While it hasn't been reported on in quite some time the criminal youth activity is still active and it is something that Utica Police are continuing to have to deal with. Officials with the UPD announced another underage arrest involving a weapon.

Police officials say on Thursday night officers with the Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) program were working a detail related to a string of shooting investigations. During the course of the investigation, they attempted to stop two individuals.

In an effort to make contact with the two males, one fled on foot and a pursuit began. Police say officers began to chase the male down as he ran down the driveway of a residence. Finally, police say they were able to catch and detain him.

When they were placing the individual in handcuffs, officials say he made an admission that he was in fact in possession of a 9mm "Ghost Gun." Police say a handgun was discovered in a fanny pack in the male's possession.

The disturbing part of the story is the police discovery that the individual was a 17-year-old. Due to his age he was transported to the Juvenile Aid Unit at the Utica Police Department headquarters. His identity will not be revealed, however he is facing several charges. According to police the charges include,

  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree
  • Criminal Possession of a Firearm
  • Obstruction of Governmental Administration
  • New York State Vehicle & Traffic Law Violations

Police say he was seen in Oneida County Family Court for his arraignment. When will it end? Who really knows? It will take someone or something drastic to get some sense into these kids.

12 Of New York State's Most Wanted Criminals- April 2024

Below are individuals wanted by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision's (DOCCS) Office of Special Investigations who have been designated as its Most Wanted Fugitives. They should be considered armed and dangerous. This list is current as of 4/01/2024:

NEVER attempt to apprehend a fugitive yourself. If you have information on the location of any of these fugitives, you can contact OSI 24 hours a day / 7 days a week to report it. All leads and tips are treated as confidential information.

If an immediate response is necessary, such as you see the wanted person at a location, please call “911” and report it to the police.

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Obtaining a private education is an investment and, depending on the state you live in, it could cost a lot more. Here in New York, the price of a 4-year private high school is more than a starter home.

Check out how much people are willing to pay to spend their child to a prestigious, specialty school in 2024.

The 35 Poorest Counties in New York State

Our friends at 27/7 WallSt have done it again. Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2022 American Community Survey, the website identified the 35 poorest counties in New York State.

Data included poverty levels, unemployment numbers, overall population, and median household incomes. Can you guess which county came in at #1?

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