Jay Smith Gifts Herkimer Drug and Child Traffickers a Sanctuary

Stephen Ames Berry

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: 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 Stanley Sykes moved out last May.

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

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

Gang Moves Into Jay Smith’s 332 Pleasant Avenue

Herkimer drug dealers move into Jay Smith rental
New tenants at Jay Smith’s 332 Pleasant Avenue advertise their product.
Herkimer gang member fire dancing on Pleasant Avenue 12.23.18
Herkimer gang member celebrates Yuletide move into Jay Smith’s 332 Pleasant Avenue Herkimer property with fire works and fire dance. 332 was the last non-gang occupied house on Herkimer’s traditional child trafficking hub. Smith owns all three hub houses. Herkimer real estate is booming. The house could easily have been rented to people who work for a living rather than  traffickers.

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

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

Herkimer child trafficking hub
Herkimer child and Drug Trafficking Hub as of 4.1.18

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

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

 

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

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

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

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Carrie Ann Bass, Stanley Sykes Gang drug and child trafficker

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

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

Why is Jay Smith Still Renting to Criminal Trafficking Gang?

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

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

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

Video of Gang Move-In at 332 Pleasant Avenue

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

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

Video Timeline

0:17 Ganger sends us Yuletide greetings. Waves bag of white powder at camera. Probably not confectionery sugar.

0:18 Public fireworks, fire, fire dancing, staggering. (See above, white powder.)

0:47 Young couple moving fridge. Shown for facial recognition capture.

1:21 Walking across trafficking hub from 332 Pleasant Avenue to Bass’ 341 Eureka Avenue. (The latter is Herkimer’s Historic Stanley Sykes House. It competes for tourists with Smith’s Herkimer’s Historic Crackhouse at 318 Pleasant Avenue, and of course, the Joyce Barton Gang’s 333 Pleasant Avenue.)

1:35 Evidence of Life: a rare public appearance by Carrie Ann Bass, aka Carrie Ann Collins Bass, as she unloads her Sav-A-Lot bags at 341 Eureka. She’s accompanied by son Harvey, Stanley Sykes’s grandson. (Dad’s away on a heroin trafficking charge.)

Joyce Barton Gang’s Shianne Hill Sentenced

Stephen Ames Berry

In a 7/25/18 appearance before the Herkimer Village Court, 18 year-old Shianne Hill pleaded guilty to 3rd Degree Assault.  On 5/18/18, Hill, a former Herkimer High School varsity athlete, stalked and attacked her 63 year-old neighbor, Herkimerpost editor Linda Kaidan, punching her in the eye. Kaidan suffered laceration, contusions and aggravation to osteoporosis of her neck. Hill’s attack had all the hallmarks of anabolic steroid abuse.

Shianne Hill Entered a Very Reluctant Guilty Plea

Despite the direct evidence of the videos of her attack, Hill seemed reluctant to plead guilty.  She had previously entered a Not Guilty Plea in her June court appearance.

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. 

Acknowledgements

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.

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Curtis Cool, Herkimer thug, seen here in driveway of 328 Pleasant Avenue, 2016.

 

Shianne Hill Pleaded Not Guilty to Assault on Elderly Neighbor

Stephen Ames Berry

In a June 6th appearance in Herkimer Village Court before Magistrate Robert L. DeCarlo, Shianne Hill pleaded Not Guilty to 3rd Degree Assault. Hill, 18, a recent Herkimer High graduate, was charged  in the unprovoked  May 18th attack on 63 year-old Herkimer blogger Linda Kaidan, who owns the house across the street from Joyce Bartons’ 333 Pleasant Avenue. Kaidan is a retired IBM and Oracle Corp. software developer.

Kaidan was challenging Joyce Barton’s gang-turf assertion that the public sidewalk  in front of 333 Pleasant Avenue is hers. Prior to crossing the street, Kaidan was warned on camera by a Barton family member to stay in her house, or else…

Herkimer's Shianne Hill about to old lady
Herkimer’s Shianne Hill (left) readying to attack 63 year-old grandmother.

Hill, a former Herkimer High School varsity soccer player and honor roll student, advised the Court that her only income is Supplement Security Income (SSI).

Hill was represented by her public defender and accompanied by her mentor Joyce Barton, of Herkimer’s Barton Gang, which has long dominated Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue. Hill lived with the Bartons for many years. Shianne Hill is but one of several former innocents we’ve seen Joyce Barton sadistically  destroy under a false flag of concerned nurturing and friendship.

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5/18/18. Shianne Hill’s semi-adoptive mother and role model, Joyce Barton, amid false statements to Herkimer police regarding Hill’s unprovoked and cowardly attack on 63 year-old neighbor.

Hill was neatly groomed and soft-spoken. Her public defender noted that Hill has no prior record. The case was continued until June 27 at 1600, when an assistant district attorney will be present.

Shianne Hill’s SSI-Qualifying Disability Not Obvious 

Hill’s unspecified disability didn’t appeared to handicap her as she stalked and attacked her elderly neighbor. (Video below) Kaidan sustained a concussion, facial laceration and aggravation of her spinal osteoporosis, per hospital reports. Her hands were at her side when Hill punched her. Kaidan’s glasses were knocked from her face during the attack and stolen.

