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

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Stephen Ames Berry

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

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

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

Meet Herkimer’s Kim Vargas and Family

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

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

328 Pleasant Avenue – The Doolen Gang House?

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

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

Joe Handy’s Addresses from Public Records’ Search

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

Kim Vargas and Curtis Doolen

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

Curtis Doolen, aka Curtis Cool

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

Let There Be (More) Light

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kim Vargas and Her Blinded Neighbors –  
Video Timeline

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Video Timeline – Kim Vargas -Harassment and Assault of 6.7.20 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Herkimer Drug Gang’s Fireworks’ Barrages Ongoing

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Having failed to burn down South Herkimer with their bonfires, the drug gang at their longtime landlord Jay Smith’s 332 Pleasant Avenue are resorting to bombarding the village with multiple rocket launches, coordinated with street-based pyrotechnics.

This is an almost-nightly occurrence, coordinated by why-isn’t-he-in-jail-yet Kyle Stone and his crack selling krew that operate of Smith’s 332 Pleasant Ave.

Gangs’ Fireworks’ Barrages

The gang’s fireworks’ barrages soar from the rear of 331 Pleasant Avenue, which shares a large leafy yard with unoccupied 329 Pleasant Avenue. Note the many large trees the lads’ rockets are cascading with fiery debris. On the other side of those trees is Eastern Avenue, which like Pleasant is a street of close-set 19th century wooden homes.

Watching the video, you’ll see Kyle Stone coordinating the attack on his cellphone, gleefully recording the explosions and dancing in the street of front of 332 Pleasant Avenue. (This time he didn’t urinate in the street while dancing.) These bombardments are frequent, but don’t last more than a few minutes—the gang is keenly aware of the Herkimer Police response time. Under NY bail reform, perpetrators probably can’t be locked up until after they burn down some houses. A few nights before this, the gang took over Jay Smith’s parking lot, between 332 Pleasant and 341 Eureka, with a big fireworks party lasting for hours. The grand finale was an explosion around 0100 hrs that shook ours and others’ houses—it sounded and felt like a 155mm howitzer battery firing a salvo.

Make sure your fire insurance is paid. It’s still a long way from the 4th of July.

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

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New York’s catch-and-release bail reform law, aided and abetted by Covid-19, has revitalized our local Herkimer drug gang. They operate out of their landlord Jay Smith’s 332 Pleasant Avenue–a barely post-pubescent pack of males supplied by equally young Kyle Stone, who lives at 332 with his mother. Part of the Stanley Sykes’ gang‘s extended family, Kyle’s their Pleasant Avenue distribution point, moving a steady stream of narcotics in and out of 332. Stuff comes in big bulging backpacks and goes in smaller ones, or via Kyle at the wheel of his mom’s new car.

Kyle Stone Herkimer gang thug
Kyle Stone at a previous illegal fire- 332 Pleasant Ave.

In the real world, Kyle would be in jail. Yet after a lengthy police hunt for him on a felony charge stemming from an incident in front of 332, he returned home–it wasn’t a violent crime, so Kyle scooted home under the kinder, gentler bail reform law. The courts here remain mostly closed due to Covid-19, so justice hasn’t yet been meted out to Kyle, and to many others.

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4.5.20 Gone today, here tomorrow. Arrested 332 Pleasant Ave drug gangbangers quickly set loose under bail reform law.

One of those is his friend, Xavier Rowe. Rowe was involved in the same incident as Stone, and may be free  under the same circumstances as Stone, or he may have been serving time in the county jail for yet another of his petty crimes, and was released due to the pandemic. Hard to say, given Herkimer County’s lack of on-line court and arrest records.  We did see Kyle evade arrest in an incident at 332 on 4/20, which saw several of his friends taken into custody. It’s all good–they were freed the same day and no one seems to have troubled Kyle any further about it.

 Both Kyle and Xavier and the rest of Kyle’ krew are brazenly trafficking out of 332 Pleasant and living the good life, infesting the front of 332 and the street, and partying in the  parking behind 332. The parking lot–Herkimer’s Historic Child Trafficking Lot–serves the three houses comprising the sanctuary Jay Smith has long maintained for Herkimer’s drug and child traffickers. The houses have been gang-occupied since we moved here 6 years ago and began observing events there.

Herkimer Drug Gang’s Preferred Party Venue

Gang parties in Smith’s parking lot aren’t complete without an illegal fire and foul music. The more dangerous the fire the better. The gang of Lost Boys partied this week–unusually, one even brought a girl. The police responded, but too late to snag anyone. Police resources seem  strained by the pandemic, with the state police who usually back up the Herkimer PD no longer much in evidence.

