Sykes’ gang head Stanley Sykes returned briefly to his old Herkimer drug and child trafficking lair this week. It was seemingly for a harmless picnic and a cheery fire with his gang members at 341 Eureka Avenue—341 anchors one end of Herkimer’s historic drug and child trafficking lot the Sykes gang used to control. They don’t appear to be trafficking out 341 anymore—some are barracked there, courtesy of the gang’s longtime landlord, Herkimer’s Jay Smith.
The gang’s Wednesday social event was a venue to harass us and assert dominance over the tenants in the lot’s other two houses, 332 and 334 Pleasant Avenue. The gang appears to now only fully control 341 Eureka Avenue.
The Sykes gang took over 332 Pleasant Avenue’s massive beloved fire bowl for the occasion and gathered kindling from behind 334 Pleasant. No one was going to deny them permission. They had two of their weaponized kids vandalize our fence on camera as Stanley Sykes serenaded us with the mighty horn of his signature red Honda SUV, parked as close to our yard as he could get without knocking down our fence.
Stanley himself left just after sunset, leaving some of his crew that had come with him gathered about the fire bowl with a mix of gang and non-gang locals.
Then the police came. A lot of them:
Video Timeline: 0:01-0:10 Stanley Sykes arrives at 341 Eureka Ave.
0:11-0:38 Carrie Ann Bass’s son Harvey, Stanley’s grandson (long hair), and Stanley’s putative son Eric harvest our fence for kindling.
0:39-0:54 Harvey gleefully waves his trophy for all to see.
0:55-1:09 Stanley contributes to fire. Seems jubilant.
0:10-1:35 Gang members frolic as they build fire at 332 Pleasant.
1:36 -1:43 Stanley Sykes leaves. (Possibly relocated back to Utica where from which he now operates.)
1:44-2:00 Mix of gang and non-gang members at fire behind 332 Pleasant.
2:01-2:12 Herkimer police officer seemingly warning that open fires are illegal in Herkimer. We are a small, close-set and highly-flammable village. Typically, violators are required to bank and their douse fire.
2:13-2:24 Same officer, different cameras.
2:32-2:43 Officer gone. Did someone say something they weren’t supposed to?
2:44-258 Lots of cops have appeared. Questions being asked. Seems to be a person of interest.
2:59-3:09 Police leave via 341 Eureka
3:10-3:35 Police return. Arrest made.
3:54-End Midnight debriefing among locals at 332 Pleasant Avenue.
Things began reasonably enough in the early evening. But as the hours wore on, the crowd grew, the music soared, the booze flowed and the sparks flew high. To be fair to the folks who live at 332, they got the lot of them to kill the music, then took their kids in. Most places that would have signaled the end of the evening. But no. People I recognized were soon outnumbered by people I didn’t, and still they came.
What began with five or so folks with some kids grew to more than dozen adults, gathered about a blazing fire bowl the size of the mother ship. Sparks soared high. The police appeared shortly after 1 am, shut down the festivities and ordered the fire doused. (A large federal surveillance drone was also in attendance.)
5/18/19 “Herkimer police shut down the festivities and ordered the fire doused.” The crowd is much smaller than it was a few seconds ago.
Herkimer Village A Tinderbox
Herkimer Village is a tinderbox of close-set very old houses. In January, we were all tragically reminded of how deadly this can be when three small children died in a fast moving house fire just a few blocks away.
Herkimer does not allow open fires of any sort within 100 feet of any house, vehicle or structure. Period. (A grill is not a cover—it’s a grill.) The Herkimer police these days are quick to respond to reports of open fires and large crowds. Call them. The neighbor’s being ticked at you is better than you and yours going up in flames.
Herkimer Fire Law, Section 1-14(B)
Camp fires and fires used solely for recreation purposes [are permitted[ when such fires are located at least one hundred (100) feet from any dwelling, structure, or vehicle and are properly controlled and supervised by the Herkimer Fire Department.
Herkimer’s violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation… In Herkimer, your chance of becoming a victim of violent crime is one in 134…Of property crime, one in 21. [Also one of the highest in the nation.]
The most unsafe area of Herkimer, for example, is shown as the south of Herkimer Village, where we live. Looking at this blog’s crime postings and YouTube channel, you’ll see how accurate that report is: All of our 100+ videos of Herkimer crime were taken within 40 meters of our home.
