Three Utica men are facing weapons possession charges following a traffic stop at the intersection of Hart Street and Tracy Street in Utica.

While conducting their investigation, Utica Police officers and Deputies with the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office noticed an open alcoholic beverage and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle

The driver of the vehicle, 25-year-old Richard Gibbs, allegedly began to fight with officers outside the car and was subsequently taken into custody.

Police say Gibbs did not have a valid New York State driver's license.

The other occupants of the vehicle were 30-year-old Reuben Adorno and 26-year-old Lawrence Napper.

Officers also located a loaded self-manufactured “Ghost Gun” in the vehicle.

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

It's the third illegal handgun taken off city streets in the last 5 days

In addition to the weapons charges, Gibbs was also charged with resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration.

Here are the charges facing the three men:

Richard Gibbs age 25 of Utica

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Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd

Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd

Criminal Possession of a Firearm

Resisting Arrest

Obstructing Governmental Administration

New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law violations

Ruben Adorno age 30 of Utica

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Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd

Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd

Criminal Possession of a Firearm

NYSV&TL violation

Lawrence Napper age 26 of Utica

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Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd

Criminal Possession of a  Weapon 3rd

Criminal Possession of a Firearm

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.

15 Of New York State's Most Wanted Criminals- May 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 05/01/2022:

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.

Only 9 Cities In New York Are Bigger Than Utica

The data from this list comes straight from the 2020 census,

[EDITOR'S NOTE:  This post is for informational purposes and is based largely on information received from the Utica Police Department.  All suspects and arrested persons are innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.  At the time of this posting no additional information is available.]