An angry patient repeatedly stabbed an emergency room doctor at Brandon Regional Medical Center Tuesday, Hillsborough sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said. The incident happened at 6:39 p.m. Carolyn Faulk, 30, of Plant City was being given her discharge order, Carter said, when she became angry, pulled a steak knife from her purse and began stabbing Dr. Marisel Juarbe. Juarbe suffered injuries that weren't life-threatening, Carter said. A detention deputy who was at the hospital checking on a family member pulled Faulk off Juarbe and held her for an arresting deputy. Faulk was, Carter said.
Deputy avoided DUI, but loses job
Pasco Deputy Jose Berrios was clocked driving 98 mph in Tarpon Springs last month and admitted he had been drinking. He was never investigated for driving under the influence, but now the incident has cost him his job. Pasco Sheriff Bob White fired the 25-year-old deputy Friday. Hired in March, Berrios was still on probation at the Sheriff's Office and has no rights for appealing his termination. Pinellas officials, after initially saying they would not follow up, opened an investigation into Sgt. John Daniels' handling of the incident. Daniels let the deputies call for a ride home without even writing a speeding ticket.
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Off-duty officer accused of DUI
Police Officer Christopher Sutherlin worked crowd control Monday night at a political rally for Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden in Sims Park in Pasco County. He went off duty about 9 p.m. Hours later, authorities say, the 30-year-old officer rear-ended a pickup on U.S. 19 and sped away. The pickup's driver followed and caught up to him. And when the Florida Highway Patrol investigated, it determined the officer was driving drunk. Sutherlin, who lives in Dade City, was charged with DUI, two counts of DUI with personal injury, DUI with property damage and leaving the scene of an accident involving injuries.
Drug raid returns felon to prison
A felon received a 15-year federal prison sentence Tuesday for a 2006 drug deal inside an Ybor City nightclub. Nelson "King Psycho" Castillo, 33, of Tampa was arrested during an undercover Tampa police drug bust in December 2006, according to court records. Castillo and two other men were charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess cocaine. Castillo pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge, and he also pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. According to court records, the drug deal took place Dec. 5, 2006, inside Club Empire. Undercover police recovered about $116,000 and two weapons.
Wounded suspect faces new charge
David Christopher Sills, the man shot two weeks ago by a deputy U.S. marshal, has been charged with obstructing or opposing an officer, court records show. Sills, 26, was shot Oct. 16 by a marshal serving a drug trafficking warrant issued by the Tampa police.