The Good News About Herkimer’s Bad Crime Statistics
The good news about Herkimer’s bad crime stats is that they’re realistic. Had we seen such grim figures before buying a house in Herkimer 5 years ago, you wouldn’t be reading this–we’d have bought that nice two-family in nearby Little Falls, and I’d be finishing my long-neglected technothriller sequel. Little Falls doesn’t seem to have much of a gang presence. Here we’ve long had a gang entrenched next door, still enjoying diplomatic immunity.
Only through hard won experience did we learn the crime figures were low because the police only made a few token arrests. If you suppress complaints and don’t make arrests, your reported crime rate stays low and crime soars. It’s this misfeasance that made Herkimer a haven for drug and child trafficking gangs and its streets unsafe for the law-abiding.
Crime statistics are always a lagging indicator. Current dynamics hint that life is growing less perilous here in Herkimer. Some of our most visible froth on the scum of the earth have either vanished or are keeping a low profile. Poison gas attacks have stopped for now. And home sales are doing quite well.
Climate Change Boosts Herkimer Real Estate Sales
I want to believe that Herkimer’s apparent crime crack down’s due to a sudden epiphany. But frankly it’s probably because the feds and the state are leaning on Herkimer. New York’s neglected Upstate has been widely identified as an ideal climate change sanctuary area, with Herkimer County predicted to boom as much of the US struggles to cope with escalating climate change devastation.
Interestingly there are still no murders reported for Herkimer. This is very odd. Statistically, Herkimer should have murders, given its violent crime rate. We argued in our post Where Have All the Bodies Gone? that Herkimer does have murders, they’re just well concealed. Opioids would be the least messy way to accomplish that, given the region’s opioid crisis.
Crime Widespread in the Mohawk Valley
Not just Herkimer is dangerous. So is much of the Mohawk Valley. Neighborhood Scout gives Utica a crime rank of 9. Little Falls ranks 14. Surprisingly, our neighboring village of Mohawk is a seeming paradise, according to its crime figures.
Escalating real estate sale prices may decrease crime rates
As real estate prices rise, crime drops. We saw this happen in Boston as tech firm workers bumped up sales prices, sparking a city-wide real estate boom. We did well buying older houses in marginal areas and renovating them. Criminals could no longer afford to live in transitioned areas and were mostly gone after a few years. The same dynamics are emerging in Herkimer. Median monthly rents are now $900, up from $700 a few months ago. Herkimer’s legacy gangs live in and traffic out of rented houses whose owners will sell out when the price is right. And that time seems close at hand. The Herkimer Post will continue greasing their skids.
We’re hoping next year’s Herkimer crime report, reflecting 2018, will show significant improvement as a result of better law enforcement amid changing demographics.
In a Yuletide surprise, longtime area landlord Jay Smith gifted Herkimer drug and child traffickers a sanctuary. Smith owns 27 houses in our village, according to property tax rolls. He’s long rented out the three properties comprising Herkimer’s historic child trafficking hub to drug and child traffickers: 332 and 334 Pleasant Avenue and 341 Eureka Avenue. At its height, we estimate hundreds of million dollars a year in trafficked kids were moved through that Herkimer waypoint by transcontinental trafficking gangs. Several million dollars a year were probably shared with partnering regional Herkimer gangs. Kids seem not to have moved through there since the Sykes’ gang’s Stanley Sykes moved out of 341 Eureka Avenue last May.
This week, in a Christmas gift to the Herkimer community, Smith converted that dormant child trafficking hub into a housing sanctuary for the remnant of Herkimer’s drug and child traffickers: He tenanted 332 Pleasant Avenue, the last non-gang house on the hub, with more gang members.
Gang Moves Into Jay Smith’s 332 Pleasant Avenue
Thanks to climate change migration Herkimer’s real estate market is booming. Smith could easily have sold all three hub properties for good money, or rented 332 Pleasant to people with jobs. At this point in Herkimer, renting to criminals flies in the face of reason.
