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NURSE ATTACKED WITH NEEDLE

A nurse at Lockport Memorial Hospital was injured at 11:30 p.m. Thursday when a patient plunged a hypodermic needle into her chest, Lt. Charles Neumann said Friday.

Janice M. Spedding, 53, who hospital officials said was not seriously injured, was discharged after treatment.

The incident was reported to police Friday morning.

The incident occurred after Ms. Spedding entered Room 318 to administer a Thorazine shot to the patient, Neumann said.

The man was standing behind the door of his hospital room with a coat hanger, apparently intending to strangle the nurse. Ms. Spedding, however, struggled with the man who managed to wrestle the syringe away from her and plunged the needle into her chest, stating, "I'm going to kill you," before he was brought under control, Neumann said.

Neumann said the woman was advised to obtain a warrant for the man's arrest.

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