Herkimer Drug Gang’s Fireworks’ Barrages Ongoing

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Having failed to burn down South Herkimer with their bonfires, the drug gang at their longtime landlord Jay Smith’s 332 Pleasant Avenue are resorting to bombarding the village with multiple rocket launches, coordinated with street-based pyrotechnics.

This is an almost-nightly occurrence, coordinated by why-isn’t-he-in-jail-yet Kyle Stone and his crack selling krew that operate of Smith’s 332 Pleasant Ave.

Gangs’ Fireworks’ Barrages

The gang’s fireworks’ barrages soar from the rear of 331 Pleasant Avenue, which shares a large leafy yard with unoccupied 329 Pleasant Avenue. Note the many large trees the lads’ rockets are cascading with fiery debris. On the other side of those trees is Eastern Avenue, which like Pleasant is a street of close-set 19th century wooden homes.

Watching the video, you’ll see Kyle Stone coordinating the attack on his cellphone, gleefully recording the explosions and dancing in the street of front of 332 Pleasant Avenue. (This time he didn’t urinate in the street while dancing.) These bombardments are frequent, but don’t last more than a few minutes—the gang is keenly aware of the Herkimer Police response time. Under NY bail reform, perpetrators probably can’t be locked up until after they burn down some houses. A few nights before this, the gang took over Jay Smith’s parking lot, between 332 Pleasant and 341 Eureka, with a big fireworks party lasting for hours. The grand finale was an explosion around 0100 hrs that shook ours and others’ houses—it sounded and felt like a 155mm howitzer battery firing a salvo.

Make sure your fire insurance is paid. It’s still a long way from the 4th of July.

Gone Today, Here Tomorrow: Bail Reform Revitalizes Herkimer Drug Gang

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New York’s catch-and-release bail reform law, aided and abetted by Covid-19, has revitalized our local Herkimer drug gang. They operate out of their landlord Jay Smith’s 332 Pleasant Avenue–a barely post-pubescent pack of males supplied by equally young Kyle Stone, who lives at 332 with his mother. Part of the Stanley Sykes’ gang‘s extended family, Kyle’s their Pleasant Avenue distribution point, moving a steady stream of narcotics in and out of 332. Stuff comes in big bulging backpacks and goes in smaller ones, or via Kyle at the wheel of his mom’s new car.

Kyle Stone Herkimer gang thug
Kyle Stone at a previous illegal fire- 332 Pleasant Ave.

In the real world, Kyle would be in jail. Yet after a lengthy police hunt for him on a felony charge stemming from an incident in front of 332, he returned home–it wasn’t a violent crime, so Kyle scooted home under the kinder, gentler bail reform law. The courts here remain mostly closed due to Covid-19, so justice hasn’t yet been meted out to Kyle, and to many others.

NY bail reform failure illustration
4.5.20 Gone today, here tomorrow. Arrested 332 Pleasant Ave drug gangbangers quickly set loose under bail reform law.

One of those is his friend, Xavier Rowe. Rowe was involved in the same incident as Stone, and may be free  under the same circumstances as Stone, or he may have been serving time in the county jail for yet another of his petty crimes, and was released due to the pandemic. Hard to say, given Herkimer County’s lack of on-line court and arrest records.  We did see Kyle evade arrest in an incident at 332 on 4/20, which saw several of his friends taken into custody. It’s all good–they were freed the same day and no one seems to have troubled Kyle any further about it.

 Both Kyle and Xavier and the rest of Kyle’ krew are brazenly trafficking out of 332 Pleasant and living the good life, infesting the front of 332 and the street, and partying in the  parking behind 332. The parking lot–Herkimer’s Historic Child Trafficking Lot–serves the three houses comprising the sanctuary Jay Smith has long maintained for Herkimer’s drug and child traffickers. The houses have been gang-occupied since we moved here 6 years ago and began observing events there.

Herkimer Drug Gang’s Preferred Party Venue

Gang parties in Smith’s parking lot aren’t complete without an illegal fire and foul music. The more dangerous the fire the better. The gang of Lost Boys partied this week–unusually, one even brought a girl. The police responded, but too late to snag anyone. Police resources seem  strained by the pandemic, with the state police who usually back up the Herkimer PD no longer much in evidence.

Hopefully criminal court sessions will soon resume, police numbers will go back up and Kyle and Xavier will receive help to turn their young lives around, preferably in a 24/7 setting. (Our new Herkimer County Jail still has that new jail smell.)

As for the bail law, there’s much pressure to modify it again. It was written by people who live in southern New York, in places like Westchester, where the actions of criminals are but an intellectual abstraction, a remote cause  rarely affecting their privileged lives. Legislators are belatedly awakening to their danger, awareness dawning that if they don’t restore rationality to the bail process, they’ll suffer in the next election. If not, beleaguered citizens may protect themselves by taking matters into their own hands. (We’re thinking of supplementing  our puny garden hose with a power wash.)

Kyle’s party of of 6/8/20 saw the use of about a quart of fire accelerant.  The fire smoldered through the night and had to be extinguished by a concerned neighbor the next morning. (I reported the fire to county 911, and police responded as quickly s they could, but apparently no one checked the fire–see above, police resources are strained.)

Below’s the zoomed video. (Note the heavy use of an accelerant.)
[Link to uncropped original.]

332 Pleasant Ave Fire Night Timeline 6/8/20

00:01-00:33  6/5/20 Drug backpackers arrive at Kyle Stone’s 332 Pleasant Avenue. Occurs daily. Curiers come and go from 332. Kyle himself distributes what they bring throughout the village in mom’s new car, taking care to do so as loudly as possible.