Herkimer’s Historic Child Trafficking Hub 4/1/18
Jay Smith’s Trafficking Hub: 4+ years of Gassing and Harassment
Appallingly, quite a few folks in Herkimer, not just the obvious criminals, seemed miffed at our exposure of the village’s brisk child sex slavery trade and disconcerted by the resulting loss of income. (“Our kids are our kids. Other people’s kids are meat,” seems the attitude.) At some point, merely shrugging your shoulders and saying, “It’s Herkimer” is depraved indifference.
The one bright spot in Jay Smith’s adjacent empire of dirt was his rental house next to ours, 332 Pleasant Avenue. It was tenanted for years by two low key professional guys who replaced evicted heroin addicts. They were our secure right flank through years of poison gas attacks and street assaults, many from Smith’s tenants.
Why is Jay Smith Still Renting to Criminal Trafficking Gang?
There was no sound business reason for Jay Smith to rent to more filth. He seems to be well off and is not young. Other than his trafficking hub tenants, there’s only a legacy criminal presence remaining here on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue. All houses for sale here on Pleasant Avenue have been sold. Properties move quickly. Realtors are hungry for inventory. Yet Smith seems to be busy preserving his trafficking hub as a gang sanctuary, when he could easily make a handsome profit by selling out or renting again to decent locals in an up market. Why?
As we reported, the New York State Police asked us recently if we thought Smith was complicit in the criminal activities of his tenants. We said no. At this point, though, it’s the only thing that makes sense. When something doesn’t make sense, follow the money.
As noted, Jay Smith owns 27 houses in Herkimer. It’s a small place. He has the capacity to do a lot of good here, giving back to a community from which he’s profited handsomely through the years. Or he can continue acquiescing to evil. Whichever he chooses, the Herkimer Post will cover it.
Video of Gang Move-In at 332 Pleasant Avenue
Here’s a video of trafficking gang members moving into Jay Smith’s 332 Pleasant Avenue. (Don’t know what that white powder is in the bag he’s waving at the camera. Confectionery sugar?) They had 3 full truck loads of stuff. They obviously don’t like surveillance cameras, which must be why they moved next door to house with 25 cameras fueling about 200,000 worldwide social media views a year. Oh. Our cameras cover all their doors.
The short smirking young woman on the porch is Herkimer gang member Alexis Rowe, known to us as Moonroof, after the white car she traffics with in out of the hub. Don’t know anyone else there, but they are of a type—infinitely replaceable young gang cutouts moving along the school to prison pipeline. Many don’t make it to 30.
0:17 Ganger sends us Yuletide greetings. Waves bag of white powder at camera. Probably not confectionery sugar.
0:18 Public fireworks, fire, fire dancing, staggering. (See above, white powder.)
0:47 Young couple moving fridge. Shown for facial recognition capture.
1:21 Walking across trafficking hub from 332 Pleasant Avenue to Bass’ 341 Eureka Avenue. (The latter is Herkimer’s Historic Stanley Sykes House. It competes for tourists with Smith’s Herkimer’s Historic Crackhouse at 318 Pleasant Avenue, and of course, the Joyce Barton Gang’s 333 Pleasant Avenue.)
1:35 Evidence of Life: a rare public appearance by Carrie Ann Bass, aka Carrie Ann Collins Bass, as she unloads her Sav-A-Lot bags at 341 Eureka. She’s accompanied by son Harvey, Stanley Sykes’s grandson. (Dad’s away on a heroin trafficking charge.)
“Human trafficking finds both its victims and perpetrators in regions of poverty, violence, and corruption.” Shannon A. Welch, Human Trafficking and Terrorism
Last month we met with New York State Police Investigator Jason Nellis at his request. We talked for about 90 minutes in a part of our home not yet contaminated by Herkimer trafficking gangs’ 21 months of poison gas attacks. Our conversation highlighted the inherent inability of local and state law enforcement to cope with gang-based domestic terrorism.
Herkimer Child Trafficking Sparks Concern In Albany
It was an information-only visit during which Investigator Nellis clearly articulated why the New York State Police aren’t players in the child trafficking and gang-busting arena.
We were our usual unflinchingly outspoken selves. Investigator Nellis was an engaged listener. He didn’t agree with some of our suppositions, and we didn’t agree with some of his assumptions. It was a polite and frank exchange during which we made the following points.
