A drone is an unpiloted aircraft vehicle so there is no human pilot onboard. A flight can be controlled remotely or it can operate with the guidance of an on board computer controlled system. Recent laws require those who operate them to have a license but there are few restrictions on who can operate them and on what they can fly over. Drones can see you and can be operated by individuals, companies, public and private organizations. Most drones are equipped with cameras that can photograph day and night. Some are equipped with 3 D cameras that can create 3 D models of surface features.
What can drones see?
Though drones may be so high in the sky that you can’t see them, they may very well see you. Two nights ago I witnessed our first neighborhood drones. There were three blinking off and on against the night sky. Though you may not have heard of them, surveillance drones have been around for quite a while. Click here for a video of a 2011 hummingbird surveillance drone.
Dronezone has a wide variety of drones for sale. Some feature GPS, autopilot and aerial photography options. An auto-piloted drone takes aerial photos and video of far superior capability than any pilot can.
What can a drone do?
It can identify images at precise locations for use in 3 D mapping. Having a drone with a GPS autopilot flight system and camera is essential for aerial photogrammetry, 3 d mapping and multispectral imaging. That includes infrared. So night flying drones can see too. Drones can be used for crop monitoring and site surveillance so keep in mind that day and night drones may be watching you
Remember that drones can see you whether they are launched by the government, the police, a stranger or a nosy neighbor. They can be looking at you from the sky at any time and even if you don’t see them, they may very well be able to see you.
How should you deal with a bully who repeatedly threatens you with bodily harm and sets dangerous and illegal fires?
Should you –
a. Hide in your home
b. Make the nanny nanny boo boo gesture
c. Record them on your phone and make fun of them
d. Just ignore them
e. Report them to the police as being guilty of NY State 240.25 – Harassment in the first degree.
When queried, a Herkimer policeman replied a or d. I prefer a lovely medley of b, c and e.
Don’t take assault threats lightly
While Curtis Cool is very entertaining in a B-horror movie sort of way, his egregious and repeated assault threats are not to be taken lightly. Even more disturbing are his repeated and well documented illegal fires. These fires are not only a threat to the annoying neighbors who are always calling the police on him, they are a threat to the lives and property of all those who dwell nearby.
Doing nothing means you agree to be a victim
When you refuse to stand up to bullies and drug dealers you are silently agreeing to live in a criminal society. In a criminal society you will be a victim and your quality of life and property values will decline. The police will support criminals because of fear, undeclared income, or both. When you call the police they will not be on your side.
I believe that standing up to bullies and drug dealers is necessary even if they threaten you with bodily harm. If you don’t, they’ll overrun your community and make your life a living hell. Silence is acquiescence to the dominion of chaos and evil. Those who do not fight for their rights will not have them.
Graphically violent threats
Curtis Cool, aka Curtis Dolan, made the following threats to me and or my husband while trying to denying me the right to stand on a public sidewalk within 4 feet of my driveway:
“I’ll smash your teeth in.”
“I’m going to knock you out.”
“I’m beating the fuck out of both of you.”
“I’m going to smash you to pieces.”
And my husband’s favorite Curtis quote:
Violating NY S 240.25
In this clip from Curtis Cool’s latest adventure in neighborly threat of bodily harm, you’ll see him violate NY State Law S 240.25, Harassment in the First Degree:
A person is guilty of harassment in the first degree when he or she intentionally and repeatedly harasses another person by following such person in or about a public place or places or by engaging in a course of conduct or by repeatedly committing acts which places such person in reasonable fear of physical injury. Harassment in the first degree is a class B misdemeanor.
Several days ago we mourned the loss of a small bird that may have nested in one of Curtis Cool’s trees. Yesterday we found the feathered remains of a downy baby bird and its mom. Yet again last night Curtis Cool (A/K/A Curtis Dolan) and his cronies enjoyed another loud and highly explosive fireworks display about 4 feet away from the house he rents from Harriet Tangorra at 328 Pleasant Ave.
