Herkimer Crime — Cameras Out 334 Pleasant Ave & 341 Eureka Ave Kids

 

 

The Herkimer Junk Tree
                                            The Herkimer Junk Tree

Yes, it is a Herkimer crime posting. But it’s also a celebration of art–Herkimer art. And we couldn’t have done it without those kids. Ah! The energy of youth.

The Herkimer Post is pleased to unveil Herkimer’s first contemporary art exhibit.  (That college up on the hill is fettered by traditional art.) The Herkimer Junk Tree is genuine Herkimer Village art, crafted from the contributions of Herkimer’s talented but shy class of junk-hurler artisans. Like many creative people, Herkimer’s junk hurlers prefer to work unobserved in their quest for artistic purity. But The Herkimer Post is pleased to be able to share some of their faces and addresses with you, as the junk hurlers have so generously shared their junk with us. (They hurled themselves at our cameras. )  Let’s address comments and questions on our last posting, Titanium Golf Club Hurled at Dog Misses Mark, which also had a junk theme:

“You are a peice (sic) of trash.” Rebecca Heun, 334 Pleasant Ave., Herkimer
“I’d like to know how you get off on recording little children.” Holly Getman, 334 Pleasant Ave., Herkimer.
“I’d like to know why my children are being recorded in this video.” Michelle Hudson, 341 Eureka Ave., Herkimer.

Here’s why we record: to protect ourselves from people like you and your children, and from such crimes as harassment, trespassing, animal cruelty, and property destruction. And because it’s our right, which  Pleasant Avenue’s Melodie Schulze may now dimly grasp.

Why are your kids on the Internet this time? Because two of them are engaging in criminal acts.  One lad’s from 334 Pleasant Ave., Herkimer, the other 341 Eureka Ave., Herkimer. Both houses are Jay Smith rental properties. Watch as they breach our freshly damaged fence. (Note that the hole being dug in Jay Smith’s parking lot in the previous video is now larger.)

As for our 334 Pleasant Ave’s commentators, Rebecca Heun and Holly Getman, here’s a kid from your house throwing yet something else at our old sick Bear. Then both kids try to enter again through our vandalized fence. (Watch as the far end of the fence moves.)

Ms. Hudson, Getman and Heun, I’d vote for any of you for Herkimer Mother of the Year, but I’ve already promised my vote to your mentor, 333 Pleasant Avenue’s Joyce Barton.

Next posting: an investigation of what’s behind the latest rash of crime on our property.  Here’s the recent vandalism to our fence:

Herkimer crime vandalism
 Vandalized Fence – 330 Pleasant Ave Herkimer NY

Ending on the upbeat, proof that great art can touch even the most savage young heart:

 

 

 

 

 

Titanium Golf Club Hurled at Dog Misses the Mark

Titanium Golf Club Hurled at Dog
Bear with titanium golf club hurled at her. Bear is old and sick. She’s never fully recovered from a concussion she sustained last year defending our home from robbers while we were out. She likes to snore peacefully in her yard.

Look what our dog Bear received in today’s junk mail delivery from the vicinity of 334 Pleasant Ave–the business end of a titanium golf club. Fortunately, it didn’t hit her and she is feeling fine. This latest sally of junk over our backyard fence follows an altercation with our newest neighbors from Louisiana.

Yesterday, Sergeant Sidderly, of the Herkimer Police came to our home after our complaint against our neighbors. He talked to them and indicated that it was not lawful to deliberately hurl garbage over a neighboring fence and into other yards or subject neighbors to verbal abuse. Repetition of such actions over time shows a pattern of harassment which is actionable.

Sergeant Sidderly graciously returned the balls that landed in our yard hurled by our deliberately careless neighbors. He informed the residents at 334 Pleasant Ave, a Jay Smith rental property, that they must mind their own belongings and behave responsibly. He also provided us with an excellent briefing on the New York laws governing nuisance, harassment and criminal trespass.

337 Pleasant Ave Herkimer Source of multiple stray balls and golf club hurled
334 Pleasant Ave Herkimer, home to our rowdy trash-hurling neighbors

Our neighbors need to realize that we enjoy gardening and have reserved our backyard for that purpose. We would like to remind all that our high resolution video cameras cover most of our property as you can see:

Reposted on 4.8.16 to reflect corrected address of 334 Pleasant Avenue, not 337 Pleasant Avenue.  Apologies to folks at 337. And with thanks to several sharp-eyed readers.