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5.18.18 Shianne Hill punching elderly neighbor on public sidewalk n front of Joyce Barton’s 333 Pleasant Avenue, to amusement of Joyce Barton gang members. Kaidan’s hands were at her side when struck.
Herkimer's Shianne Hill Celebrates Attack on Old Lady
Shianne Hill and Joyce Barton Gang members gleefully celebrating Hill’s unprovoked attack on 63 year-old neighbor. (Hill, center, turquoise blouse.)

YouTube Age-Restricts “Violent and Graphic” Videos of Shianne Hill’s Attack

Because of the violent and graphic nature of Shianne Hill’s craven assault, YouTube initially age-restricted videos of the attack, which to date have had about 2,500 views on our popular Herkimer Crime channel.  YouTube said in an email to us that though the videos of Hill’s attack don’t violate their community standards, they’re not something they want kids and teens viewing. We disagreed, but YouTube is Google and will have its way.

(Note: 6/13: YouTube has dropped the age-restriction on the main video, but retained it on the shorter one. An appeal is pending.)

Here’s the main video:

Linda Kaidan is still recovering from the assault. We’ll be reporting on Shianne Hill’s case as it progresses. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blogger Beaten by Herkimer Teen Gang Kick Boxer

Blogger punched in face by Herkimer teen gang kick boxer

herkimerpost.com editor Linda Kaidan, age 63, was attacked and beaten on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue last Friday by 18 year-old Shianne Hill, a  of Herkimer’s Joyce Barton gang, which operates out of the house Barton tenants at 333 Pleasant Avenue.

Gang members were thronging the street and taunted Kaidan as she and her husband, author Stephen Ames Berry, returned from shopping and were unloading groceries in their driveway. When Kaidan responded, they told her, in the person of one of Joyce Barton’s daughters, never to come onto “their” side of the street and to “go back into your house.”

Kaidan and her husband don’t yield the street to filth. Kaidan crossed to “their” side of the street, stood on the public sidewalk in front of the gang’s 333 Pleasant Avenue as her husband scrambled for his video gear. She was stalked, menaced, punched in the face and hit in the back of the head by a Shiann Hill, apparently selected for the job because of her age and boxing expertise. 

Kaidan’s glasses were lost after she was struck her in the face, seemingly driving a glass lens from its frame and into her face, lacerating it. The glasses were not recovered, probably hidden by the Barton gang.

Herkimer Police under the very able command of Herkimer Police Sgt. Bowman quickly responded. They took statements and dispersed a mob of 20-30 low criminal types gathered about the Barton’s and the Stanley Sykes gang’s 334 Pleasant Avenue. Kaidan was taken to Little Falls Hospital, suffering from the wound to her face and symptoms of concussion. She was treated and released. There were no immediate arrests.

Herkimer gang boxer jubilant after after punching granny in the face
Hale, healthy and attired as a seasoned kick boxer ready for the main event, Herkimer’s Shianne Hill (center, legs straddled)  revels in her triumph over 63 year-old Herkimer Post blogger she has just punched in the face with no provocation.

Herkimer’s Shianne Hill was defending Barton gang turf home

Joyce Barton asserted to the police as always that she owns the house she doesn’t own, and owns the public sidewalk because she owns the house.
The Barton’s are brazen scoff laws and criminal traffickers.  

Herkimer Gang Victim Threatened with Arrest

The only person threatened with arrest during the incident  was the injured victim. Prior to the arrival of Sgt. Bowman, Herkimer Patrolman Robert Holt, in a remarkable demonstration of sensitivity, threatened Kaidan with arrest for being upset and too loud as he was interviewing Joyce Barton, who apparently knew him. (3:20 mins).

Our YouTube videos and blog postings of Herkimer lawlessness (herkimerpost.com) have been viewed and read by tens of thousands drawn to the grotesque. Cities and towns around Herkimer are experiencing booming property sales as climate change sends people, firms and wealth north to a safer haven. Not so Herkimer. 

Prosperity will continue to pass Herkimer by as drug and child trafficking gangs rule its streets. As a family friend, a former federal agent familiar with Upstate New York says, “Herkimer’s dirty and likes it that way.” 

Climate change migration will ultimately force Herkimer gangs out 

Herkimer sits in a Goldilocks Climate Change Survival Zone. We think it will soon become such a national resource amid massive migration north that Herkimer’s gangs, if not gone, will be forced out at the point of bayonets and lawful governance restored. We live in hope.

Updated 5/24/18 to reflect Kaidan’s sustaining a concussion, the wound to her face by the glasses lens detached by her assailant’s fist and driven into her cheek, and to note the theft of her glasses. 

10/31/2018 We later learned this was an orchestrated attack, centerpiece of the Joyce Barton gang’s farewell party for Stanley Sykes of the Sykes gang.  Stanley moved following our postings of his child trafficker. His gang’s still here, though, still occupying Herkimer’s traditional child trafficking hub from which they traffic drugs. Stanley’s a frequent visitor.  

Herkimer Poison Gas Attacks & Stanley Sykes’ Backpack Empire

by Stephen Ames Berry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stanley Sykes’ Gang Niche Drug Market: Backpack Drug Muling

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

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

Herkimer’s Hardest Working Teen

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

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

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

Drug Gang Poisons South Herkimer

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

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

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

 

 

Herkimer’s Stanley Sykes Gang Rampages Pleasant Avenue

Updated 8/9/17 to identify Herkimer’s Stanley Sykes gang and its members.

by Stephen Ames Berry

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Stanley Sykes’  son,  an alleged  heroin dealer out on bail, is confronted by one of several angry neighbors. Cries of “Child trafficker” were heard. Police interviewed a small blonde girl who visited his house.

