests, your reported crime rate stays low and crime soars. It’s this misfeasance that made Herkimer a haven for  drug and child trafficking gangs and its streets unsafe for the law-abiding.

Herkimer crime a visual motif
The 3 Wise Monkeys of Herkimer “If you suppress complaints and don’t make arrests, your reported crime rate stays low and crime soars.”

Herkimer No Longer Suppresses Crime Reports

It’s hard to resolve a problem without acknowledging it. Crime is now reported in Herkimer and arrests made, as reflected in these crime figures.  Last year saw some previously well-protected gang members arrested, notably the Joyce Barton gang’s vicious Shianne Hill, for assaulting a neighborhood grandmother. (Hill’s serving a year’s probation.)

Shianne Hill About to attack eldeerly woman
Herkimer’s Shianne Hill moving to attack neighboring grandma.

Crime Statistics a Lagging Indicator

Crime statistics are always a lagging indicator. Current dynamics hint that life is growing less perilous here in Herkimer.  Some of our most visible froth on the scum of the earth have either vanished or are keeping a low profile.   Poison gas attacks have stopped for now. And home sales are doing quite well. 

Joyce Barton Herkimer gang
“Some of our most visible froth on the scum of the earth have either vanished or are keeping a low profile.” Joyce Barton of Herkimer’s Barton Gang, sending a little love our way.
“Some of our most visible froth on the scum of the earth have either vanished or are keeping a low profile.” Stanley Sykes of Herkimer’s Sykes Gang sending a little love our way.

Climate Change Boosts Herkimer Real Estate Sales

I want to believe that Herkimer’s apparent crime crack down’s due to a sudden epiphany. But frankly it’s probably because the feds and the state are leaning on Herkimer. New York’s neglected Upstate has been widely identified as an ideal climate change sanctuary area, with Herkimer County predicted to boom as much of the US struggles to cope with escalating  climate change devastation. 

We in Herkimer and Upstate are sitting on some of the most valuable future real estate in US. The Gulf Coast and the Atlantic seaboard are rapidly losing their allure as retirement havens as massive storms increasingly batter the region amid rising seas, spreading homelessness and misery. New York City’s future is one of rising waters and shrinking land. Half of New York’s people  live in the state’s maritime counties. There’s no central national planning for climate change mitigation or relocation.  We aren’t the only ones who know this.

Herkimer area home sales and prices continue rising as eyes and interest  increasingly turn north, reflecting the region’s limited housing stock and a growing number of buyers. The median sale price rise for Herkimer real estate rose 7.2% in 2018 and is projected to almost double in 2019, to 13.3%, according to Zillow. Given the emerging dynamics of climate change migration, Herkimer real estate sale price should continue to rise.

Where Have All The Bodies Gone? (Redux)

Interestingly there are still no murders reported for Herkimer. This is very odd. Statistically, Herkimer should have murders, given its violent crime rate. We argued in our post Where Have All the Bodies Gone?  that Herkimer does have murders, they’re just  well concealed.  Opioids would be the least messy way to accomplish that, given the region’s opioid crisis.

Crime Widespread in the Mohawk Valley

Not just Herkimer is dangerous. So is much of the Mohawk Valley. Neighborhood Scout gives Utica a crime rank of 9. Little Falls ranks 14. Surprisingly, our neighboring village of Mohawk is a seeming paradise, according to its crime figures.

Village of Mohawk a Law Abiding Paradise?

Mohawk, adjacent to Herkimer and Little Falls, has a crime rating of 92. It doesn’t get much better. I’m a bit skeptical about that as Joseph Malone is the Mohawk Police Chief. When we moved here, he was also the Herkimer police chief. In May of 2016 Malone resigned as Herkimer police chief in the teeth of an ethics investigation. He was replaced by Chief Joseph Jory, who is apparently not arrest shy. So is Mohawk really all that safe? 