Hopefully criminal court sessions will soon resume, police numbers will go back up and Kyle and Xavier will receive help to turn their young lives around, preferably in a 24/7 setting. (Our new Herkimer County Jail still has that new jail smell.)

As for the bail law, there’s much pressure to modify it again. It was written by people who live in southern New York, in places like Westchester, where the actions of criminals are but an intellectual abstraction, a remote cause  rarely affecting their privileged lives. Legislators are belatedly awakening to their danger, awareness dawning that if they don’t restore rationality to the bail process, they’ll suffer in the next election. If not, beleaguered citizens may protect themselves by taking matters into their own hands. (We’re thinking of supplementing  our puny garden hose with a power wash.)

Kyle’s party of of 6/8/20 saw the use of about a quart of fire accelerant.  The fire smoldered through the night and had to be extinguished by a concerned neighbor the next morning. (I reported the fire to county 911, and police responded as quickly s they could, but apparently no one checked the fire–see above, police resources are strained.)

Below’s the zoomed video. (Note the heavy use of an accelerant.)
[Link to uncropped original.]

332 Pleasant Ave Fire Night Timeline 6/8/20

00:01-00:33  6/5/20 Drug backpackers arrive at Kyle Stone’s 332 Pleasant Avenue. Occurs daily. Curiers come and go from 332. Kyle himself distributes what they bring throughout the village in mom’s new car, taking care to do so as loudly as possible.

00:33-00:54 6/8/20 Workers rewarded: Party for drug gang begins, rear of 332 Pleasant Ave. Noted longtime Herkimer drug and child trafficker Carrie Ann Bass (Stanley Sykes Gang) drives by, stops to chat with Xavier Rowe (ratface, scraggly beard) and Kyle Stone, as Stone liberally applies accelerant to illegal fire. (Next to our fence.)

00:55-01:09 Stone applies more accelerant to fire.

01:14-02:10 Stone applies more accelerant to fire.

02:15 Party heats up.

02:10-02:53 Guest applies more accelerant.

03:00-03:19 Dry grass added to fire as Xavier Rowe stirs fire.

03:19-04:30 Sample of  music boomed from Kyle Stone’s car (white, doors open, right). Recorded in our bedroom with the windows shut. This is the cleanest portion I could find without overexposing myself. Sexual and misogynistic portions excluded.

04:31-04:40 Kyle Stone and Xavier Rowe move table closer to fence and security light we provide for the gang’s convenience. (If they were monkeys, they’d be shaking their butts at the camera and throwing scat at the fence.)

04:41-08:24 Table activities start. Seems to involve crack sharing and smoking [07:00] and card playing.

0:825- 09:44  Long segment for purpose of shared observation: Maybe something else going on at the table. My camera lacks the resolution to see what. Maybe you can enhance it?

09:45 A male finally pays brief attention to the sole female guest. She is not happy. (Stone and Rowe I’ve never seen with a woman. Willowy blond guys, yes. Women, no.)

10:24 – Party breaks up.

10:35 Pleasant Avenue in front of 332 Pleasant. Herkimer Police arrive. I’d called about 30 minutes before, I believe. (I was asleep on watch.) With the state-wide demands of the pandemic and demonstrations, state police who usually backup the Herkimer PD are evidently elsewhere.

10:35 Kyle Stone in car in driveway between 332 and 334 Pleasant.

11:05  Police leave without checking for the fire I had reported to county 911.

11:10-END 6/9 1030 hrs. Fire still smoldering from generous application of accelerant. A concerned neighbor douses it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Police Take Down Pleasant Ave Gangbangers

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Police bust Herkimer gangbangers
4.5.20 Herkimer and State Police bust gangbangers at Jay Smith’s 332 Pleasant Ave.

On 4.5, in a dramatic late-hours take down, Herkimer and state police took two drug gangbangers into custody.  This followed a confrontation between Kyle Stone of 332 Pleasant, a runner for the Stanley Sykes gang, two of his fellow gang members and police. Stone was able to stash his bulging backpack in his mother’s house before fleeing the scene.  As Stone likes to serenade his neighbors with “I’m gonna sell crack and until I die.,” I assume his backpack was laden with drugs, ready for wee-hours trafficking throughout our pastoral village. The trio  and other gang members are a familiar late night sight on the front steps of Kyle’s mom’s house, itself part of a Yuletide gift by landlord Jay Smith to Herkimer. 