Doggy Whodunit Mystery

328 Pleasant Ave Herkimer's Curtis Cool aka Curtis Dolan's abused dog foraging in our yard.
Neighbor Curtis Cool’s starving, abused dog in our yard.

As I was gardening in my backyard this morning, a hungry dog stood in our neighbor Curtis Cool’s (aka Curtis Dolan) yard at 328 Pleasant Ave., watching and perhaps waiting for the arrival of his meal, any meal – just something to fill the gnawing emptiness in the pit of his stomach. Suddenly he smelled something heavenly in my compost heap. Experiencing what must have been boundless joy, he heaved with all his might and succeeded in pushing a hole through the fence. Immediately upon entering my yard, he hungrily foraged in the compost.

Since when do dogs yearn for veggies?

vegetarian dog
Is this a vegetarian dog?

My compost is entirely vegetable. It contains absolutely no meat products. How could any dog hope to find any meat in this compost heap?

My mystery questions

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  1. Did someone enable this dog’s escape by starving him and burying a treat in that compost heap?
  2. Why was such a neat and handy hole punched in this fence? I guess that dog must be a superior carpenter.
  3. Why was there a six-foot blue rope tying the dog’s choke chain to a long leash giving him the ability to reach a good 10 feet into my yard? Could the intention have been to ultimately free him from the tree in his yard that he was sadly anchored to?

Can you solve this doggy whodunit mystery? I certainly have some theories.

The Damages

The poor starving dog knocked over my gardening bench and all the pots that I was organizing for spring garden planting.  He also jumped on me causing me to stumble backwards. I nearly lost my balance and could have been seriously injured in the fall.

A Better Way

Dogs should be fed each day and treated with respect. They should be trained not to hurt people and destroy property. Dog owners should take care that their pets don’t go astray.

 

 

Herkimer Man Sexually Abusing Car

by Stephen Ames Berry

A New Kind of Vehicular Assault

Now you can commit vehicular assault without leaving home, as this enraged Herkimer man sexually abusing a car demonstrates. It’s a level of depravity we haven’t before seen around  Joyce Barton’s 333 Pleasant Avenue command porch.

A few moments before motion triggered our security camera, my wife and our very pregnant daughter exited our driveway and turned left down the sidewalk, off on their morning walk.  They’re not on camera, as they weren’t within its view.

The sight of them clearly infuriated the Bartons and their visitor. Only when my family was 200 feet away, safely out of earshot,  opposite the Melodie Schulze house, did Joyce Barton’s amorous buffalo lumber into action, demonstrating his weapon of choice when dealing with uppity bitches and the elderly.  New York statute clearly defines this behavior at a higher level than mere harassment. Joyce Barton’s oldest daughter, a noted street brawler  and soccer player, can be seen hurling abuse from the porch. The other Barton daughter kept out of it, looking faintly appalled.

Joyce Barton cavorts gleefully throughout, carefully not joining in the visual assault, threats and abuse. Here’s the full video:

The Punisher

It’s our observation that Joyce Barton seems diabolically skilled at manipulating those of even weaker intellect than herself, then disposing of them when no longer needed and feeding on their anguish. It’s a symptom of a mentally ill person who’s a Punisher, suffering from Sadistic Personality Disorder. We’ve all met The Punisher. Here’s an Ezine article on how to spot a Punisher.

My wife and daughter later said they heard something faint behind them in the distance, but assumed it was just the usual abuse of pet, child or woman commonly heard from the vicinity of 333 and 331 Pleasant Avenue. (Child Protection Services would save on gasoline by having  a 24/7 satellite office on Herkimer’s Pleasant Ave.)

Since we moved to Herkimer almost 2 years ago, the Bartons have conducted a vicious campaign to drive us from our home,  correctly perceiving us a thEast Herkimer Fire Department Douglas Bartonreat to Pleasant Avenue’s booming drug trade. They were confident that the Herkimer police would, like the beloved Sgt. Schulze, see nothing. Mob menacing, harassment and two threats of arson directed at us can be directly laid at East Herkimer Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief Douglas Barton’s porch. (The only nearby structure that’s burned down recent

ly is Deputy Chief Barton’s surprisingly well-ventilated garage, struck by bad karma. He wasn’t present during the vehicular assault, rumored to be at remedial fire chief training.) 

East Herkimer NY Fire Department Chief Douglas Barton
East Herkimer NY Fire Chief Douglas Barton

 

Then there were the break-ins, malicious trespassing, dog poisoning and Dead Herkimer drug ratbeating , not to mention the Godfather-like dead birds placed carefully in our vegetable garden at night, dead from BB gun wounds to the chest. (Haven’t yet awakened to a horse’s head in the bed. But a dead rat soared over our fence one night.)

