Niagara Gazette

May 1, 2013

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Teen hits classmate with SUV

A Kenmore teen was arrested Friday after police said she ran over a classmate with an SUV during a fight.
Town of Tonawanda Police Lt. Nick Bado said the fight between the two girls, 18-year-old Liana Nieves and a 17-year-old student began over social media. 
“These two girls were continuing an argument on Facebook, Twitter and text messages,” he said. 
The two teens, who both attend Kenmore West, then met on Chaplin Drive in the town. Nieves got out of her car, police said, and the two had an argument in the street. 
“Some things were said about the car,” Bado said. “The victim may have said ‘why don’t you run me over with the car?’ ‘“
Nieves got back into the SUV and the other girl followed her to the vehicle in an attempt to incite a fight. She knocked on the driver’s window, and then made her way in front of the vehicle. 
“Nieves pressed on the gas, and struck the victim, sending her body tumbling away from the vehicle,” Bado said. “According to witnesses, she then continued to coast, and drove over her body again.”
The teen was taken to Erie County Medical Center with injuries to her pelvis and spine. Although the injures were described as serious, she was listed in fair condition as of Monday afternoon. 
Nieves fled the scene, but police were able to locate her at her Kenmore home. Bado said she agreed to come into the station to give a statement, and police then charged her with first-degree assault. She was arraigned on the charge over the weekend and is now being held at the Erie County Holding Center. 

Niagara Falls

• ASSAULT: Police are investigating an assault in the 2500 block of Niagara Street. A 15-year-old girl told officers she was “hanging out” in a school parking lot about 4:30 p.m. Sunday when she saw two boys that she has had “problems” with in the past. The teen said she decided to leave the parking lot and as she was walking away when she felt a “stinging in her right buttocks.” A short time later, the girl said she realized she had been shot with a BB gun.

• BURGLARY: Officers are looking into a burglary in the 1100 block of 19th Street. A 49-year-old man told police that sometime between 11 a.m. and 6:40 p.m. Sunday someone broke into his home by kicking in a boarded-up basement window. The victim said 32-inch TV, 45 pounds of scrap copper tubing and wiring and 30 children’s DVDs were taken.

• ARREST: A Falls man was arrested on drug-related charges during a compliance check by parole officers at 9 p.m. Sunday. Anthony Zellean Ferguson, 32, 1701 Ferry Ave., upper, was charged with third- and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana. Parole officers said they found Ferguson in possession of a quantity of crack cocaine and marijuana.


• LARCENY: A Burch Road man reported to Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies that sometime Saturday he saw his Clarke 130-amp welder was missing. The $300 welder was last seen two days earlier, the report said. Surrounding neighbors said they did not see anyone enter the pole barn that housed the welder, deputies said.


• GRAND LARCENY: Deputies were called to Chameleon Pools on Mapleton Road on Saturday where they spoke with the company’s president who said multiple items were taken from the business between March 20 and April 14. The parts taken reportedly totaled $4,113 and include such things as reducers, heavy duty clamps and hoses. The company is reviewing surveillance video. Most of the missing pieces were in the rear of the business, stored outside, the company said, but they could have been taken from the locked storage units. A report has been filed, deputies said.