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Appearing Dazed, Kingpin 'El Chapo' Pleads Not Guilty in NYC

Appearing Dazed, Kingpin 'El Chapo' Pleads Not Guilty in NYC

Saying they were bringing the world's most notorious drug lord to justice, U.S. prosecutors on Friday described Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman as the murderous architect of a three-decade-long web of violence...

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, Jan 19, 2017

Boyfriend Could Face Homicide Charges in Boy's Death: DA

Boyfriend Could Face Homicide Charges in Boy's Death: DA

The boyfriend of the mother of Zymere Perkins could be charged with killing the 6-year-old, authorities say.

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017

Hofstra Grad Slay Suspect's Attorney Blames Other Men

Hofstra Grad Slay Suspect's Attorney Blames Other Men

The lawyer for one of three men arrested in the grisly killing of Hofstra University graduate Joseph Comunale late last year is pointing fingers at the two other suspects, saying that the charges against...

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017

NYPD Holds Trial for Cop Accused of Killing Unarmed Man

NYPD Holds Trial for Cop Accused of Killing Unarmed Man

A disciplinary trial has begun for a white New York City officer in a case that was an early catalyst for outrage over police use of deadly force against black men.

Friday, Jan 6, 2017

NY Prison Officer Hired Hit Man to Bash Ex-Wife: NYPD

NY Prison Officer Hired Hit Man to Bash Ex-Wife: NYPD

A New York federal prison officer has been caught red-handed trying to hire a hit man to beat up his ex-wife and her new partner to make them “suffer for the rest of their lives”, the NYPD says.

Thursday, Jan 12, 2017

37 Indicted in Alleged Gas Meter Scheme in Brooklyn

37 Indicted in Alleged Gas Meter Scheme in Brooklyn

More than three dozen people have been indicted in an alleged scheme to install gas meters in Brooklyn buildings without proper permits.

Thursday, Jan 5, 2017

Mom Convicted in Infamous NJ Cold Case Slaying Gets 30 Years

Mom Convicted in Infamous NJ Cold Case Slaying Gets 30 Years

A Florida woman convicted of killing her 5-year-old son in New Jersey in 1991 has been sentenced to 30 years in prison, even though prosecutors had sought a life sentence.

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2017

Indicted NY Town Supervisor to Resign Amid Corruption Probe

Indicted NY Town Supervisor to Resign Amid Corruption Probe

Indicted Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto has announced his resignation.

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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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