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Friday, Jul 21, 2017

Champion Boxer Convicted in NYC Woman's Pipe Beating Death

Champion Boxer Convicted in NYC Woman's Pipe Beating Death

A former champion pro boxer from Queens has been convicted of murder and other charges in the death of his ex-girlfriend, who was stabbed and bludgeoned to death with a pipe on a city street more than two years...

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, Jul 20, 2017

Ex-Teacher at Elite NYC School Sentenced in Child Porn Case

Ex-Teacher at Elite NYC School Sentenced in Child Porn Case

A former Bronx high school teacher who pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography has been sentenced to seven years in prison. Jon Cruz was sentenced in Manhattan federal court on Thursday.

Thursday, Jul 20, 2017

Sex Offender Gets Prison After Groping Woman on Flight

Sex Offender Gets Prison After Groping Woman on Flight

A registered sex offender who admitted that he improperly touched a sleeping woman aboard a flight from Israel to the U.S. has been sentenced to 13 months in prison. Yoel Oberlander was sentenced in federal...

Thursday, Jul 13, 2017

Investors: 'Pharma Bro' Shkreli Was Shady -- and Profitable

Investors: 'Pharma Bro' Shkreli Was Shady -- and Profitable

The jury at the securities fraud trial of "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli has heard investors accuse the quirky former biotech CEO of repeatedly giving them the runaround when they tried to pull their money out...

Thursday, Jul 13, 2017

Disturbing New Details in Toddler Siblings' Beating Deaths

Disturbing New Details in Toddler Siblings' Beating Deaths

The toddler siblings who died minutes apart after being put to bed in their Bronx home earlier this week bled to death from internal injuries following an apparent beating, an NYPD official said Thursday,...

Thursday, Jul 13, 2017

Times Square Rampage Suspect Arraigned

Times Square Rampage Suspect Arraigned

A man accused of intentionally mowing down pedestrians on a Times Square sidewalk has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges.

Wednesday, Jul 12, 2017

Man Convicted in Murder Case Freed After 21 Years in Prison

Man Convicted in Murder Case Freed After 21 Years in Prison

A man who spent 21 years behind bars for murder was set free Wednesday after prosecutors abandoned his conviction, acknowledging they unfairly withheld information and jurors got misleading testimony about...

Thursday, Jul 13, 2017

Silver's Corruption Conviction Overturned

Silver's Corruption Conviction Overturned

A federal appeals court has overturned the corruption conviction of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, citing in its Thursday decision a U.S. Supreme Court ruling from last year that limited...

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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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