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Tarpon police seek suspect they say hit 76-year-old man with gun, took his wallet

Detectives solve a cold case — the 1971 slaying of a 14-year-old girl whose body was found in a Palm Harbor orange grove.

Tarpon Springs

Man, 76, robbed of wallet and hit with gun

A 76-year-old man was robbed of his wallet outside a Tarpon Springs business early Tuesday. Marvin Vallance was struck in the head with a firearm by a man wearing a ski mask and a black bandanna, police say. The robbery occurred at 7 a.m. near 217 Pinellas Ave. Vallance suffered nonlife-threatening injuries and was transported to Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, according to authorities. The suspect is described as an African-American male about 5 feet 6. He has a thin build and was last seen wearing a black or brown T-shirt and dark shorts. Anyone with information should call the Tarpon Springs Police Department at (727) 938-2840.

Clearwater

Sale will include vendors from fire

Vendors from a Dunedin antiques mall that was destroyed last week in a fire will hold a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The sale, at 804 Bruce Ave. on Clearwater Beach, will include merchandise salvaged from the debris at Knot on Main Street. However, most of the goods will be clothing, antique art, collectibles, children's books, furniture and other items not involved in the blaze. Knot on Main Street vendors who want to participate may call organizer Sabrina Trop at (727) 437-7129.

Share your favorite summer photos

The Clearwater Public Library System is hosting a summer photo contest. Submit a photo, measuring at least 5 by 7 inches, of a favorite summer memory to be displayed in the library. One entry per person. Photos must be submitted by July 31 to any Clearwater Public Library location by mail or electronically, and must include a signed entry form, available at the library or at the library's website, myclearwater.com/cpl. E-mail a photo to mlib.youthref@myclearwater.com. The contest is open to Pinellas County residents of all ages. Participants ages 17 and younger will have a chance to win a $50 gift card. The winner will be picked at random and will be announced after July 31. Call (727) 562-4970 or visit www.myclearwater.com/cpl.

Palm Harbor

Get your pet chipped for $16.99

The Vet Clinic of Palm Harbor will host a three-hour microchip event from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at 35891 U.S. 19 N. All pet owners will receive a free hurricane kit and a free microchip and insertion with every $16.99 HomeAgain registration fee. Microchips will be available while supplies last, first-come, first-served. For more information, or for free registration vouchers, contact Bryan McGoldrick D.V.M. at (727) 781-7704, e-mail bryan.mcgoldrick@thevetclinic.com or visit thevetclinic.com.

In sports

A roundup of triathlons, 5K races and local running news. Page 7.

Pinellas deaths

Detailed obituaries can be found in the Tampa Bay section.

Tarpon police seek suspect they say hit 76-year-old man with gun, took his wallet 06/14/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 8:14pm]

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