00:33-00:54 6/8/20 Workers rewarded: Party for drug gang begins, rear of 332 Pleasant Ave. Noted longtime Herkimer drug and child trafficker Carrie Ann Bass (Stanley Sykes Gang) drives by, stops to chat with Xavier Rowe (ratface, scraggly beard) and Kyle Stone, as Stone liberally applies accelerant to illegal fire. (Next to our fence.)

00:55-01:09 Stone applies more accelerant to fire.

01:14-02:10 Stone applies more accelerant to fire.

02:15 Party heats up.

02:10-02:53 Guest applies more accelerant.

03:00-03:19 Dry grass added to fire as Xavier Rowe stirs fire.

03:19-04:30 Sample of  music boomed from Kyle Stone’s car (white, doors open, right). Recorded in our bedroom with the windows shut. This is the cleanest portion I could find without overexposing myself. Sexual and misogynistic portions excluded.

04:31-04:40 Kyle Stone and Xavier Rowe move table closer to fence and security light we provide for the gang’s convenience. (If they were monkeys, they’d be shaking their butts at the camera and throwing scat at the fence.)

04:41-08:24 Table activities start. Seems to involve crack sharing and smoking [07:00] and card playing.

0:825- 09:44  Long segment for purpose of shared observation: Maybe something else going on at the table. My camera lacks the resolution to see what. Maybe you can enhance it?

09:45 A male finally pays brief attention to the sole female guest. She is not happy. (Stone and Rowe I’ve never seen with a woman. Willowy blond guys, yes. Women, no.)

10:24 – Party breaks up.

10:35 Pleasant Avenue in front of 332 Pleasant. Herkimer Police arrive. I’d called about 30 minutes before, I believe. (I was asleep on watch.) With the state-wide demands of the pandemic and demonstrations, state police who usually backup the Herkimer PD are evidently elsewhere.

10:35 Kyle Stone in car in driveway between 332 and 334 Pleasant.

11:05  Police leave without checking for the fire I had reported to county 911.

11:10-END 6/9 1030 hrs. Fire still smoldering from generous application of accelerant. A concerned neighbor douses it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revisiting The Herkimer Meth Bridge: A Walk to The Point

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Fog shrouded Herkimer meth bridge 2016
The Herkimer Meth Bridge 2016- Fog shrouds methamphetamine site under Herkimer railway bridge. West Canada Creek, Herkimer Village 9/16/16

Section 1 – by Stephen Ames Berry

It’s been almost four years since our Herkimer Meth Bridge series.  In it we reported our discovery of a methamphetamine production and distribution  encampment lying along a public path in Herkimer Village, beneath the CSX railway bridge on the west bank of West Canada Creek. It was open, brazen and a danger to rail traffic, the village and waterways. We reported it to the state police in Albany. In part two of the series, we covered the vigorous law enforcement response to interdict drug trafficking from West Canada Creek. In part three, we speculated on the disaster that could happen if a tanker train derailed into West Canada Creek. It wasn’t pretty.

The Point – In Herkimer Village, where the Mohawk River meets West Canada Creek. CSX railway bridge spans the creek.

And there we left it, swept up by our exposure of Herkimer’s longtime bustling child trafficking industry and the resulting years of street attacks and poison gas campaigns launched on us by area drug and child traffickers.

Herkimer Meth Bridge, Herkimer Village May 2020
The Herkimer Meth Bridge – 5/25/20 – Seen from the west side of West Canada Creek, the bridge spans the waterway, about one-half a mile from The Point–the confluence of West Canada Creek and the Mohawk River. A public pathway has long run past the bridge to The Point.

The DEA Bypass

Only recently did we return to the meth bridge and The Point. The area is much improved, as Linda notes below. I was impressed by the effort that’s gone into easing access to The Point: the old approach to the peninsula was intersected by numerous trenches, berms and log barriers obviously meant to restrict easy access to area.  It looked like trench warfare in places. You had to clamber over the defenses to reach the bridge and the path to The Point.

Earthworks restricting approach to Herkimer Meth Bridge
Earthworks restricting approach to area of the Herkimer Meth Bridge. 2016 & 2020
Herkimer trench warfare
“It looked like trench warfare in places.” Entry point to original path to The Point, just after your pass the meth bridge. May 2020

All that has now been bypassed by a fresh, wide ATV accessible path that swings around the old entrance to the peninsula and knives through the woods, emerging about a hundred yards or so onto the original path. It makes for easy access and fast responses. I dubbed it the DEA Bypass. The gangs didn’t built it. Whomever did was meticulous, even planting orange lilies along the borders.  Not our local criminals, who believe all work demeans and hard work demeans the most. (And they hate flowers.)

DEA Bypass enroute to The Point, Herkimer
The DEA Bypass, expediting access to The Point. 5/25/20
DEA Bypass joining trail to The Point
Where the DEA Bypass (left) joins the original trail to The Point.

Historically, before the Canal was built, The Point was where goods were  transferred from water to land. Back then it would have been furs from up north, coming down the West Canada. Now it’s narcotics and possibly some human trafficking. We’ve been watching the surveillance drones congregate above that isolated part of the village for months.

Section 2 – by Linda J. Kaidan

The Point, Herkimer - Where West Canada Creek Meets the Mohawk

The Point, Herkimer - Where West Canada Creek Meets the Mohawk

It’s been several years since we dared venture back to The Point,  where West Canada Creek Flows into the Mohawk River. We had many adventures there as we unearthed numerous campsites, jimsonweed weed farms, remnants of discarded belongings and a meth cooking and distribution site.
This week we finally revisited this place, which had been the source of so much natural wonder and mystery. Things have truly changed. The tangled jungle of narrow trails and brambles has been very much cleared out. It’s easy to see West Canada Creek flowing under the railroad tracks and into the Mohawk River.