Herkimer child trafficking now apparently out of range of our cameras – Not gone far. Child trafficking brings welcomed cash into economically depressed Herkimer. Has long been protected here. Logistically complex operation with many dependencies. Has proven local partners and protected properties. Moving it from Herkimer would be difficult, costly, time consuming and risky.
Herkimer landlords complacently shelter child traffickers – Property owner need not be complicit with cash heavy criminals. Just has to rent to them. Herkimer’s historic child trafficking hub properties’ landlord Jay Smith was case raised by state police investigator. For years Smith provided rental properties to the high-volume transnational child trafficker Little Mama and the Stanley Sykes gang. Gang’s still there, still trafficking.
FBI has sole jurisdiction over child trafficking – This we knew. Local and state police agencies haven’t the resources to tackle child trafficking cartels and their transnational networks. Billions in child trafficking profits make large bribes possible. The FBI has the resources to take on large gangs and also provides assurance of integrity.
Why State Police can’t stop Herkimer poison gas attacks
It became obvious as we talked that the State of New York has no way to detect and interdict poison gas attacks on the scale we’ve experienced. No state does–states haven’t the resources and their police agencies haven’t the structure. These heinous attacks constitute domestic terrorism. They’re staged from fleets vehicles modified to stealthily dispense clouds of invisible, odorless pesticide, and from neighboring properties rented to drug and child traffickers.
This isn’t just about us. The many vehicles and properties involved argue this is a well-established, well-honed strategy for driving people from their homes, dead or alive. Houses can then be picked up for a song at tax auction, quickly mitigated and tenanted with gang members.
There was much talk of the burden of proof being our responsibility. Opening an investigation would require evidence in the form of medical tests and property toxicity reports–at our expense.
Investigator Nellis used the word “evidence’ quite a bit. No evidence, no investigation. We think probable cause should be enough to open an investigation with evidence to be obtained by the police during the course of the investigation.
Only the FBI Can Halt Herkimer Gangs
There have been strong indications in the last few years of a large Federal law enforcement presence in and around Herkimer. Eyes in the sky, boots on the ground. It seems to us toxicity levels from these poisons attacks have been confirmed by lab testing and direct observation. And resources deployed accordingly.
Some big bites have been taken out of the gangs’ poison gas campaign capabilities in Herkimer. The feds have the resources for this. Drone mounted thermal imaging cameras can detect poison gas being dispensed, and follow the identified spraying vehicles and deal with their drivers.
A New York State Police investigator came by on 10/17 for an informational visit. He came in response to “several people in Albany…[who] expressed concern” following our widely-read Herkimer child trafficking series. It seemed our backgrounds had been verified beforehand. We appear to have been deemed credible and our postings plausible. We were shabbily dressed and well-spoken. (We’ll discuss that meeting and its implications in a later posting.)
We had a lengthy conversation about Herkimer child trafficking, ongoing poison gas attacks, the presence of regional and national gangs and their local members, and state and Herkimer Village policing. The investigator left with the information he needed for Albany. We were left with the certainty that the only authentic law enforcement in Herkimer is Federal.
Of keen interest to Albany was a Herkimer child trafficking update. We hadn’t posted any child trafficking material since April. (Busy adding cameras and staving off the poison gas attacks triggered by our postings.)
Had things changed? we were asked. Yes.
Kids Gone. Stanley Sykes Moved Out. His Gang Traffics On
All child trafficking within the view of our cameras faded following the publication of our child trafficking series. Stanley Sykes vacated his 341 Eureka Avenue rental in mid-May.
Herkimer Child Trafficking Hub Now Bustling Drug Hub
The Sykes gang was quick to convert the child trafficking hub to a bustling drug trafficking hub. They’d always trafficked drugs from there, but have really stepped up the pace since Stanley Sykes relocated. All their activities have become open and often brazen as they reassert dominance. They want us, and through us, you, to know they’re not afraid of cameras, social media, law enforcement. They pay. They’re protected. “In your face. We own this place.” is their message.
Here’s a recent typical day’s drug trafficking out of that grubby lot, sped up a bit to capture the frenetic pace:
Stanley Sykes has been heard to say he paid 10k for the rights to traffic out of that location. Seems those rights are still respected.
Herkimer gang’s message: “In your face. We own this place!”
Where Is Stanley Sykes? What Is He Doing?