Herkimer Resisting Arrest
4.5.20 What resisting arrest looks like.
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Herkimer police escort first of two Pleasant Avenue gangbangers to police vehicle.
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Herkimer police escort second Pleasant Avenue gangbangers to police vehicle.

Stone, like other petty criminals, has been taking full advantage of New York’s new catch-and-release bail law. Many of them are let free to run amok while awaiting trial. Happily, that law has been modified in this year’s legislation. It’s only a matter of time before local scofflaws get to check out the accommodations at our new, empty county jail, complete with that new jail smell.

Here’s the video of the takedown. 

Video Timeline of Arrests  (minutes) 4.5.20 at 332 Pleasant Ave.

0:01 – 3:10 Kyle Stone and fellow gangbangers on porch at landlord Jay Smith’s 332 Pleasant Ave. Herkimer rental. Kyle wearing large backpack
3:11 First police units arrive. (State police)
3:31 Herkimer PD unit arrives.
4:00 Gangbangers, led by Kyle, grow more belligerent and confrontational.
4:13 Kyle shows officers where the property line is.
5:36 More officers arrive. Gang appears to be taunting them.
7:30 Kyle belligerently waving his cellphone. Gang appears defiant, hostile, confrontational.
9:24 Kyle removes his backpack. It goes off camera.
9:37 Woman neighbor appears. Tries to get Kyle to deescalate. Confrontation continues.
10:56 Gangbangers go into house.
11:23 Kyle (red shirt) returns to porch. (No backpack.)
12:00 More state police arrive. Kyle belligerent.
12:31 All gangbangers back on porch. Kyle leads in hurling defiance.
13:20 Led by Herkimer officers, police storm the porch, make arrests. Kyle hides in house.
15:17 As friends arrested, Kyle flees from rear of house, down driveway between 332/334 Pleasant.
16:39 Kyle taunts police, then runs off toward Protection Ave. Police pursue.
18:10 Kyle’s mother cleans up.
18:25 Separate clip: Unhappy gangbangers taken away.

(4.16.20 – Added photo “What resisting arrest looks like.”)

Joe Handy Tenant Kim Vargis Hosts Scofflaws Ignoring Social Distancing As Countywide Epidemic Looms

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partying social distancing scofflaws
Partying along Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue as countywide epidemic looms.

Last Saturday, as the coronavirus death toll soared in New York and authorities begged people to practice social distancing, our scofflaw Herkimer neighbors partied hearty. Here’s a video of landlord Joe Handy’s tenant Kim Vargis hosting a party that spilled over from their front porch onto the street.

Except for these asocial cretins, Pleasant Avenue was otherwise empty,  as was the village. Most folks in Herkimer are decent sorts who care about their health as well as that of others. They stayed home as asked. Then we have this lot. Sadly, according to news reports, they’re not atypical. And so the deadly virus spreads even faster, unseen until it strikes and people die. Perhaps even some of these mindless immortals.

Their depraved indifference endangers their families, their friends and everyone else in Herkimer. The New York Times noted that

“70 percent of all counties in the United States — making up 94 percent of the country’s population — are likely to have epidemics. 

Herkimer On Borderline Of Epidemic

If a county has 40 or more known cases, the probability of community transmission is 100%. As of 4/6, Herkimer County had 35 known cases of Covid-19, including 3 deaths.  One person with the Covid-19 may be expected to pass it on to two more people.  Herkimer’s right on the border of 100% transmission.  Scofflaws like those on Pleasant Avenue may well have put us over the top for a epidemic.

The grandparents of many of the people in this video probably went away for years to fight the Second World War.  Kim Vargis is proud that her husband Joel Vargis Sr. is a veteran. Yet she and Pleasant Avenue neighbors couldn’t even avoid partying for a few months when their country called. 

Absent social conscience, fear can work: there’s now a $1,000 state-wide fine for violating social distancing regulations. Oneida County’s enforcing it. Well past time for Herkimer County to stop gently chiding people to not kill their families and neighbors.  While there’s still time.

328 Pleasant Avenue Tenants Practicing Social Distancing

Our Pleasant Avenue neighbors do know how to maintain social distance: here are the hosts of Saturday’s neighborhood get-together, Kim Vargis and some of her family, a few days later, enjoying themselves quietly at home.  It may take some motivation, but everyone can practice safe social distancing.

