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Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017

Man Arrested in 2005 Beheading Screams, Kicks in Court

Man Arrested in 2005 Beheading Screams, Kicks in Court

A 38-year-old man arrested late last year in the 2004 slaying of a teenage girl left naked in a Brooklyn alley now faces charges in the cold-case death of a 19-year-old man whose dismembered, beheaded body...

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017

Karina Vetrano Murder Suspect's Attorneys Attend Hearing

Karina Vetrano Murder Suspect's Attorneys Attend Hearing

The 20-year-old Brooklyn man charged in the death of Karina Vetrano, the New York City runner whose beaten, strangled body was found in a Queens marsh over the summer, will face a judge again in April.

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017

Lobbyist Charged in Port Authority Shakedown Dies in NJ

Lobbyist Charged in Port Authority Shakedown Dies in NJ

Jamie Fox, one of New Jersey's best-known political operatives who was charged in an alleged shakedown involving the former Port Authority chairman, died Monday from a long-standing illness.

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Judge Defies Prosecutor, Rules Christie Case Can Proceed

Judge Defies Prosecutor, Rules Christie Case Can Proceed

A municipal court judge ruled for the second time Thursday that the citizen's misconduct complaint against Gov. Christie stemming from the closures at the George Washington Bridge in 2013 has probable cause...

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017

NY Mom Pleads Guilty in Case of Dead Baby in Fridge

NY Mom Pleads Guilty in Case of Dead Baby in Fridge

The mother of a baby found decomposed after apparently being kept inside a refrigerator last August has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the child's death, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017

Alleged Strangler Watched Friend Die for 30 Minutes: Pros.

Alleged Strangler Watched Friend Die for 30 Minutes: Pros.

The 19-year-old man accused of murder, conspiracy and other charges in the death of a young New Jersey woman told a friend he choked her and then watched for half an hour as she died in her home, prosecutors...

Monday, Feb 13, 2017

Parole Denied for NY Woman Who Helped 2 Killers Escape

Parole Denied for NY Woman Who Helped 2 Killers Escape

The state parole board has denied early release for prison tailor Joyce Mitchell, who helped two killers escape from a maximum-security facility in northern New York in 2015.

Friday, Feb 10, 2017

2nd NYC Man Admits Seeking to Help ISIS

2nd NYC Man Admits Seeking to Help ISIS

A New York City man who pleaded guilty Friday to terror charges was in contact with a recruiter for the Islamic State group who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Syria in 2015, according to a federal...

Friday, Feb 10, 2017

Man Now Charged With Murder in Death of 3-Year-Old NYC Boy

Man Now Charged With Murder in Death of 3-Year-Old NYC Boy

A Brooklyn man now faces murder and other charges in the beating death of his girlfriend's 3-year-old son, who spent a week on life support last year before ultimately passing away.

Thursday, Feb 9, 2017

Staten Island Man Admits to Plotting to Help Islamic State

Staten Island Man Admits to Plotting to Help Islamic State

A New York City man has admitted to plotting to help the Islamic State group. Fareed Mumuni pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Brooklyn to charges that he planned to aid the extremist organization...

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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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