Indictment issued in bus stop death

A grand jury Tuesday indicted the 44-year-old man who is accused of killing one woman and seriously injuring another when he plowed into a bus stop with his truck.

The Clark County grand jury indicted Steven Murray on one count of vehicular homicide and two counts of driving under the influence and causing a death or substantial bodily harm.

Murray is accused of killing Patricia Hoff, 55, and seriously injuring Porche Hughes, 26. Still hospitalized, Hughes had one of her legs amputated below the knee.

Authorities said Murray was under the influence of prescription painkillers when he drove his truck into a bus stop on Boulder Highway near Flamingo Road on July 7. His family has said Murray takes prescription drugs for a back injury.

Murray has at least four driving under the influence convictions out of Texas and several minor traffic violations in Nevada.

Because of his prior driving under the influence convictions, Murray could be sentenced to 25 years to life if convicted.


Authorities seek help of public in slaying

Henderson police are asking the public for any information about a year-old homicide case because investigators are at a standstill.

Ryan Thibault, 27, was with a group of people watching a movie in his house at 983 Gold Bear Drive, near Eastern Avenue and Horizon Ridge Parkway, about 5:15 p.m. on July 21, 2007.

Thibault went to the garage, and a few minutes later a gunshot was heard. The people inside the house went to the garage to find Thibault on the floor of the garage suffering from a gunshot wound, according to police.

He initially survived his wounds and was taken to a California rehabilitation hospital, but he died Sept. 12.

Anybody with information on the crime is encouraged to call Henderson police at 267-4750 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 385-5555.


Toddler who drowned in family pool named

The toddler who drowned last week in the family pool has been identified as 16-month-old Nathan Platt of Las Vegas.

The boy had wandered away from his grandparents for five minutes in the 300 block of Pomegranate Circle, near U.S. Highway 95 and Rancho Drive, Las Vegas fire officials said.

He was found face-down in the pool about 5 p.m. The boy’s grandparents tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at University Medical Center, officials said.


Scooter accident victim identified

The 51-year-old Las Vegas man who died Tuesday after a scooter accident near Jones Boulevard and Washington Avenue was identified Wednesday as Jerry A. Ziolecki.

The accident happened about 1:30 p.m. when Ziolecki was traveling north on Jones on the right paved shoulder, Las Vegas police said. Police said he struck a curb, hit a pole and then a wall.

Ziolecki was taken to University Medical Center, where he died.


Family donates telescope to UNR

A research-quality telescope that was the passion of an amateur astronomer and housed in a cabin above Lake Tahoe has been donated to the University of Nevada, Reno’s Redfield Campus.

An observatory, including the 22-inch Celestron telescope and dome, was removed by crane Tuesday from within a cabin at Incline Lake near Mount Rose summit.

The cabin had been the home of the MacLean family, which lived at the Sierra Nevada lake year-round.

The 750-acre Incline Lake property is being sold to the U.S. Forest Service and the cabins are being razed.

The dome and telescope eventually will be installed at the Redfield Campus as the MacLean Observatory.


Bear sought in mauling of California woman

A woman mauled by a bear in Kern County in Southern California was recovering Wednesday in a Los Angeles hospital as game wardens tried to trap and kill the animal.

Allena Hansen, 56, was resting comfortably after undergoing extensive surgery to repair injuries from Tuesday’s attack, Roxanne Moster, a spokeswoman for the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, said.

Neighbor August Dunning said Hansen had 10 hours of surgery Tuesday on head and facial cuts.

Hansen was "lucid, active and probably pretty sore," said Dunning, who called her hospital room Tuesday night and spoke to her son. Dunning said he could hear his friend in the background.

"She’s fine. She’s talking," he said Wednesday.

Trackers using dogs hunted the bear Wednesday. One tracking hound was slightly injured in what might have been an attack by the animal, California Department of Fish and Game officials said.

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