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Tuesday, Aug 16, 2016

NYC Settles Suit in Fatal Stairwell Shooting for $4M

NYC Settles Suit in Fatal Stairwell Shooting for $4M

New York City has reached a settlement of more than $4 million with the family of an unarmed man fatally shot by a police officer in a darkened stairwell in November 2014, the attorney for the family said...

Thursday, Aug 11, 2016

NJ Mayor Reacts Angrily to Questions About Odd Jobs

NJ Mayor Reacts Angrily to Questions About Odd Jobs

Paterson, New Jersey's, mayor was happy to take questions from reporters following his recent State of the City address. But Jose "Joey" Torres was not so happy when the I-Team tried to ask him about our...

Friday, Aug 5, 2016

Gotti Grandson Getting Drug Treatment in Jail, Lawyer Says

Gotti Grandson Getting Drug Treatment in Jail, Lawyer Says

A lawyer says mobster John Gotti's namesake grandson says he's seeking out treatment while jailed on a drug charge.

Friday, Aug 5, 2016

Mafia Don Among 46 Indicted in East Coast Syndicate Case

Mafia Don Among 46 Indicted in East Coast Syndicate Case

Nearly four dozen suspects, including the reputed Mafia boss in Philadelphia and an old-school mobster in New York, were arrested on Thursday in a massive case charging them with wanting to break knees...

Wednesday, Aug 3, 2016

$100K Bail Set for Lobbyist in United Flight Shakedown

$100K Bail Set for Lobbyist in United Flight Shakedown

A judge set bail at $100,000 Wednesday for a former United Airlines lobbyist charged with being the middleman in a shakedown involving the former chairman of the powerful bistate agency that controls New...

Friday, Aug 5, 2016

'Teflon Don' Grandson John Gotti Arrested

'Teflon Don' Grandson John Gotti Arrested

John Gotti, the 23-year-old grandson of the late Gambino crime boss for whom he is named, was arrested along with six others early Thursday on state narcotics charges, authorities said.

Tuesday, Aug 2, 2016

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton Stepping Down

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton Stepping Down

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton is stepping down as the city's top cop and will be replaced by Chief of Department James O'Neill in September, Mayor de Blasio announced Tuesday.

Friday, Jul 29, 2016

Man Gets Life in Brutal Murder, Rape of Young NY Mother

Man Gets Life in Brutal Murder, Rape of Young NY Mother

A man convicted of murder in the brutal stabbing of a 21-year-old single mother was sentenced Friday to life in prison with no chance for parole.

Friday, Jul 29, 2016

Court Won't Toss Corruption Charges Against NJ Senator

Court Won't Toss Corruption Charges Against NJ Senator

A federal appeals court on Friday refused to dismiss corruption charges against U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey.

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2016

Movie-Style NYC Bank Burglars Steal $5M in Cash, Diamonds

Movie-Style NYC Bank Burglars Steal $5M in Cash, Diamonds

Bank burglars reminded New York's top police official of a Hollywood movie as they pulled off two nighttime heists, snatching about $5 million in cash, diamonds, jewelry, coins and baseball cards from safe...

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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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