On 4/23/17, Herkimer’s Stanley Sykes gang welcomed Spring with a 2 hour street festival of harassment, menacing and mobbing, held center street on Herkimer crime hub Pleasant Avenue. Stanley, wife Becky Sykes and son Kyle live at 341 Eureka Avenue, from which they control both 334 Pleasant Avenue and 341 Eureka’a parking lot activities.

Notable during the mobbing were Carrie Bass, AKA Carrie Ann Bass, of 334 Pleasant Avenue, the chubby gray-clad ball of fury seen in the video. She and her out-on-bail husband were the chief harassers and menacers. Over-the-top aggressive Carrie Bass at one point succeeded in driving folks off of 333 Pleasant Avenue’s porch into the house and had to be physically restrained.

Honorable mention goes to thug chief Stanley Sykes himself, of 341 Eureka, for anchoring the assault line, blessing the festivities with his presence as the young folks surged into action. Stanley Sykes is parking lot pack’s chieftain. Here he is on his way to visit with his harassment soul twin, Joyce Barton of 333 Pleasant Avenue.

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Stanley Sykes goes to visit Joyce Barton.

Alleged Herkimer Sykes Heroin Dealer Out On Bail

Stanely Sykes son (below) was just arrested on a heroin trafficking charge, according to the overheard anguished wails of his Stanley Sykes family at the time. (Impossible not to hear, 25 yards away, in the parking lot.) The sale of his product supposedly resulted in the death of one of his buyers. The Sykeses and Carrie Bass were heard to complained of the unfairness of the wrongful death charge, as the lad (seen below) was a distributor not a manufacturer, and shouldn’t be held accountable for product safety.

Herkimer 's Stanley Sykes alleged heroin dealer son free on bail, rampaging along Pleasant Avenue
Herkimer’s Stanley Skye’s alleged heroin dealer son, free on bail, during an afternoon of harassment and mobbing along Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue.

Accusations Fly as Herkimer’s Stanley Sykes Gang  Mobs Neighbors

We weren’t on the street for the festivities; we just heard waves of screams and curses and demented wailing. But our surveillance cams were there. Based on much analysis of feeds from multiple cameras, accusations hurled at Skyes’s son seem to have been sparked by what may have been an earlier “interaction” between Stanley Sykes’s  out-on-bail son and the young blonde girl from Joyce Barton’s 333 Pleasant Avenue, seen in the video being interviewed by police. the young girl is  often seen with the movable feast that are the parking lot kids from 334 Pleasant and 341 Eureka Avenues.

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Alleged 334 Pleasant Ave Herkimer heroin dealer, out on bail, confronted by one of several angry neighbors. Police interviewed a small blonde girl who visited his house.

Whatever the cause, Carrie Ann Bass and the Stanley Sykes gang immediately attacked. The Sykes’ gangs street brawl ended with the arrival of the Herkimer police, two hours after the start of events.

Herkimer’s Stanley Sykes Family – A History of Harassment

Ironically, Carrie Bass aka Carrie Ann Bass, and her sister-in-law, Kyria Syskes  delight in harassing elderly neighbors bearing cameras by shrieking “Pedophile!” (It’s part of Herkimer’s street harassment culture.) Yet Sykes’ gang’s attack squad thoughtfully performed all their antics before our surveillance cameras. 

Oh. If you’re wondering how someone could be out on bail for such a heinous crime as selling poisonous heroin resulting in a death? Well, “It’s Herkimer,” as locals say with a shrug.

The wild-in-the-street Sykes son vanished shortly after this event. Had he been out on bail, he may have violated its conditions.  Doesn’t look good for Herkimer to have a heroin dealer free on bail and  running amok, even as it sternly declares war on the local wave of opioid deaths.

I don’t know the junior Sykes lad’s first name. He was was featured in our Drunks Along the Mohawk post with its Booze Brothers videos. He’s one of the two seen drinking and harassing others in the street and passing out stuff from an odd orange bag, all in front of the notorious Joyce and Douglas Barton’s 333 Pleasant Avenue.  Seems he moved on from alcohol.

The Little Blonde Girl?

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Blonde girl from 333 Pleasant Ave visiting kids at 334 Pleasant Ave Sunday, 4/23/17.

The little blonde girl at the 333 Pleasant Avenue is new to the Barton house. And she didn’t seem to have a parent present. She appeared very closed mouthed with the woman police officer who interviewed her. The woman who apparently had charge of her left her at Joyce Barton’s. In the video’s final scene, the girl’s eyes longingly follow her as she drives way.

Herkimer’s long been a child trafficking hub. It’s devilishly hard to spot most child trafficking without training and a flotilla of surveillance drones. I hope she’s isn’t yet another of Herkimer’s trafficked kids.

Aftermath of Herkimer’s Sykes Gang Rampage

It’s been fairly quiet along Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue since the Stanley Sykes mob tore up the street. Stanley Sykes and Joyce Barton appear to remain friends and colleagues. It’s rumored they’ve known each other since Utica.

Herkimer’s Stanley Sykes Gang = 13

Excluding duplicate gang members, I counted 13 in Stanley Sykes’ gang. Most either appear to live at 334 Pleasant or 341 Eureka Avenues, or are such frequent visitors they might as well be. They’re originally from Utica.  Check my math using the photo carousel. I wasn’t trying to capture faces–that’s what surveillance drones do.)