Begin your walk to The Point Herkimer

You can begin your river walk at 500 E State St at H&R Block.  Take a right down the dirt road which has been cleared of much undergrowth to bring you an open vista of a huge cornfield. You will see a warning to keep clear of the flood control area to the left of the trail.  Heading on you can take the dirt track towards West Canada Creek. 

Herkimer Abandoned Campsite
Abandoned (?) Campsite at the Cornfield, Enroute to the Point

View the abandoned  big tree campsite, explore the leavings amid the campfire ashes and head on towards the blue jacket hanging in the tree near the river bank.

Herkimer Meth Bridge, sans Meth Encampment 5.20
Beneath the Herkimer Meth Bridge 5.20 Site of the meth making and distribution encampment we stumbled upon in 2016.
Train passes over the Herkimer Meth bridge at West Canada Creek 5.20
Train passing over Historic Herkimer Meth Bridge West Canada Creek NY on 5.20

Head on under the the train bridge and enjoy the artwork! The trail opens into a field at the edge of a wood. A pile of fallen trees blocks your entry to the old old trail along the bank. To the right you will find a new, very well cleared trail which is more direct giving you easy access to The Point.

Copse sheltering abandoned encampment, cornfield to the left, path to the point and the bridge to the right.

There are magnificent ferns and wild flowers. The lilies will bloom soon. NYDEC in addition to many volunteers has moved mountains to make this woodland paradise clean and safe allowing drones a clear views of traffic in this area. There are also wildlife cameras. Perhaps you can spot them!

West Canada Creek meeting the Mohawk. Herkimer, 5/20
Reaching our goal: West Canada Creek flowing into the Mohawk River. At The Point, Herkimer 5.20

Conclusion

A lovely and sometimes dramatic walk, our stroll to The Point–the timeless beauty of the area interwoven with the detritus of the silent long war between law enforcement and the gangs–a war now in its final stages, as the gangs’ dregs are drained off. It reminded us of why we moved here and helped renew our faith in the future of Herkimer and Upstate New York. 

Police Take Down Pleasant Ave Gangbangers

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4.5.20 Herkimer and State Police bust gangbangers at Jay Smith’s 332 Pleasant Ave.

On 4.5, in a dramatic late-hours take down, Herkimer and state police took two drug gangbangers into custody.  This followed a confrontation between Kyle Stone of 332 Pleasant, a runner for the Stanley Sykes gang, two of his fellow gang members and police. Stone was able to stash his bulging backpack in his mother’s house before fleeing the scene.  As Stone likes to serenade his neighbors with “I’m gonna sell crack and until I die.,” I assume his backpack was laden with drugs, ready for wee-hours trafficking throughout our pastoral village. The trio  and other gang members are a familiar late night sight on the front steps of Kyle’s mom’s house, itself part of a Yuletide gift by landlord Jay Smith to Herkimer. 

Herkimer Resisting Arrest
4.5.20 What resisting arrest looks like.
Herkimer gangbanger arrested
Herkimer police escort first of two Pleasant Avenue gangbangers to police vehicle.
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Herkimer police escort second Pleasant Avenue gangbangers to police vehicle.

Stone, like other petty criminals, has been taking full advantage of New York’s new catch-and-release bail law. Many of them are let free to run amok while awaiting trial. Happily, that law has been modified in this year’s legislation. It’s only a matter of time before local scofflaws get to check out the accommodations at our new, empty county jail, complete with that new jail smell.

Here’s the video of the takedown. 

Video Timeline of Arrests  (minutes) 4.5.20 at 332 Pleasant Ave.

0:01 – 3:10 Kyle Stone and fellow gangbangers on porch at landlord Jay Smith’s 332 Pleasant Ave. Herkimer rental. Kyle wearing large backpack
3:11 First police units arrive. (State police)
3:31 Herkimer PD unit arrives.
4:00 Gangbangers, led by Kyle, grow more belligerent and confrontational.
4:13 Kyle shows officers where the property line is.
5:36 More officers arrive. Gang appears to be taunting them.
7:30 Kyle belligerently waving his cellphone. Gang appears defiant, hostile, confrontational.
9:24 Kyle removes his backpack. It goes off camera.
9:37 Woman neighbor appears. Tries to get Kyle to deescalate. Confrontation continues.
10:56 Gangbangers go into house.
11:23 Kyle (red shirt) returns to porch. (No backpack.)
12:00 More state police arrive. Kyle belligerent.
12:31 All gangbangers back on porch. Kyle leads in hurling defiance.
13:20 Led by Herkimer officers, police storm the porch, make arrests. Kyle hides in house.
15:17 As friends arrested, Kyle flees from rear of house, down driveway between 332/334 Pleasant.
16:39 Kyle taunts police, then runs off toward Protection Ave. Police pursue.
18:10 Kyle’s mother cleans up.
18:25 Separate clip: Unhappy gangbangers taken away.

(4.16.20 – Added photo “What resisting arrest looks like.”)

Herkimer Drug Trafficking Spreads Coronavirus

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Herkimer’s entrenched drug traffickers are putting us all at risk of heightened pandemic contagion: drug trafficking spreads coronavirus.

Many people have a role in narcotics preparation and distribution. It’s a labor intense business. Illegal drugs pass through lots of hands as they’re processed and delivered to the end drug user. Personal hygiene standards are nonexistent. It only takes a few infected workers to infect entire shipments. The coronavirus can linger for days on surfaces, be transmitted by touch or by air and incubates unseen for up to two weeks inside us as it sheds.  Each little drug packet can be the source of infection for an entire home as the virus establishes itself in new hosts, from where it can spread throughout a community.