Escalating real estate sale prices may decrease crime rates

As real estate prices rise, crime drops. We saw this happen in Boston as tech firm workers bumped up sales prices, sparking a city-wide real estate boom. We did well  buying older  houses in marginal areas and renovating them. Criminals could no longer  afford to live in transitioned areas and were mostly gone after a few years. The same dynamics are emerging in Herkimer. Median monthly rents are now $900, up from $700 a few months ago.  Herkimer’s legacy gangs live in and traffic out of rented houses whose owners will sell out when the price is right. And that time seems close at hand. The Herkimer Post will continue greasing their skids.

We’re hoping next year’s Herkimer crime report, reflecting 2018, will show significant improvement as a result of better law enforcement amid changing demographics.

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.

 

Herkimer Child Trafficking – Why It Took Us 2 Years to Notice

Stephen Ames Berry

“There comes a time when silence is betrayal.” Martin Luther King Jr.

Child Trafficking Relies on Stealth

It was artfully concealed in plain sight, just next door.  Only after Little Mama and Pretty Boy had moved on did we realize they were child traffickers, two busy conductors along America’s bustling underground railroad of sex trafficked kids. 

Herkimer child trafficking hub passes to Stanley Sykes gang's Carrie Ann Bass.
8.20.16 Herkimer’s Stanley Sykes’s gang’s Carrie Ann Bass (left) with big time child traffickers Little Mama and Pretty Boy the day the Sykes gang became guardians of Herkimer’s longtime child trafficking compound.

Child traffickers create an illusion of normalcy, playing to your preconceptions. Everything you see about them appears ordinary. Nothing jarring, nothing out of context.  Unless you know what to look for, you probably won’t spot their operations.

Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue for years was perfect child trafficking cover– a noisy, lawless street, bustling with drug traffickers roaring by day and night, and teeming with kids from transient families.  Moving from Florida, we  bought our house in March of 2014 and were preoccupied with street harassment  and documenting neighborly narcotics trafficking. We pretty much ignored what seemed normal comings and goings.

Little Mama’s Daily Child Shuttle

Almost every morning, five to six days a week, the young woman we named Little Mama drove past our house and into the next door parking lot with an SUV full of kids, mostly 12 or younger.  Sometimes another car  would arrive. with Little Mama. That one typically had 3-4 toddlers. All  the children were white. They’d disappear into Little Mama’s 341 Eureka Ave home, a Jay Smith property. Usually they were gone by morning.

Herkimer child trafficked kids 341 Eureka Ave Herkimer 4/16
3 trafficked kids, 341 Eureka Avenue, Herkimer NY. 4/14/16. All kids bikes on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue could only come from the trafficker’s shed, just off camera to the left. Riders not allowed out of the parking. 4th kid–kid on ground– is local, son of Stanley Sykes gang female ally Trash Mouth.

Herkimer Child Trafficking Pattern – Never the Same Kids

Infants and toddlers went into Little Mama’s, but never reappeared. Sometimes the older children would ride bikes, but only in the parking lot. The bikes were issued from the property’s shed.  (The kids on Pleasant Avenue didn’t ride bicycles and weren’t allowed in the  lot.) Little Mama’s younger kids would also play in the parking lot, but only with each other or the Stanley Sykes gang’s kids.

Our older daughter hung out in our back yard a lot. She was the first to notice: “Only one or two of her kids are ever the same.” We started watching, and she was right. But still, we didn’t tumble to it. 

A Heck Of A Lot of Kids

We were very distracted, as intended, and didn’t do the math until long after the traffickers moved on. Then we were astounded–over time, that’s  a lot of different kids–easily 1000 a year, possibly as many as 2000, depending on number of days per year,  number of unique kids per carload and number of vehicles per day.  We don’t know the exact number. But we do know there aren’t that many surplus kids up here in rural New York. 

“We never looked too hard–it was just kids.”

At night, cars would quickly come go from the rear of Little Mama’s 341 Eureka Avenue, with visitors slipping in and out. It being Herkimer, we assumed she was just trafficking drugs. We were wrong.

In the  morning Little Mama would drive off alone. We thought she might be  an after-school care provider and the kids had been picked up by their parents the afternoon before, from the front of her house on Eureka Avenue. We never look too hard–it was just kids.

