Carrie Ann Bass Hosts Party At Herkimer’s Historic Child Trafficking Hub

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Stephen Ames Berry

Herkimer’s Historic Child Trafficking lot was the venue for a June 5th child-centric party, hosted by Sykes’ Gang drug and child trafficker Carrie Ann Bass, aka Carrie Ann Collins Bass. The occasion appeared to be the birthday of Bass’ son Harvey, Stanley Skye’s grandson. (Harvey’s dad’s in prison for heroin trafficking and complicity in the death of a user.) This has become an annual Herkimer happening, signaled by a crew appearing at first light and erecting an inflatable siege tower next to our house.

Hostess Bass enjoyed a good turnout, with about 30 guests at its nighttime peak. Unlike previous gang parties in the child trafficking lot, this one lacked drug-addled mindwipes howling at the moon and the booming of obscene misogynistic music shaking nearby houses, mostly just the happy shrieking of kids permeating our living room into the wee hours. And some occasionally loud but not totally vile music emanating from parked cars, the volume carefully nuanced to drop just as we were calling the police. Some fireworks, but all legal and an illegal but modest fire bowl crackling away over on the Eureka Avenue side of the parking lot.

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6/5/21 Just a few of the guests at Carrie Ann Bass’ party in Herkimer’s Historic Child trafficking Hub. Numbers swelled after dark.
Herkimer trafficking gang frolicking in child trafficking lot
6.5.21 Herkimer gang and friends partying in the village’s historic child trafficking lot. Carrie Ann Bass, host.

Harvey is older now and seemingly into other things—this year he didn’t vandalize our fence or wave parts of his anatomy at our cameras. Boy’s growing up. Great things soon await.

Kyle Stone performs
Among the attendees was Kyle (“I’m gonna sell crack until I die”) Stone, who now seems to live at Bass’ 341 Eureka Avenue.

Guests included gang members and neighbors. (But I repeat myself.) Among the attendees was Kyle (“I’m gonna sell crack until I die”) Stone, who now seems to live at Bass’ 341 Eureka Avenue, and a busy few drug runners arriving late, obvious by their bulging backpacks. Given that we weren’t blasted with volatilized pesticides the next morning, some of our resident poison gassers were also probably among the guests and partied late. Can’t say if anyone from drug thug Kim Vargas’ krew at 328 Pleasant Avenue or from the Joyce Barton’s granny-beating gang at 333 Pleasant Ave were in attendance, though Bass, Vargas and Barton have been seen socializing.

Herkimer gang head Stanley Sykes
Worrismly absent this year was Harvey’s grandfather, gang leader Stanley Sykes, seen here harassing his neighbors. We’d recently rejected his offer of $1,200. for our house.

Still worrisomely absent again this year was Utica gang chief Stanley Sykes, a self-proclaimed member of the Crips, memorable for offering us $1,200 for our house in the midst of a massive 2017-18 campaign of poison gas attacks on us. (Stanley is hard to miss.) And also Kyle Stone’s crack-selling chum, Xavier Rowe of 326 Pleasant Ave, both Herkimer native sons. Xavier might have been there—didn’t review all the 14 hours of footage. 

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Hostess Carrie Ann Bass, Stanley Sykes Gang drug and child trafficker. (2017 photo)

The three houses of Herkimer’s Historic Child Trafficking Hub—332 and 334 Pleasant Avenue and Bass’ 341 Eureka Avenue, are a traffickers’ sanctuary, owned by landlord Jay Smith. His trafficking hub tenants appear to enjoy the worry-free status of a protected class within Herkimer. Smith’s long been rumored to be selling those three beauties through a land contract. If so, they haven’t closed yet and remain his malignant huckleberries.

Loyal viewers of our herkimerpost.com videos will note we filmed Carrie’s party on a new camera. We’re testing several streaming 4k HD POE cameras at various resolutions. The new generation of surveillance cameras are easily installed, record in MP4, require no decryption and can be monitored on any device from anywhere. And of keen interest to our neighbors, all have great audio. The winning camera model will supplement our hardwired CCTV cameras.

As a courtesy to our neighbors, I’ve posted a few hi-def pixs of the party, suitable for downloading and framing. Enjoy.

 

Drug Thug Kim Vargas Models TV Toss And Washer Drop Skills

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Last Wednesday our neighbor, Herkimer drug thug Kim Vargas, demonstrated skills acquired through decades of deadbeatism. Called on to surrender her unpaid for rented TV and laundry equipment, Vargas, tenant of Ft. Plain landlord Joe Handy, flawlessly demonstrated the aerodynamic potential of a flatscreen TV, sending it soaring gracefully from the driveway of her 328 Pleasant Avenue driveway to land beside the Great Rentals pickup van. Vargas then delivered the coup de gras to the machine, chucking it into the van as the Great Rentals guys stood clear.