Tip of the Spear: 5  Parking Lot Reserves: 6 Street Harassers: 2

Herkimer’s Stanley Sykes’ Parking Lot Gang Readies for Growth?

Stanley Sykes has turned his landlord Jay Smith’s 334 Pleasant – 341 Eureka parking lot (seen below), into an encampment, ready to receive more troops. Given Sykes history, we assume reinforcement are coming from his extended family’s turf in nearby Utica.

Herkimer's Stanley Sykes readies landlord's Jay Smith's parking lot for Sykes' gang reinforcement
Stan Sykes’ Bivouac – Tents Sprout Throughout Herkimer’s 334 Pleasant / 341 Eureka Parking Lot. More Sykes gang reinforcements on the way from Utica? Or cover and concealment for heinous stuff?

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334 Pleasant -341 Eureka Avenues Herkimer parking lot. This once hidden hub of crime has become a favorite gathering spot for police surveillance drones. Death-defying nearby bloggers find it a colorful topic. [Editor’s note: Stanley Sykes folded his bivouac folded on Sunday, 5/28.]

Herkimer’s Harassing Sykes Gang Harpies Snared

by Stephen Ames Berry

Old age and skill will overcome youth and treachery Night Court

Update 6/22/17.  Kiera’s father yesterday morning followed me down Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue, harassing me with bellowed obscenities. (“You m-fer, you got ma baby girl locked up!”)  If she was arrested, this is two of his kids now in jail . (The son for alleged heroin trafficking, daughter Kiera  for at least criminal harassment), even as dad flirts with a criminal harassment charge of his own.  Maybe the new Herkimer County jail will  have a wing named after them.

I videoed these two fresh Black Dahlias because they kept harassing me from their car when Dog Bear and I walked past 334 Pleasant Avenue. We live two doors down. Thought they wanted attention. Guess not. (For purposes of photography and audio, New York is a one-party consent state.)

As with these lovelies, Herkimer’s drug and child traffickers self-identify by calling photographers pedophiles. Our former neighbor, Herkimer’s Curtis Cool, aka Curtis Dolan, is Herkimer’s best know pedophile-caller,  with his best performance viewed for over 154 hours by 2,356 people on 6 continents. Drug traffickers especially hate street surveielliance cameras, as they reveal traffickers and trafficking patterns.

“I don’t want my kids on the internet” is clue that all or some of the “parent’s” kids aren’t their kids; they’re trafficked and/or sexually exploited kids. 25% of all trafficked kids are trafficked by family members.

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Photo from video in which Kiera explains that to film her is to be a pedophile. (Kiera, according to her father on 6/21, was arrested: “You m-fer! You got ma baby girl arrested!” he bellowed, harassing me in the street.)  I believe that’s at least two of his kids now in jail.

334 Pleasant Avenue – Herkimer’s Harassing Harpies Headquarters

Herkimer's Harassing Harpies Headquarters
334 Pleasant Avenue, Herkimer. It guards the parking lot behind it. That’s Joyce Barton of 333 Pleasant Ave’s daughter on the porch. Jabba of 334 and Joyce are friends.

The driveway of 341 Eureka Avenue (white house, rear) is blocked. The only way into and out of the parking lot is via the driveway of 334 Pleasant Avenue.  It sees a lot of visitors and vehicles. The porch serves as a lookout post. Good luck getting past Sykes gang’s Carrie Ann Bass. S (Next video.)

The Attack of the Witless Witches

I’d been assaulted before on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue for videoing. So I set up a camera snare before returning to capture the Black Dahlias’ license plate for posterity. The three witless witches had no clue.

I tottered by them on my way home from the grocery store. Turning, I filmed their license plate. It went better than I’d hoped–Kyra Sykes, the ballsiest of Herkimer’s harassing harpies, (see below video), ripped my cellphone from my hand and called 911 to report I’d hit her with it.  Her friend tried but failed in her role as Kyra’s keeper, while her sister-in-law, Herkimer’s Carrie Bass, lied through her venomous lips.

Here’s the combined cellphone and minicam footage:

Carrie Ann Bass, Sykes gang’s 334 Pleasant Avenue’s resident guardian-toad.

Perhaps they thought the minicam on my label was a pacemaker. (I’m old.) It faithfully recorded the new harassment, the assault and the theft of my phone. (Aggravated Harassment in the Second Degree;  Harassment in the First Degree.) None of them were aware of the surveillance camera on their activities. This footage gave the lie to Kiera and her relatives’ accusation:

The Herkimer Police Respond

The Herkimer Police arrived, Officers Bowman and Hill. They confirmed that Kiera had called 911, saying I’d hit her in the face with my cellphone and repeated the allegation to them. (Falsely Reporting an Incident in the Third Degree.) No one was arrested. The officers didn’t see the surveillance or minicam footage–those required downloading. They did see the cellphone clips of the two harassment incidents. I was invited to file a complaint. 

(If I lay gut shot and dying on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue, the last voice I’d probably ever hear would be that of a Herkimer police officer asking, “Do you want to file a complaint?”)