Below are two videos of recent narcotics trafficking out of two Jay Smith houses on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue. Business is again booming.  Large backpacks filled with narcotics packaged for retail distribution come into Smith’s 332 and 326 Pleasant Avenue and are then distributed throughout the community. Each of those big  backpacks you see on the videos could potentially hold hundreds of the small plastic bags used to distribute a range of opioids.

Unworried because you’re not in a prime risk age group? Think again. If you’re a heavy drug user, your immune system’s probably in pretty bad shape, making you low-hanging fruit for a deadly outcome. If you have chronic medial issues, you’re at even greater risk. If you have elderly family members or older friends around you, you’re subjecting them to grave risk. And evolving pandemic news out of Europe and the US indicates that millenials, drug trafficking’s foot soldiers, are now being felled by the coronavirus.

“Tempting to shrug and say the more dead drug dealers, addicts and gang family members the better.”

It’s tempting not to post this warning. Tempting to say a pox on all your houses. Tempting to shrug and say the more dead drug dealers, addicts and gang family members the better. But that would make me no better than you. And there are innocent lives at risk from this latest form of your depraved indifference, and so I have warned you and my community. Be it now on your heads.

Given that I’m old, I suppose our murderous band of neighbors will be eagerly watching to see if the death cart visits our home. And I’ll be watching to see if it stops at theirs.

Black Plague Death Cart

When this pandemic ends, and I fear it will be a long time, it will be a vastly changed world. We’ll see who’s still standing when that sullen new day dawns.

Herkimer Drug Trafficking and Traffickers – 332 and 326 Pleasant Avenue

Below are recent videos of trafficking out of landlord Jay Smith’s 332 and 326 Pleasant Avenue. Stuff comes in on large backpacks, then is distributed by foot and vehicles. 

I’ve grouped the drug trafficking by property. 332 Pleasant’s the most active, with several familiar faces to be seen, notably Alexis Rowe and Kyle Stone.  Alexis is the putative daughter of Amanda West and Cory Rowe.  Blog readers may recall Amanda and Cory’s eviction from 328 Pleasant Avenue after we outed Cory and Alexis’ drug related antics there. And Amanda and Cory’s subsequent aggravated trespassing on our property, featuring a bizarre paid performance by Amanda. (They were arrested.)

Kyle Stone – Hiding or Caught and Released?

Kyle Stone performs
Kyle Stone, Herkimer Street Performer

What’s with boy-next-door Kyle Stone? A few months ago he was wanted on a felony charge. Yet he’s back at 332 Pleasant with mom, seemingly unconcerned with being on camera. Was he arrested and released under New York’s new catch-and-release bail law? Dunno. Haven’t heard him recently singing his classic “I’m Gonna Sell Crack Until I Die,” or shouting “I’m gonna burn your fuckin’ house down!”in the wee hours. For Kyle, that’s keeping a low profile.

332 Pleasant Avenue Drug Surge Video

332 Pleasant Video Timeline
3/5-3/6/20

0:01—1:18 Alexis Rowe leaves 332 Pleasant Avenue with army-size backpack. Walks into driveway of house a few doors down from PK’s Pub. (Intersection of Pleasant and King Streets.)
1:19-1:31 A few minutes later, car leaves driveway of property Rowe entered. Turns left on to King St. Assume Rowe got a ride.
1:32-2:29 Rowe returns on foot to 332 Pleasant, walking the length of Pleasant from King. (Partially off camera.) Backpack appears to hang lower.  Stops at Kyle Stone’s mother’s car in driveway of 332, removes something from beneath baby seat—she has a young child–and enters 332.
2:30-4:04 Pack carrying pickup driver exits 332 rear, enters truck and leaves, turning left on King St. (Truck often seen behind 332.)
4:05-9:59 Various arrivals and departures, 332 Pleasant Ave. Kyle Stone seen at 6:55, 9:28 (glaring).
10:00-End 3/6 Pickup driver parks in front of 330 Pleasant Ave., conceals face before approaching 332, safely off camera. Returns to p/u truck with backpack and leaves, turning left on King St. (Off camera).

326 Pleasant Avenue and the Drug Surge

Smith’s house at 326 Pleasant Avenue’s has several long-term tenants, notably the guy we call Shawn of the Shuffling Dead. Before we plastered our house with cameras, Shawn most likely was the one who’d slip into our yard and leave proof of  his continuing grasp of his US Marine infiltration skills.  He’s undoubtedly the one who, pre-cameras, used to spray highly volatilized pesticide into our yard, in the Herkimer tradition of poison thy neighbor. 

For years, there’ve  been hefty backpacks coming and going from 326 Pleasant. Whenever we pick up on it and put out some videos, the trafficking moves elsewhere for a while, then resumes. Backpacking’s always the alternate distribution network for Herkimer narcotics, as seen in our Stanley Sykes’ Backpack Empire.

326 Pleasant Avenue Drug Surge Video

Here’s a few recent nights’ drug trafficking out of 326 Pleasant Avenue, home to Smith’s longtime tenants Shawn of the Shuffling Dead and Blondie Dead Eyes. (I think Blondie’s the one in the video.) There may have been more trafficking activity, but despite what the local gangs may think, I don’t spend my days pouring over the surveillance footage. Stream pesticide at us, though, and I start watching.

326 Pleasant Video Timeline
2/25/20 & 3/5-3/6/20

0:01-0:33 Backpacker arrives at 326 Pleasant Avenue from direction of King Street, then leaves back toward King St.
0:34-3:50 New backpacker and blonde companion leave 326 and walk to Protection Avenue, turning left.
3:51-4:34 New backpacker crosses Jay Smith’s Pleasant Avenue parking lot from direction of Eureka Avenue. Exits on to Pleasant and enters 326 Pleasant.
4:35-5:14 Same backpacker exits 326 and walks toward Protection Avenue. 5:15-End Backpacker to 326.

