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Friday, Nov 18, 2016

Passaic Mayor Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges, Resigns

Passaic Mayor Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges, Resigns

Passaic Mayor Alex Blanco pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges in a Newark court on Thursday and has resigned from office.

Thursday, Nov 17, 2016

Alleged Chelsea Bomber Indicted on Federal Terror Charges

Alleged Chelsea Bomber Indicted on Federal Terror Charges

The man accused of setting off bombs in New Jersey and New York before getting in a firefight with police earlier this year has been indicted on federal terrorism charges.

Thursday, Nov 17, 2016

Teen Sentenced in Deadly Shooting of NY Baseball Prospect

Teen Sentenced in Deadly Shooting of NY Baseball Prospect

An 18-year-old man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for last year's fatal shooting of a baseball prospect in a suburban New York parking lot.

Tuesday, Nov 15, 2016

Long Island Men Bilked Social Media Investors of $5M: DA

Long Island Men Bilked Social Media Investors of $5M: DA

Prosecutors on Long Island say three men used the lure of a social media startup to bilk investors of over $5 million. Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota says the men used high pressure sales tactics...

Monday, Nov 14, 2016

Cop Says Police Shooting of NY Man Saved His Life

Cop Says Police Shooting of NY Man Saved His Life

A White Plains police officer said Monday he "had no other option" but to fatally shoot a mentally ill black man because he believed the man was about to harm a police sergeant. During testimony in White Plains...

Monday, Nov 14, 2016

'96 Murder Case Dropped After Freed Man's Unusual Request

'96 Murder Case Dropped After Freed Man's Unusual Request

The New York City man imprisoned for 20 years for a killing he said he didn't come within 1,000 miles of committing got the case dismissed Monday, though he didn't get the vindication he wanted.

Monday, Nov 14, 2016

Man Accused of Shipping Cocaine in Historic Ship Extradited

Man Accused of Shipping Cocaine in Historic Ship Extradited

One of the two Colombian men accused of using a historic ship nicknamed "the floating embassy of Spain" to sail cocaine from South America to New York City has been extradited to Manhattan to face charges...

Thursday, Nov 10, 2016

Man Who Pushed Straphanger in Front of Train Gets Prison

Man Who Pushed Straphanger in Front of  Train Gets Prison

A 36-year-old man accused of fatally pushing a stranger in front of a moving New York City subway train has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Thursday, Nov 10, 2016

Alleged Chelsea Bomber Makes 1st Manhattan Court Appearance

Alleged Chelsea Bomber Makes 1st Manhattan Court Appearance

A man charged with setting off bombs in New Jersey and New York shuffled slowly into a Manhattan courtroom Thursday to face federal terrorism charges as his lawyer expressed worries that a federal lockup...

Wednesday, Nov 9, 2016

Alleged NY Russian Mobsters Nabbed in Fed Sting

Alleged NY Russian Mobsters Nabbed in Fed Sting

Eight alleged Russian mobsters appeared in the Brooklyn Federal Court on Wednesday after being arrested in a series of overnight raids in Brighton Beach, while one alleged mobster is still on the run.

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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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