Stanley hasn’t gone far. He’s often at at his old address on Eureka Avenue. Here he is the other day, hosting his gang for a smoke filled autumn evening of cracked-out good times at the gang’s trafficking hub:
In 28 days over September through October, our Herkimer crime content had over 114,000 combined views on herkimerpost.com and our YouTube channel. Most readers and viewers were drawn to our Herkimer child trafficking posts and videos. The posts were first published in April, and widely ignored by the Herkimer community. (Except for the gangs, which stepped up their poison gas attacks on us and our home.)
Facebook Features Herkimer Child Trafficking Posts
Then on September 17th, Facebook began featuring our Herkimer child trafficking posts. We had 11,598 views of our blog that day. This is unusual for us.
Visitors began with our child trafficking posts, and then often read of other Herkimer crime events. Thanks to the support of Facebook, Our September – October 11th blog views totaled over 75,000. Most of our readers were from North America, but people from another 98 countries read about and watched Herkimer child trafficking and other crimes.
75,534 Herkimer Post Content Views – 9.1.18 – 10.11.18
Herkimer Post Top Posts – 30 Days Ending 10.12.18
Our Herkimer child trafficking posts drew 61,604 views out of approximately 75,000 views. The Stanley Sykes gang (child trafficking, drugs, poisonings, assaults) featured in most of those posts. Herkimer’s Joyce Barton gang (drugs, poisonings, assaults) was a distant second at 4,296 views.
38,560 Herkimer Post YouTube Views – 28 Days – 9/13/18-10/10/18
The Herkimer Post’s YouTube channel features videos supporting our argument that Herkimer’s a major transcontinental child trafficking hub. These were taken by our home security cameras over a period of several years. Many who read our blog postings followed the links to our videos. Those videos had 38,560 views in the 28 days from 9.13.18 to 10.10.18.
Herkimer Post Most Watched Videos – 28 Days – 9/13/18-10/10/18
Of those 38,560 YouTube views, 31,264 were of 12 of our 106 videos. Those 12 were all child trafficking videos. They were viewed 31,264 times. All but two featured the Stanley Sykes gang.
Thank You, Facebook
A big thank you to Facebook for helping us widely expose Herkimer’s booming child trafficking economy. The trafficking gangs here have made a few transparent changes since we first published our child trafficking posts in the Spring. But they’re still firmly entrenched in Herkimer–a topic for subsequent posts.
Herkimer As Child Trafficking Hub – Not Unique
It’s estimated that approximately 300,000 kids are year are sex trafficked in the US. That requires an extensive transportation network and thousands of workers. There are probably many child trafficking hubs like Herkimer across the US and the world. We just happened to move to this one.
We set out to establish that the Barton’s aged truck, used to gas us with volatilized pesticides, was modified to serve as a poisoning platform. Linda Kaidan performed this complex investigation. (Video below.)
Kaidan approached the Bartons’ truck–parked across the street from us in their driveway, and photographed it from the public sidewalk in front of their home. This was 3 months after she was beaten by the Barton gang’s Shianne Hill for standing on the same spot. Here is a Kaidan’s report:
Linda Kaidan’s Report of Poison Spraying by the Numbers
After feeling the searing burn of chemicals on my face for too many mornings, on 9/16/17, I finally took the initiative to look under the Barton truck parked across the street at their 333 Pleasant Avenue house. Here’s what I found.
On the driver’s side a long cylinder with a 50% cut out on the 180 degrees facing the street is apparent.
This cylinder may be an integral part of a spraying mechanism.
A electrical connection dangles from the rear.
On the driver’s side a similar cylinder with intact electrical connection can be seen.
Pesticide is typically dispensed by electrically volatizing it into a fine mist, rapidly dispensed under pressure in high volume over a wide area. The device is called a fogger.
The Barton gang’s truck appears to support both right, left and rear dispensing of a volatilized chemical.
There was no pesticide tank the day the photo was taken. The Bartons, apparently fearing increased official scrutiny, have had allies spraying us recently. But the necessary apparatus is still on the truck. I (Berry) recently watched as Joyce Barton sat in the truck cab, controlling the mechanism with a hand unit as she parked in front of our house. An invisible blast of pesticide mist hit the front of our house and me.
There are many of these vehicles in Herkimer. They been known to convoy past our house, spraying. Herkimer’s criminals dislike our cameras and coverage of their activities.
