Chief Investigative Reporter Jonathan Dienst on crime, corruption and terrorism.

Jun 13, 2014

Untranslated Tapes Could Stall Malcolm Smith Trial

Untranslated Tapes Could Stall Malcolm Smith Trial

The corruption trial of state Sen. Malcolm Smith and two others may be stalled due to 300 untranslated Yiddish recordings.

Jun 13, 2014

2 Alleged Drug Gangs Busted on Staten Island

2 Alleged Drug Gangs Busted on Staten Island

Authorities have busted two alleged drug gangs they say are responsible for 29 shootings, three murders and a bustling narcotics trade on Staten Island.

Jun 11, 2014

Wealthy Men Drugged, Taken to Strip Clubs: Officials

Wealthy Men Drugged, Taken to Strip Clubs: Officials

A manager at a New York City strip club and four dancers who allegedly worked as his accomplices are accused of drugging unsuspecting wealthy men and taking them to Scores and another topless club, where...

Jun 11, 2014

Armed Robbers Hit 14 Laundromats, Chicken Joints: NYPD

Armed Robbers Hit 14 Laundromats, Chicken Joints: NYPD

Police are looking for three men they say are responsible for a spate of armed robberies at laundromats and chicken restaurants in Brooklyn and Queens dating back to January.

Jun 10, 2014

With Shootings Up in NYC, Some Live in Fear

With Shootings Up in NYC, Some Live in Fear

Shootings have increased slightly this year in New York City, and some who live in crime-plagued neighborhoods say they walk the streets in fear.

Jun 7, 2014

NYC Teen Guilty of 2nd-Degree Manslaughter in Crash

NYC Teen Guilty of 2nd-Degree Manslaughter in Crash

A New York City teenager has been found guilty of second-degree manslaughter and reckless driving for a crash that split his new car in two and killed four of his friends in October 2012

Jun 6, 2014

Brooklyn Child Stabbing Suspect Charged With Murder

Brooklyn Child Stabbing Suspect Charged With Murder

The 27-year-old parolee arrested in the stabbings of two Brooklyn children in an elevator over the weekend was formally charged late Thursday with murdering the 6-year-old boy who later died of his injuries and...

Jun 5, 2014

Suspect in Brooklyn Child Stabbings Arrested

Suspect in Brooklyn Child Stabbings Arrested

Police have arrested a 27-year-old man on parole for assault for allegedly stabbing two children in a Brooklyn elevator, killing one of them and critically injuring the other, a law enforcement official says.

Jun 4, 2014

Prosecutor: NY State Sen. Smith Betrayed Voters

Prosecutor: NY State Sen. Smith Betrayed Voters

The corruption trial of three political leaders in New York City will center on "a man who wanted to be mayor, the bribes he was willing to pay, and the men who were ready, willing and able" to accept...

Jun 4, 2014

Dozens Arrested in Vast NYC Gang Crackdown

Dozens Arrested in Vast NYC Gang Crackdown

Police arrested dozens of suspected gang members in early-morning raids Wednesday in what authorities are calling one of the biggest gang crackdowns in recent history.

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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

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

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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