8 May 2019
Chief Daniel English
Town Of Kirkland Police Department
2 New Street
Clark Mills, NY 13321
Dear Chief English:
I hope this message finds you well. It has been just over 7 months since the break-in that took all my belongings on 29 September 2018. In an attempt to make myself whole again, from the perspective of obtaining justice since I have replaced everything except for some of the shirts that were stolen, I have started to interview lawyers. They all begin with the same series of questions surrounding one judgement attributed to you. Before I ask whether or not you plan to stick to that judgement, in fairness, since it was so long ago, perhaps we should review what happened.
I moved into the property across the street from the Post Office in November of 2017. The rent was never late. In August of 2018, a pipe burst. Dustin Dwyer, owner of the property, did not want to fix the pipe and instead made several threatening phone calls and sent several threatening text messages. You can review those here https://livezombielandlord.wordpress.com/2018/10/01/how-dustin-dwyer-likes-to-talk-to-people/
He then served my roommate a 30 day notice. Following that, he tried to turn the water off. He did so himself or through one of his workmen who was not licensed. No permit was issued for this work. That was not uncommon. We could tell because he only managed to turn half of the water off. Living there reminded me of backing back in the field with the 1st of the 3rd Artillery where I served as the Legal Clerk. For the record, I do not think Mr. Dwyer ever served.
Mr. Dwyer never applied for a permit when he did work on that property. Against local zoning laws, he engaged in “weekly rentals” on the second floor. Not only did he house people on the second floor, but he never built a fire escape to reach them. Pieces of heavy equipment, for instance backhoes, were stored and driven on the property in violation of zoning regulations. The drivers often did not have appropriate training and/or insurance in violation of state laws. National Grid had engaged in an investigation regarding meter sharing at the property.
I can only guess the community allowed this to happen for one of three reasons. The first could be just a lack of investigative resources. However, a recent FOIL completed for me indicated that the Town of Kirkland had no problem getting other people to follow the rules.
The second possibility was because Mr. Dwyer had “upstate money”, much like James Brock or Brett Truett, and so he was allowed to violate the law. The way the Codes Department and Building Superintendent handled this matter, allowing the clock to run out instead of enforcing the Codes Law as would have happened in Utica, indicates this was a possibility.
The problem with that is I did not grow up here. I knew Dorothy Hamilton, the Campbell’s Soup Heiress, rather well since we “competed” all the time. Elizabeth Meyer, founder of the International Yacht Restoration School, and I were on opposite sides, in a friendly manner, of many issues. Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy and I were partners during many Rhode Island Young Democrats initiatives when we were both in school.
If I wanted to, I could go down to West Palm Beach, kowtow to my father, and become an instant millionaire. This is not much different than Mr. Dwyer waiting around for his father to die. I am sorry, but my integrity matters more to me than that. If I wanted similar money, I could go back to Newport, RI and be a resort sales manager tomorrow just like I was at the BayClub for 6 years until I sold all the inventory. My goals here matter more than that. Maybe if your Codes Department and Superintendent had more experience with real money, they would not be so impressed by Mr. Dwyer and as a result, force him to stay within the bounds of the law.
The final possibility is one I hope is definitely not true. That would mean Mr. Dwyer actually paid somebody. Receiving a bribe and then acting on it does not sound like the actions a Town of Kirkland Official.
So everything continued along into September. My roommate moved out. My plan was to wait until the night of September 30th, move into a local hotel, and then sue.
On the morning of September 29th, that all went wrong. I got up early that morning to go to work and there was no power. A call to National Grid indicated that it was not them. Back on or about 13 September 2018, I had moved the electricity into my name and have the bills to prove it. I know Mr. Dwyer has made many statements to the contrary, including a few were perjury would attach. Mr. Dwyer tends to do this a lot. If you think this is the only way he can be impeached in writing should you ever decide to put him on the stand, guess again.
What was really creepy is if it was not National Grid, it had to be Mr. Dwyer or someone at Mr. Dwyer’s direction. The entrance to the meters was locked by Mr. Dwyer. It was known he had messed with meters in the past. I had to shave that morning in the dark. I nicked my face. The mark sits right under my nose and over my lip to remind myself of that day when I shave now.
I went to work and had a pretty good day other than realizing I was coming home to a house with no power. When I returned home I was in for another surprise. There was a lock installed from the inside and I could not get back in the house. Again, this was September 29th. I had indicated everywhere I was not leaving until midnight on the 30th. Once I left, I made it clear the first thing I was going to do was sue both the community and Mr. Dwyer so that the law would be enforced.
I called the police and my roommate. Your Officer arrived. Please notice that while I am going to describe your Officers actions, and one large inaction, I will never mention their name.
Why?? I appreciate law enforcement too much. Due to the Sandra Bland video being released, will some friends and I get together this weekend to discuss how to create a scenario where that cop commits suicide?? Yes we will. Are we decently sure that if we employed this scenario he would commit suicide?? Yes we are.
Then why do we never employ this scenario beyond talking about it?? While true that we must get it out of our systems, if we employ it somebody could copycat what we did and use it to hurt good cops. We cannot allow that.