Not pressing their luck, the rental recovery crew called the Herkimer Police to aid in the recovery of their laundry equipment from mighty mini Vargas. After some off-camera discussion with officers, Vargas again showed off her well-honed vandalism skills, scoring a perfect ten-point washer drop onto the sidewalk. A neighbor kindly delivered an unharmed dryer to the van (not shown), ending that day’s performance. Rest assured, there will be more. Vargas is an unending source of entertainment.

Does Kim Vargas have a sugar daddy? She couldn’t afford the equipment rental fees, yet someone’s paying for those FedEx Ground packages she gets day after day, week after week.

“Jews Telling People What To Do!” Kim Vargas’ Brother-in-Law, Thug Vargas, Moves On

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Thursday, 3/18, gave a brief glimpse of the simmering conflict between Herkimer’s entrenched gang families, their combat-seasoned neighbors, and the Herkimer community’s desire to see drug and child trafficking gone. Its focal point was the angry departure of Thug Vargas from 328 Pleasant Ave. Thug is the brother-in-law of our immediate neighbor Kim Vargas, who we’ve outed for drug trafficking and neighbor harassment. Don’t know his first name, but Thug is appropriate. (Surely there’s a warrant out somewhere on this guy?)

At 12:24 pm we heard enraged males shouting incoherently, off-camera, from the direction of the Vargas’ driveway. It’s next to landlord Jay Smith’s 326 1/2 Pleasant Avenue, aka The Drunks’ House.  The loudest voice sounded like Kim Vargas’ brother-in-law, Thug Vargas—we know his voice from the Vargases’ threats and harassment. (“Kick your teeth down your throat.” I was trimming my yard.)

“We waited, but no pitchforks-and-torches mob descended on us…

Our indefatigable resident Jew popped outside for a moment as the angry shouting continued. “Some guy screamed ‘…Jews telling people what to do!” she reported. I pulled the audio feed. Couldn’t distinguish much from amid the berserk male voices. I may have heard “scum” repeated a few times. We waited, but no pitchforks-and-torches mob descended on us, for which we thank the well-known synergy between our surveillance cameras and law enforcement.

Video Timeline

12:26 pm (0.01-0.17) Thug Vargas gets into U-Haul and drives off. Haven’t seen him since.

12:29 – 12:32 pm (0.18-1:10) Two Herkimer Police officers visit with the Vargases. (We didn’t call them. Our thanks to whoever did.)

1: 55pm – 2:04 pm (01:14-end)  In the tradition of Jew gassing… I was out on an errand. Our driveway was clean when I left and filled with the usual pesticide when I returned. Only two vehicles passed in that brief time. One was neighbor Joyce Barton’s (333 Pleasant) gray car, the other an unfamiliar pickup truck. Over the years we’ve documented the drug-dealing Bartons’ rich history of harassment, assault and poison gassing of us.

With the weather turning nice we expect some of our murderous band of neighbors will try to resume their traditional Spring harassment and poisoning offensive. (Year eight.) In the past, we’ve overheard that our child trafficking and drug trafficking videos “hurt a lot of families”.

Herkimer Police respond to Kim Vargas 328 Pleasant Avenue
3.18.21 Herkimer Police respond to Kim Vargas’ 328 Pleasant Avenue again.

Herkimer Folks Not A Pack of Rabid Bigots

Note to new readers: We’ve been getting thousands of views per month from ip addresses across the US. Except for our child trafficking series, this is unusual for us. We assume many are from people looking to relocate. Underway now seems to be the start of the largest mass migration since the fall of the Roman Empire. Certainly, any decent real estate in our village is sold almost the instant its listed. License plates from coastal states and as far way as Alaska, California,and Nevada have been spotted in the Walmart parking lot.

About those Devolved Humans In Our Videos

The devolved humans on our street and in our videos aren’t reflective of Herkimer as a whole. Pleasant Avenue has long a gang street, and we’re ringed by the several houses still occupied by gang members, dug in like ticks.