I said we’d never been allowed to file a complaint with the Herkimer PD–I’d put it on our blog again. Seems to work–the bad guys often just disappear. (Herkimer has 3 major water courses.) Last year Herkimer’s failed governance and rampant crime brought The Herkimer Post over 20,000+ worldwide views. We’d barely had time to celebrate before we were hit by the first of two murderous poisoning attacks. Writing about those has brought The Herkimer Post new readers.  As will “Herkimer’s Harassing Harpies.” 

Herkimer’s Brazen New Gang – The Stanley Sykes Gang

Herkimer’s harassing harpies were the first sign that the village had a brazen new gang with city roots, come north to stake claim to a large chunk of Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue. And that they were aggressively camera shy–probably for good reason. (They were later revealed to be the Stanley Sykes gang out of Utica.)

Herkimer’s homegrown gangs of late have tried to stay off the radar, preferring stealth to confrontation and darkness to light. Not these guys: They’re in-your-face aggressive, trying to intimidate through harassment. When that fails, they immediately escalate to assault or mobbing. It’s urban street gang tactics. It’s a brave new world for Herkimer crime. Stay tuned: The Herkimer Post is watching. 

Herkimer’s Harassing Harpies – The Director’s Cut

Here’s the four videos rolled into one:

 

Herkimer Mobbing – Joyce Barton, Sgt. Tall, Officer Short

by Stephen Ames Berry

 

It’s been quiet along Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue. We’re keeping busy remodeling and writing posts that we hadn’t gotten around to, besieged as we were the last several years by neighborly attacks on ourselves, our pets and our home. As Herkimer has a new police chief, we’ll be having posts about past incidents involving some of his officers. We’re beginning with the Herkimer mobbing incident of June 15, 2015.

Herkimer criminals lend new meaning to homesteading
Outpost 330 – Herkimer Criminal Neighbors Give Fresh Meaning To Homesteading

It’s obvious that deprived of work hustling product from now-absent meth cookeries and crack makers, many of South Herkimer’s once abundant scrotes  have moved on. Pleasant Avenue is down to two homes owned by career criminal families, either in their own names or through proxies, and one homeowner who consistently rents her property to various members of a well-protected regional crime family.

State and federal law enforcement, augmented by surveillance drones, have swept the streets of Herkimer Village clear of its traditional  in-your-face wholesale drug trafficking. Attempts to move narcotics trafficking into the woods near the village were reported and crushed. 

Herkimer Police Stand Fast

Yet one Herkimer institution that’s endured unchanged through all the tumult of our three years on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue is the Herkimer Police. In our experience, they’ve never heard a complaint worth taking, though some of its officers have proven quick to respond to the needs of well-monied criminals. (We do like several of the Herkimer cops, who do the best they can, boats against the stream.  My naming them probably wouldn’t help their careers.)

333 Pleasant Avenue Herkimer mobbing – June 15, 2015

One of our first experiences with a Herkimer police response was on June 15, 2015. The below is from my email of 6/22/15 to Herkimer Mayor Anthony Brindisi, supplemented by later information. (Mayor Brindisi is reportedly a former Herkimer police officer.)

My entire touchingly naive email to Mayor Brindisi follows at the end of this post. It was written before we realized that Herkimer enjoyed a wide reputation as pirate haven, it’s booming cash economy driven by well-protected, interlaced networks of criminals, protected by a co-opted local government. The orchestrated mobbing incident below is a typical ploy used by drug gangs to maintain turf control. (I’ve added the bracket information.)

Herkimer's Joyce Barton and Douglas Barton
Herkimer’s Joyce Barton and Douglas Barton in happier days

From my letter to Mayor Brindisi:

This past Wednesday evening,  we were the focal point of an obviously preplanned and terrifying outpouring of mob hatred triggered when my wife asked ball playing children in front of our home to please stop throwing objects at our house, notably a ball at the side, and rocks at the security camera covering our driveway. About 40 people stood watching from the opposite sidewalk and the porch of 333 Pleasant Ave.

Joyce Barton's 333 Pleasant Ave Herkimer NY
Barton Residence 333 Pleasant Avenue Herkimer

Within less than 30 seconds of her polite request of the ballplayer children, who were quite polite, the adults poured off the opposite sidewalk and the porch of 333 Pleasant Ave. and into the street, screaming at my wife, with one of them (Joyce Barton of 333) coming  within inches of my wife’s face and screaming that my wife was “crazy” “all cracked out” and “stupid.” The invective continued, with others, notably the red-faced male in his twenties (see below) repeatedly coming up to within inches of my wife’s face, showering her with similar invective.

Hearing the din, I rushed outside. People came up to our faces, taunting us.  Out of the raw chaos and tumult of the mob, we recall such distinctive phrases as: “Go back to Florida!” “Stay on your side of the street! “Don’t yell at my daughter!”(Joyce Barton again—very much a ringleader. We never raised our voices.) “Punch me! Punch me!” (This last screamed said by several as they thrust their faces into ours, notably again Joyce Barton, of 333.)

Former Herkimer Deputy Fire Chief Douglas Barton's Former Helmet
Following his garage fire, Douglas Barton is no longer a deputy chief

And, most frightening of all twice,
“We’re going to burn you out!” (This from a man in front of Deputy Fire Chief Douglas Barton’s 333 Pleasant Ave, whom my wife believes she can identify.)