Our back and side yards were so quiet we only hung a camera out there to catch a brazen tomato thief. The camera faithfully recorded the kids, Little Mama and her associates – coming and going. Pity we didn’t keep most of those clips, but it was just kids.

Then the harassment and vandalism began.

Camera Triggers Herkimer Child Traffickers Attacks

Herkimer’s major child traffickers and their principal local allies, the Stanley Sykes gang, wouldn’t have harassed and vandalized us if we hadn’t put up that $50 mom and pop camera.  And if they hadn’t, we wouldn’t have looked with new eyes at their activities, or come to the sickening conclusions we finally did. As our neighbor Joyce Barton taught us, Herkimer’s criminals always attack if you put up cameras. Cameras give away their secrets.

Suddenly our fence was being vandalized, our old dog pelted with rocks and metal, our back yard littered with junk hurled from the parking lot.

Easter Sunday 2016, Little Mama had the fake dad of her current consignment of trafficked kids challenge us for having a camera up.. Never saw Easter Dad before this video, haven’t seen him since. Outraged fake parents protesting cameras are a standard Herkimer traffickers’ ploy. 

Herkimer Police Officer Threatens Us With Dog Enticement Charge

I traded words with Easter Dad in March of 2016. Verbal harassment and junk hurling  flavored the mood of the season. Little Mama and Sykes gang’s Carrie Ann Bass took to taunting our older daughter in our backyard, shrieking “Whore!” and “Psycho!” (Carrie Ann Bass is part of the Stanley Sykes gang’s harassment squad.)

On the night of 4/4-4/5/16, our parking lot fence was ravaged. When we went to inspect it from the parking lot side, Little Mama summoned Herkimer cop Jason Crippen, who tried to intimidate us with the threat of trespassing and dog enticement charges. (Crippen later refused to take a well-documented criminal harassment complaint against another cash-heavy Herkimer criminal, Curtis Cool.) The last time this happened, we didn’t record it. This time we did.  Here’s Crippen on audio, in our kitchen, trying to intimidate us under the color of law. This was when we still thought Little Mama was just another Herkimer drug trafficker.

Crippen has done quite well for himself, opening a 9000 sq ft upscale Revamp Fitness in downtown Herkimer. He told News Channel 2 he opened the gym partially out of his concern for Herkimer’s elderly population. Crippen continues his duties as a Herkimer police officer, serving elderly citizens such as us.

Child Trafficking Regional Management Takes Charge

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Little Mama’s Regional Management Takes Charge

Little Mama’s management then showed up. (The SUV  with the New Jersey colored plate, top right.)  One of them visited us that day, our escaped dog in tow: early forties, blonde, well-spoken. She could have been a  professional in any large organization, which of course she was. She tacitly apologized for any problems with “our friend Vickie.” The attacks stopped. Cold. It was like a light going out. 

We think it was then that the regional child trafficking management team decided to relocate their Herkimer transit point.  Child trafficking, like poisoning, only succeeds through stealth. We were well-known for sharing Herkimer crime on our blog, and Little Mama had idiotically attracted our attention. And then there were those  government surveillance drones increasingly dotting Herkimer’s skies.

In August 2016, Little Mama and Pretty Boy relocated their Herkimer child trafficking operation and turned the Pleasant Avenue compound over to the Stanley Sykes gang for safekeeping, with Stanley moving into Little Mama’s 341 Eureka Avenue, still owned by Herkimer landlord Jay Smith. 

Enter Master Herkimer Harasser Curtis Cool

Over the months it took them to transit to a new location, our adjacent child traffickers seemingly called upon a local ally, our neighbor to the other side of us at 328 Pleasant Ave., Herkimer thug Curtis Cool, to keep us distracted. Curtis is a superb actor and gave remarkable performances, as his astounding and ever growing YouTube views show.  We kept that camera on his house and off of the parking lot. Mostly.

What we saw and videoed in that Herkimer parking lot from mid August 2016 to the end of that month overcame our denial and left us stricken.

