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Cop Critically Hurt in Hatchet Attack: I Thought I Was Going to Die

Cop Critically Hurt in Hatchet Attack: I Thought I Was Going to Die

The rookie NYPD officer critically hurt when a hatchet-wielding stranger ambushed him and three colleagues as they posed for a photo in Queens last fall tells NBC 4 New York in his first comments since...

May 5, 2015

No Charges for Ex-Cop Who Fatally Shot Man in Subway

No Charges for Ex-Cop Who Fatally Shot Man in Subway

The retired New York City correction officer who fatally shot a man in a Brooklyn subway station in March won't be charged in man's death, the Brooklyn district attorney's office announced Monday.

May 5, 2015

Heroin Addict Who Faked Cancer Going to Prison

Heroin Addict Who Faked Cancer Going to Prison

A Long Island woman who scammed people for donations for phony cancer treatments to feed a heroin habit is headed to prison.

May 4, 2015

NY Senate Leader Dean Skelos, Son Arrested on Corruption Charges

NY Senate Leader Dean Skelos, Son Arrested on Corruption Charges

New York State Senate leader Dean Skelos and his son were arrested Monday on federal corruption charges, about three months after NBC 4 New York first reported on the investigation into state government’s...

May 4, 2015

NY Senate Leader Could Be Charged This Week: Sources

NY Senate Leader Could Be Charged This Week: Sources

New York State Senate leader Dean G. Skelos and his son could be charged as soon as Monday in connection with a federal corruption investigation, sources familiar with the case tell NBC 4 New York.

Apr 29, 2015

Jurors in Etan Patz Murder Trial Say They're Deadlocked

Jurors in Etan Patz Murder Trial Say They're Deadlocked

A judge has ordered the 12-person jury in the Etan Patz murder trial back to the deliberation room after the five men and seven women, deliberating for their eleventh day, sent him a note saying they could...

May 2, 2015

2 Ex-Christie Allies Indicted in GWB Case, 1 Pleads Guilty

2 Ex-Christie Allies Indicted in GWB Case, 1 Pleads Guilty

Two former allies of Gov. Chris Christie have been indicted on charges related to their alleged role in creating politically motivated traffic jams on the George Washington Bridge in 2013, and one has pleaded...

Apr 29, 2015

Ex-Banker Acquitted of Raping Woman in Hamptons Bathroom

Ex-Banker Acquitted of Raping Woman in Hamptons Bathroom

A former Manhattan investment banker has been acquitted of charges he raped an Irish tourist at the Hamptons summer home he rented with his wife after meeting her at a nightclub.

Apr 27, 2015

Alleged Drunk Cop in Deadly Wrong-Way Crash Hiring New Attorney

Alleged Drunk Cop in Deadly Wrong-Way Crash Hiring New Attorney

A lawyer for the New Jersey police officer who law enforcement sources say had a blood alcohol content three times the legal limit when he hit a tractor-trailer head-on on a Staten Island highway last month...

Apr 26, 2015

Robbery Suspect Fatally Shot by Detective: NYPD

Robbery Suspect Fatally Shot by Detective: NYPD

A 24-year-old robbery suspect was fatally shot Saturday during a "violent physical struggle" with two detectives in a Manhattan apartment building, police said.

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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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