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

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Stephen Ames Berry

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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Stephen Ames Berry

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.

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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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Stephen Ames Berry and Linda J. Kaidan

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.
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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.”)

Unfortunately, the gang bangers were quickly released:

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

Herkimer Drug Trafficking Spreads Coronavirus

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Stephen Ames Berry

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.

Carrie Ann Bass Herkimer Sykes Gang street thug
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.