Falls boy hurt in crash between van, scooter

A 9-year-old Niagara Falls boy was in stable but serious condition at Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo after being hit by a minivan late Thursday afternoon.

The boy, whose name was withheld by police, was riding a motorized scooter in the street about 4;23 p.m. at Pershing Avenue and 84th Street when the accident occurred.

The boy was thrown several feet, after being struck and the scooter was lodged under the vehicle. Investigators said the boy was not wearing a safety helmet and suffered injuries to his head and lower body.

The driver of the minivan was not injured in the crash and is not expected to be charged. Falls Police Traffic Division investigators are continuing to look into the accident.

Niagara Falls

• THEFT: Police are investigating a car break in in the 300 block of Cedar Avenue. A 25-year-old man told officers that sometime between 11:30 p.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. Thursday, someone broke into his 2001 Saturn by smashing the rear passenger-side window. The victim said a compact disc player was taken.

City of Lockport

• HARASSMENT: Philip W. Barger, 24, 15 Orchard St., was charged Wednesday afternoon with second-degree harassment and petit larceny. A Dayton Street woman told police that Barger slapped a phone out of her hand and struck her in the arm during an argument. Barger allegedly cut the phone cord and a cord to the computer, the report said. He then used his own cell phone to call a cab, and while he was waiting for it he allegedly stole a clock, a broom, shampoo, conditioner and deodorant, all of which belonged to the victim. Barger was later arrested at Nice and Easy on Old Niagara Road. He was held without bail.

• DRUG POSSESSION: Angelo G. Fiori, 30, 42 Ashley Place, upper, was charged Wednesday night with unlawful possession of marijuana. Police went to LaGrange and Cottage streets to look for Fiori, who was wanted on a bench warrant from Lockport City Court, and found him walking on LaGrange Street with a woman. During the arrest, officers reportedly found a silver metal pipe with multi-colored rubber bands wrapped around it and an ashy substance inside. Officers also found a metal Altoids box containing several small, white tablets. The contents in the pipe field-tested positive for marijuana, and the pills were sent to the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department lab for testing. Fiori was held without bail and is due Monday in Lockport City Court.

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