Scott Overbeck, a key figure earlier this year in reports about Sabrina Aisenberg, pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to an unrelated explosives charge. While searching his home for drugs on Dec. 18, federal and local agents recovered a commercial firework mortar shell with an 8-inch fuse and shotgun shells duct-taped around the shell's perimeter. Overbeck, 44, said the improvised device was built by someone else as a joke. Overbeck's name became intertwined with the Aisenberg story this summer, after the St. Petersburg Times learned that felon Dennis Byron, 33, a longtime friend of Overbeck's, told detectives that Overbeck said he disposed of baby Sabrina's remains. Sabrina was 5 months old when she vanished from her family's Valrico home in 1997. Overbeck faces up to 10 years in prison on the federal charge.
1 brother gets prison, 1 probation
Two brothers have been punished for their roles in last year's shooting of two East Bay High School students, with one getting probation and the other headed to prison. Brian Gainey Jr., 18, and James Gainey, 17, accepted plea agreements on Oct. 23. Brian Gainey, accused of firing the gun, received 15 years in prison plus five years of probation. James Gainey received four years of probation. Neither can have any contact with Jessica Davis or Gregory Powell, both 16 when they were shot in December as they walked home from their bus stop in Gibsonton's Carriage Pointe subdivision.
Library director is asked to resign
The Gulf Beaches Public Library board of directors asked for director Jan Horah's resignation Wednesday, citing "loss of confidence" in her financial management. Horah, who did not attend the meeting and later declined to comment, earns a $69,460 salary. She has held her post since 1999. Last month, Treasure Island cut all its funding for the library. Horah is the focal point of that city's complaints - as well as growing complaints from the library's other member communities: Madeira Beach, Redington Beach, Redington Shores and North Redington Beach.
County schools now rated A
Florida's schools already celebrated their grades. Now Hillsborough wants its 15 minutes. After winning a grade appeal, Hillsborough is officially an A-rated district. Pasco and Hernando boast the same distinction, which is based on how well students and schools performed last year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. Pinellas schools received a B.
Man shot, injured outside strip club
Thomas Pryor, 23, of Hudson was critically wounded by a gunshot to the abdomen outside the Calendar Girls strip club about 2:10 a.m. Wednesday, the Pasco Sheriff's Office said. An argument between two patrons in the parking lot led to the shooting, authorities said. Sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll would not comment on whether the shooter has been identified.