Kyle Stone performs
Herkimer’s post child of a devolved human: Our neighbor Kyle “Gonna sell crack until I die” Stone, 328 Pleasant Avenue

It’s become obvious that the wholesale drug and child trafficking reported here has sharply declined. Regional and federal law enforcement have eyes in the skies and boots on the ground, and we quickly post about evildoing. Backed by the state police, the Herkimer PD has stepped up and respond speedily and effectively.  Herkimer and all of Upstate New York are an area in transition.

Much of the property here in south Herkimer village is in sound shape, with spacious, sturdy 19th-century homes built by the master carpenters of the vanished Herkimer Standard Desk Company. They’re underpriced and in the most flood-safe part of the village, neighborhoods protected by a network of well-maintained dykes.

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One of Herkimer’s many flood control berms.

Those properties will come on the market once their owners are convinced that housing traffickers is no longer profitable. 

The area around Herkimer’s gorgeous, sitting as it does at the confluence of the Mohawk River and West German Creek., an easy fifteen-minute walk from our home:

 

 

 

Kim Vargas’ Absurd Erection – Joe Handy, Landlord

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Herkimer's Kim Vargas protesting to village officials about security lights and cameras that have outed her drug trafficking
Backdropped by her absurd tent that’s blighting the street, Kim Vargas protests our cameras to Village code officers. They were responding to our call about the tent. Our cameras and lights have curtailed her krew’s drug trafficking.

Here’s a short video of Kim Vargas’ absurd erection rising high. Kim Vargas is the latest in a succession of gang thugs barracked next door at Herkimer’s 328 Pleasant Avenue, owned by Joe Handy of Ft. Plain. She’s lofting this tent in response to our many videos and blog postings outing her and her krew’s wholesale drug trafficking, gang member hosting, neighbor poisoning, elder menacing and overall depraved rottenness.  She’s been a busy girl since moving in 6 months ago.

The obvious intent of this ungainly structure is to block one of our surveillance  cameras from viewing the opioid hustling out of Vargas’ busy driveway and porch. 

Vargas supervised her krew of family and friends as they laboriously and ineptly erected that pavilion tent. It took 6 of them 4 hours to get it up; it only has one full side. I sped up the video; no need for us all to suffer.

Competent, sober friends who probably have a work ethic had to finish up for the Vargases. The intent of the tent, masquerading as a Halloween shrine,  is to block our surveillance cameras from doing what they’ve done–capturing and curtailing the Vargases and their allied neighbors’ at 331 Pleasant Avenue’s activities by exposing them to public and law enforcement scrutiny. Sunlight is the best disinfectant as Mr. Justice Brandeis reminds us. It works.

Kim Vargas’ Absurd Erection -Video Timeline

0:01 -0:44 The tent goes up.

0:45 to End — Kim Vargis hosts village building code inspectors. I asked them to come by. That thing is just so in violation of Local Law 3. The most immediate issue is that we can’t see the street or sidewalk on one side while pulling out of our driveway. Lots of small kids, many of them from the Vargases’ house, often dart by on the sidewalk, low to the ground. Indeed, pulling out the day of this video, I almost collided with the code officers’ vehicle. They made Vargas open a part of the side for safe sidewalk and street viewing. Hopefully there’s enough visibility for me to not crush someone. 

We’ve been told that the tent is an impermanent structure and won’t be allowed to become permanent. Obviously, we can still see who comes and goes from the Vargeses’ and their neighbors. After 6 years on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue, we’ve become adept at spotting and calling out gang activity and will continue doing so.

Kim Vargas is seen here complaining about our cameras and lighting. She and her krew moved in in April. The cameras have been here for three years. Who rents next to a house with 25 cameras if they don’t want to be videoed? Someone who’s paid to, that’s who.

Our parent organization, The Herkimer Post, is considering buying a quiet little camera drone and streaming area footage live. Those drones have grown more reliable and less expensive. Time to improve our game.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Misplaced Charity Helps Sustain Herkimer Drug Gangs

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

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

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

Herkimer Becoming A Refuge Amid Pandemic And Climate Relocation

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

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

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

Jay Smith Gifts Herkimer Drug and Child Traffickers a Sanctuary

Joe Handy’s Herkimer Drug House – Kim Vargas Livin’ The Good Life (Videos)

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“My method is to be honest. The camera photographs the truth — not what I want it to see, but what it sees. The truth.” Wilford Brimley

Joe Handy’s Herkimer Drug House follows from Joe Handy’s Herkimer Thug House. Thug House showed the criminal history of Joe Handy’s 328 Pleasant Avenue as a point of sale for narcotics and possible child trafficking. It speculated on the possible relationship of Handy to previous owner Harriett Tangorra tenant Curtis Doolen, aka Curtis Cool, and the gang of which Doolen’s the most visible member. Through videos, Thug House showed the thuggish behavior of Joe Handy’s latest tenants, the Kim Vargas family, as they harassed and threatened their elderly neighbors. 

