IN BRIEF

SHOOTING VICTIM

15-year-old’s body found in gravel pit

A 15-year-old boy was found shot to death in a gravel pit on Monday night in Bunkerville, outside of Mesquite, Las Vegas police said.

The body of Teven Leavitt was found after his friend alerted police around 11:45 p.m. that he was shot and left in the desert.

Sgt. Russell Shoemaker of the Las Vegas police homicide unit said Leavitt was target shooting with three friends in the gravel pit when he was shot in the head.

His three friends fled from the area after the shooting, Shoemaker said. Police have interviewed the friends and others related to the investigation and are trying to determine if the shooting was accidental or intentional.

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Las Vegas police at 828-3521 or Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

U.S. HIGHWAY 95

One dead, two injured after car overturns

A 46-year-old Arizona man was killed when the car in which he was riding overturned Tuesday on U.S. Highway 95 between Las Vegas and Indian Springs, the Nevada Highway Patrol said.

A. Hall Dale of Bullhead City was a passenger in a Pontiac sedan that was southbound on U.S. 95 but drifted onto a rock embankment about 8:30 a.m., Trooper Kevin Honea said.

The woman who was driving lost control of the vehicle and it overturned, he said. She was airlifted to University Medical Center, where she was in critical condition, Honea said.

A second woman who was a passenger in the car also was taken to UMC. Her injuries were not life-threatening.

Dale was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

SHARP RIGHT TURN

Driver killed in beltway crash identified

A 46-year-old Las Vegas woman who died after crashing her car about 6:20 p.m. Sunday on the eastbound Las Vegas Beltway approaching Sunset Road on the airport connector was identified as Salvi Gharibyan by the Clark County coroner’s office.

The wreck occurred when Gharibyan steered her newer model Toyota Corolla sharply to the right, causing her car to rotate clockwise off the road and into a disabled green Ford Expedition that was on a jack on the paved shoulder of the road, said Trooper Kevin Honea, of the Nevada Highway Patrol.

Gharibyan, who was not wearing her seat belt, was pronounced dead at University Medical Center.

Honea said investigators don’t know why Gharibyan suddenly turned to the right.

BEATING AND RAPE

Guilty verdict in 1982 beauty queen’s death

A Carson City jury needed just five hours over two days to find David Mitchell guilty in the strangulation death of a Douglas County beauty queen more than a quarter century ago.

The jury found Mitchell guilty of beating, raping and strangling 18-year-old Sheila Jo Harris in January 1982.

The jury got the case at 6 p.m. Monday and broke at 9 p.m., saying it had a verdict but wanted to debate a little more. The guilty verdict was read at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Harris was a former Miss Douglas County who had just moved north to compete for Miss Carson City. Her body was found in her apartment by her mother and a family friend.

Mitchell was arrested in 1986, but the charges were dismissed in 1987 because of a lack of evidence.

The citizen of Trinidad and Tobago was arrested Aug. 18 by international police on the Caribbean island, after authorities said a DNA comparison in 2000 resulted in a match between evidence on Harris’ body and clothing and samples of saliva and blood obtained from Mitchell by warrant in the 1980s.

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