A Cadillac hit an elderly couple Saturday as they attempted to walk across 113th Street N, killing the man, said a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office spokesman. Joseph Vona, 78, died at 4 p.m. at Bayfront Medical Center. His wife, Anna Vona, 77, was in critical condition Saturday night after surgery at Bayfront, said a hospital spokeswoman. Sgt. Greg Tita, the Sheriff's Office spokesman, said the Vonas of 11939 106th Court N in Largo attempted to walk across 113th Street N just north of Park Boulevard when they were hit at 12:45 p.m. by a 1977 Cadillac driven by Laurie Poole. The couple were flown to Bayfront by helicopter. Poole of 12501 Third St. in Largo was not charged, Tita said.
Tampa police investigate
home invasion, purse theft
TAMPA _ Two men invaded a home Saturday afternoon in Seminole Heights, Tampa police Officer R. Medkiff said. Frances Repole, 85, of 7002 N 10th St. was home alone when two men removed the jalousie windows from her back door, reached through and unlocked the door, then pulled two telephones out of the wall, officials said. The men demanded money, took the woman's purse and ran away. Repole was not injured, Medkiff said.
Chase ends in arrest
of man on burglary charge
TAMPA _ A 32-year-old man was charged with armed burglary Saturday after a chase that ended when the man was cornered by a Tampa police K-9 officer. The pursuit began when a North Tampa man saw another man burglarizing the residence of Bonnie Sayne, of 9205 N Edison Ave. The North Tampa man chased the burglar. The chase ended when a K-9 officer caught Lee Edward Buckley in the rear of 8710 N Dexter St. Police said Buckley pulled a knife on his pursuer during the chase, but the pursuer was not injured.
Woman accused of beating girl with baseball bat
CLEARWATER _ Police accused a woman Saturday of beating a girl with a baseball bat. Earnestine H. Union, 36, of 1007 N Betty Lane was charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse, said arrest affidavits. The affidavits said Union, who also uses the last names of Hinton and Wade, hit a girl several times in the knees, legs and stomach with the baseball bat about 1 a.m. Union, who listed her occupation as a registered nurse, was in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $40,000 bail.