Thuggish Behavior Marks Herkimer Drug and Child Traffickers

“Our Herkimer gangs are deeply inbred, part of an extended kinship network — members all know each other, and are often though not obviously related by blood or de facto marriage.”

In our six years of hard-won experience with Herkimer’s gangs, they’ve taught us that threats and harassment are how they dispose of neighbors who might out their drug and child trafficking. If that doesn’t work, poison gas attacks soon follow. We’ve been subjected to all three since Herkimer’s Kim Vargas and her family moved in next door to Joe Handy’s a few short months ago. The drug trafficking started soon after they arrived and grew, as did the Vargas’ prosperity.  

Below are  videos of Kim Vargas and family trafficking from Joe Handy’s Herkimer Drug House. The clips record a day or two’s trafficking in June by car and backpack. There’s also a video of the Vargases networking with the street’s several drug trafficking gangs. 

Here’s the link to a video containing all three videos. It’s long, and probably won’t be fully viewed except by those paid to do so. Full descriptions for all videos are also on Herkimer Post’s YouTube channel.

Videos of Trafficking From Joe Handy’s Herkimer Drug House

Vargas Backpack Drug Trafficking 328 Pleasant Avenue Herkimer

In the world of Herkimer gangs, children are a multi-purpose resource. We’ve seen gang family kids pimped, used as harassers and drug couriers. We’ve watched Herkimer’s gang families traffic other peoples’ young children like lambs to the slaughter.
The Kim Vargas’ family are typical, the kids doing as told, for the family. Both Joel Vargas Jr. (tall teen, hair queue) and his presumed younger sibling, aka Little Vargas, can be seen delivering product out of landlord Joe Handy’s 328 Pleasant on any given day. This is what it looks like.
It’s obvious Kim Vargas and her drug trafficking family krew are closely allied with 331 Pleasant Avenue, across the street from them: watch as Joel Vargas Jr takes a bunch of the backpacks from Kim Vargas’ 328 Pleasant Avenue over go to 331’s white pickup truck — 1:04 minutes.

3:00 – 3:22 Crime Pays – FedEx Ground dropping off big packages at Kim Vargas’. Again, just a sample — I’ve missed a lot of these deliveries. (What’s in those huge light boxes? Fresh backpacks?)

Miscellaneous – What with NY’s catch-and-release bail reform and Covid-19 compassionate jail releases, Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue’s become a bustling drug backpackers’ byway – there are a few clips in here of non-Vargas drug mules transiting the street. And there’s the usual trafficking out of landlord Jay Smith’s 326 1/2 Pleasant Avenue, next to Kim Vargas – Joe Handy’s 328 Pleasant.  Jay Smith’s longtime tenant at 326 1/2 is Shawn Thompson (“Shawn of the Shuffling Dead”), last heard telling Kim Vargas that he’d be putting anthrax in our mailbox. (Probably not a Walmart item.)

Kim Vargas Car Drug Trafficking 328 Pleasant Avenue Herkimer

When Herkimer’s Kim Vargas and her family moved into landlord Joe Handy’s 328 Pleasant Avenue a few months ago, they didn’t have a working car. The doughty Kim Vargas began trafficking by battery-powered ATV, possibly inspired by example of her friend and possible relative, Curtis Doolen, aka Curtis Cool. (0:01-0:15 mins) Curtis trafficked for years out of 328 Pleasant Avenue.) Kim Vargas’ ATV soon paid for itself—she got herself a car and put it right to work. Here’s a day’s car trafficking out of 328 Pleasant. Mostly Kim Vargas, though older son Joel Vargas Jr. (tall teen, hair queue) sometimes takes the wheel.

I counted 10 quick roundtrips that day, but I may have missed a few. It was a typical trafficking day at the Vargases. Sometimes its solo trips, sometimes runs to drop off or retrieve backpackers,. There’s a stop at what seems to be an allied trafficking property near the King Street end of Pleasant Avenue, 307 Pleasant Avenue. (1:40 mins). What appears to be the white pickup truck from 331 Pleasant is parked there. (Our herkimprost.com camera drone is down for repair.)