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328 Pleasant Avenue tenants mastering social distancing 

Herkimer Drug Trafficking Spreads Coronavirus

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Stephen Ames Berry

Herkimer’s entrenched drug traffickers are putting us all at risk of heightened pandemic contagion: drug trafficking spreads coronavirus.

Many people have a role in narcotics preparation and distribution. It’s a labor intense business. Illegal drugs pass through lots of hands as they’re processed and delivered to the end drug user. Personal hygiene standards are nonexistent. It only takes a few infected workers to infect entire shipments. The coronavirus can linger for days on surfaces, be transmitted by touch or by air and incubates unseen for up to two weeks inside us as it sheds.  Each little drug packet can be the source of infection for an entire home as the virus establishes itself in new hosts, from where it can spread throughout a community.

Below are two videos of recent narcotics trafficking out of two Jay Smith houses on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue. Business is again booming.  Large backpacks filled with narcotics packaged for retail distribution come into Smith’s 332 and 326 Pleasant Avenue and are then distributed throughout the community. Each of those big  backpacks you see on the videos could potentially hold hundreds of the small plastic bags used to distribute a range of opioids.

Unworried because you’re not in a prime risk age group? Think again. If you’re a heavy drug user, your immune system’s probably in pretty bad shape, making you low-hanging fruit for a deadly outcome. If you have chronic medial issues, you’re at even greater risk. If you have elderly family members or older friends around you, you’re subjecting them to grave risk. And evolving pandemic news out of Europe and the US indicates that millenials, drug trafficking’s foot soldiers, are now being felled by the coronavirus.

“Tempting to shrug and say the more dead drug dealers, addicts and gang family members the better.”

It’s tempting not to post this warning. Tempting to say a pox on all your houses. Tempting to shrug and say the more dead drug dealers, addicts and gang family members the better. But that would make me no better than you. And there are innocent lives at risk from this latest form of your depraved indifference, and so I have warned you and my community. Be it now on your heads.

Given that I’m old, I suppose our murderous band of neighbors will be eagerly watching to see if the death cart visits our home. And I’ll be watching to see if it stops at theirs.

Black Plague Death Cart

When this pandemic ends, and I fear it will be a long time, it will be a vastly changed world. We’ll see who’s still standing when that sullen new day dawns.

Herkimer Drug Trafficking and Traffickers – 332 and 326 Pleasant Avenue

Below are recent videos of trafficking out of landlord Jay Smith’s 332 and 326 Pleasant Avenue. Stuff comes in on large backpacks, then is distributed by foot and vehicles. 

I’ve grouped the drug trafficking by property. 332 Pleasant’s the most active, with several familiar faces to be seen, notably Alexis Rowe and Kyle Stone.  Alexis is the putative daughter of Amanda West and Cory Rowe.  Blog readers may recall Amanda and Cory’s eviction from 328 Pleasant Avenue after we outed Cory and Alexis’ drug related antics there. And Amanda and Cory’s subsequent aggravated trespassing on our property, featuring a bizarre paid performance by Amanda. (They were arrested.)

Kyle Stone – Hiding or Caught and Released?

Kyle Stone performs
Kyle Stone, Herkimer Street Performer

What’s with boy-next-door Kyle Stone? A few months ago he was wanted on a felony charge. Yet he’s back at 332 Pleasant with mom, seemingly unconcerned with being on camera. Was he arrested and released under New York’s new catch-and-release bail law? Dunno. Haven’t heard him recently singing his classic “I’m Gonna Sell Crack Until I Die,” or shouting “I’m gonna burn your fuckin’ house down!”in the wee hours. For Kyle, that’s keeping a low profile.

332 Pleasant Avenue Drug Surge Video

332 Pleasant Video Timeline
3/5-3/6/20

0:01—1:18 Alexis Rowe leaves 332 Pleasant Avenue with army-size backpack. Walks into driveway of house a few doors down from PK’s Pub. (Intersection of Pleasant and King Streets.)
1:19-1:31 A few minutes later, car leaves driveway of property Rowe entered. Turns left on to King St. Assume Rowe got a ride.
1:32-2:29 Rowe returns on foot to 332 Pleasant, walking the length of Pleasant from King. (Partially off camera.) Backpack appears to hang lower.  Stops at Kyle Stone’s mother’s car in driveway of 332, removes something from beneath baby seat—she has a young child–and enters 332.
2:30-4:04 Pack carrying pickup driver exits 332 rear, enters truck and leaves, turning left on King St. (Truck often seen behind 332.)
4:05-9:59 Various arrivals and departures, 332 Pleasant Ave. Kyle Stone seen at 6:55, 9:28 (glaring).
10:00-End 3/6 Pickup driver parks in front of 330 Pleasant Ave., conceals face before approaching 332, safely off camera. Returns to p/u truck with backpack and leaves, turning left on King St. (Off camera).

