Identities released in shooting deaths

The names of three family members killed in a double-murder and suicide in the northern Arizona community of Peach Springs on Wednesday were released Monday by the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office.

John A. Howell, 56, his wife, Anna B. Howell, 60, and their adopted son, Richard L. Howell, 20, died of gunshot wounds, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Trish Carter.

The Howells lived together in Hyde Park, about 15 miles east of where the shootings occurred.

Carter said investigators determined that the adopted son shot his parents from the back seat of an Isuzu Trooper before walking 100 yards into the desert where he shot and killed himself.

A 9 mm handgun was found at Richard Howell’s side.

Carter said the motive for the violence is unknown, though the investigation continues.


Coroner’s office names two found in pools

A man and a woman who died in separate weekend incidents involving private pools were identified by the Clark County coroner’s office Monday as Sean Warren and Shari Lee Shandle.

Shandle, 48, of Las Vegas, was found in a backyard pool on San Bellacova Court, near Jones Boulevard and Cactus Avenue, about 4 p.m. Saturday.

Police said Shandle was dead when emergency responders arrived. The woman appeared to have drowned, police said. The coroner’s office hadn’t determined her cause of death Monday afternoon.

Warren, 34, was found in a backyard pool about 1 p.m. Saturday on Vista Colorado Street, near Windmill Lane and Eastern Avenue, Las Vegas police said. The coroner’s office said Warren was a Las Vegas resident. The coroner’s office is waiting on a toxicology report before releasing the cause of Warren’s death.


Girls’ names released in watercraft accident

California authorities have released the names of two teenage girls who were killed Saturday when the personal watercraft they were riding collided with a boat on the Colorado River outside Needles.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tim Smith said the 10-foot-long watercraft and 23-foot-long Chaparral boat collided just north of the Needles Bridge about 5:30 p.m.

The watercraft’s operator, Desiree Hobill, 19, was dead at the scene of the accident while her passenger, Tiffany Breslin, 14, died of her injuries at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center at 1:27 a.m. Sunday. Both girls lived in Murrietta, Calif.

The Sheriff’s Office reported that no one aboard the boat was injured. Its driver, Daniel Ashcraft, 46, of Tustin, Calif., told investigators he was unable to avoid the collision as the girls were not looking in the direction of his vessel before impact.


Boy killed by vehicle was North Las Vegan

An 8-year-old boy who died after being hit by a car Friday was identified by the coroner’s office Monday as Corbin J. Crawmer of North Las Vegas.

The incident happened about 1:30 p.m. when the boy steered a bicycle out of a driveway on Maple Pines Avenue, near Centennial Parkway and Losee Road.

A driver had pulled out of a driveway two houses down and, although traveling slowly, could not avoid hitting the boy, said Mark Hoyt, spokesman for North Las Vegas police.

Hoyt said the driver was not cited and the incident was an accident.

The vehicle’s left rear tire ran over the boy. He was taken to University Medical Center where he died.

The name of the driver was not released.

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