Street Gang Tactic

Fear and intimidation of a neighborhood is a classic street gang tactic to which we’ve been subjected. It deprives police and prosecutors of witnesses, and Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue, and if ignored, ensures that control of the street is ceded to drug traffickers. Thanks to Herkimer’s Section 8 slumlords, most of the houses on the street are rentals, sheltering a mix of drug thugs protected by The Punisher and her stooges, and folks just trying to survive. (The Bartons appear to rent 333 Pleasant Avenue from Alan and Clara Klock of Cherry Valley. Cash rent, like drug money, is typically undeclared income.)

Herkimer village trustees

Local authorities throw up their hands and the regional press turns a blind eye to the creeping anarchy. It’s an environment rife for expansion and municipal corruption, in which criminals cozy with police enjoy the status of a protected class.

We’ve postings coming on street gang dynamics in Herkimer drawn from our time here. A good information resource on diagnosing and treating a street gang infestation like Herkimer’s is the US Department of Justice’s Urban Street Gang Enforcement manual .

A Tip To The Car Sex Abuser
In the Herkimer tradition, Sparky, you might find a sheep a more welcoming fit than a car.  But please don’t make a meal of her afterwards–it’s tasteless.

Herkimer beastiality
Terrified sheep bleats in remembered horror as the Herkimer car sex abuser approaches from the rear    Ewe!

Stephen Ames Berry is a former officer of Harvard University and a veteran of the National Security Agency’s US Army Security Agency.

 

 

 

 

Drug Trafficking On Herkimer’s Slumlord Row [VIDEOS]

A guest posting by Stephen Ames Berry

Satellite image of Pleasant Avenue, heart of Herkimer's drug trafficking trade.

It’s grown  quieter here on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue. Several of our more noxious druggie neighbors have moved,  one fleeing in the night, allegedly scant hours ahead of child protection authorities. (CPS’ taking of kids on Pleasant Avenue is no rarity. )

The 24/7 fast-food drive-thru  pace of traffic to and from 333 Pleasant Avenue has fallen off. We’ve had no arson or death threats or mob menacing since June.  No one’s tried to kill our dog recently. Several of Pleasant Avenue’s more responsible landlords, aware we were besieged,  have come down hard on their drug trafficking tenants.  (Thank you, folks), and code enforcement of Pleasant Avenue’s abundant Section 8 rentals has acquired teeth under Herkimer Mayor Tony Brindisi. Our surveillance cameras have also helped lessen daytime criminal activity after several malicious trespassers and slanderous harassers, drug trafficking’s skirmishers, were publicly embarrassed on the Internet. The street is now as quiet as it should have been when we moved here 18 months ago. It’s seems almost pleasant.

And had it always been this peaceful, we’d be content.  But it wasn’t. Some of our criminalistic  neighbors felt empowered to try to terrorize us, having no idea who we are or who we know.  (I’ll be writing a series about these outrages on my muckraking blog.) Unfortunately, the most depraved of Pleasant Avenue’s drug thugs are still here, brought to heel for now, but awaiting their opportunities. There’s a sense of red eyes glowering from porches when I walk past some houses. Sadly, there’s compelling evidence that the illicit economy supporting Herkimer’s drug scrotes is still bustling,  its business model changed from that of brazen 24/7 retail pickups to stealthy nighttime deliveries.  It’s aided and abetted by Herkimer’s Section 8 slumlords, who’ve helped make Pleasant Avenue a drug dealers’ haven.

If It Walks Like A Duck… Drug Trafficking Watch –  Pleasant Avenue, Herkimer : 10/23 – 10/24 2015
Despite the falloff in retail pickups, Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue still needs a traffic cop: 162 significant motion events in 24 hours caught on video, and 113 in the 12 hours from 1730 – 0530. This is a small residential street in a village on the Mohawk. On parallel Eureka Avenue, one could safely consume a six-pack at high noon on a chaise lounge mid-street and never be bothered by a car.  So, what’s up? We’re not the road to New York Turnpike. No wonder the street had to be repaved.

Analysis of our street camera feed for the 12 hours from 1730 to 0530 on October 23 – 24th shows 29 significant motion events at or related to 333 Pleasant Avenue,  tenanted by Joyce and Douglas Barton, another 24+ issuing from the parking lot of 232 – 234 Pleasant Avenue, and 11 in and from the driveway of 335 Pleasant Avenue. There’s also much coming and going from 328 Pleasant Avenue, despite the recent best efforts of its owner. The peak period was from 1854 to 0302. These are the classic signs of a drug neighborhood.

