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Kits available to help with missing children

Child Photo ID and Fingerprint kits help parents or guardians assemble identification information needed to search for a missing child.

To order a free kit, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the nonprofit Missing Children Awareness Foundation, 13094 95th St. N, Largo 33773. Call 585-5360 or toll-free 1-800-741-7233.

CLEARWATER

'Adventures in Opera' starts Wednesday

The Pinellas Opera League, in conjunction with the Marcia P. Hoffman Institute, is holding "Adventures in Opera," a series of six Wednesday programs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the theater of the Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen Booth Road. The programs are:

Wednesday: "The Many Voices of Opera," presented by Dr. Michael Blauner.

Jan. 31: "Wagner, The Do-It-Yourself Genius," presented by Bill Weiss.

Feb. 25: "Zarzuela - Spain's Operatic Tradition," presented by Madeline Crotty.

March 28: "Legendary Opera Singers," presented by Blauner and Middy Larson.

April 25: "Children in Opera," presented by Larson.

Cost is $5 per session, or $25 for all six in advance. Free parking. Call (727) 791-7400 or toll-free 1-800-875-8682.

CLEARWATER

$5,000 reward offered in shooting death

A local company has offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the robber who shot to death an unarmed hotel security guard on Sept. 22.

Critical Intervention Services (CIS), which employs about 150 security guards around Tampa Bay, offered the reward in the slaying of William T. Williams at the Fairfield Inn & Suites.

Williams, 64, of New Port Richey worked for Janas Security Services in Tampa - not CIS - but CIS executives wanted to do something to help because he was a security officer. Williams was shot at the hotel at 3070 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. when he walked into the lobby as the robber held up the front desk.

Police have posted a video of part of the robbery online at www.clearwaterpolice.org/news/hotelrobbery.htm in the hope that someone might recognize the killer. Anyone with information is asked to call 562-4422.

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