Residents in the Village of Clinton and the surrounding area saw emergency lights close to midnight Tuesday due to a heavy police presence on Franklin Avenue in the village.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Office initially reported the police presence at approximately 11pm and asked the public to stay away from the area. It was early Wednesday morning that Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol announced more details regarding this investigation.

Maciol says members of the Oneida County Sheriff's Office were called to an address on Franklin Avenue to assist Kirkland Police with the welfare check of a 17-year-old woman. Maciol says initial information obtained by law enforcement indicated that the girl's boyfriend was keeping her in the residence against her will, causing concern for responding departments.

According to officials, initial attempts to make contact with the woman were unsuccessful and because of that more units were called to the residence to assist, including the Metro SWAT team. Negotiators also arrived on scene to assist in the situation. Officials say several hours went by without successfully making contact with the 17-year-old and finally she exited the residence and spoke with negotiators. Maciol says after speaking with the young woman, it was determined that she was not being held against her will and she was with her boyfriend by choice. Officials say they confirmed the positive welfare of the young woman and the police presence was cleared. As no crime was committed, officials say no names of people involved will be released. At the conclusion of the event, closed roadways were reopened.

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.

16 Of New York State's Most Wanted Criminals- March 2022

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 03/01/2022:

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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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.

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