326 Pleasant Avenue and the Drug Surge

Smith’s house at 326 Pleasant Avenue’s has several long-term tenants, notably the guy we call Shawn of the Shuffling Dead. Before we plastered our house with cameras, Shawn most likely was the one who’d slip into our yard and leave proof of  his continuing grasp of his US Marine infiltration skills.  He’s undoubtedly the one who, pre-cameras, used to spray highly volatilized pesticide into our yard, in the Herkimer tradition of poison thy neighbor. 

For years, there’ve  been hefty backpacks coming and going from 326 Pleasant. Whenever we pick up on it and put out some videos, the trafficking moves elsewhere for a while, then resumes. Backpacking’s always the alternate distribution network for Herkimer narcotics, as seen in our Stanley Sykes’ Backpack Empire.

326 Pleasant Avenue Drug Surge Video

Here’s a few recent nights’ drug trafficking out of 326 Pleasant Avenue, home to Smith’s longtime tenants Shawn of the Shuffling Dead and Blondie Dead Eyes. (I think Blondie’s the one in the video.) There may have been more trafficking activity, but despite what the local gangs may think, I don’t spend my days pouring over the surveillance footage. Stream pesticide at us, though, and I start watching.

326 Pleasant Video Timeline
2/25/20 & 3/5-3/6/20

0:01-0:33 Backpacker arrives at 326 Pleasant Avenue from direction of King Street, then leaves back toward King St.
0:34-3:50 New backpacker and blonde companion leave 326 and walk to Protection Avenue, turning left.
3:51-4:34 New backpacker crosses Jay Smith’s Pleasant Avenue parking lot from direction of Eureka Avenue. Exits on to Pleasant and enters 326 Pleasant.
4:35-5:14 Same backpacker exits 326 and walks toward Protection Avenue. 5:15-End Backpacker to 326.

The Indefatigable Carrie Ann Bass, aka Carrie Ann Collins Bass

Carrie Ann Bass's Battered New Car
3.5.20 Carrie Ann Bass’ New Battered Drug Delivery Vehicle

Nothing can stop her: noted drug and child trafficker Carrie Ann Bass continues trafficking out of Jay Smith’s 341 Eureka Avenue, the other side of Smith’s parking lot from 332 Pleasant Avenue. Carrie’s part of the Stanley Sykes gang, and the first person to harass us when we arrived in Herkimer.  After what seemed a difficult few months for a dejected Carrie, her old broken down car was hauled off by an unmarked tow truck and replaced by the above car. Might be a Fiat that’s seen better days.

Carrie  traffics multiple times daily, but there was no perceptible increase in activity her trafficking when the drugs came in to 332 on 3.5-3.6.20. Nor did I see her receive anything from that shipment, though she could easily be supplied from Eureka Avenue, out of range of our cameras. Perhaps she’s operating out of a different cost center than 332 Pleasant.

An earlier version of this post misidentified one of the trafficking houses as 328 Pleasant Avenue instead of 326 Pleasant Avenue. The Herkimer Post regrets the error.

 

Amanda West Performs Herkimer Gangs’ Swan Song

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This paid performance on 9/20 by Herkimer gang thug Amanda West brought home how well we and our videos have done to help affect change here on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue.  And how hated they and we are by Herkimer area drug and child traffickers.

West’s twilight solo signaled the twilight of the gang economy here in Herkimer—the Herkimer gangs’ swan song. Everything’s against them: local and federal law enforcement are all over them, prosperity looms, with real estate prices soaring and huge investments in the regional economy. All the ingredients are in place for a return to the sort of prosperity not seen in Herkimer for over 40 years. Our region is a recognized national sweet spot for climate change relocation. People and jobs will just keep coming. Gangs only prosper amid poverty and despair. 

Classic Herkimer Gang Intimidation Shtick

Amanda West assailed us in a classic exhibition of the sort of gang behavior that long worked to intimidate people here into silence or panicked flight.  West invaded our property, streaming  30 minutes of threats and abuse as she acted the outraged mother in an often bizarre diatribe of pacing and hand clapping. She was accompanied by a male she called Cory, who from what he said is probably Cory Rowe, parent of local criminal Xavier Rowe and of Alexis Rowe. It was obvious at the end that West’s gig was underwritten by the Stanley Sykes’ gang, which has nestled for years in landlord Jay Smith’s 341 Eureka Avenue, destroying lives as they help fuel the opioid crisis.

