The ongoing Herkimer Police crackdown continues, with the arrest yesterday of an apparent drug gang member in front of landlord Jay Smith’s 332 Pleasant Avenue. The arrest, by Herkimer and state police, occurred at the start of Pleasant Avenue’s annual Spring Gang Swarming, a Herkimer tradition usually not challenged by police. This year was different, with an arrest that ended the festivities before they grew. Last year’s Spring Gang Swarm was sponsored by the Joyce Barton gang, its centerpiece the beating of herkimerpost.com’s editor by Herkimer street thug Shianne Hill.
Herkimer Police Highly Proactive
Herkimer and New York state are aggressively challenging Herkimer gangs’ sense of ownership of village neighborhoods, this amid booming area real estate sales. As we long predicted, people are relocating to climate change safe Upstate New York. It’s a truism that as real estate values increase, crime decreases.
This gang appears to be the remaining dregs of the Stanley Sykes Gang, which trafficked children out of Jay Smith’s properties at 332 and 334 Pleasant Avenue and 341 Eureka Avenue.
Police activity along Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue has recently been constant and vigorous. A few days ago, Joyce Barton gang member, Joyce’s daughter Kylee Figueroa , was arrested at 333 Pleasant Avenue. Earlier on the day of this arrest at 332, multiple state and Herkimer police units responded to an incident at the King Street end of Pleasant Avenue, a few doors down from PK’s Pub. The house they entered remains cordoned off as a crime scene, with Herkimer police continuing to guard the property. Perhaps sometime the local press will tear itself away from its usual gripping coverage of 4H and village trustee meetings to tell us what happened.
332 Pleasant Avenue was reoccupied as a gang property in January, with intermittent drug trafficking activity occurring since. Additional gang members appear to have moved in there recently, or else are visiting so often and for so long as to be indistinguishable from residents. Herkimerpost.com hasn’t reported their activities: they haven’t bothered us and aren’t trafficking children, and we’re very busy with a major project. Federal law enforcement surveillance drones are a regular presence over the parking lot serving 332 and 334 Pleasant Avenue and 341 Eureka Avenue, making any coverage of trafficking we’d provide redundant. But any arrest here on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue is always welcome news that we’re happy to share. Here’s the video of the arrest. The timeline follows below.
Timeline of Herkimer Arrest of 4/7/19
0.01 Gang congregates at Jay Smith’s 332 Pleasant Avenue, spilling out onto the sidewalk. Opposite, standing next to parked car: Shianne Hill, Joyce Barton gang thug, serving 1-year probation for unprovoked beating of her 63 year-old neighbor. Hill has been placed under a restraining order.
0.17 Herkimer police arrive
0.27 Gang member (woman in red top) hands off her daughter to fellow gang member from 334 Pleasant Avenue. Child taken to Jay Smith’s 334 neighboring Pleasant Avenue. Red Top’s a well-known and highly visible drug trafficker.
0.43 Arrest made
1:29 Closeup of arrest
1:48 State police arrive from crime scene at house at King Street end of Pleasant Avenue
4:24 Herkimer officer appears to offer protesting gang member (Black guy, red shirt) a ride in a police car.
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: 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.
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 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.
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.
1:35 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.)
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.
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…
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.
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.
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 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’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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
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.]
Old age and skill will overcome youth and treachery —Night Court
Update 6/22/17. Kiera Stone’s father, gang leader Stanley Sykes, 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 Stone 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.)
334 Pleasant Avenue – Herkimer’s Harassing Harpies Headquarters
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, aka Carrie Ann Collins-Bass. (Next video.)
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–gang thug Kiera Stone, 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 Kiera Stone’\’s keeper, while her sister-in-law, Herkimer’s Carrie Bass, aka Carrie Ann Colins-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 Stone and her drug and child trafficking relatives’ accusation:
The Herkimer Police Respond
The Herkimer Police arrived, Officers Bowman and Hill. They confirmed that Kiera Stone 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?”)
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.)
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
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.”
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.]
Then, shockingly, the officers departed without dispersing the remaining 20-30 still hostile belligerents once again lining the sidewalk across from our home.
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
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.
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.