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Wednesday, Apr 5, 2017

FBI Busts Nine Russians in $10M Diamond Swindle

FBI Busts Nine Russians in $10M Diamond Swindle

A long-running investigation into international diamond fraud led to the arrest of nine Russians who cost their victims nearly $10 million, a law enforcement official said Wednesday.

Monday, Apr 3, 2017

Accused Sword Killer's Parents Stop Paying for Lawyer

Accused Sword Killer's Parents Stop Paying for Lawyer

Friends and family remembered a man who was stabbed to death by a sword-wielding attacker in an apparent race-fueled crime at a standing-room-only funeral on Saturday.

Monday, Apr 3, 2017

Man Who Killed Cop on FDR Sentenced to Life, No Parole

Man Who Killed Cop on FDR Sentenced to Life, No Parole

A career criminal who killed a 33-year-old NYPD officer during a foot chase in East Harlem in 2015 has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole.

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2017

Man Accused of Threatening Jewish Center Appears in NY Court

Man Accused of Threatening Jewish Center Appears in NY Court

A former journalist from St. Louis who was arrested on a cyberstalking charge related to threats against Jewish organizations has made his first New York court appearance.

Friday, Mar 31, 2017

Man Guilty of Murder in Attorney's Shocking Mall Carjacking

Man Guilty of Murder in Attorney's Shocking Mall Carjacking

The first of four men accused in a young attorney's death during a carjacking at The Mall at Short Hills three years ago has been found guilty of felony murder, conspiracy and weapons-related crimes.

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2017

Paterson Council Rejects No-Confidence Vote Against Mayor

Paterson Council Rejects No-Confidence Vote Against Mayor

A city council resolution calling for Paterson Mayor Joey Torres to resign failed to pass during a noisy hearing at city hall Tuesday night.

Tuesday, Mar 28, 2017

Award-Winning NYPD Cop Pleads Guilty in Drunken Assault

Award-Winning NYPD Cop Pleads Guilty in Drunken Assault

Authorities say a newly decorated NYPD officer has been indicted after a woman was beaten in her home.

Monday, Mar 27, 2017

Alleged Sword Killer Charged With Murder as Terrorism

Alleged Sword Killer Charged With Murder as Terrorism

The white Army veteran accused of stabbing to death a 66-year-old black stranger with a sword on a Manhattan street last week has been indicted on murder and weapons charges, including murder as crime of...

Monday, Mar 27, 2017

Ramarley Graham's Mom Demands Answers After Cop Quits

Ramarley Graham's Mom Demands Answers After Cop Quits

The mother of the unarmed black teenager shot to death by a white NYPD officer said Monday she was frustrated the officer quit instead of getting fired following a disciplinary trial in a case that sparked...

Monday, Mar 27, 2017

NYPD Cop Who Fatally Shot Ramarley Graham Quits

NYPD Cop Who Fatally Shot Ramarley Graham Quits

The NYPD officer who fatally shot an unarmed Bronx teen in 2012 has quit the force to avoid being fired after he was found guilty in a disciplinary trial of botching department tactics after the shooting.

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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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