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Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017

Registered NY Sex Offender Admits Touching Woman on Flight

Registered NY Sex Offender Admits Touching Woman on Flight

A registered sex offender has admitted that he improperly touched a sleeping woman aboard a flight from Israel to New Jersey. Federal prosecutors say Yoel Oberlander pleaded guilty Wednesday to assault...

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.

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2017

TV Producer Pleads Guilty in Overdose Death of Dermatologist

TV Producer Pleads Guilty in Overdose Death of Dermatologist

A man arrested in connection with the 2015 death of a New York dermatologist who died of cocaine and alcohol intoxication has admitted to helping move her body out of a Manhattan apartment.

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017

Arson Bust Snares Gotti Grandson, Mobster in Lufthansa Case

Arson Bust Snares Gotti Grandson, Mobster in Lufthansa Case

John J. Gotti, the 23-year-old grandson of the late Gambino crime boss for whom he is named, has been arrested in an arson case, along with reputed mobster Vincent Asaro, who investigators allege solicited...

Friday, Mar 17, 2017

Man Nabbed With Guns on Drug 'Rescue' Trip Seeks Gov Pardon

Man Nabbed With Guns on Drug 'Rescue' Trip Seeks Gov Pardon

An attorney for a Pennsylvania man arrested at the Holland Tunnel last year with a cache of weapons while on a trip he said was to rescue a teen from a drug den in New York will ask Gov.

Thursday, Mar 16, 2017

Admitted Al-Qaida Fighter Convicted in NY Terror Case

Admitted Al-Qaida Fighter Convicted in NY Terror Case

An admitted al-Qaida fighter was convicted on Thursday of federal terrorism charges for participating in a fierce firefight in Afghanistan that left two U.S. servicemen dead.

Monday, Mar 20, 2017

Supreme Court Won't Hear Menendez Appeal in Corruption Case

Supreme Court Won't Hear Menendez Appeal in Corruption Case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez's appeal of his corruption indictment, setting the stage for a federal trial in the fall.

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017

Authorities Smash NYC Drug Trafficking Ring, Arrest Dozens

Authorities Smash NYC Drug Trafficking Ring, Arrest Dozens

Authorities broke up a major drug-dealing operation in the Bronx on Wednesday, arresting dozens of people on charges ranging from heroin trafficking to firearms possession to murder.

Thursday, Mar 16, 2017

Mayor de Blasio Won't Face Charges in Fundraising Probes

Mayor de Blasio Won't Face Charges in Fundraising Probes

State and federal prosecutors cleared Mayor de Blasio in two separate, long-running probes into campaign financing and favors for donors.

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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 his comrades and secretly became an informant for the FBI months ago, authorities announced Tuesday.

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. Jonathan Dienst reports. This story was published Feb. 9, 2012 at 1:49 p.m.

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. And now New Jersey police have arrested an alleged mob associate who is believed to have helped carry out the Bloomfield, N.J. murder.

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 star was also charged in the federal case.

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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