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SUV driver, two passengers, pedestrian hurt in crash

Four people were taken to Erie County Medical Center on Thursday afternoon after the driver of a sport utility vehicle lost control of the SUV, which struck a 16-year-old pedestrian, slammed into a metal utility pole and rolled over several times, Buffalo police said.

The crash occurred at about 4:30 p.m. at Walden at Bailey avenues. The woman driving the SUV and two female passengers, along with the teenage male pedestrian, all were taken to ECMC. One of the occupants in the SUV and the boy were seriously injured, police said.

Conditions of the others were unavailable late Thursday.

Witnesses said the fast-moving SUV swerved off Walden onto Bailey when it tipped over, struck the teen and slammed into the utility pole with such force that it knocked it down, police said.

The crash also knocked out the traffic light at the busy intersection, which police said will be a four-way stop until the light can be repaired. That may take until Saturday, police said.


Remains found in park identified as missing pastor

Human remains found this week in Allegany State Park are those of Thomas B. Hamilton, the hiker who went missing a year and a half ago, authorities confirmed Thursday.

The Erie County Medical Examiner's Office used dental records to make the identification, State Parks Police said.

Hamilton, 92, a retired Methodist pastor, and his daughter were on a hike in a heavily wooded area of Allegany State Park on Nov. 11, 2010, when the two were forced to spend the night in the woods after becoming disoriented.

Hamilton was too tired to continue on the next morning, so his daughter left him to seek help. She made her way out and notified parks police that her father was still in the woods. At the time, there was an air and ground search, but it was unsuccessful.

A hiker told police Tuesday that he found what was believed to be human remains and personal effects in the area where Hamilton was last seen.


Suits against airline stayed in wake of bankruptcy filing

A federal judge did the expected this week when he stayed the Continental Connection Flight 3407 lawsuits against Pinnacle Airlines.

U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny put a hold on the suits because of Pinnacle's recent bankruptcy filing.

The airline's bankruptcy case means the families of loved ones in the crash who have not yet settled their lawsuits will have to wait an undetermined amount of time.

The courts do not have to wait until Pinnacle's bankruptcy case is completed to lift the stay. Pinnacle is the parent of Colgan Air, the regional airline that owned and operated the plane that crashed in Clarence Center in February 2009 claiming 50 lives.


Ceglia appealing ruling on records in Facebook case

Paul Ceglia is appealing a federal judge's decision limiting his access to potential evidence in the Facebook ownership case.

Ceglia, the Allegany County man who claims to own half of the social networking giant, is challenging U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie G. Foschio's recent decision in the 2-year-old lawsuit.

Foschio granted Ceglia permission to question Facebook's experts in the case but denied his request for access to computers owned by Harvard University and Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Ceglia's lawyers claim their client deserves his day in court, while Facebook contends his request for expanded discovery is nothing but a "fishing expedition." His appeal will be heard by a district court judge in Buffalo.


Local businessman killed while riding bike in Florida

A well-known Wyoming County business executive was fatally struck from behind Wednesday morning by a car while bicycling on the shoulder of Route A1A in Fort Pierce, Fla., an oceanside community about 50 miles north of West Palm Beach.

Michael J. Serventi, 61, was traveling south on the right paved shoulder of the road on North Hutchinson Island when a 2000 Honda Accord driven by Krupa Patel, 28, of Vero Beach, struck him, throwing him onto the hood and windshield of the car and back into the road, the News Tribune newspaper reported.

Charges are pending against Patel, the Florida Highway Patrol said Thursday.

A Warsaw native, Serventi was operating partner of Summer Street Capital Partners LLC in Buffalo and former president of the family-owned Lew-Mark Baking, a manufacturer of Archway brand cookies.


Busti Avenue raid brings drug charges for three

Two men and a woman are being held on drug charges stemming from a raid on a Busti Avenue flat Wednesday afternoon.

Antonio Pagan-Maldonado, 41; Norberto Rodriguez, 23; and Milaedy Delgado, 18, were charged by narcotics detectives with criminal possession of a controlled substance, heroin, in sale amounts, Buffalo police said, after the raid on an upper apartment at 474 Busti at about 1:15 p.m., and a nearby BMW.