The Indefatigable Carrie Ann Bass, aka Carrie Ann Collins Bass

Carrie Ann Bass's Battered New Car
3.5.20 Carrie Ann Bass’ New Battered Drug Delivery Vehicle

Nothing can stop her: noted drug and child trafficker Carrie Ann Bass continues trafficking out of Jay Smith’s 341 Eureka Avenue, the other side of Smith’s parking lot from 332 Pleasant Avenue. Carrie’s part of the Stanley Sykes gang, and the first person to harass us when we arrived in Herkimer.  After what seemed a difficult few months for a dejected Carrie, her old broken down car was hauled off by an unmarked tow truck and replaced by the above car. Might be a Fiat that’s seen better days.

Carrie  traffics multiple times daily, but there was no perceptible increase in activity her trafficking when the drugs came in to 332 on 3.5-3.6.20. Nor did I see her receive anything from that shipment, though she could easily be supplied from Eureka Avenue, out of range of our cameras. Perhaps she’s operating out of a different cost center than 332 Pleasant.

An earlier version of this post misidentified one of the trafficking houses as 328 Pleasant Avenue instead of 326 Pleasant Avenue. The Herkimer Post regrets the error.

 

Amanda West Performs Herkimer Gangs’ Swan Song

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This paid performance on 9/20 by Herkimer gang thug Amanda West brought home how well we and our videos have done to help affect change here on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue.  And how hated they and we are by Herkimer area drug and child traffickers.

West’s twilight solo signaled the twilight of the gang economy here in Herkimer—the Herkimer gangs’ swan song. Everything’s against them: local and federal law enforcement are all over them, prosperity looms, with real estate prices soaring and huge investments in the regional economy. All the ingredients are in place for a return to the sort of prosperity not seen in Herkimer for over 40 years. Our region is a recognized national sweet spot for climate change relocation. People and jobs will just keep coming. Gangs only prosper amid poverty and despair. 

Classic Herkimer Gang Intimidation Shtick

Amanda West assailed us in a classic exhibition of the sort of gang behavior that long worked to intimidate people here into silence or panicked flight.  West invaded our property, streaming  30 minutes of threats and abuse as she acted the outraged mother in an often bizarre diatribe of pacing and hand clapping. She was accompanied by a male she called Cory, who from what he said is probably Cory Rowe, parent of local criminal Xavier Rowe and of Alexis Rowe. It was obvious at the end that West’s gig was underwritten by the Stanley Sykes’ gang, which has nestled for years in landlord Jay Smith’s 341 Eureka Avenue, destroying lives as they help fuel the opioid crisis.

West’s was ostensibly enraged at the appearance of “my 19 year old daughter” in one of our Herkimer Post crime videos. That would be Alexis Rowe of neighboring 332 Pleasant Avenue, formerly home to junior gangbanger Xavier Rowe. Alexis may or may not be West’s daughter—gang members lie a lot. In the supposedly offending video, Alexis appears to be receiving a narcotics treat from putative dad Cory, who has just been visited by what appear to narcotics wholesalers, bringing fresh product to drug distribution points, like Cory and Amanda’s 328 Pleasant Avenue. West herself does not appear in the video.

Herkimer police have made arrests stemming from the July 22nd incident in front of 332 Pleasant Avenue,  captured by our cameras, allegedly involving Xavier Rowe and Kyle Stone, both gone as the wheels of justice grind on. Besides the video of Cory welcoming the drug dealers in front of 328 Pleasant, we posted another video of a flock of Stanley Sykes’ gang members on his front porch, apparently trying to redominate the middle of Pleasant Avenue. 328 Pleasant Avenue’s new owner, who doesn’t live in Herkimer, apparently saw the videos. 

On September 7, Cory and Amanda and some unknown children relocated quickly and unhappily from 328. They’re not homeless: 328 was probably just a place of criminal business for them, as it was before them for Curtis Cool, who long rented 328 from Harriett Tangorra. During most of our six years in Herkimer, drugs and kids and criminal visitors came and went from 328 Pleasant Avenue.  That’s ended. Will it last? Our cameras will tell.

Here’s the raw footage of Amanda West’s performance at our home on 9/20.  The first five minutes are its unwholesome heart. She’s brandishing one of the antique wooden posts I was replacing on our front porch roof. I’d left it out, not suspecting it would become a gang prop. The timeline follows below the video.

Amanda West menacing old folks
Amanda West seems pleased with her performance on our porch.

Amanda West and Cory Rowe Arrested and Charged

Amanda West got to spend that bail money she bragged of in the video. She  and Cory Roe were arrested and charged with trespassing and harassment, according to Herkimer Officer Jason Crippin. The case is pending a criminal hearing. In their compensated performance they were careful not to threaten us personally, which would have elevated our criminal complaint against them to the status of menacing. A repeat performance will earn them a fresh arrest and a charge of 2nd Degree Criminal Harassment. 

Suggestions to the Gang for an Impassioned Door Front Performance

Keep it short. End with a bang. The finest contemporary example of this is from the series “Rome,” the “Death Mask” episode, in which Brutus’ mother Servilia, covered in Brutus’ ashes, calls upon the gods to visit justice upon Atia of the Julii.  If you copy Servilia’s finale, Herkimer will thank you and we’ll publish it. 
                                                       Servilia Curses Atia

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Pleasant Ave Drug Trafficking Rebounds

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Why would you traffic drugs next to a house with 25 security cameras? Cameras feeding a crime-themed blog with 100k+ views a year? Not just trafficking, but a major drug wholesaler publicly resupplying a local retail distribution point? At least that’s what it looks like to me. Maybe I’m wrong and those are just Appalachian Trail backpackers fresh down from the Adirondacks, meeting with friends?

