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RIVERSIDE / Nurse allegedly attacked

A Bronx man jailed after being charged with stabbing a woman in Central Islip faced new charges yesterday after prosecutors said he grabbed a nurse by the neck at the Suffolk County Correctional Facility in Riverside.

Joseph Hamilton, 22, pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault during his arraignment in Southampton Town Justice Court. He was held on $205,000 bail.

Prosecutors said Hamilton placed his hands around the unidentified nurse's throat on Dec. 16, one day after he was arrested for allegedly stabbing a woman on East Cedar Street in Central Islip. The woman survived the attack.

The nurse's condition was not available yesterday.

A Legal Aid attorney for Hamilton could not be reached for comment.

Hamilton previously pleaded not guilty to assault in the Central Islip stabbing. He is due back in court Monday.


WOODBURY / Arrest in hit-and-run

A Syosset man was arrested after police said he was involved in a hit-and-run that left a 24-year-old woman with "serious head trauma."

Paul J. Reiners, 21, of Oregon Court, was arrested about 90 minutes after the Wednesday crash when he returned to the scene in Woodbury, police said. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with serious physical injury, Nassau County police said.

Police said the crash occurred at 6 p.m. on Woodbury Road just north of Jericho Turnpike. Reiners was driving his 2002 Ford Mustang south on Woodbury and struck the woman as she crossed Jericho Turnpike, police said. The woman's identity not been released and her condition was not known, police said.


ELMONT / Police ID man killed in fire

Nassau police yesterday identified Douglas Kloock, 33, as the person killed in an Elmont house fire earlier this week.

Firefighters found his body inside a bathroom of the two-story colonial he shared with his parents on Madison Street, Vincent McManus of the county fire marshal's office said after the Monday fire. The blaze appeared to have started in the kitchen, but investigators haven't been able to more conclusively identify the origin of the fire, McManus said.

The fire prompted complaints that the 911 emergency system did not work as planned, after several people who tried to report the fire - which police said started at about 6 p.m. - were put on hold. Authorities said rescuers were on the scene about five minutes after the calls began Monday night.

Nassau police spokesman Det. Lt. Kevin Smith said that soon after the fire started, 911 operators received several calls that registered as hang-ups. Smith said the department will look into what may have caused the problems.


RIVERHEAD / Child custody hearing

The husband of a Patchogue woman found dead in a wooded area near their home after she went missing was in Family Court yesterday to discuss issues related to custody of the couple's 3-year-old son.

Joseph Jones and his mother attended the hearing at Suffolk County Family Court in Riverhead, but the specifics were unknown.

At the hearing, a judge said Jones' mother, who lived with Jones and his wife in Patchogue, has had custody of Tessa and Jones' son, Aiden, for most of the toddler's life. Another hearing regarding custody of the child is scheduled for January, the judge said. After an investigation, the death of Jones' wife, Nicole Tessa, 31, was ruled a homicide by Suffolk police Wednesday.

Tessa's body was found Tuesday near her Prince Street home, two days after Jones reported her missing. Police have made no arrests in the killing.



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