The Kim Vargas family works closely with folks out of 331 Pleasant. (See our Vargas’ Backpack Trafficking video.) Some of Kyle Stone’s drug running krew from landlord Jay Smith’s 332 Pleasant Avenue are also in and out of that house near the end of Pleasant Avenue, as is drug trafficker Alexis Rowe. (Alexis was among the trafficking lot at 328 Pleasant, rented to them by Joe Handy before the Kim Vargas moved in.)

Kim Vargas Drug Gang Networking 328 Pleasant Avenue Herkimer

“All are from the street’s drug trafficking houses, a cluster of 1900’s homes mid-Pleasant Avenue: 328 (Vargas – landlord Joe Handy), 332 (Stone – landlord Jay Smith) and 331 (unknown tenants – landlord Hoover Greece LLC ).”

Our Herkimer gangs are deeply inbred, part of an extended kinship network — members all know each other, and are often though not obviously related by blood or de facto marriage.

These are a few clips of one of the Kim Vargases networking with some of Pleasant Avenue’s other drug gangers. All are from the street’s drug trafficking houses, a cluster of 1900’s homes mid-Pleasant Avenue: 328 (Vargas – landlord Joe Handy), 332 (Stone – landlord Jay Smith) and 331 (unknown tenants – landlord Hoover Greece LLC ).

0:01 Kevin Stone of the Stanley Sykes Gang shares a smoke with one of the older male Vargases and a passerby on the Kim Vargas’ porch at 328 Pleasant Avenue.
01:55 Driver of blue car from 331 Pleasant goes to 328, then meets with Xavier Rowe of Kyle Stone’s drug trafficking gang (2:28). That remarkably shiny car makes the rounds of the village day and night.
3:06 Kyle Stone, Xavier Rowe and Kim Vargas’s putative brother-in-law, aka Thug Vargas, in front of Kim Vargas’ 328 Pleasant.
4:53 They’re joined by the white pickup truck from 331 Pleasant. White pickup often seen working with the Kim Vargas and krew, moving backpacks here and there. (See our Vargas’ backpacking video.)

Real Estate Tsunami Will Soon Purge Herkimer’s Gangs From Their Cribs

Prosperity washes away gangs. There’s a real estate sales tsumani roaring down on Upstate NY as people from all over the US seek safe havens from the pandemic and accelerating climate change. This area has proven to be one of the safest in the US from both threats and a good buy. Our constant monitoring of  real estate sales and sold prices shows a wave of affluent buyers and cutting edge business relocating to northern New York.

Landlords like Joe Handy and Jay Smith will be seeing offers they can’t refuse, or that their families won’t let them refuse. Herkimer’s gangs will be sent packing and those lovely old village homes they occupy will be sold, restored and improved. Perhaps I can then go finish writing that novel I started seven years ago. 

Joe Handy’s Herkimer Thug House – Presenting Kim Vargas (Videos)

 

Joe Handy’s Herkimer Thug House – Presenting Kim Vargas (Videos)

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“Could that be what the world needs? Not dirty truths, not romantic paragons, but stubborn bastards who refuse to move?” Pierce Brown, Dark Age (Red Rising)

Analysis by the Herkimer Post’s Linda Kaidan shows a shortage of affordable housing anywhere near Marcy, NY, epicenter of the Cree Semiconductor Project’s growing impact on the region. Herkimer is no exception. Yet somehow the owner of 328 Pleasant Avenue,  Joe Handy of Ft. Plain, can only seem to find criminal tenants.  We’ve taken to calling it Joe Handy’s Herkimer thug house. The latest occupants  moved in a few months ago, following the departure of the last set of drug thugs from Handy’s 328.  As the affable Mr. Handy remarked to us while cleaning up after them, “Wait until you see the next tenants.” Indeed!

Joe Handy former tenant drug dealere amanda West signing a paen to us
Former Joe Handy tenant, Amanda West, drops by to thank us for outing her putative family’s drug dealing on our blog. Her malicious trespassing porch gig got her arrested.

Meet Herkimer’s Kim Vargas and Family

Our new neighbors are the Kim Vargas family–aka Kimberly Vargas, aka Kimberly Bormann, her husband Joel Vargas Sr., older son Joel Jr. and a younger boy. They seem to move a lot, most recently from 344 E. German Street.  Kim Vargas was barely unpacked before she roared into gang thug domination mode, flaring up about our legion of security cameras, in place for years. Guess she didn’t notice them or didn’t read the surveillance warning signs before signing the lease. It’s the same complaint made by Curtis Doolen, aka Curtis Cool, when he trafficked drugs and kids out of 328 Pleasant and harassed his neighbors on the street and with bonfires.