8/30/19 Pleasant Ave – The Drugs Come In

Wholesale drug distributor Herkimer
8.30.19 Drug wholesaler dropping off product with drug retailers at 328 Pleasant Ave., Herkimer. Gang’s caretaker of 328 gives young Herkimer mom Alexis Rowe a fresh out of the bag sample.

This gathering took place on August 30th here in Herkimer, NY, in front of 328 Pleasant Avenue. The older man you see is 328’s caretaker, probably part of the Stanley Sykes Gang out of Utica and Herkimer. (Stanley says his gang’s a set of the Crips, but then Stanley says a lot.) Looks like the locals are being resupplied for retail distribution. Guessing it’s crack, hoping it’s not heroin or fentanyl. (Where would the opioid crisis be without Herkimer and the Sykes gang?)

Herkimer gang head Stanley Sykes
Stanley Sykes harassing his neighbors. We’d recently rejected his offer of $1,200. for our house.

328 Pleasant passed into the local gang’s grimy hands last year after it was sold to the elusive Joseph Handy of Ft. Plain and Schenectady. Not a trace of the man on social media. The house has since become increasingly visible as a gang hangout, narcotics distribution point and an Airbnb for criminals. Sometimes there are young kids there, quickly gone.

The video opens zooming in on 328 Pleasant’s front porch. Seated is the Sykes gang’s manager for the four properties it controls on Pleasant Avenue and for 341 Eureka Avenue. His visitor’s a new face, and about to leave.

The young woman with the stroller receiving a gift from 328 Pleasant’s Caretaker [7:01:47] is Herkimer’s Alexis Rowe. She lives at the gang-controlled house next door to ours: 332 Pleasant Avenue, a Jay Smith property. Smith has long owned some key Sykes’ gang-controlled properties here in our pastoral village along the Mohawk. (He says he’s sold them. He hasn’t.)

To the other side of the gathering—small white porch– is 326 Pleasant Avenue. It’s also a Jay Smith property, gang-affiliated, with so many backpackers recently arriving on foot at all hours that they now leave their front door open 24/7. At 6:47:51 another courier arrives on foot and walks past the group and into 326.

8/31/19 Pleasant Ave – The Drugs Go Out

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8.21.19 Tall blonde trafficking fresh narcotics our of Jay Smith’s 326 Pleasant Avenue, Herkimer

Product being in both by foot and car, it’s time to distribute it. Some will go out at night by cars seen traversing Pleasant Avenue. But much will go out the next day, 8/31, from 326 Pleasant Avenue. [6:10] The tall blonde has long been associated with of 326 Pleasant, usually seen bicycling about Herkimer wearing that backpack. [6:49] She’s been working the Village on and off for the six years we’ve been here. That day she got a ride. Dropping off a consignment with another local retailer?

Narcotics distribution via backpack picks up here in Herkimer whenever the feds crackdown on vehicular distribution. Were not seeing the multi-car volume of drug distribution we used to see out of Jay Smith’s Historic Child Trafficking lot to the rear of our house. (341 Eureka and 332-334 Pleasant Avenues.) In fact, it’s mostly Carrie Ann Bass, aka Carrie Ann Collins-Bass, doing the driving from there. She seems to enjoy diplomatic immunity in Herkimer.

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Herkimer’s Carrie Ann Bass, aka Carrie Ann Collins Bass . Now living at landlord Jay Smith’s 341 Eureka Avenue Herkimer. Old photo doesn’t do her justice: she’s put on 50 pounds and lowered her hair.

We’ve been busy recently and it’s been quiet along the street. I wouldn’t have looked at the goings on here in the hood, if we weren’t again being subjected to poison gas attacks by our murderous band of neighbors, using high volume pesticide distribution gear installed under their vehicles.
Why? What don’t they want me to see? I asked as the poisoning picked up. So I looked. And now I know, this and more. And more to tell. Later.

For the moment, all trafficking activity has stopped: a few days after these events, someone–probably the gang’s 328 Pleasant’s Caretaker–was overheard to tell all to start taking their goods to alternate trafficking transfer points on Eureka and Eastern Avenues, parallel streets to either side of Pleasant Avenue. And not to walk down Pleasant Avenue. Experience says they’ll be back as drug trafficking rebounds. And our cameras will be waiting.

Jay Smith Gifts Herkimer Drug and Child Traffickers a Sanctuary

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In a Yuletide surprise, longtime area landlord Jay Smith gifted Herkimer drug and child traffickers a sanctuary. Smith owns 27 houses in our village, according to property tax rolls. He’s long rented out the three properties comprising Herkimer’s historic child trafficking hub to drug and child traffickers: 332 and 334 Pleasant Avenue and 341 Eureka Avenue. At its height, we estimate hundreds of million dollars a year in trafficked kids were moved through that Herkimer waypoint by transcontinental trafficking gangs. Several million dollars a year were probably shared with partnering regional Herkimer gangs. Kids seem not to have moved through there since the Sykes’ gang’s Stanley Sykes moved out of 341 Eureka Avenue last May.

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Last consignment of kids trafficked by transnational trafficking cartel conductors Little Mama and Pretty Boy moving through Herkimer’s longtime child trafficking hub. 8.14.16. Hub was handed over to Stanley Sykes gang by Little Mama a few days later. Sykes used to bellow he’d bought the rights to traffic out of there.

This week, in a Christmas gift to the Herkimer community, Smith converted that dormant child trafficking hub into a housing sanctuary for the remnant of Herkimer’s drug and child traffickers: He tenanted 332 Pleasant Avenue, the last non-gang house on the hub, with more gang members.  

