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Monday, Feb 6, 2017

Arrest in 2005 Case Once Featured on America's 'Most Wanted'

Arrest in 2005 Case Once Featured on America's 'Most Wanted'

An alleged gang member has been arrested on murder- and firearms-related charges in the 2005 shooting death of a promising college basketball player from Brooklyn, prosecutors announced Monday.

Monday, Feb 6, 2017

'Demon!' Karina Vetrano's Mother Stares Down Alleged Killer

'Demon!' Karina Vetrano's Mother Stares Down Alleged Killer

The mother of the 30-year-old runner who was strangled, beaten and sexually assaulted before being dumped in a Queens marsh over the summer stared down the alleged killer in court Sunday, little more than...

Monday, Feb 6, 2017

Man, 20, Charged With Murder in Death of Karina Vetrano

Man, 20, Charged With Murder in Death of Karina Vetrano

A Brooklyn man was charged Sunday with second-degree murder in the strangling of Karina Vetrano, whose death while jogging in Queens shocked the community and led to a six-month search for a suspect.

Sunday, Feb 5, 2017

Man in Custody in Connection to Death of Jogger: Sources

Man in Custody in Connection to Death of Jogger: Sources

A man is in custody Saturday in the death of Karina Vetrano, who was killed while jogging in a park in Queens, police sources tell NBC New York.

Friday, Feb 3, 2017

Investigators Seek More Answers in Missing NJ Woman Case

Investigators Seek More Answers in Missing NJ Woman Case

Investigators returned to a New Jersey river Friday to continue their search for the body of Sarah Stern, the 19-year-old woman who was allegedly killed and thrown off a bridge after a botched robbery at...

Friday, Feb 3, 2017

'El Chapo' Smiles at Wife in NYC Court, Complains About Jail

'El Chapo' Smiles at Wife in NYC Court, Complains About Jail

A notorious drug lord who was Mexico's most wanted man before he was nabbed after six months on the run following a dramatic prison break appeared in person in federal court in Brooklyn Friday for a pre-trial...

Thursday, Feb 2, 2017

2 Sentenced in Abduction of Man at Queens Warehouse: DA

2 Sentenced in Abduction of Man at Queens Warehouse: DA

Two New York City men have been sentenced to prison after they kidnapped another man off the street and held him for a over a month at a warehouse in Long Island City, officials from the Queens District...

Thursday, Feb 2, 2017

Family Marks 6 Months Since Karina Vetrano's Body Was Found

Family Marks 6 Months Since Karina Vetrano's Body Was Found

The body of 30-year-old Karina Vetrano was found six months ago Thursday in a marshy park in Queens. The avid runner had been beaten, strangled and sexually assaulted, and though authorities have culled DNA from...

Thursday, Feb 2, 2017

Cop in Fatal Wrong-Way Crash Could Get 21 Years in Plea Deal

Cop in Fatal Wrong-Way Crash Could Get 21 Years in Plea Deal

The attorney for a former New Jersey police officer charged with a drunken driving crash that killed a fellow officer and another man says he could face as much as 21 years in prison if he agrees to a...

Wednesday, Feb 1, 2017

Infamous 'El Chapo' to Make In-person NYC Court Appearance

Infamous 'El Chapo' to Make In-person NYC Court Appearance

Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is to be in federal court in person Friday in New York. A judge ruled last week that Guzman would appear in court by video rather than have marshals escort him...

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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 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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