I called 911.  [911 was utterly disbelieving.] Before the police arrived, I was assailed by a red-faced male in his twenties who told me inches from my face to “get off our fucking street!” and when asked who he was, said “None of your motherfucking business.” He appeared to be either drunk or high. Our exchange continued for a moment. (A former behavior teacher, I never raise my voice in a volatile situation.) He concluded by spitting at my feet and storming back to the porch 333 Pleasant Avenue. The moment before, he’d subjected my wife to the same treatment, complete with spit.

Herkimer Police Response – Sgt Tall and Officer Short

Herkimer Police
Herkimer Police Sgt Tall & Officer Short

Two Herkimer police officers  responded. In the chaos we didn’t capture their names, but have since referred to them as Officer Short and Sergeant Tall.  As they appeared, about ten people scuttled from the street, leaving about 25-30 people there, notably those from 333, headed by Joyce [Barton] and reinforced by the red-faced chap, who were the most vocal and aggressive. The sergeant went to [amiably] question the people congregating across from us on and around the porch of 333 Pleasant Ave, leaving us in front of our house with Officer Short. [later revealed to be  Officer John Scholl.]

Officer Short-Scholl took our names and asked my wife if we could have precipitated events by crossing “to their side of the street,” seemingly affirming our assailants in their belief that they owned a public area.  She said no. My wife asked [Officer Scholl] if he was familiar with what’s been happening on this street to us over the past year [see letter below], given the numerous police responses. He said no. She attempted to brief him, but after about three sentences his eyes and his attention wandered and he appeared overcome by boredom. He told her to contact the landlords of our assailants and perhaps, after multiple complaints, they’d evict them. “You never know.” She then asked him how many people are allowed to congregate in a public street and if there’s any statute governing this? He said there was no limitation or statute, adding that “Herkimer’s very casual about it.”

New York Penal Code – Article 240 – § 240.10, Unlawful Assembly, clearly defines what was happening on Pleasant Avenue as “an unlawful and tumultuous activity likely to cause alarm,” a Class B misdemeanor. [The mob members were also committing First and Second Degree Harassment.]

Things having quieted down somewhat in front of 333 Pleasant Ave, Sergeant Tall then rejoined [Officer Scholl] and us.  My wife…told him twice of the man from 333 threatening us with arson, which the sergeant twice ignored. [As with much else in Herkimer, it’s wise to hear nothing.]

herkimer ny government
The 3 Wise Monkeys of Herkimer

Then, shockingly, the officers departed without dispersing the remaining 20-30 still hostile belligerents once again lining the sidewalk across from our home.

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What the Herkimer Police Left When They Skedaddled-Visual Motif-Herkimer Pleasant Avenue Mob 6/17/15

Aftermath

Later that evening, my wife was taking the trash out to our tote in the driveway, when hecklers on the porch of 333 Pleasant Ave began taunting her. To demonstrate that they were mistaken that they owned the street, she crossed over to their porch and attempted to humorously engage them in conversation. It didn’t go well. Insults were exchanged. (“Go inside and take a nap, granny.”) The same man as before threatened [from the Bartons’ porch] “We’re going to burn you out.”

The rest of the evening, the occupants of 333’s porch shined several large halogen lights at our bedroom window. Two cars of teenagers the age of those resident in 333 pulled up in front of our house several times, rap music blaring, screaming, “We’re gonna make you call the police!” (They sounded high or drunk.) Feeling we’d already trouble our police enough for one day, we didn’t bother calling them again…

Mayor Anthony Brindisi Responds to Herkimer Mobbing Incident

Mayor Brindisi called me the day after receiving my email. He seemed quite upset and said he’d look into it.

Two months later, Mayor Brindisi responded to his officers’ dereliction of duty by promoting Officer Scholl to sergeant–sending a clear message to his police, the community and its cash-heavy criminal enterprises.

Following a later Herkimer Police incident, Mayor Brindisi encouraged me to “play offense,” which we’ve done, though not in the way he meant.

Where Are They Now?

Sergeant Tall we never saw again. The Herkimer Police have some part-time officers; he may have been one of them.

Sgt. Scholl and I meet occasionally, most recently when I was attacked by a young meth tweaker on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue. (The lad’s since disappeared, leaving open the position of Keeper of Herkimer’s historic crack house.)

Herkimer Police officers and district attorney
Herkimer police officers and District Attorney: Left to right: Officer J. Crippin, Herkimer District Attorney Jeffrey Carpenter, Sgt. John Scholl II, Capt. Jeffrey Crim

Joyce Barton and Douglas Barton appear to be having lean times–this following their cameo appearances in our posting and videos of drug trafficking on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue. This was followed by our forensic video analysis of Fire Chief Barton’s garage fire, and videos of the Bartons’ harassment of our pregnant daughter. 

Both Bartons seem to be employing their vocations elsewhere, notably Douglas Barton, who leaves early, comes home very late and is sometimes gone overnight. Also absent are the fast food wrappers laughingly gifted our lawn by the some of the Bartons’ kids and their chums.

The Bartons threatened us with a lawsuit last year, alleging that our widely-viewed videos of their activities had caused them to “suffer[ed]damages to their reputation”  and “exposed the Bartons and their family members to contempt and ridicule.”  We were heartened. Apparently we aren’t the only ones who believed their conduct depraved and despicable.

The Bartons appear to have dropped the matter, perhaps after being told the amount of the required retainer and their chances of success.

More Herkimer crime and police postings to come. It’s a snowy day here in Upstate NY. Great day to edit videos and write.

Toodles.