Is it true that years ago only 3% of police personnel were dirty/racist?? Yes. Is it true that now that number has risen to somewhere around 18% thanks to the Presidency of Donald Trump?? Yes it is. However, the lives of good cops matter too much so we talk about it, get it out of our systems, and put it away. For the record, as a Chief, you are not a cop. Instead, you are a political figure.
I want local police departments to reach out to me when they need to find a missing person in a crack house. I want local police to trust me when they come upon a mentally ill person, much like I am, but can’t speak their language while I can. I want local police backup when I go venturing looking for missing people on my own. Yes, I do have OG status but only in a couple of states. I prefer cop backup. For all these reasons, the Officer from that day will not be mentioned by name.
My former roommate and the Officer arrived at the same time. After assessing the situation, the Officer came up with an idea. The Officer ventured off for a couple of minutes. The Officer came back with a hammer. The Officer instructed me to break the glass door, undo the lock, and let myself in. My former roommate took a couple of photos and I followed the instructions.
Upon entering I was in near shock as I realized my stuff had been stolen starting with my laptop. My laptop contained information and programs so I could stay sober, I have over 16 years of sobriety, and manage my Bipolar 1 disease. Now that laptop was gone along with my clothes, my pictures, my letters, some collected sober pins, my toiletries, and other things I cared about.
Immediately I thought of Mr. Dwyer as did my former roommate. The lock on the inside of the door was a huge giveaway. Your Officer resisted this thought and said, “It could be somebody else”. That resistance led to me writing this letter: https://livezombielandlord.wordpress.com/2018/10/01/kirkland-police-chase-the-lockmeister/
The day would go on much as was described in the letter. I would feel threatened several times. Mr. Dwyer, who committed the crime or had it committed at his behest – unless you believe in the Lockmeister, was in the driveway for hours. When I finally left, I saw your Officer one more time. He told me that YOU had decided that this was a Civil Matter. I did not know local police departments were allowed to interpret the law to call something “civil”. When did this happen??
That night, because it was not safe to stay at the apartment, I gathered up what little was left of my things and I left. My boss graciously allowed me to have the next day off. I told my employers that I was probably going into the “Behavioral Unit” for a few days because I could feel the mania beginning to rage and I knew the cycle was going to be deep.
After spending Sunday at my friends house, I traveled to Utica on Monday. I went to the Library and waited for the inevitable. When the mania reached a certain stage, I wrote this Letter to the Editor that was published in numerous newspapers around the country https://bobbyo.blog/2018/10/01/recently-released-letter-to-the-editor/
The day I got out, I reported back to work. I went home and set some goals. I came up with a financial milestone when I would try to get justice since your Department decided to deny me justice on that day. I passed that milestone last week and started talking to attorneys.
There is one unfortunate thing I have to bring up. Between social media and straight blog followers, this letter will eventually potentially come in contact with 20,000 people. Then there will be people who search for Mr. Dwyer or you on the web, I dominate search, and discover this letter. You have to add them in too.
One of those people will know Mr. Dwyer. They will inform him. He will try to silence me by hiring “contractors”, that’s not a euphemism – I mean literally out of work contractors, to rough me up. He has done this often to others in the past. Sadly, he never pays the contractors after they finish their work assignments. You will notice he has this problem with regular workers as well. For instance, every week literally it is a different guy without insurance and proper training driving the backhoe.
For that reason, I have reached out to two groups. Because I am a member of the “Recovery Community”, it was easy to get introduced to low level members of the local drug dealing community. Bartering with them so they would watch my back was easier than I thought.
I also called some old friends I used to deal crack with back in Fall River, MA in the late 90’s. We’re calling it the Pleasant Street Crack Reunion. Instead of being one afternoon on Pleasant Street, it will be numerous weekends in Kirkland, New York over the summer. If you see vehicles with Massachusetts and Rhode Island license plates in your community blasting Dope Man by NWA out of the stereo, they are probably friends of mine. They are here to keep me safe.
I was surprised to find out how many were still left. Yes, the great majority had died or went to prison, where they died. Out of the remaining crew, only one is still in the industry on the money end.
People who read this letter on the blog will notice this is a major change. For the last 6 years since I moved up here, I have observed a Star Trek like Prime Directive. No matter what I tried to do up here, I did it with resources from here. Those days are over. No more fighting with one hand tied behind my back.
From now on, if I need cash, the call goes to Newport or the Vineyard. If I need political help, I call Boston or DC. I will reach out to friends in Albany, Bridgeport – the Connecticut version, and Providence. Without boring you with the story, thank a guy named Larry Joseph.
One last note, if your first thought after reading this attempt to hold your Department accountable after making a huge mistake is to try to threaten me, I would humbly suggest you think otherwise. Please notice that I am not mad at Kirkland. The people have Kirkland have been great to me and as such, the Clerk has not received a “please give me the first pages to all your grant applications so I can disrupt them FOIL” as many other communities have. This lawyer in Kentucky called that “terrorism” because I guess I rattled him https://bobbyo.blog/2019/04/01/when-a-real-estate-lawyer-threatens-you/
If you could kindly send me your answer in writing to the simple question, “Do you still believe that Mr. Dwyer did this and you ignored the law to call it civil” in writing that would be appreciated. No, you are right, no law says you have to. However, I have many more free market and political tools at my disposal. You did not lose all your stuff.
Robert T. Oliveira
2 Kennedy Plaza, Unit 1205
Utica, NY 13502