Gang Moves Into Jay Smith’s 332 Pleasant Avenue

Drug gang members Kyle Stone and Alexis Rowe move into Jay Smith's 332 Pleasant Ave Herkimer
Herkimer drug dealers move into landlord Jay Smith 332 Pleasant Avenue rental–Kyle Stone waving bag of powdered sugar. Alexis Rowe smirking. [2.21.20 update: There’s a felony warrant out for Kyle Stone.]
Herkimer gang member fire dancing on Pleasant Avenue 12.23.18
Herkimer gang member celebrates Yuletide move into Jay Smith’s 332 Pleasant Avenue Herkimer property with fire works and fire dance. 332 was the last non-gang occupied house on Herkimer’s traditional child trafficking hub. Smith owns all three hub houses. Herkimer real estate is booming. The house could easily have been rented to people who work for a living rather than  traffickers.

Thanks to climate change migration Herkimer’s real estate market is booming. Smith could easily have sold all three hub properties for good money, or rented 332 Pleasant to people with jobs. At this point in Herkimer, renting to criminals flies in the face of reason.

Herkimer’s Historic Child Trafficking Hub 4/1/18

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Herkimer child and Drug Trafficking Hub as of 4.1.18

Jay Smith’s Trafficking Hub: 4+ years of  Gassing and Harassment

In our 4+ years in Herkimer, successive national and regional child and drug traffickers have operated out of Smith’s child trafficking hub, which our house overlooks. They and their allies harassed and gassed us, destroyed out property and hurt our pets. Our poor old dog never recovered from being gassed in her basement den from Smith’s trafficking hub

 

Jay Smith criminal tenant Stanley Sykes
Jay Smith trafficking hub tenant, gang chief Stanley Sykes, comes by to harass us again. .

Appallingly, quite a few folks in Herkimer, not just the obvious criminals, seemed miffed at our exposure of the village’s brisk child sex slavery trade and disconcerted by the resulting loss of income. (“Our kids are our kids. Other people’s kids are meat,” seems the attitude.) At some point, merely shrugging your shoulders and saying, “It’s Herkimer” is depraved indifference.

Smith quickly replaced Stanley Sykes at 341 Eureka with the Sykes gang’s Carrie Ann Bass. He filled Bass’ former trafficking house at 334 Pleasant Avenue with other gang members, first making modest improvements to both properties. High volume narcotics trafficking replaced the child trafficking out of Smith’s hub and gang members partied hearty. Fresh video coverage by us helped put an end to that in November.

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Carrie Ann Bass, Stanley Sykes Gang drug and child trafficker

The one bright spot in Jay Smith’s adjacent empire of dirt was his rental house next to ours, 332 Pleasant Avenue. It was tenanted for years by two low key professional guys who replaced evicted heroin addicts. They were our secure right flank through years of poison gas attacks and street assaults, many from Smith’s tenants.

Herkimer poison gas attack
Poison gas attack on us from trafficking hub properties 11.26.18 An error in setting the gas fogger made the pesticide visible

Why is Jay Smith Still Renting to Criminal Trafficking Gang?

There was no sound business reason for Jay Smith to rent to more filth. He seems to be well off and is not young. Other than his trafficking hub tenants, there’s only a legacy criminal presence remaining here on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue.  All houses for sale here on Pleasant Avenue have been sold.  Properties move quickly. Realtors are hungry for inventory.  Yet Smith seems to be busy preserving his trafficking hub as a gang sanctuary, when he could easily make a handsome profit by selling out or renting again to decent locals in an up market. Why?

As we reported, the New York State Police asked us recently if we thought Smith was complicit in the criminal activities of his tenants. We said no. At this point, though, it’s the only thing that makes sense. When something doesn’t make sense, follow the money. 

As noted, Jay Smith owns 27 houses in Herkimer. It’s a small place. He has the capacity to do a lot of good here, giving back to a community from which he’s profited handsomely through the years. Or he can continue acquiescing to evil. Whichever he chooses, the Herkimer Post will cover it.

Video of Gang Move-In at 332 Pleasant Avenue

Here’s a video of trafficking gang members moving into Jay Smith’s 332 Pleasant Avenue. (Don’t know what that white powder is in the bag he’s waving at the camera. Confectionery sugar?) They had 3 full truck loads of stuff. They obviously don’t like surveillance cameras, which must be why they moved next door to house with 25 cameras fueling about 200,000 worldwide social media views a year.   Oh. Our cameras cover all their doors. 

The short smirking young woman on the porch is Herkimer gang member Alexis Rowe, known to us as Moonroof, after the white car she traffics with in out of the hub. Don’t know anyone else there, but they are of a type—infinitely replaceable young gang cutouts moving along the school to prison pipeline. Many don’t make it to 30. 

Video Timeline

0:17 Ganger sends us Yuletide greetings. Waves bag of white powder at camera. Probably not confectionery sugar.
0:18 Public fireworks, fire, fire dancing, staggering. (See above, white powder.)
0:47 Young couple moving fridge. Shown for facial recognition capture.
1:21 Walking across trafficking hub from 332 Pleasant Avenue to Bass’ 341 Eureka Avenue. (The latter is Herkimer’s Historic Stanley Sykes House. It competes for tourists with Smith’s Herkimer’s Historic Crackhouse at 318 Pleasant Avenue, and of course, the Joyce Barton Gang’s 333 Pleasant Avenue.)
1:35 Evidence of Life: a rare public appearance by Carrie Ann Bass, aka Carrie Ann Collins Bass, as she unloads her Sav-A-Lot bags at 341 Eureka. She’s accompanied by son Harvey, Stanley Sykes’s grandson. (Dad’s away on a heroin trafficking charge.)

Herkimer Child Trafficking Update

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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 .

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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.