Herkimer's Kim Vargas glares at neighbor's cameras
Herkimer’s Kim Vargas family on the front porch of 328 Pleasant Avenue. Far left, Kim’s husband Joel Vargas, Sr. Far right, Kim Vargas. Both giving our nearest camera hard looks. (Thanks to the Herkimer PD for a copy of police incident report identifying Kimberly Vargas.)

328 Pleasant Avenue – The Doolen Gang House?

Maybe we should just call 328 Pleasant the Doolen Gang house, given the breadcrumbs that lead from its tenants to the Doolens: Original owner Harriett Tangorra was her longtime tenant Curtis Cool’s half-brother Davy Doolen’s aunt, according to Davy’s wife Emily, an RN and a straight-shooter. Davy and Emily were Tangorra’s tenants before Curtis. (BTW, we like Davy and Emily and their son. Nice young family. Pity you don’t get to choose your family.)

Current 328 owner Joe Handy, though now living in Ft. Plain, has public records showing a connection to 328 Pleasant in 2017 and to an Ilion address. Many of the Doolens also have roots in the Village of Ilion:

Joe Handy’s Addresses from Public Records’ Search

Joe Handy's addresses
Joe Handy possible address. Note there’s also a Joseph handy Sr, associated with Ilion NY,.

Kim Vargas and Curtis Doolen

Current 328 tenant Kim Vargas is also well-acquainted with Curtis Doolen, given what she said to our mutual neighbors, as captured on our audio the evening our light went on. (See below, audio timeline, Blinded by The Light, minute 2:22) Her husband’s family seem to be from New York and Vineland, NJ, according to background checks; any connection Kim Vargas has to the Doolens is probably via the local Bormann side of her family. (Gangs built upon  extensive and extended family must be very hard to infiltrate.)

Curtis Doolen, aka Curtis Cool

Curtis Doolen , aka Curtis Cool,following hisjail release
For his thousands of YouTube followers, many of whom have asked “What became of Fat Curtis?” A recent photo of Curtis Doolen, aka Curtis Cool. (We met some of The Cools. They told us they made Curtis change his name back to Doolen after all the notoriety. “He was adopted. We’re not like him.”) Photo taken after he fled the jurisdiction for neighboring Ostego County. (Richfield Springs) Jail was good for Curtis. He’s lost weight and from his hat, hitched his anchor to a star. Photo suitable for printing and framing by his many Herkimer admirers.

Let There Be (More) Light

Based on six years of hard won experience in Herkimer,  we added more light on that side of our house–both to enhance the night vision of our cameras (and those of the surveillance drones) and to see if the Vargas’ reaction marked them as friend or foe, straight or bent. Nothing to fear, nothing to hide, right? This isn’t Westchester; in Herkimer, honest people welcome lights and cameras.

We bought another gentle LED light, of the sort we use to illuminate the drug and child traffickers’ sanctuary landlord Jay Smith gifted Herkimer. Smith’s Sanctuary’s on the other side of our house from Joe Handy house. It stopped the poison gas spraying of us from Smith’s side of our property. The gang doesn’t much traffic out of Smith’s Sanctuary anymore–they use the gently-lit parking lot for cookouts and an occasional attempt at an illegal fire. 

“The officer patiently listened to Kim Vargas and our other neighbors–representing the Joyce Barton Gang, the Stone-Sykes Gang and unaligned drug traffickers–then advised them that they had no legal right to darkness…

Joe Handy’s tenants prefer darkness to light:  Kim Vargas began harassing us from her porch as we were installing the new light. Had to ask the police to have her cease. She only shut it when threatened with arrest.  When the little light went live the next day, Kim Vargas wailed she was blinded and led a chorus of like-minded neighbors in streaming complaints and insults, all captured on our surveillance audio.

Kim Vargas promptly called the police to protect her family and friends from blinding. The responding officer patiently listened to she and her neighbors–representing the Joyce Barton Gang, the Stone-Sykes Gang and unaligned drug traffickers–then explained to them that they had no legal right to darkness.

Here’s a June video of the Vargases and their friends, still suffering in the blinding glare from out light on Kim Vargas’s porch, a few weeks after it was installed. The audio portion of the video features their wails of anguish from the night the light first went on in April.

Kim Vargas and Her Blinded Neighbors –  
Video Timeline

0:01-0:15 328 Pleasant Avenue’s Vargas family on their porch, after six week’s of blinding by our LED security light. (Light – lower right.)

0:16- End Kim and Joel Vargas hosting other sight-impaired neighbors in our light’s blinding glare.