 

Herkimer Meth Tweaker Assaults 69 Year Old Veteran in Public

by Stephen Ames Berry

violent crininal and Herkimer meth tweaker
Violent Herkimer parole violator and drug addict who on 11/3/16 physically assaulted 69 year-old retiree on public sidewalk. Photo is from video of his previous week’s elder abuse.

Meth tweaker assaults all have much common–meth heads are intellectually disabled by their addiction and easily incited to commit acts of abuse and violence by cowardly false friends, who use them as methbots.

On Thursday, 11/3 at 1315 hours, I was again verbally harassed and this time physically assaulted by the subject of a recent Herkimer Post article, Herkimer’s Crack House Keeper. In that posting, my abuser, the eponymous Crack House Keeper, can be seen ambushing my wife and I on the sidewalk in front of Herkimer’s historic Crack House at 318 Pleasant Avenue, a few doors from our home, and assailing us as he indulges in the Herkimer pastime of criminal harassment of elders, made world-famous by Herkimer’s Curtis Cool (aka Curtis Dolan). (Watch our neighbor Joyce Barton craftily staged a harassment.)

In his most recent attack, this self-admitted criminal and probable meth tweaker, spotted me as I ambled with my old dog the few doors down from our house to 318 Pleasant Avenue, there to take a photo of a new “Room for Rent” sign, foolishly thinking that perhaps he’d been evicted following the public exposure of his harassing elders in the street. Silly me.  As folks around here say with a sigh and a shrug, “It’s Herkimer.” (Folks in Sodom probably shrugged and said “It’s Sodom.”)

Herkimer NY government
The famous 3 Wise Monkeys of Herkimer

the crack house keeper’s lair

Apparently Herkimer’s Crack House Keeper was hanging out with his fellow wastrels at 335 Pleasant Avenue, the street’s remaining scrote sanctuary. Spotting me from afar taking a photo of the Room For Rent sign at 316 Pleasant Avenue, and unleashed by his handlers, he charged down the street, screaming threats and obscenities.

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335 Pleasant Avenue, Herkimer NY

I turned to meet his attack, my faithful cellphone camera rolling. “You can’t take pictures of my fucking house, you old fuck!” he screamed as he slammed into my 69 year-old right shoulder with his significantly younger one.

all criminals are victims

“You hit me!” he screeched as I staggered back, raving on, “You fuckin’ got me violated!” [Meaning his probation officer cited him for violating the conditions of his probation. He probably now has a court appearance coming.] “I was drug tested!” he wailed. No! You’d think he was a criminal!  And he didn’t even didn’t have time to buy clean urine.

Seems likely his Herkimer County Probation officer read that post. (Perhaps he or she will read this one.  ) “A lot of people on this street want to beat you two up!” People? Would these people be from 335 Pleasant Avenue?

Curses! a misfire!

Unfortunately, before Tweakie could be deescalted by my dog repellent, my wife arrived and expedited his retreat. Just as well—when he struck me, I inadvertently scrubbed the video filming in progress. (I sorrow for the thousands of YouTube hits that now never will be. ) Next time.

Here’s the surveillance cams’ video clips of the comings and goings to and from the historic crack house during the assault. It’s up to the left, off camera. The scrote haven of 335 Pleasant Avenue, disturbingly next to Joyce Barton and Douglas Barton’s garageless house at 333 Pleasant Avenue, is where the loon first parks his bike, passing my wife on her way home:

Herkimer Police Respond

Oh.  The Herkimer Police. Both my assailant and I raced to be the first to call the police, for, as Herkimer Mayor Anthony Brindisi, himself a retired Herkimer police officer, counselled me on the night one of his officers threatened my wife with arrest at the behest of street’s then-reigning drug thugs, in Herkimer “You’ve got to be the first to call the police, Steve.”

I don’t take drugs, so I beat the meth tweaker on the dial-out, making me in the Herkimer right. All of Herkimer’s criminals and apparently its mayor know if you’re the first to call the cops, especially if you’re breaking the law, then you’re the victim. We saw this in the case of Herkimer’s Joyce and Douglas Barton and Officer Heist. Here’s Herkimer’s talented Golden Child Curtis Cool, aka Curtis Dolan, on YouTube, showing us how it’s done, the Herkimer way.

I had a typical leisurely conversation with Herkimer County 911 center, as they probed to find out if there was really a problem, and weighed a measured response. I convinced them in slightly less time than it takes to apply for Social Security that it was a physical assault. Don’t how I’d have convinced them if he’d been throttling me.

Herkimer Police Sergeant Scholl Arrives

Herkimer Police Sergeant John Scholl rolled in fairly quickly. (911 did take my locally infamous name.) Sergeant Scholl told my attacker–whose female caregiver helped explain it to him–that public photography is legal. Yes, even in Herkimer NY, my child.

We were all invited down to the Herkimer Police Station to file complaints; in Herkimer, ever a fool’s errand, as thousands continue to see from our posting and vidoes of Herkimer’s Curtis Cool and Herkimer Police Officer Crippin.

REELECTION of Herkimer County District Attorney Jeffrey Carpenter ensures herkimer stays an unsafe pirate haven

If you don’t take criminal complaints, there’s no reported crime. Keeps the stats reported to the FBI low. Don’t laugh–it just got the local district attorney reelected: reported crime on his watch fell statistically, even as his depraved indifference to public safety further emboldened criminals, police misfeasance and undoubtedly increased crime.