Her colleague is probably Ben Dennis, a recent Penn State grad who’s interned at CNN and CBS News. His Animal Control outfit is appropriate for a visit to the Joyce Barton gang’s turf; on a drug-fueled romp, the gang’s crazier than a sack of rats. (Apologies if we got the names wrong. Our cameras aren’t as good as yours. )
It seems likely the news team’s visit was inspired by our widely viewed coverage of the Barton gang’s 5/18 assault on herkimerpost.com editor Linda Kaidan. Despite being warned that she’d be beaten if she crossed the street from her home to the Barton gang’s 333 Pleasant Avenue, side, she did so. And was beaten.
Like Kaidan, Pavlovsky stepped onto Joyce Barton’s public sidewalk, camera rolling. Kaidan’s assailant Shianne Hill, on a year’s probation for her cowardly assault, was present on the porch but did not attack Pavolvsky. Of course, there was an Animal Control officer present.
The WUTR news team then plunged down the driveway between the Barton’s and a neighboring house. (Never been down there–“Here Lie Dragons.” There’s a smaller house at the base of the driveway.) They emerged unscathed, presumably after interviewing a few folks, then left.
A Heartening Visit
We were very heartened by the WUTR news team’s visit –we’ve been under siege for four years with not a word support from the Herkimer community. We hope WUTR’s interest in Herkimer’s entrenched criminal community and it’s depraved lawlessness continues. Our criminal neighbors don’t do well in sunlight.
(Conversation overheard later that day from the Barton’s side of the street: “How come you guys hit an old lady?” “We didn’t know she was that old.”)
Poison Gas Attacks Ramp Up after Reporters Visit
This is the 17th month of poison attacks on us. Following Shianne Hill’s arrest in May, attacks dropped off to an occasional sniping driveby or backyard spraying from the direction of Eureka Avenue. But they’ve ramped up again, following the broadcast journalists’ filming of Barton gang and their Pleasant Avenue lair.
Prime spraying time is now the morning when we’re out or in our front yard. We often return to find our driveway filled with pesticide, and get hit with it from drivebys if we linger out front. Chemical foggers dispensing volatized pesticide from beneath passing vehicles remain the weapon of choice. The Barton ‘s ancient pickup still seems the primary delivery vehicle, with backup from one or two allied vehicles. (How does that heap get an inspection sticker every year?)
Our lessening problems aside, it’s obvious that Herkimer and the entire Mohawk Valley are undergoing a rapid sea change of rising prosperity, fueled by climate change relocation and the resulting booming real estate sales. Prosperity dooms criminals like the Barton gang. They feed off of others poverty and desperation. Solid reporting and robust social media exposure will speed their end.
Hill apparently agreed with her foster mother Joyce Barton’s assertion to Herkimer police the day of the assault that Kaidan was trespassing by standing on the public sidewalk in front of the Barton’s house, and that her attack constituted self-defense.
Only after further consultation with her public defender and Joyce Barton did Hill reluctantly enter a guilty plea. She was sentenced to a year’s probation.
Order of Protection Extended
Hill had previously been served with an Order of Protection enjoining her from approaching Kaidan. Magistrate Thomas DeCarlo extended the Order of Protection to two years. Hill lives with the Bartons at 333 Pleasant Avenue, across from Kaidan’s home.
We would like to thank the Herkimer Police, notably Sgt Bowman and the officers who responded to the assault on 5/18–they diligently followed through to secure statements and evidence.
As far as we know, this is the first ever arrest of one of the extended family members who comprise the Joyce Barton gang, which long terrorized Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue. We hope to see more of the same.
We’d also like to acknowledged the support of the Herkimer County District Attorney’s Office, especially Victim’s Services Coordinator Connie M. Stowell, and the excellent staff of the Little Falls Hospital Emergency Room.
Curtis Cool – Man on the Run?
While in court for Shianne Hill’s last appearance, a familiar name was called: Curtis Cool, a longtime associate of Joyce Barton. He failed to enter an appearance. We assume a bench warrant will issue for Curtis. Readers of this blog may recall Curtis’ hugely popular criminal harassment antics from when he was our neighbor. Happily, his old rental at 328 Pleasant Avenue was sold for a good price last month. We wish the new owners well.