Audio Timeline – 6 Weeks Earlier -The Night the Light Went On

Audio of 4/8/20 – The light goes on! Kim Vargas leads the wails of outrage.

0:01-0:95 Kim Vargas protests the blinding light. Much cursing.

1:00 – 1:44  Kim Vargas: “I’m callin’ the cops!” (NY doesn’t have a light nuisance law.)

1:45 – 1:48 Kim Vargas: “There’s a camera inside of that!” [The light.]

1:58  Neighbor Amanda across the street at 331 Pleasant. “They put my kids on YouTube.” If that’s Amanda West, her drug running 19 year-old daughter is in two of our posts. NY law permits video recording of any public or semi-public place.  “Nothing to hide, nothing to fear.”

2:22  Kim Vargas and Amanda: “Curtis…” Curtis Doolen aka Curtis Cool, now of Richfield Springs. Herkimer gang folk hero. A glad-handing drug and child trafficker free with the crack. Curtis is a previous tenant of 328 Pleasant Avenue. He’s known and revered by many of our neighbors. Heartening that our videos and posts of his criminal harassment of us got him jailed. We are grateful he bears us no ill will for helping make him Herkimer’s worldwide poster child of depraved criminality. (Couldn’t have done it without you, Curtis.)

2:37 “Shianne punched her.” Granny-slugging Shianne Hill, Herkimer’s other worldwide poster child of depraved criminality. Joyce Barton gang thug across the street from us at 333 Pleasant Avenue. Shianne, then 18, punched 64 year-old Linda Kaidan for crossing to the gang’s side of the street. The magistrate was unmoved by Shianne’s assertion that she was disabled and on SSI.

2:55  Amanda: “Red carpet…Broadway…” Curtis Doolen’s, aka Curtis Cool’s, zany criminal antics have been viewed on our blog and Herkimer Post’s YouTube channel by about 15,000 appalled people worldwide.  

3:55  Kim Vargas: “Fat old-young kid with no teeth who sits on their (our) front porch.” Our 39 year-old daughter sometimes stands on our front porch, when our neighbors haven’t sprayed it with pesticide. She has excellent teeth.

4:00 Amanda: “They (we) ain’t got no front curtains.” (True.) Kim Vargas: “That’s cause they’re takin’ pictures.” No. Thankfully picture taking is mostly automated. Sadly, viewing and editing is not.

5:29-6:45 Herkimer PD Officer Don Richards arrives in response to Kim Vargas’ 911 call about the blinding light.

5:20 Kim Vargas says she wants “…that light taken down! Bottom line!” Richards listens to chorus of  complaints from Kim Vargas and members of the drug trafficking Stone-Sykes Gang and the Joyce Barton Gang: “Blinded…blinded…No right…” Yadayada. Officer Richards speaks with me—he has an air of pastoral calm–and then tells Kim Vargas and our other neighbors that it’s a civil matter, i.e., they have no legal right to darkness. He leaves.

6:30 Whiny male neighbor, probably longtime Jay Smith tenant Shawn C. Thompson at 326 1/2 Pleasant Avenue, next to Kim Vargas’s, threatens to put anthrax in our mailbox. We’ve done what we can to highlight Thompson’s and his chums’ various criminal activities. In fact, we originally bought that light to better capture the nighttime faces of the parade of backpackers in and out of Thompson’s. 

6:37 Herkimerpost.com writers Kaidan and Berry rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s “Blinded by the Light” dissolves in laughter.

6:43 – End Our neighbor Kim Vargas graciously given the last word.

Poison Gas Attacks from Joe Handy’s Herkimer Thug House Yard

328 Pleasant Avenue cover and concealment
Our backyard overgrowth blocks our cameras’ views of probable gas attack points launched from Vargas’ yard. As I began trimming it, the Vargases immediately attacked.

Backyard overgrowth and Vargas’ tent city protect poison gas sprayers of our yard from our surveillance cameras.Ever since our much cursed light went on in April, our backyard been blasted late every night with pesticides. Poison gas attacks are how the murderous band of our drug and child trafficking neighbors try to drive out people they don’t like. We call it The Herkimer Howdy. Our Herkimer Howdy’s been ongoing for several years now, showered on us in volatilized high pressure streams. The poison’s invisible unless the gang screws up a handfogger’s settings. The pesticides are dispensed by handfogger from adjoining yards, like that of the Vargas’s, or from beneath passing vehicles with specialized dispensers tied into the vehicle’s electrical system, here modeled by the Joyce Barton gang across the street from us.

