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Coroner’s office identifies man shot, killed by resident

The Clark County coroner’s office has identified the man shot to death during a Tuesday morning home invasion as Zachary Roberts, 18, of Las Vegas.

Roberts had entered a home on Clarkway Drive, near Bonanza Road and Rancho Drive, before he was shot. He died from a gunshot wound to the chest, a medical examiner determined.

The homeowner said Tuesday that he heard Roberts kick open the door.

“I said, ‘Get the hell out of my house,’ and he stood there laughing,” he said, declining to give his name. “He said, ‘I’m going to beat your ass and then I’m gonna kill you,’ and he took one more step. Then I shot him.”

Las Vegas police Lt. Lew Roberts said the incident appeared to involve a “criminal preying on the elderly.”

LAS VEGAS RESIDENT

77-year-old woman who died in traffic accident identified

The 77-year-old woman who died after a traffic accident Sunday has been identified as Ruth Ravetz of Las Vegas.

Ravetz was driving a 2002 Toyota Avalon west on Vegas Drive toward Jones Boulevard when the car veered onto the north sidewalk and struck a pole, Las Vegas police said.

A passer-by found the woman unconscious at the wheel. She was taken to University Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

The Clark County coroner’s office determined she died from injuries sustained in the crash.

HENDERSON-TO-COMPTON FLIGHT

Two found dead in wreckage of plane bound for California

The wreckage of a twin-engine plane that had left the Henderson Executive Airport for Compton, Calif., on Monday was recovered Thursday with two people dead, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman confirmed.

Ian Gregor said the wreckage of the Cessna 340 was found at about 1:50 a.m. about six miles northwest of the Rialto Airport, about 60 miles from Compton.

He said the plane was reported overdue on Wednesday by a family member of one of the people on board the plane. He doesn’t know why it took two days for someone to report the aircraft missing, he said.

The victims will be identified by the local coroner’s office. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

RENO AVENUE CRASH

Dead motorcyclist’s identity confirmed; 51-year-old LV man

The 51-year-old motorcyclist killed Jan. 15 after colliding with a Honda Element has been identified as Michael Benno of Las Vegas.

Benno was traveling west on Reno Avenue at Pearl Street, just south of Tropicana Avenue, when the Honda entered the intersection, according to Las Vegas police.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. The 29-year-old driver of the Honda had minor injuries.

SUSPECT HID IN PORTABLE TOILET

35-year-old man who was bludgeoned to death ID’d

The man bludgeoned to death by a suspect who was found hiding in a portable toilet has been identified as 35-year-old Steven Kelly.

Kelly was found Jan. 14 with blunt force trauma to the head in an apartment at 150 E. Hoover Ave., near Main Street and Charleston Boulevard.

Las Vegas police officers began canvassing the area and found 46-year-old Mark Hoffman hiding in a portable toilet. He was suffering from an apparent self-inflicted injury to the abdomen, according to police.

He told police he had been stabbed by the victim and fought him in self-defense, according to his arrest report.

Hoffman has been charged with murder with a deadly weapon.

DEADLY SHOOTING

Man shot, killed near downtown identified

The man shot and killed Jan. 14 in a neighborhood near downtown Las Vegas has been identified as John Adams, 47.

Adams was shot multiple times at 3:18 p.m. on Jefferson Avenue near H Street north of Washington Avenue, police said.

Police do not have a description of the suspect, who, according to witnesses, had been heard arguing with Adams.

Anybody with information on the killing is encouraged to call the homicide section at 828-3521 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 385-5555.

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