Curtis Cool Herkimer NY Drug Dealer and Child Traffickeer
Curtis Cool – Cop-coddled Herkimer NY Drug Dealer and Child Trafficker

Herkimer Child Traffickers, Allies and Antics

 

Herkimer’s Stanley Sykes Gang Rampages Pleasant Avenue

Updated 8/9/17 to identify Herkimer’s Stanley Sykes gang and its members.

by Stephen Ames Berry

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Stanley Sykes’  son,  an alleged  heroin dealer out on bail, is confronted by one of several angry neighbors. Cries of “Child trafficker” were heard. Police interviewed a small blonde girl who visited his house.

On 4/23/17, Herkimer’s Stanley Sykes gang welcomed Spring with a 2 hour street festival of harassment, menacing and mobbing, held center street on Herkimer crime hub Pleasant Avenue. Stanley, wife Becky Sykes and son Kyle live at 341 Eureka Avenue, from which they control both 334 Pleasant Avenue and 341 Eureka’a parking lot activities.

Notable during the mobbing were Carrie Bass, AKA Carrie Ann Bass, of 334 Pleasant Avenue, the chubby gray-clad ball of fury seen in the video. She and her out-on-bail husband were the chief harassers and menacers. Over-the-top aggressive Carrie Bass at one point succeeded in driving folks off of 333 Pleasant Avenue’s porch into the house and had to be physically restrained.

Honorable mention goes to thug chief Stanley Sykes himself, of 341 Eureka, for anchoring the assault line, blessing the festivities with his presence as the young folks surged into action. Stanley Sykes is parking lot pack’s chieftain. Here he is on his way to visit with his harassment soul twin, Joyce Barton of 333 Pleasant Avenue.

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Stanley Sykes goes to visit Joyce Barton.

Alleged Herkimer Sykes Heroin Dealer Out On Bail

Stanely Sykes son (below) was just arrested on a heroin trafficking charge, according to the overheard anguished wails of his Stanley Sykes family at the time. (Impossible not to hear, 25 yards away, in the parking lot.) The sale of his product supposedly resulted in the death of one of his buyers. The Sykeses and Carrie Bass were heard to complained of the unfairness of the wrongful death charge, as the lad (seen below) was a distributor not a manufacturer, and shouldn’t be held accountable for product safety.

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Herkimer’s Stanley Skye’s alleged heroin dealer son, free on bail, during an afternoon of harassment and mobbing along Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue.

Accusations Fly as Herkimer’s Stanley Sykes Gang  Mobs Neighbors

We weren’t on the street for the festivities; we just heard waves of screams and curses and demented wailing. But our surveillance cams were there. Based on much analysis of feeds from multiple cameras, accusations hurled at Skyes’s son seem to have been sparked by what may have been an earlier “interaction” between Stanley Sykes’s  out-on-bail son and the young blonde girl from Joyce Barton’s 333 Pleasant Avenue, seen in the video being interviewed by police. the young girl is  often seen with the movable feast that are the parking lot kids from 334 Pleasant and 341 Eureka Avenues.

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Alleged 334 Pleasant Ave Herkimer heroin dealer, out on bail, confronted by one of several angry neighbors. Police interviewed a small blonde girl who visited his house.

Whatever the cause, Carrie Ann Bass and the Stanley Sykes gang immediately attacked. The Sykes’ gangs street brawl ended with the arrival of the Herkimer police, two hours after the start of events.

Herkimer’s Stanley Sykes Family – A History of Harassment

Ironically, Carrie Bass aka Carrie Ann Bass, and her sister-in-law, Kyria Syskes  delight in harassing elderly neighbors bearing cameras by shrieking “Pedophile!” (It’s part of Herkimer’s street harassment culture.) Yet Sykes’ gang’s attack squad thoughtfully performed all their antics before our surveillance cameras. 

Oh. If you’re wondering how someone could be out on bail for such a heinous crime as selling poisonous heroin resulting in a death? Well, “It’s Herkimer,” as locals say with a shrug.