Herkimer's Kim Vargas and brother-in-law assaulting her elderly neighbor
From my bodycam of Kim Vargas and her brother-in-law harassing and assaulting me in my yard. Brother-in-law just threw coffee in my face through fence. #Covid19

From the residue of the spray pattern, the attacks were and are coming from Joe Handy’s rental property, tenanted by the Vargases. Vegetation and a tent city erected by the Vargases along the fence line make for lots of cover and concealment along that fence. Our cameras are effectively blocked. We texted Joe Handy, asking for his help and permission to trim some of the overgrown near the fence on his side. He replied he’d come by and we’d talk, and to do nothing until then. Next day we heard him talking with Kim Vargas. He didn’t visit us. 

Joe Handy’s Thug House Tenants Assault Elderly Vet (Me)

“I was cursed, threatened with punching, having my teeth kicked in and had coffee thrown in my face –this during a pandemic.

A few days later, I started trimming the overgrowth on our side of the ancient fence. Joe Handy’s thuggish tenants were on high alert–Kim Vargas and her  brother-in-law immediately assaulted me.I was cursed, threatened with punching  and with having my teeth kicked in, and had coffee thrown in my face–this during a pandemic. The Vargas’s pitbull joined in. I called the police. Here’s the video.

Video Timeline – Kim Vargas -Harassment and Assault of 6.7.20 

 00:1-00:35 Our surveillance cam footage. No audio. Me hand trimming undergrowth in my yard at 330 Pleasant Ave.

00:40- 01:14 My bodycam footage begins. Audio. Kim Vargas, in yard at 328 Pleasant, confronts me, tells me to stop cutting “my tree”. I am not polite to bullies–she has a history of harassing us. I tell her to call the police if she has any issues with me. She was warned previously by police not to harass my wife and I as we worked on our property. (Driveway light installation. 4/5/20, Officers Crippen and Hill responded.)

01:15 – 02:07 Kim Vargas persists in harassing me. I ask her again to leave me alone and advise her she is bordering on criminal harassment. She does not break off. I try to continue working. Acrimonious exchange continues.

 02:07 Kim Vargas brother in-law  joins her in assaulting me with verbal abuse, physical threats and obscenities.

02:37 Kim Vargas’ pitbull menaces me, poking its snarling snout through a hole in the fence. I tell her to get her dog out of my yard or I’ll spray him. (Pepper spray.) Vargas responds that if I do, “I’ll knock your teeth down your throat.”

02:45 Kim Vargas’ brother-in-law throws coffee at me through hole in fence, spraying me in the face and also getting Vagas who says, “You hit me too.” Excellent view of both Vargases as harassment continues. Acrimonious exchange.

3:33 I call the police. Kim Vargas’ brother-in-law overhears call, scuttles into house, doesn’t come out until after police officer has left. 911 dispatch advises me to go into my house. I tell them I will be in yard asserting my rights, thank you.

5:14 Kim Vargas threatens to punch me in the face.

6:15 Kim Vargas calls her landlord, owner Joe Handy of Ft. Plain. Tells him many obvious lies.

9:48 – Herkimer PD Officer Jason Crippen arrives. Advises Kim Vargas of the law regarding tree trimming and camera and audio surveillance. She reacts angrily. Crippen cautions her. Kim Vargas accuses my wife of being a pedophile. End of bodycam footage.

13:19 – Our front yard surveillance clip: Police gone, brother-in-law Vargas thug comes out of hiding, paces the sidewalk in front of our home, returns to Vargas’ house. After Officer Crippen left, Kim Vargas went into the house and I resumed trimming.

14:44 – End Me trimming. Audio track: surveillance audio of Kim Vargas and her brother-in-law having a family discussion on the street.

Herkimer’s Dark Social Engineering and Joe Handy’s Herkimer Thug House

It’s obvious to us after six years of close observation that Herkimer’s 328 Pleasant Street’s a place of business, an example of dark social engineering which keeps decent, needy tenants from renting it, while staffing it with  traffickers and criminal harassers.  No matter whose name is on the deed, the pattern is clear and it leads to the illegal gangs that have so long profited from the misery they’ve brought to what was once a happy and prosperous village along the Mohawk.

Happily, the rapidly changing demographics of America are ringing the Herkimer gangs’ death knell. Upstate New York’s become a refuge, short on housing and long on need as folks pour in, driven by disease and climate change and the desire for a better life. Prices are soaring, construction is booming. Prosperity kills gangs and prosperity is at hand.

Joe Handy’s Herkimer Drug House

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.