West’s was ostensibly enraged at the appearance of “my 19 year old daughter” in one of our Herkimer Post crime videos. That would be Alexis Rowe of neighboring 332 Pleasant Avenue, formerly home to junior gangbanger Xavier Rowe. Alexis may or may not be West’s daughter—gang members lie a lot. In the supposedly offending video, Alexis appears to be receiving a narcotics treat from putative dad Cory, who has just been visited by what appear to narcotics wholesalers, bringing fresh product to drug distribution points, like Cory and Amanda’s 328 Pleasant Avenue. West herself does not appear in the video.

Herkimer police have made arrests stemming from the July 22nd incident in front of 332 Pleasant Avenue,  captured by our cameras, allegedly involving Xavier Rowe and Kyle Stone, both gone as the wheels of justice grind on. Besides the video of Cory welcoming the drug dealers in front of 328 Pleasant, we posted another video of a flock of Stanley Sykes’ gang members on his front porch, apparently trying to redominate the middle of Pleasant Avenue. 328 Pleasant Avenue’s new owner, who doesn’t live in Herkimer, apparently saw the videos. 

On September 7, Cory and Amanda and some unknown children relocated quickly and unhappily from 328. They’re not homeless: 328 was probably just a place of criminal business for them, as it was before them for Curtis Cool, who long rented 328 from Harriett Tangorra. During most of our six years in Herkimer, drugs and kids and criminal visitors came and went from 328 Pleasant Avenue.  That’s ended. Will it last? Our cameras will tell.

Here’s the raw footage of Amanda West’s performance at our home on 9/20.  The first five minutes are its unwholesome heart. She’s brandishing one of the antique wooden posts I was replacing on our front porch roof. I’d left it out, not suspecting it would become a gang prop. The timeline follows below the video.

Amanda West menacing old folks
Amanda West seems pleased with her performance on our porch.

Amanda West and Cory Rowe Arrested and Charged

Amanda West got to spend that bail money she bragged of in the video. She  and Cory Roe were arrested and charged with trespassing and harassment, according to Herkimer Officer Jason Crippin. The case is pending a criminal hearing. In their compensated performance they were careful not to threaten us personally, which would have elevated our criminal complaint against them to the status of menacing. A repeat performance will earn them a fresh arrest and a charge of 2nd Degree Criminal Harassment. 

Suggestions to the Gang for an Impassioned Door Front Performance

Keep it short. End with a bang. The finest contemporary example of this is from the series “Rome,” the “Death Mask” episode, in which Brutus’ mother Servilia, covered in Brutus’ ashes, calls upon the gods to visit justice upon Atia of the Julii.  If you copy Servilia’s finale, Herkimer will thank you and we’ll publish it. 
                                                       Servilia Curses Atia

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Thug on the Run – Police Dragnet Out for Kyle Stone

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Herkimer police are scouring the area for gang member Kyle Stone.  Stone is wanted on a felony charge stemming from an incident on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue in the early morning of July 22.

Herkimer police hunting for Khye Stone
9.20.19 Herkimer police out in force along Pleasant Avenue, hunting for Kyle Stone
Kyle Stone gang member at illegal bonfire
Kyle Stone, bonfire builder..

Kyle’s a real bad boy, as you can see in our videos of him.  He lives next door to us at Jay Smith’s 332 Pleasant Avenue. We haven’t seen Kyle since Thursday, 9/19. It’s been quiet without him screaming death and arson threats at us in the night. Or singing “I’m gonna sell crack until I die,” as he leaps through his illegal bonfires, sparks flying into our trees.

Oddly, we haven’t noticed any instances of poison gas spraying of us or our property since Kyle and his partner in crime Xavier Rowe left. (Xavier has already been arrested–not for the first time.)

Xavier Rowe Herkimer mugshot
Xavier Rowe after his arrest on a previous charge.

Kyle is a very junior and seemingly not highly valued member of the Stanley Sykes Gang, which still operates out of Jay Smith’s 341 Eureka Avenue. It’s currently occupied by Stanley Sykes’ grandson’s mother, Carrie Ann Bass, aka Carrie Ann Collins-Bass, Stanley having moved after our Herkimer child trafficking series. She seemingly just traffics drugs out of there throughout the day. No more little kids coming and going day and night.

