Utica Police have taken another “Ghost Gun” off the streets.

Police were patrolling East Utica relative to recent “shots fired” investigations when officers with the Crime Prevention Unit attempted to conduct a traffic stop of two parties on the 300 block of Pelletieri Avenue at around 6:00 Sunday night.

The two individuals fled on foot and were taken into custody following a brief foot chase.

Officers say one of the individuals was in possession of a loaded 9 mm handgun with an extended magazine containing 18 rounds.

An investigator with the Juvenile Aid Unit charged the 16-year-old with criminal possession of a firearm and criminal possession of a weapon.

The other juvenile was issued a traffic ticket.

Due to their ages, police will not release their identities.

Utica Police have seized several Ghost Guns over the past several weeks.

Ghost guns are unserialized and untraceable firearms that can be bought online and assembled at home.

They are often sold through "ghost gun kits," which include all of the parts and often the equipment necessary to build these weapons at home.

The kits are widely available and can be purchased by anyone, including prohibited purchasers, domestic abusers, and gun traffickers — without a background check.

The kits and guns are sold at gun shows and online

[AUTHOR'S NOTE:   This post is for informational purposes and the information herein is based largely on information received from the Utica Police Department..  All arrested persons are innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.}

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.

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Traffic tickets can be annoying. Also, keep in mind that traffic tickets can carry fines and points on your driving record. Here's a look at the 10 most common traffic violations in all of New York State thanks to CDH Law PLLC.

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A New York hunter bagged the biggest deer of his career. Tom Kaczmarek has dozens of archery record book bucks but in 2021 he brought down an 11 point buck every hunter has been watching. Check out the big one and all the others he's killed over the years.

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This Christmas season, Santa may not be able to carry this $4.3 million dollar Old Forge camp down your chimney.

When this home was built, the first gasoline-powered motorcar in America was being driven. It was near the end of the Gilded Age, and almost the start of the 1900s. This Upstate New York camp was built in 1893. The home is located at 4540 Route 28 in Old Forge.