The wild-in-the-street Sykes son vanished shortly after this event. Had he been out on bail, he may have violated its conditions.  Doesn’t look good for Herkimer to have a heroin dealer free on bail and  running amok, even as it sternly declares war on the local wave of opioid deaths.

I don’t know the junior Sykes lad’s first name. He was was featured in our Drunks Along the Mohawk post with its Booze Brothers videos. He’s one of the two seen drinking and harassing others in the street and passing out stuff from an odd orange bag, all in front of the notorious Joyce and Douglas Barton’s 333 Pleasant Avenue.  Seems he moved on from alcohol.

The Little Blonde Girl?

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Blonde girl from 333 Pleasant Ave visiting kids at 334 Pleasant Ave Sunday, 4/23/17.

The little blonde girl at the 333 Pleasant Avenue is new to the Barton house. And she didn’t seem to have a parent present. She appeared very closed mouthed with the woman police officer who interviewed her. The woman who apparently had charge of her left her at Joyce Barton’s. In the video’s final scene, the girl’s eyes longingly follow her as she drives way.

Herkimer’s long been a child trafficking hub. It’s devilishly hard to spot most child trafficking without training and a flotilla of surveillance drones. I hope she’s isn’t yet another of Herkimer’s trafficked kids.

Aftermath of Herkimer’s Sykes Gang Rampage

It’s been fairly quiet along Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue since the Stanley Sykes mob tore up the street. Stanley Sykes and Joyce Barton appear to remain friends and colleagues. It’s rumored they’ve known each other since Utica.

Herkimer’s Stanley Sykes Gang = 13

Excluding duplicate gang members, I counted 13 in Stanley Sykes’ gang. Most either appear to live at 334 Pleasant or 341 Eureka Avenues, or are such frequent visitors they might as well be. They’re originally from Utica.  Check my math using the photo carousel. I wasn’t trying to capture faces–that’s what surveillance drones do.)

Tip of the Spear: 5  Parking Lot Reserves: 6 Street Harassers: 2

Herkimer’s Stanley Sykes’ Parking Lot Gang Readies for Growth?

Stanley Sykes has turned his landlord Jay Smith’s 334 Pleasant – 341 Eureka parking lot (seen below), into an encampment, ready to receive more troops. Given Sykes history, we assume reinforcement are coming from his extended family’s turf in nearby Utica.

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Stan Sykes’ Bivouac – Tents Sprout Throughout Herkimer’s 334 Pleasant / 341 Eureka Parking Lot. More Sykes gang reinforcements on the way from Utica? Or cover and concealment for heinous stuff?

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334 Pleasant -341 Eureka Avenues Herkimer parking lot. This once hidden hub of crime has become a favorite gathering spot for police surveillance drones. Death-defying nearby bloggers find it a colorful topic. [Editor’s note: Stanley Sykes folded his bivouac folded on Sunday, 5/28.]

Herkimer Gang Thug Kiera Stone Snared

by Stephen Ames Berry

Old age and skill will overcome youth and treachery Night Court

Update 6/22/17.  Kiera Stone’s father, gang leader Stanley Sykes, yesterday morning followed me down Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue, harassing me with bellowed obscenities. (“You m-fer, you got ma baby girl locked up!”)  If she was arrested, this is two of his kids now in jail . (The son for alleged heroin trafficking, daughter Kiera Stone  for at least criminal harassment), even as dad flirts with a criminal harassment charge of his own.  Maybe the new Herkimer County jail will  have a wing named after them.

I videoed these two fresh Black Dahlias because they kept harassing me from their car when Dog Bear and I walked past 334 Pleasant Avenue. We live two doors down. Thought they wanted attention. Guess not. (For purposes of photography and audio, New York is a one-party consent state.)

As with these lovelies, Herkimer’s drug and child traffickers self-identify by calling photographers pedophiles. Our former neighbor, Herkimer’s Curtis Cool, aka Curtis Doolen, is Herkimer’s best know pedophile-caller, with his best performance viewed for over 154 hours by 2,356 people on 6 continents. Drug traffickers especially hate street surveillance cameras, as they reveal traffickers and trafficking patterns.