The gang’s very indignant that the privacy of their parking lot sanctuary is now routinely violated by law enforcement. You can sometimes hear them bitching at night from beneath their picnic canopy behind 341 Eureka.

Herkimer Police at 341 Eureka Ave
9.20.19 Herkimer police again violate the sanctity of the Sykes Gang’s 341 Eureka Avenue picnic pavilion as they search for gang’s Kyle Stone.

Video Timeline
0:01-1:08 Police arrive in force on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue.
1:09-2:30 Search in and around Kyle’s mother’s rental at 332 Pleasant Avenue.
2:31-3:31 Police approach 341 Eureka Avenue (rear) and trouble Carrie Ann Bass.
3:31-3:40 Police questions Kyle’s mother. (We like her. She seems a very nice person, as does her daughter.)
3:41-End Photo of Kyle Stone during one of his illegal summer bonfires.

If you see this thug on the run, please call the Herkimer Police at 315.866.4330. Or dial 911.  We don’t want him back. And you don’t want him walking our streets. Things are looking up for Herkimer and the region. Time to close these legacy criminals down.

Kyle Stone Herkimer gang thug
Kyle Stone, Herkimer gang thug

Joseph Handy’s 328 Pleasant Ave Hosts Herkimer Gang Gathering

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Landlord Joseph Handy’s 328 Pleasant Avenue hosted a Herkimer gang gathering this week.  Handy bought the property in June of 2018 from Harriett Tangorra. 328 Pleasant is notorious for Tangorra’s long time tenant,  drug and child trafficker Curtis Cool. 

The gang’s probably angry about our recent video of Pleasant Avenue street crime by some of their Herkimer drug couriers, notably 332 Pleasant Avenue’s Kyle Stone.  (332 Pleasant Avenue belongs to Herkimer landlord Jay Smith. Still.)

It was a fresh attempt by the Stanley Sykes’ gang to dominate mid-Pleasant Avenue, this time from the porch of 328 Pleasant. It seems Handy is content to continue the long Herkimer practice of renting to cash-heavy gangs, of which Jay Smith is the prominent practitioner. 

Most of the porch people seem to be from the Sykes gang’s Utica location, parked for the day at  Jay Smith’s 341 Eureka Avenue, long a regional child trafficking hub.  (Off-camera, 100 yards to the left.) In the video, they appear torn between giving hard looks at our security camera across the zero lot line and trying to stay off-camera.  

Herkimer gang gathers Pleasant Ave
8.4.19 Herkimer gang squad gathers at 328 Pleasant Avenue. There are a lot more of these guys elsewhere. Beefy guy mid-photo is Sykes Gang’s Herkimer coordinator, with open access to five criminal houses clustered on Pleasant and Eureka Avenues. (Xavier Rowe, blue hoodie, right.)
Xavier Rowe Herkimer harassing old folks
85.19 Herkimer gang member Xavier Rowe harassing old folks from the porch of 328 Pleasant Avenue, where he now lives. Rowe was convicted in 2018 of menacing and child endangerment.

Next day saw Sykes Gang wannabe Xavier Rowe on 328 Pleasant Avenue’s porch, blasting music and harassing us in our driveway.  Rowe’s a noted Herkimer street thug and minor drug dealer, convicted last year of menacing and endangering a child:

Herkimer’s Xavier Rowe – Menacing and Child Endangerment Mugshot

.Xavier Rowe Arrested Herkimer mugshot

Xavier Rowe Herkimer harassing old folks8.5.19 Herkimer street thug Xavier Rowe harassing neighboring old folks from porch of 326 Pleasant Avenue, a Joseph Handy property. 