Significant events means vehicles and people arriving and departing frequently from an address, in this case 333 Pleasant Avenue.  If Pleasant Avenue were a drug trafficking street, 333 Pleasant Avenue with its short visits and frequent dispatches of vehicles would be its heart of darkness. In addition to arrivals and departures from Joyce and Douglas Barton’s, after dark there were at least 11 incidents  of  vehicles exiting or entering the driveway adjacent to the Barton’s at 335 Pleasant Avenue. (See satellite image, above.) Also late in the evening and early morning,  vehicles entered and left the driveway across the street from the Barton’s at least 24 times. Always the same two vehicles,  coming and going from the parking lot behind 332 and 334 Pleasant Avenue. 332 Pleasant Avenue is currently vacant. All three are rental properties of Herkimer landlord Jay Smith. (Jay Smith owns a critical mass of  houses on Pleasant Avenue, according to the Herkimer County tax rolls.)

  • 333 Pleasant Avenue – The Joyce and Douglas Barton House. The above video captures a series of  arrivals and departures from 333 Pleasant Avenue, Herkimer, on 10/13 – 10/24, ending at 0049 hrs.  There are many more, but this sequence is typical of nighttime traffic to and from that address on most nights. In this clip,  flaring, irregular light  from the house emanating into the street at 2319  hrs signals the start of  the night’s core activities.  (Hopefully the owners have fire insurance.) When a car arrives at 0006, there appear to be at least five people on the porch. The car is met by a figure resembling that of Joyce Barton, and departs 6 minutes later at 0012. This appears to trigger a series of events,  with a vehicle leaving the Barton driveway a few moments later at 0033 and returning at 0049, prelude to later such activity from the parking lot of 332 -334 Pleasant Avenue.
  • Parking lot, 332 – 334 Pleasant Avenue – Jay Smith Rental Properties – At 0222 a vehicle crosses the street to the driveway adjacent to  333 Pleasant Avenue and pulls out of sight. This is the first of at least six vehicle exits from the 332 – 334 Pleasant Avenue parking lot through 0257 hrs. (The camera captures the headlights of  vehicles exiting 332 – 334. The vehicles themselves can only be seen if they turn left down Pleasant Avenue. Two vehicles appear to be  primarily involved.) 341 Eureka Avenue,  a rental also owned by Jay Smith, shares the same parking area.

Satellite Imagery  of Herkimer’s 333 Pleasant Avenue and Area
The Google camera truck either never photographed Pleasant Avenue or vanished doing so. But as can be seen from the satellite image, the driveway of 335 Pleasant Avenue way adjoins 333 Pleasant Avenue.  The 335 Pleasant Avenue driveway is easily accessible via 333’s rear patio.  335’s driveway is a straight shot from the 332 – 334 driveway, as seen in the video clip. It would be very easy for people at Herkimer’s 333 Pleasant Avenue to access a vehicle parked at the base of 335 Pleasant Avenue driveway,  hidden from the street camera.

Pleasant Avenue Night Moves – Unedited Street Footage
Below is the unedited footage of motion events trigger our camera for the 12 hour period of 1730 – 0530 on 10/12 – 10/14 2015, from which the brief excerpts above were drawn. I don’t have the resources for sophisticated pattern and facial recognition analysis of the traffic and people bustling up and down the street. But maybe you do. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rights of Photographers: Herkimer’s Melodie Schulze Cusses Out Old Bag

 

The rights of photographers are clear, no matter how much this may upset criminals and the ignorant. (But  I repeat myself) Here’s a classic example. (Parents strongly cautioned.)

On September 5, 2015 we heard a knock on our door here in Herkimer. Michelle Schulze, two young female members of her household and a child in a stroller visited our home to urge us to restrain from taking photographs of children in a public area. They reside at 321 Pleasant Ave in Herkimer.

They refused to understand that NY State Law, backed by the 1st Amendment, says it’s OK to take photographs in public places. They think the law of their asphalt jungle is what goes. They were very concerned about a photo taken by my husband of the rather nice pub up the street. Within 2 minutes of his snapping the camera, they were upon us, with accusations of endangering children with our photos and hinted that we were child molesters. It’s important to note that taking photos in public places is a US Constitutional right.