Herkimer police and fire officials seem unable to convince Mr. Cool to cease his noisy, dangerous and illegal, fire-obsessed activities, ongoing now for 2 months. Perhaps they don’t really want to? We have shared our videos that stream automatically offsite with you, the public and with Herkimer Mayor Anthony Brindisi and Fire Chief John Spanfelner. They’ve left Herkimer’s population at risk by doing nothing to stop Mr. Cool from his illegally loud and incendiary backyard actions.
In his first 1:00 AM backyard bonfire, Mr. Cool was assured by a policeman that such fires were OK and nearly patted on the back to alleviate the annoyance of their visit. Last night when we called police, all they did was drive down the street past his house. WOW!
Why is it that both Herkimer Police and Herkimer Fire Department think it’s such a good idea to let Mr. Cool play with fire and break NY State law regarding maximum decibel levels and fire laws? They are teaching adults and children alike some bad lessons.
Molesting animals with horrible noise – Not a Problem!
Breaking the law (county, state and Federal)– Not a problem!
Endangering neighbors’ lives and homes – Not a problem!
Dear Herkimer Police and Fire Department, it’s your responsibility to uphold the laws of our country and community. It’s your responsibility not to embolden those who break them. Mr. Cool is loudly proclaiming that he can do whatever he pleases and you are letting him get away with it. This is a problem!
Fireworks cause blazes, human injuries and fatalities
Fireworks were involved in an estimated 10,500 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments during calendar year 2014 (95 percent confidence interval 7,700–13,300).
An estimated 7,000 fireworks-related injuries (or 67 percent of the total estimated fireworks-related injuries in 2014) were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments during the 1-month special study period between June 20, 2014 and July 20, 2014 (95 percent confidence interval 4,900–9,200).
Four victims died in house fires caused by fireworks, including several where the person(s) killed may not have been using fireworks. Seven victims died from direct impacts of fireworks. Reporting of fireworks-related deaths for 2014 is not complete, and the number of deaths in 2014 should be considered a minimum.
Sincere best wishes to Herkimer’s Acting Police Chief, Capt. Jeff Crim. I met him briefly a few weeks ago–he impressed me as a quietly competent, no-nonsense law enforcement officer. He’s only been in charge for a week and already we’ve seen an astounding improvement in the policing of Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue. It first became noticeable over the Memorial Day Weekend. This is from my Facebook:
Just a light posting to remark upon how quiet it is here this Memorial Day weekend on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue. The three principal fonts of evil in the neighborhood, once the undisputed domain of drug dealers and narcotics traffickers, are empty this weekend. Toad, Little Mama, Old Queenie and their krews are gone.
This is remarkably coincident with the abrupt retirement last week of Herkimer’s long-time police chief. Former Chief Joseph Malone, who lives down the street from us here on Pleasant Avenue, retired following an ethics investigation, the ripples from which have just begun. We’re wondering if our neighboring death merchants are up in the lovely hill country at one of their “camps,’ feting him upon his retirement. And if he’ll survive the celebration.
OMG! Another police patrol. They’ve become quite common.
Good luck, Chief Crim. We look forward to the better days ahead.
Written by Herkimer Post Crime Editor Stephen Ames Berry. Berry is a former officer of Harvard University and a veteran of the National Security Agency’s US Army Security Agency.
In this story you’ll discover how a malicious, well-executed kick transformed the acts of a neighbor recycling stuff on her own property into an act of larceny as defined by officer Haight of the Herkimer Police Department.
On July 15th at approximately 9:21 PM, I was placing a few items in the recycle bin that I keep outside in my driveway here in the Village of Herkimer. As I was finishing up and about to return to the house, something struck the back of my legs. I turned around to find a soccer ball at my feet.