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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 Poison Gas Attacks & Stanley Sykes’ Backpack Empire

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Herkimer drug dealer Stanley Sykes greets incoming out-of-town drug mule
Herkimer Syke’s gang head Stanley Sykes, AKA Bob Sykes, greets arriving out-of-town drug mule before taking him on to his next destination. Looks like the Syke’s gang’s running the Herkimer’s way station of a large backpack narcotics distribution network designed to foil aerial observation.

We understand why the criminals who believe they own the Village of Herkimer want us dead.:Our blog and street cameras have helped lessen drug trafficking along Herkimer’s notorious Pleasant Avenue. We’ve pinpointed trafficking and traffickers, arsonists and wanna-be arsonists. We’ve disposed of several street harassers and gotten a few folks locked up who thought it ok to assault seniors in the street.

We pride ourselves on having helped spark Herkimer’s current home sales boom–drawing national attention to the village’s ideal location and surrounding beauty in a time of climate change. The tragedy of Houston will send many folks north seeking improved climate safety.

Of course Herkimer’s shrinking criminal population hates us. They’ve long considered Herkimer a safe haven and Pleasant Avenue their own. Especially the parking lot and houses owned by landlord Jay Smith. 334 Pleasant Avenue and 341 Eureka Avenue, currently occupied by the Stanley Sykes gang, have a long tradition as a clandestine trafficking haven. The Sykes gang feels menaced by the prosperity creeping toward them down Pleasant Avenue including the major home renovation make overs at 331 and 328 Pleasant Ave. Al Murray’s garbage strewn lot has been purchased by a neighbor and now features grass, not trash. Pleasant Avenue is experiencing a return to its former state of quiet village charm.

From what we’ve seen, the Sykes gang tried wholesale trafficking out of the parking lot and 334 Pleasant Avenue in the traditional way, with vehicles. Guess that didn’t go well. Too obvious. Surveillance drones can quickly determine drug trafficking patterns and traffickers. Most people don’t want to see a return to the wild days on Pleasant Avenue when Joyce Barton was undisputed queen of the  street’s bustling trafficking.

Some of Herkimer’s Sykes Gang’s Drug Delivery Vehicles

Two of the vehicles typically used by Herkimer’s Sykes gang to traffic out of Carrie Ann Bass’ rented house at 334 Pleasant Avenue Herkimer. (As with all Sykes gang rentals, a Jay Smith property.) Carrie Ann is allegedly Sykes’ daughter-in-law.

Herkimer drug delivery car White Volvo often seen coming and going from Carrie3 Bass' 334 Pleasant Avenue, a Syskes gang retail distribution center
White Volvo often seen coming and going from Carrie Bass’ 334 Pleasant Avenue, an Sykes gang drug distribution center. It’s the car used by the Sykeses in their 2 hour street rampage last Spring on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue.
Sykes gang Herkimer drug car on loan from Joyce Barton at 334 Pleasant Ave rear
Herkimer Sykes gang drug car long associated with longtime Sykes ally Joyce Barton of 333 Pleasant Avenue. Would be interesting to know to whom that vehicle is legally registered. It’s been seen changing plates in the dark. (HPT6249)

Stanley Sykes’ Gang Niche Drug Market: Backpack Drug Muling

Stanley Sykes, AKA Bob Sykes, may have found a niche market: backpack drug distribution. Backpacks have long been used to move narcotics around Herkimer. But it seems the Sykes gang has become a franchisee within a large network that mules narcotics on backs from town to town. Hard to spot and follow from surveillance drones. Stanley’s been doing a brisk business, building a backpack empire:

The pattern in the video’s clear: backpackers bring the drugs into Herkimer, arriving for distribution at Carrie Bass’ 344 Pleasant Avenue. (Bass is the mother of Stanley’s grandson Harvey, and herself a belligerent street harasser. Harvey’s dad is absent on a heroin trafficking charge.) Stanley Sykes, AKA Bob Sykes, greets and transports them locally or to their next destination. Sometimes the contraband they bring remains, crossing Pleasant Avenue to Joyce Barton’s at 333, coming back to 334 in bags and packs for local distribution. Or parceled out to allies along the street an din the village.)

Herkimer’s Hardest Working Teen

The teen at the end of the above video is seen everywhere in Herkimer Village. He’s a hard working, no-nonsense go-getter. Though at the end of the video, you’ll see he did have some time off. Here’s the outtake:

Viewers of our videos may recognize Jesse McClaren walking with the young backpacker. Jesse soared to YouTube fame as Herkimer’s Historic Crack House Keeper. Like Stanley Syke’s daughter Kyra, he was later arrested for assaulting an elderly war vet. (Me.)

It’s videos like Stanley Sykes’ Backpack Empire and analysis like this that helped end Pleasant Avenue’s wholesale drug trafficking. And put Herkimer on the map. They’ve also caused Stanley Sykes, AKA Bob Sykes, to diversify to an a nearby alternate location, known only to the Sykes gang and government surveillance drones.

Drug Gang Poisons South Herkimer

Street thug tactics succeeded in getting Sykes’ daughter Kyra arrested for criminal harassment. Retaliatory pesticides then began streaming and misting into our yard and windows from Stanley’s parking area, Pleasant Avenue and the rear of another Jay Smith rental a few doors down.

An onslaught of drive-by misting attacks poisoned not only us and our home, but our neighbors and their children too. The poison mists generated from a witches brew of at least three pesticides drifted for blocks in the muggy August air, sickening people and pets. NYDEC became involved. Law enforcement virtually embargoed Pleasant Avenue. Surveillance drones still fill the skies. Yet as recently as 0724 this morning, fresh pesticide misted in from the direction of 334 Pleasant Avenue rear.

Our attackers took their poisoning preparations seriously. Here’s a Sykes gang member (whom we refer to as Glowering Goat Beard), and what seems a consultant, inspecting the target area of our home. (The helmet should go on before coming into camera range, not after.)