Herkimer Gang Gathering Video

Video Timeline

0:01-1:18  Gang cavorts and glowers. Unknown blond kid watches.
1:19-2:44  Xavier Rowe performing on porch of 328 Pleasant as we return from shopping. Linda Kaidan stops to provide moral instruction to Xavier’s simpering female friend.
2:45-3:08 Xavier and me and his stereo.
3:09-3:17  Linda Kaidan heard providing moral clarity to Xavier’s female friend.
3:19-3:39  Kaidan says she think’s Xavier is 14 years old. I got outside and ask him. Xavier refers me to his penis.
3:40-4:04 Xavier trespasses in our driveway, mouth running. Woman in Cliff’s Local Markets uniform joins him in berating me.
4:05-4:13  Xavier claims ownership of our driveway. Cliff’s Local Markets woman supports him.
4:14-4:35  Xavier threatens to “smack you in your mouth.” Cliff’s Local Markets woman assures him she’s calling the police. On me.
4:36-4:54   Senior Stanley Sykes gang street harasser and noted Herkimer child trafficker Carrie Ann Bass, aka Carrie Ann Collins-Bass of Jay Smith’s 341 Eureka Ave., pulls up in street and orders Xavier into 328 Pleasant. Carrie Ann has suffered over the years from our videos.
4:54-5:07  More from the mouth of Cliff’s Local Markets employee.
5:08-5:23 More from Xavier as he retreats into 328 Pleasant. Refers to Carrie Ann as “my Mom,” as does his fellow gang member Kyle Stone. (Think Ma Barker.)
5:24-End  Xavier sneers “What’s that video camera going to do?” We’ll see.

 

Kyle Stone Herkimer Gang Performer

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Kyle Stone, Herkimer gang performer best known for his fire and water gigs, on 7/22 took his art into the street. In an arresting two-hour performance on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue, Stone debuted a brilliantly choreographed show of gritty urban realism. His repertoire of antisocial behaviors interwove crack smoking, public intoxication and urination, drunken and and reckless driving, bullying, alleged property damage and  assault. It was a  microcosm of the Herkimer gang behaviors that have long blighted the community.

Kyle Stone pisses on Herkimer
Kyle Stone (left) of Jay Smith’s 332 Pleasant Ave and fellow gang member piss on Herkimer. The gang’s two-hour performance included Kyle’s apparent DUI, property destruction, alleged assault and crack smoking.

Stone was ably backed up by his band of fellow druggies, seen most nights on the porch of Jay Smith’s 332 Pleasant Avenue. One of them provided the gray Dodge Dart used by Kyle for his high-speed drunken runs. (Vehicle identification courtesy of Herkimer police.)

The show concluded with Kyle and the gang allegedly driving a reluctant participant off camera and beating him, according to Herkimer police. He’s the tall kid with glasses and cap who looks like he should be in the high school science club.

Below is a shorter version of the gang’s two-hour performance video provided Herkimer police at their request. Watch closely and you’ll see Kyle throughout, tying to bully the alleged beating victim into smoking something other than cigarettes. He fails. A tip of the big hat to Mr. Science for courage and personal integrity. It’s rare in Herkimer. May he find some friends worthy of him. 

Video Timeline
0:01-0:37  Gang’s party car and driver arrive. (Gray Dodge Dart.) Driver goes into driveway of Jay Smith’s 332-334 Pleasant Ave. gang rentals.
0:38-1:21     Kyle Stone warms up for his performance.
1:22-1:31      Kyle staggers about. Watch as he tries to physically intimidate tall, non-drug using kid, later allegedly beaten up by Kyle.
1:32-1:58      Kyle dancing with seemingly lit crackpipe.
1:59-2:33      Kyle in driver’s seat, smokin’. 
2:34-3:18      Kyle preps for his signature Dance-of-the-Piss. Car’s driver accompanies.
3:19-3:34       Kyle’s The-Dance-of-the-Piss.
3:35-3:52       Kyle returns to drivers’ seat of car. All now in car.
3:53-5:53       Kyle and gang merrily speed off to King Street. Return going to Protection Avenue. (Who is that woman and what was she doing off-camera?)
5:54-6:29     Speeds back down Pleasant Avenue to King Street. Allegedly caused property damage around PK’s Pub, according to Herkimer PD. Pub is on the corner of King and Pleasant.
6:30-7:02     Car again blasts down Pleasant Avenue toward Protection Avenue. This time does not return. Here Kyle’s alleged to have beaten the reluctant party-going kid.
7:03-8:19      Alleged beating victim returns on foot to 332 Pleasant. Appears to be in pain and agitated. Woman is 332’s sole wage-earner and apparently Kyle’s long-suffering relative.
8:20-End     Herkimer police arrive.

Kyle Stone – Herkimer Boy-Next-Door in Action

Did Kyle beat anyone up? Don ‘t know. But if he thought he was being “disrespected”? Probably. Here’s a recent short video of Kyle’s antics with a shovel and neighbor Carrie Ann Bass, aka Carrie Ann Collins Bass., after he thought she’s disrespected him. She’s the keeper of the Stanley Sykes Gang’s 347 Eureka Avenue, to the right of the video.  Guessing Kyle grew up while Carrie Ann was around. (Sykes and Stones are closely allied.)