I picked the ball up and approached my house. Nearby voices in the dark called for its return. As with many parents whose children do something they shouldn’t, I refused to hand the ball over. My driveway is very narrow and virtually inaccessible to normal ballplayers; the ball could only have entered it if had been kicked from across the street, not down it. It was obviously part of an ongoing and escalating pattern of harassment directed against my husband and I. Some neighbors strongly opposed our driveway security camera that records the stream of nighttime traffic. The Bartons of 333 Pleasant Avenue, who a regional DEA agent referred to in a phone conversation as “the porch people” were especially outraged by this camera presence.
1. At 9:24 PM., according to our video recording, Herkimer Village’s Officer Haight, appeared at our door.
Officer Haight said our neighbors, Douglas and Joyce Barton, had reported us for taking their ball and demanded to know if this was true. I admitted I’d taken their ball and explained why. Officer Haight was unmoved by my explanation and advised that if our neighbor wished to press charges, he’d “have no choice” but to enforce the law regarding larceny. The threat of arrest hung heavy in the night air. He expressed his opinion that we were in the midst of an ongoing feud with our neighbors. (We are, in the sense that the Allies were feuding with Nazi Germany.)
Officer Haight confessed ignorance of any of the multiple acts of vandalism, mob menacing and break-ins we’ve suffered over the past year, at least one orchestrated by the Bartons. I was thus accused of victimizing the Bartons by withholding their ball, which had just been used to assault me.
Officer Haight demanded to know the ball’s location. My husband said it had migrated to an adjacent empty yard. Officer Haight’s supervisor then arrived and the two went off to fetch the ball for the Bartons, who were consumed with mirth as they lounged watching from their porch at 333 Pleasant Avenue. The Herkimer police officers respectfully returned the ball to the Bartons and departed – our harassers were treated with deference while we were disdained.
2. Only afterwards did I discover this is a typical ploy used by thugs to harass and intimidate their neighbors, sometimes aided by allied police officers illegally acting under the color of law. The object is to have a victim cited and fined for petty larceny by police, hoping that the neighbor then won’t complain when the thugs trespass on their property to stash contraband, vandalize it, menace them or disturb the peace. It’s the dim mindset of social parasites who spent their brief school years in behavior remediation classes. The remedy, according to attorneys, is to demonstrate harassment by keeping security cameras on the street. This we will do. (Probably not the outcome our neighbors desired. )
I was dumbfounded that Officer Haight attempted to characterize my removing the ball with which I’d been assaulted as an act of larceny, when it was clearly an act of self-defense. He seemed ignorant that a condition of larceny is that there be an intent to steal. My intent was:
1. to place my recyclables in my bin and return inside to watch True Detective;
2. To avoid being ridiculed by neighbors and hit with their expertly aimed balls;
3. To avoid having neighbors continue to trespass on my property.
I never play ball. I spend my time hiking, writing and mending the myriad of worn out portions of my dilapidated and ancient (yet adorable ) Herkimer Village home.
In the past year due to neighbor trespass, break-ins and vandalism, we’ve had to expend resources on security systems and cameras, rather than on our home’s aging infrastructure.
My husband and I have been so undeserved by the Herkimer Village police that it borders on depraved indifference. Notably,
1. a direct statement by a Herkimer Village police officer that that there’s no New York State law restricting the gathering of a menacing mob of 30—40 in front of one’s home, and that the police aren’t required to disperse such a belligerent gathering. And of course,
2. The unblushing statement by a Herkimer police officer that I appeared to be guilty of larceny because I removed an old ball with which I’d been deliberately struck while putting out the recyclables at a bin in my driveway. (To be larceny the property “must have been lost or mislaid…or delivered under a mistake.” As it was used in assault, it wasn’t delivered under a mistake but deliberately and with intent to harass and harm.)
Police who aid and abet the victimization of peaceful retirees by neighbors who act criminally, and make ill-informed, self-serving and egregious statements, are at the very least in need of remedial training.