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Wednesday, Aug 16, 2017

Authorities: MS-13 Members Killed Man in Bid to Gain Stature

Authorities: MS-13 Members Killed Man in Bid to Gain Stature

A group of MS-13 members lured a Long Island man into a car with the promise of marijuana and sex and took him to a secluded nature preserve where they fatally attacked him with knives and machetes to boost...

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Exclusive: NYPD Hatchet Attack Survivors Talk to News 4

Exclusive:  NYPD Hatchet Attack Survivors Talk to News 4

The four officers who were attacked in Queens last October speak exclusively to News 4's Jonathan Dienst.

Thursday, Aug 17, 2017

Queens Newspaper Publisher Tried to Intimidate Family: Feds

Queens Newspaper Publisher Tried to Intimidate Family: Feds

The publisher of a small Queens newspaper has been arrested by the FBI, accused of trying to intimidate a family out of pressing charges against a Bonanno crime family associate with whom the publisher...

Tuesday, Aug 15, 2017

HBO Producer Gets Year in Prison After Dermatologist's Death

HBO Producer Gets Year in Prison After Dermatologist's Death

An HBO producer who helped drag an unconscious dermatologist down to the lobby of a New York City apartment building after she overdosed has been sentenced to a year in prison.

Monday, Aug 14, 2017

'El Chapo' Waves to Wife, Twins as Private Lawyers Make Case

'El Chapo' Waves to Wife, Twins as Private Lawyers Make Case

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman walked into federal court in Brooklyn Monday and immediately waved to his wife and twin daughters, who were sitting in the second row, then sat as a judge refused to guarantee...

Monday, Aug 14, 2017

Sentencing Postponed for Doc Accused of Bribing Menendez

Sentencing Postponed for Doc Accused of Bribing Menendez

A sentencing hearing in a Medicare fraud case against a prominent Florida eye doctor accused of bribing New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez has been postponed.

Tuesday, Aug 8, 2017

'El Chapo' Hires John Gotti Attorney in NYC Trafficking Case

'El Chapo' Hires John Gotti Attorney in NYC Trafficking Case

The renowned criminal attorney who successfully defended the son of mob boss John Gotti will represent notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who is accused of overseeing a multibillion-dollar...

Monday, Aug 7, 2017

5 Accused in NYC of Trying to Get 5K Lbs of Cocaine Into US

5 Accused in NYC of Trying to Get 5K Lbs of Cocaine Into US

Five Mexican citizens have been charged in Manhattan federal court for allegedly trying to ship nearly 5,000 pounds of cocaine to the United States in speedboats, then trying to outrun authorities in the waters...

Friday, Aug 4, 2017

Convicted 'Pharma Bro' Has an Image Problem, Lawyer Concedes

Convicted 'Pharma Bro' Has an Image Problem, Lawyer Concedes

Martin Shkreli, the eccentric former pharmaceutical CEO notorious for a price-gouging scandal and for his snide "Pharma Bro" persona on social media, was convicted Friday on federal charges he deceived investors...

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Mets Bullpen Catcher Arrested for DUI

Mets Bullpen Catcher Arrested for DUI

Mets bullpen catcher Eric Langill was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence in Florida after crashing into a fountain at a traffic circle and flipping his car.

Hacker Ringleader Worked from NYC Projects

Hacker Ringleader Worked from NYC Projects

A group of expert hackers that attacked governments and corporations around the globe has been busted after its ringleader — one of the world's most-wanted and most-feared computer vandals — turned against...

EXCLUSIVE: Accused Cop Killer Speaks

EXCLUSIVE: Accused Cop Killer Speaks

News 4's I-Team has obtained a videotape in which Lamont Pride confesses to firing the bullet that struck NYPD Officer Peter Figoski point-blank in the face. His attorney declined to comment.

Accused Cop Killer: It Went Wrong, I'm Sorry

Accused Cop Killer: It Went Wrong, I'm Sorry

Accused cop killer Lamont Pride told detectives the day after the shooting of Officer Peter Figoski that he was sorry for what happened and that he didn't want to kill a cop, according to police documents.

The Accused Killer in His Own Words

The Accused Killer in His Own Words

NBC New York's Jonathan Dienst has exclusively obtained a partial transcript of the confession that police say Levi Aron gave authorities during questioning for allegedly killing an 8-year-old boy.

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Mob Busts
Mob Associate Arrested After Mobster-Turned-Informant Kills Self

Mob Associate Arrested After Mobster-Turned-Informant Kills Self

A mobster-turned-FBI-informant who is believed to have carried out a killing while helping the FBI track Mafiosos from Boston to Philadelphia was found dead in a New Jersey hotel last month.

Vinny Gorgeous Avoids Death Penalty

Vinny Gorgeous Avoids Death Penalty

A well-groomed New York City mobster has avoided getting the death penalty for ordering a gangland hit.

Feds: Mob Recruited Immigrant Strippers

Feds: Mob Recruited Immigrant Strippers

Federal prosecutors say they've broken up a mob-run ring that recruited women from Russia and other Eastern European countries to dance at Long Island and Queens strip clubs.

Four Bonanno Mobsters Busted in NYC: Feds

Four Bonanno Mobsters Busted in NYC: Feds

DEA and FBI agents arrested four members of the Bonanno organized crime family early Friday for alleged crimes that include racketeering, gambling and drug sales. The father of a "Mob Wives" reality show...

FBI Rounds Up 100 Mobsters in Biggest NY Mafia Bust Ever

FBI Rounds Up 100 Mobsters in Biggest NY Mafia Bust Ever

Epic bust marks "largest single day operation" against organized crime.

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