Chief Investigative Reporter Jonathan Dienst on crime, corruption and terrorism.

Jul 30, 2015

New No. 2 Named in NY Senate After Libous Conviction

New No. 2 Named in NY Senate After Libous Conviction

A veteran lawmaker from Syracuse has been named deputy majority leader of the New York state Senate after the previous No. 2 ranking lawmaker was convicted of lying to the FBI.

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.

Jul 30, 2015

Ex-NY Senate Leader, Son Heading to Trial on Corruption Charges

Ex-NY Senate Leader, Son Heading to Trial on Corruption Charges

A former state Senate leader is set to go to trial this fall on charges he sold his office for the sake of his adult son.

Jul 29, 2015

NY School Administrator Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges

NY School Administrator Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges

Authorities say a Long Island school administrator has pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges.

Jul 29, 2015

NY Man Bought Combat Gear in Attempt to Support ISIS: Feds

NY Man Bought Combat Gear in Attempt to Support ISIS: Feds

A New York man traveled overseas in a bid to join ISIS after buying night-vision goggles, a machete and body armor and pledging his loyalty to the militant organization on Twitter, federal authorities said...

Jul 28, 2015

Man in Prison, More Than 30 Others Indicted in NY Drug Probe

Man in Prison, More Than 30 Others Indicted in NY Drug Probe

A man accused of running a drug ring from prison was among 34 people indicted after an investigation into drugs and firearms in rural Sullivan County, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

Jul 27, 2015

Ex-Police Chief Weeps, Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges

Ex-Police Chief Weeps, Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges

The former police chief of a Westchester town, who once taught schoolkids how to be alert for sex abuse, wept Monday as he confessed that he had downloaded sexual images of children onto his home computer.

Jul 24, 2015

NY State Sen. Sampson Found Guilty of Obstruction

NY State Sen. Sampson Found Guilty of Obstruction

A once-powerful New York politician was convicted Friday on charges he took extreme measures to undermine a corruption investigation targeting him for embezzlement.

Jul 23, 2015

Long Island Man's Lawsuit Says Cops Beat Him 'Relentlessly'

Long Island Man's Lawsuit Says Cops Beat Him 'Relentlessly'

A Long Island man who claims he was pummeled by police officers during an April 2014 traffic stop that was caught on video has filed a federal lawsuit against the officers involved.

Jul 22, 2015

Leading New York Lawmaker Convicted of Lying to FBI

Leading New York Lawmaker Convicted of Lying to FBI

The No. 2 Republican in the New York Senate was convicted Wednesday of lying to the FBI about arranging a high-paying job for his son.

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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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