District Attorney Jeffrey Carpenter has helped establish Herkimer as a notorious pirate haven. #HerkimerParadise His opponent, our former DA and greatly respected retired judge, Bill Daley, meticulously pointed this out to Herkimer County voters: Facts, figures, legal sleights of hand. Judge Daley lost. It wasn’t even close. In Herkimer you can apparently fool enough of the people all of the time. But then, it’s Herkimer. 

We’ve tried to file harassment complaints with the Herkimer Police on three occasions, twice with ample video documentation. The only result was our gifting the Herkimer Police and their families with free high capacity thumb drives. In fairness, most of the officers try to do their jobs despite an obvious failure of governance. But then several Herkimer police officers have tried to intimidate us under the color of law, responding to bogus complaints lodged by Herkimer’s more monied drug and child traffickers. And so The Herkimer Post was born. 

herkimer’s old goats against the current

We’ll keep blogging on about matters of public concern, beating upstream, old goats against the current. We believe the sunlight the Herkimer Post helps shines on Herkimer has helped bring authentic law enforcement to our pastoral village, spotlighting Herkimer’s crime and failed governance. It’s also sent our blog and YouTube stats soaring. Sure beats the heck out of just sitting around growing squash. Though this most recent ugly incident we’ve beamed to the world  from Bulgaria did remind us that we need to beef up our surveillance suite.

Been watching the drones?  Pretty. They grace our skies and aren’t confined to just the night or the Herkimer Meth Bridge area. And Herkimer certainly earned them.The only change we foresee for them under Trump is the addition of weaponized police drones.

I heard a kid on the street say to his mom, “I want a drone.” Me, too.

Magnus frater spectat te.  (“Big brother is watching you.”) Everything always sounds better in Latin.) 

“Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.” “The most important political office is that of the private citizen.” Justice Louis D. Brandeis

 

 

 

Herkimer’s Historic Crack House Keeper

by Stephen Ames Berry

Herkimer New York now proudly numbers among its historic gems a reputed former crack house, complete with a crack house keeper.

Fomer Herkimer crack house at 318 Pleasant Avenue. It has a crack house keeper
Reputed former crack house at 318 Pleasant Avenue Herkimer, NY, empty now except for its caretaker.

318’s a big dilapidated multifamily house, sold this past June and   emptied of all, or so we thought–until the crack house keeper emerged during one of our recent morning walks and belligerently tumbled into our camera lens. One of his roles is apparently to serve as a still-living example to visitors and passersby of the destruction caused by drug addiction. (Apologies for the video quality–I was holding an 84 lb Chow with my free hand. Bear’s always juiced by the scents around 318. It’s her favorite sniffing spot in the ‘hood since suddenly-vanished Douglas Barton’s garage at 333 Pleasant Avenue burned down.)

The crack house keeper abuses one of us with “Dance for me granny!” He seems to be accusing us of photographing “us.”(?)  (We weren’t photographing that morning, but were delighted to do so. Our cameras are always thirsty.)

The keeper’s speech is rambling and sometimes slurred, his cognition and critical thinking skills seemingly impaired. He’s either a drug addict or superbly playing the role. With our next door neighbor Curtis Cool gone, Herkimer’s street harassment’s fallen to him.

Herkimer’s Crack House Keeper Brags of his Criminal history

The lad brags of his criminal history and having foiled the law. He appeared to blame us for the long overdue scrutiny Herkimer is receiving from federal and state counter-narcotics authorities and their surveillance drones. And for our having a video-centric, crime-focused Herkimer website. At first he says he doesn’t believe in drones. Then says you can buy them at Walmart. (Yeah, but not the type watching over Sparky here and his chums.) The source of whatever pathetic money he may have once made hustling drugs from Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue has been snuffed out by ongoing state and federal law enforcement operations. (He does shares my perception of the efficacy of the Herkimer Police. )

crack house keeper’s camera-shy Woman

Not shown in the clip is a stocky gray-hooded figure, who carefully kept off camera–she’s one of neighboring Melodie Schulze’s associates. She may have stiffened the lad’s desire to harass us. Melodie Schulze herself, strangely absent from the street she usually haunts, was our first Pleasant Avenue neighbor to greet us after we moved to Herkimer.

We wish 318 Pleasant Avenue better times under it’s new owner, whose name we’re unearthing. Under all that grime is a capacious 19th century house that could again serve as a home for Herkimer’s hardworking, law-abiding families.

Looking up

A few hours after we parted from the crack house keeper, I heard helicopters. Lots. Looking up, I saw 5 identical gray helicopters in close formation passing over Herkimer Village, headed quickly north. If you’re unfortunate enough not to live in our pastoral village, all that’s north of us are a few smaller villages and then the Great North Woods of the Southern Adirondacks. Some of our more prosperous local criminals relax at their “camps” up there: nice rural acreage with one or more permanent structures. (A camp with a babbling brook is preferred.)

Hard to believe, but none of the helicopters looked like this:

walmart-helicopter

“Some people have no chance.”

As for Herkimer’s crack house keeper, he reminds me a bit of Nick, after he’d become a drug addict, in and out of jail. One of my high school behavior students, Nick was a gifted artist and a fine poet from a horrific home who bested all of tony Sarasota’s entitled older teens to take first prize in the county’s annual poetry contest. Nick died of a fentanyl overdose a few years ago. He was 24.  As my old friend Crazy the Spy once said in a very different context, “Some people have no chance.”