Utica Police are investigating a “shots fired” incident that happened around 4:15 PM Wednesday, February 16 on the 1400 block of Steuben Street.

Police say a woman was parked in her driveway and inside her vehicle with family members when the woman heard gunfire.

The woman later discovered a bullet hole in the gas cap area of the vehicle.

The suspect is a Hispanic male, about 16 to 17 years old, with a thin/short build.

The male fled on foot toward Hobart Street.

Utica Police also reported that just before midnight Wednesday evening, another shots-fired incident happened on the 1100 block of Bleeker St. where police recovered 15 spent shell casings and a nearby house was struck by projectiles.

Both incidents have been assigned to investigators with the GIVE Unit.

Anyone with information is asked to call the UPD’s GIVE Unit at (315) 223-3533 or submit an anonymous tip at Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers.com or by calling 1-866-730-8477 (TIPS),

The Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) Initiative provides state funding to local law enforcement agencies for equipment, overtime, personnel, as well as focused training and technical assistance.

GIVE supports 20 police departments, district attorneys' offices, probation departments, and sheriffs' offices in 17 counties: Albany, Broome, Chautauqua, Dutchess, Erie, Monroe, Nassau, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Orange, Rensselaer, Rockland, Schenectady, Suffolk, Ulster, and Westchester.

Those counties historically account for more than 80 percent of the violent crime that occurs in New York State outside of New York City.

AUTHOR'S NOTE:   This post is for informational purposes and is based largely on information from the New York State Police.  All arrested persons are innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.  At the time of this posting, no additional information is available.

Utica, NY Police Department's Top Ten Most Wanted

The City of Utica Police Department in Utica, New York has released its Top Ten Most Wanted List for the month of February 2022.

Several of those listed have previously been featured in separate posts about individual crimes, on a previous wanted list, or as the Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers Wanted Person of the Week.

The reader is reminded that all persons, either suspected of or arrested in connection to, a crime, are innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of any of the individuals listed is asked to call police or the local Crime Stoppers.

The Utica Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division can be reached at: (315) 223.3510.

Calls, e-mail, and messages may also be left anonymously with Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers by calling: 1-866-730-8477 (TIPS), by visiting www.mohawkvalleycrimestoppers.com, or by using the P3 Tips mobile app. All information received by Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers is 100% confidential.

Utica Police Officers working Downtown Utica in the 40s and 50’s

Utica Police officers were out patrolling Downtown Utica "back in the day" See if you can guess the locations from the 1940's and 1950s.

Did You Know This? 11 Vintage Upstate General Stores and Five and Dime Stores

We all have memories of those great little five and dime stores and general stores of our youth. They were the heartbeat of our communities. They sold just about everything, you could get a pretty good meal in most of them, and of course the showstopper was always the rows of penny candies. Upstate still has plenty of these stores around (some of them 100, 150, 170 years old!). Here is a list to start you on your trip back to the general stores of your youth. They are all great!

10 Fun Facts You May Not Have Known About New York

Want to make some great conversation or impress someone with knowledge? Check out these 10 fun facts about New York State that not many people know.