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Tuesday, Sep 19, 2017

Enough Fentanyl to Kill 32 Million People Seized in NYC Bust

Enough Fentanyl to Kill 32 Million People Seized in NYC Bust

Authorities confiscated nearly 195 pounds of fentanyl in a pair of busts that prosecutors said included one sting that netted 32 million lethal doses of the drug, an opioid 50 times stronger than heroin.

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.

Tuesday, Sep 19, 2017

James Blake Testifies Against NYPD Police Officer

James Blake Testifies Against NYPD Police Officer

By former pro tennis star James Blake's account, the man approaching him in 2015 outside his hotel caused no alarm because he looked like an old high school buddy.

Monday, Sep 18, 2017

Menendez Jurors Hear Descriptions of Upscale Resorts

Menendez Jurors Hear Descriptions of Upscale Resorts

Jurors in the corruption trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey and a wealthy donor have heard descriptions of trips to upscale Dominican Republic resorts that Menendez took on the donor's dime.

Saturday, Sep 16, 2017

Menendez Fights Charges in Court, Courts Public Outside

Menendez Fights Charges in Court, Courts Public Outside

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez has spent about 30 hours over the last two weeks in a New Jersey courtroom fighting for his political career and freedom, while showing little sign outside the courtroom he's in the middle...

Friday, Sep 15, 2017

Feds Take More Records from Paterson in Corruption Probe

Feds Take More Records from Paterson in Corruption Probe

FBI agents and federal prosecutors demanded more records from Paterson City Hall this week amid the ongoing federal corruption investigation in New Jersey’s third largest city.

Friday, Sep 15, 2017

Weiner: 'Acting Out Crushed My Wife's Aspirations'

Weiner: 'Acting Out Crushed My Wife's Aspirations'

In a letter to the judge ahead of his sentencing later this month, convicted former New York congressman Anthony Weiner begged for leniency, writing, "Every day I quietly do what I can to keep getting better...

Thursday, Sep 14, 2017

Jurors in Menendez Trial Hear More Testimony on Free Flights

Jurors in Menendez Trial Hear More Testimony on Free Flights

Jurors in the corruption trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and a wealthy donor have heard more testimony about trips the New Jersey Democrat took at the donor's expense.

Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017

Vegas Travel Agent Scammed Catholic Parishes in NY: Pros.

Vegas Travel Agent Scammed Catholic Parishes in NY: Pros.

A Las Vegas travel agent faces federal fraud charges for allegedly scamming 2 Catholic parishes in Westchester County out of more than $200,000 they paid to cover the costs of travel to the 2016 World Youth Day...

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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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