UPDATED 2:37- Utica Police say the lockdown has been lifted and dismissal will proceed as normal.

Watson Williams Elementary School in Utica is currently on lockdown

Utica Police say the lockdown is in place due to an incident happening in the immediate vicinity of the school.

Police say the incident is not related to school and updates will be released as they develop.

Utica Police K-9 Varick

Utica Police K-9 Unit Member Varick

11 Ways to Avoid Getting Ripped Off When Holiday Shopping Online

The world-wide shipping delays have shoppers buying holiday gifts early this year and much of the commerce is happening online. After all, how can you avoid the amazing deals? Now more than ever, these amazing deals are shady transactions that look authentic and safe.

One way to shop safely online is to buy from local vendor websites, or visit sites like Etsy which touts small meaningful gifts, often times created by small businesses and crafters.

The Better Business Bureau recommends online buyers do research before they click the checkout button.

Here are 11 things you can do to avoid getting ripped off online, according to the Better Business Bureau.


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