Melodie Schulze Cusses Out Old Bag

Melodie Schulze, the young mom who’d brought her own young child in a stroller and stood under our security cameras, screamed that we had “touched children!” in an obscenity-laced tirade of abuse. Her first concern was obviously her child being photographed, as she brought the child with her to be photographed and recorded during her visit. 

Melodie  Schulze’s harassment had nothing to do with kids, but with our surveillance cameras recording Pleasant Avenue Herkimer’s drug trafficking and her own part in it.

Drug dealers don’t make laws. Legislators do. For those who find slander and menacing a neat way to threaten their foes, time is not on their side. Patterns of previous behavior, facial recognition databases, criminal background checks, security clearances and work histories all tell a story. That story is loud and clear. Conspiring to make up heinous lies about your neighbors to suit your criminal convenience, even as a gang, is dumb.

As is our right, we will continue to take pictures in public and semi-public areas without consulting drug dealers or dubious neighbors. Please conduct private business in private. We’re not criminals, we have no criminal history. US law applies to ALL of us and the rights of photographers are clear.

Just to be clear, you don’t get to create special purpose laws that go against legitimate US laws in our country!

Herkimer Malicious Trespassing – More Ball Games [VIDEOS]

Herkimer Malicious Trespassing
In Herkimer, group vandalism helps build team spirit and fill pockets.


Herkimer, Where Criminal Trespass is a Team Sport

Just when you thought it was safe to go out in your driveway again, the team sport of Herkimer malicious trespassing takes the field again.
If you read my previous post about The Ball, you’ll know that earlier this summer my neighbors called the police on me when I refused to return a ball deliberately kicked at me with great precision from across the street. It was kicked by a beefy teen, striking me in the back of my legs.
The responding Herkimer Village Police Officer, the pseudonymous Officer Heist, threatened to arrest me for Petit Larceny, duped by this very old scam. He accused me of intending to steal the worthless ball used to assault me, the one I’d already tossed into the neighborhood’s adjacent playing area. It was outrageous.

Ball Harassment Continues
Malicious trespassing in Herkimer is  a popular team sport. The innocent children whose ball the Herkimer Police leaped to defend have taken to vandalizing our car under the pretext of retrieving their (new) ball. The ball rolls into our driveway frequently, although the street is perpendicular to the driveway. A baller retrieves the ball, off camera. During his or her stay, our car is scratched or sprayed with acid. Repeat. Repeat. Obviously it’s at their parents’ instigation. These kids are probably paid in cash or drugs. The State Police appear to have clamped down on their parents following their abusive mob interaction with us in the street. (Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue is a quietly sanctioned haven of drug trafficking, its workers flush with drug money.  There are signs that things far more heinous go on here, also involving children. )
I ordered one girl from my driveway the other day, telling her she was trespassing and not to return. She screamed “Don’t you ever talk to me that way!” As you’ll note from the video clip of her departure, she was quite indignant and circled her hand about her head, indicating that any defiance to her outrageous behavior was insane.  Politeness and respect are obviously strangers in her family. Sadly there is an arrogant expectation that my home is a public way to be used however and whenever my neighbors see fit.
Additional cameras have been brought on line. More are coming. We live as I did in Cote D’Ivoire West Africa, where each home’s a fortress, and anarchy prevails and governance has failed.

What I’ve Learned from Herkimer’s Officer Heist and the Pleasant Avenue Ball Harassment
Shrugging our shoulders in helplessness because, Hey! It’s just Pleasant Avenue, ill-serves us all. There are two underlying problems here. The most important is attitude. As a community, we must provide basic services, or we’re not a community. If we can’t do this alone, we have to ask for help. To be a successful community rather than one in name only, we have to change to an “I think I can and I will try” attitude. Too often when problems are discussed here, even the best of Herkimer’s people sigh, shrug their shoulders and say, “It’s Herkimer.” (At some point, perhaps the citizens of Gomorrah probably did the same.)

Herkimer is crime-ridden and  plagued by poverty. Many of the children on our street are very intelligent, but they are not engaging intellectually – their education is pathetically inadequate. Some are reading grade levels below what they should.  It’s obvious the school system treats them as pariahs and tracks them as such. At least one middle school student didn’t know what the Atlantic Ocean is. One doesn’t know what an ocean is. A very bright and likable neighboring 9th grader periodically made campfires from his homework assignments  He correctly determined that Herkimer considers him social junk that his school’s job is keep him off the streets during the day. Like many kids in Herkimer, he’s filled with rage and hopelessness.

We can do better than this, Herkimer. If not now, when?

