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Wednesday, Apr 27, 2016

Feds: Arrested Restaurateur Was Cozy With NYPD

Feds: Arrested Restaurateur Was Cozy With NYPD

A former Harlem restaurant owner accused of running a Ponzi scheme that bilked investors out of $12 million appeared before a federal judge Tuesday as prosecutors argued he got some of that money because of his...

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.

Monday, Apr 25, 2016

Partner of Cop Killed in 2014 Fire Testifies in Teen's Trial

Partner of Cop Killed in 2014 Fire Testifies in Teen's Trial

The 16-year-old boy who allegedly set a mattress on fire in a Coney Island apartment building last month, sparking a blaze that killed a veteran NYPD officer who responded to the fire, pleaded not guilty...

Thursday, Apr 21, 2016

Silver's Wife Cites Cancer Diagnosis in Sentencing Letter

Silver's Wife Cites Cancer Diagnosis in Sentencing Letter

Sheldon Silver's wife cited his prostate cancer diagnosis in a letter to a federal judge seeking sentencing leniency for the disgraced former New York State Assembly speaker.

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2016

Feds Want 10-Plus Years for Sheldon Silver

Feds Want 10-Plus Years for Sheldon Silver

Prosecutors urged a judge Wednesday to set an example by sending Sheldon Silver to prison for substantially more than a decade in prison, saying the former New York Assembly speaker corrupted the institution he...

Tuesday, Apr 19, 2016

NYC Man Gets 12 Years in Prison for Death of Transgender Woman

NYC Man Gets 12 Years in Prison for Death of Transgender Woman

A 24-year-old man has been arrested in the 2013 beating of a transgender woman who was attacked by a group of men in Harlem and died several days later.

Monday, Apr 18, 2016

Man Who Harassed Newtown Victim's Kin Takes Deal

Man Who Harassed Newtown Victim's Kin Takes Deal

A New York City man accused of harassing relatives of a teacher killed in the Newtown school massacre has been sentenced to two years of probation as part of a plea deal.

Monday, Apr 18, 2016

Driver Pleads Guilty in Crash That Killed NYPD Detective

Driver Pleads Guilty in Crash That Killed NYPD Detective

A 21-year-old man who drove the wrong way on a Westchester highway while drunk and high, hitting and killing an NYPD detective on his way to work, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and reckless endangerment...

Friday, Apr 15, 2016

Inmate in NYC Terror Case in Coma After Suicide Attempt

Inmate in NYC Terror Case in Coma After Suicide Attempt

A man who admitted plotting to bomb New York City synagogues has tried to kill himself in prison after guards tormented him because of his terror case, his lawyers said.

Friday, Apr 15, 2016

Silver Had Affairs: Docs Unsealed After NBC 4 Court Fight

Silver Had Affairs: Docs Unsealed After NBC 4 Court Fight

Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver had affairs with a woman who lobbied for him on a regular basis and another whom he helped get a job using his elected position, according to documents unsealed...

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Documents
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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