The chill that had you reaching for your leather jacket and scarf Wednesday morning was no ordinary October dip. Tampa International Airport set a record low of 43, more than 20 degrees below normal. The previous record of 45 was set in 1910. Some spots in Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties were below freezing, said Josh Linker, a meteorologist for Bay News 9. It'll still be cold this morning - by Florida standards anyway - but should warm up by midday with an expected high in the mid 70s, compared with Wednesday's 67. How will the weather be for all the little ghosts and goblins? "Halloween looks great," Linker said. "Upper 70s during the day, and the trick-or-treaters will have low 70s with a light breeze - pretty comfortable."
Woman denied bail in doctor stabbing
A woman accused of pulling a steak knife and repeatedly stabbing an emergency room doctor in Brandon Regional Medical Center was denied bail and being held in a Hillsborough County Jail 24 hours after the bloody incident. Carolyn J. Faulk, 30, of Wauchula is accused of aggravated battery on medical personnel. An arrest affidavit says Faulk was about to be discharged after being treated for abdominal pain by Dr. Marisel Juarbe, when she reached into her purse and pulled out a steak knife, stabbing the doctor a dozen times in the back, arm and neck. Sheriff's deputies said an off-duty detention deputy pulled Faulk away and held her until deputies arrived. A spokeswoman for Brandon Regional Medical Center said she was preparing a statement on the incident Wednesday afternoon, but had not produced one by press time.
Aisenberg figure guilty in other case
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.
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.