Neighbor Kicks Ball at Homeowner – Herkimer Police Threaten Homeowner with Larceny

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In this story you’ll discover how a malicious, well-executed kick transformed the acts of a neighbor recycling stuff on her own property into an act of larceny as defined by officer Haight of the Herkimer Police Department. 

On July 15th at approximately 9:21 PM, I was placing a few items in the recycle bin that I keep outside in my driveway here in the Village of Herkimer. As I was finishing up and about to return to the house, something struck the back of my legs. I turned around to find a soccer ball at my feet.

I picked the ball up and approached my house. Nearby voices in the dark called for its return. As with many parents whose children do something they shouldn’t, I refused to hand the ball over. My driveway is very narrow and virtually inaccessible to normal ballplayers; the ball could only have entered it if had been kicked from across the street, not down it.  It was obviously part of an ongoing and escalating pattern of harassment directed against my husband and I.  Some neighbors strongly opposed our driveway security camera that records the stream of nighttime traffic. The Bartons of 333 Pleasant Avenue, who a regional DEA agent referred to in a phone conversation as “the porch people” were especially outraged by this camera presence.

1. At 9:24 PM., according to our video recording, Herkimer Village’s Officer Haight, appeared at our door.

Officer Haight said our neighbors, Douglas and Joyce Barton, had reported us for taking their ball and demanded to know if this was true. I admitted I’d taken their ball and explained why. Officer Haight was unmoved by my explanation and advised that if our neighbor wished to press charges, he’d “have no choice” but to enforce the law regarding larceny. The threat of arrest hung heavy in the night air. He expressed his opinion that we were in the midst of an ongoing feud with our neighbors. (We are, in the sense that the Allies were feuding with Nazi Germany.)

Officer Haight confessed ignorance of any of the multiple acts of vandalism, mob menacing and break-ins we’ve suffered over the past year, at least one orchestrated by the Bartons. I was thus accused of victimizing the Bartons by withholding their ball, which had just been used to assault me.

Officer Haight demanded to know the ball’s location. My husband said it had migrated to an adjacent empty yard. Officer Haight’s supervisor then arrived and the two went off to fetch the ball for the Bartons, who were consumed with mirth as they lounged watching from  their porch at 333 Pleasant Avenue. The Herkimer police officers respectfully returned the ball to the Bartons and departed – our harassers were treated with deference while we were disdained.

2. Only afterwards did I discover this is a typical ploy used by thugs to harass and intimidate their neighbors, sometimes aided by allied police officers illegally acting under the color of law. The object is to have a victim cited and fined for petty larceny by police, hoping that the neighbor then won’t complain when the thugs trespass on their property to stash contraband, vandalize it, menace them or disturb the peace. It’s the dim mindset of social parasites who spent their brief school years in behavior remediation classes. The remedy, according to attorneys, is to demonstrate harassment by keeping security cameras on the street. This we will do. (Probably not the outcome our neighbors desired.  )

I was dumbfounded that Officer Haight attempted to characterize my removing the ball with which I’d been assaulted as an act of larceny, when it was clearly an act of self-defense. He seemed ignorant that a condition of larceny is that there be an intent to steal. My intent was:
1. to place my recyclables in my bin and return inside to watch True Detective;
2. To avoid being ridiculed by neighbors and hit with their expertly aimed balls;
3. To avoid having neighbors continue to trespass on my property.

I never play ball. I spend my time hiking, writing and mending the myriad of worn out portions of my dilapidated and ancient (yet adorable  ) Herkimer Village home.

In the past year due to neighbor trespass, break-ins and vandalism, we’ve had to expend resources on security systems and cameras, rather than on our home’s aging infrastructure.

My husband and I have been so undeserved by the Herkimer Village police that it borders on depraved indifference. Notably,
1. a direct statement by a Herkimer Village police officer that that there’s no New York State law restricting the gathering of a menacing mob of 30—40 in front of one’s home, and that the police aren’t required to disperse such a belligerent gathering. And of course,
2. The unblushing statement by a Herkimer police officer that I appeared to be guilty of larceny because I removed an old ball with which I’d been deliberately struck while putting out the recyclables at a bin in my driveway. (To be larceny the propertymust have been lost or mislaid…or delivered under a mistake.” As it was used in assault, it wasn’t delivered under a mistake but deliberately and with intent to harass and harm.)

Police who aid and abet the victimization of peaceful retirees by neighbors who act criminally, and make ill-informed, self-serving and egregious statements, are at the very least in need of remedial training.