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NIAGARA FALLS – A 62-year-old woman told Niagara Falls police that she was picked up by the neck and thrown against a telephone pole, injuring her neck and breaking her left hand, when she went to the aid of her niece on Monday.

Police said they were told that a large number of youth went to 27th Street and Woodlawn Avenue for a street fight, including some who were armed, at 9:30 p.m. Monday.

The woman was taken by ambulance to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, along with her niece who was injured when she was stabbed in her right finger with a bottle opener.

A juvenile said the fight started when he went to his former girlfriend’s house and was ambushed. He said he escaped, but was attacked at 27th Street and Woodlawn Avenue. The attack is being handled by the Niagara Falls juvenile detective bureau.