“I don’t want my kids on the internet” is clue that all or some of the “parent’s” kids aren’t their kids; they’re trafficked and/or sexually exploited kids. 25% of all trafficked kids are trafficked by family members.

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334 Pleasant Avenue, Herkimer. It guards the parking lot behind it. That’s Joyce Barton of 333 Pleasant Ave’s daughter on the porch. Carrie Ann Bass of 334 and Joyce are business associates.

334 Pleasant Avenue – Herkimer’s Harassing Harpies Headquarters

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334 Pleasant Avenue, Herkimer. It guards the parking lot behind it. That’s Joyce Barton of 333 Pleasant Ave’s daughter on the porch. Jabba of 334 and Joyce are friends.

The driveway of 341 Eureka Avenue (white house, rear) is blocked. The only way into and out of the parking lot is via the driveway of 334 Pleasant Avenue.  It sees a lot of visitors and vehicles. The porch serves as a lookout post. Good luck getting past Sykes gang’s Carrie Ann Bass, aka Carrie Ann Collins-Bass. (Next video.)

The Attack of the Witless Witches

I’d been assaulted before on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue for videoing. So I set up a camera snare before returning to capture the Black Dahlias’ license plate for posterity. The three witless witches had no clue.

I tottered by them on my way home from the grocery store. Turning, I filmed their license plate. It went better than I’d hoped–gang thug Kiera Stone, the ballsiest of Herkimer’s harassing harpies, (see below video), ripped my cellphone from my hand and called 911 to report I’d hit her with it. Her friend tried but failed in her role as Kiera Stone’\’s keeper, while her sister-in-law, Herkimer’s Carrie Bass, aka Carrie Ann Colins-Bass, lied through her venomous lips.

Here’s the combined cellphone and minicam footage:

Carrie Ann Bass, Sykes gang’s 334 Pleasant Avenue’s resident guardian-toad.

Perhaps they thought the minicam on my label was a pacemaker. (I’m old.) It faithfully recorded the new harassment, the assault and the theft of my phone. (Aggravated Harassment in the Second Degree;  Harassment in the First Degree.) None of them were aware of the surveillance camera on their activities. This footage gave the lie to Kiera Stone and her drug and child trafficking relatives’ accusation:

The Herkimer Police Respond

The Herkimer Police arrived, Officers Bowman and Hill. They confirmed that Kiera Stone had called 911, saying I’d hit her in the face with my cellphone and repeated the allegation to them. (Falsely Reporting an Incident in the Third Degree.) No one was arrested. The officers didn’t see the surveillance or minicam footage–those required downloading. They did see the cellphone clips of the two harassment incidents. I was invited to file a complaint. 

(If I lay gut shot and dying on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue, the last voice I’d probably ever hear would be that of a Herkimer police officer asking, “Do you want to file a complaint?”)

I said we’d never been allowed to file a complaint with the Herkimer PD–I’d put it on our blog again. Seems to work–the bad guys often just disappear. (Herkimer has 3 major water courses.) Last year Herkimer’s failed governance and rampant crime brought The Herkimer Post over 20,000+ worldwide views. We’d barely had time to celebrate before we were hit by the first of two murderous poisoning attacks. Writing about those has brought The Herkimer Post new readers.  As will “Herkimer’s Harassing Harpies.” 

Herkimer’s Brazen New Gang – The Stanley Sykes Gang

Herkimer’s harassing harpies were the first sign that the village had a brazen new gang with city roots, come north to stake claim to a large chunk of Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue. And that they were aggressively camera shy–probably for good reason. (They were later revealed to be the Stanley Sykes gang out of Utica.)

Herkimer’s homegrown gangs of late have tried to stay off the radar, preferring stealth to confrontation and darkness to light. Not these guys: They’re in-your-face aggressive, trying to intimidate through harassment. When that fails, they immediately escalate to assault or mobbing. It’s urban street gang tactics. It’s a brave new world for Herkimer crime. Stay tuned: The Herkimer Post is watching. 

Herkimer’s Harassing Harpies – The Director’s Cut

Here’s the four videos rolled into one: