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Feb 11, 2015

NYPD Officer Pleads Not Guilty to Manslaughter in Stairwell Shooting

NYPD Officer Pleads Not Guilty to Manslaughter in Stairwell Shooting

The rookie NYPD officer who fired into a darkened stairwell at a Brooklyn housing complex and accidentally killed Akai Gurley pleaded not guilty to manslaughter, official misconduct and other charges Wednesday...

Feb 11, 2015

NYC Banker Pleads Not Guilty to Being a Russian Spy

NYC Banker Pleads Not Guilty to Being a Russian Spy

A Russian citizen who worked in Manhattan as a banker pleaded not guilty Wednesday to U.S. charges accusing him of participating in a Cold War-style Russian spy ring.

Feb 10, 2015

NYC Landlords Bribed Undercover Inspector: Prosecutors

NYC Landlords Bribed Undercover Inspector: Prosecutors

Prosecutors say landlords handed out cash to try to make housing violations go away as part of a sweeping bribery case involving property owners and inspectors.

Feb 11, 2015

Cop Indicted in Death of Unarmed Man Shot in Stairwell

Cop Indicted in Death of Unarmed Man Shot in Stairwell

A grand jury has indicted an NYPD officer in the November shooting of an unarmed Brooklyn man in a darkened public housing building's stairwell, a law enforcement source and a lawyer for the victim's family told...

Feb 11, 2015

Confession Tapes Played in Etan Patz Murder Trial

Confession Tapes Played in Etan Patz Murder Trial

Jurors Tuesday saw video of the man accused of killing New York City child Etan Patz recounting how he lured the six-year-old boy with a soda, choked him and then dumped his body a walkway in Manhattan more than...

Feb 10, 2015

2 Arrested in NJ Child Sex Abuse Cases: Pros.

2 Arrested in NJ Child Sex Abuse Cases: Pros.

Bergen County prosecutors say they've arrested two men in separate child sex abuse cases.

Feb 10, 2015

Building Inspectors to Be Arrested for Corruption: Sources

Building Inspectors to Be Arrested for Corruption: Sources

About a dozen New York City building inspectors are expected to be arrested on corruption-related charges Tuesday, NBC 4 New York has learned.

Feb 9, 2015

Feds to Seek Death Penalty Against Reputed NJ Gang Head

Feds to Seek Death Penalty Against Reputed NJ Gang Head

Federal prosecutors in New Jersey will seek the death penalty for only the second time against a man they say led a violent street gang charged in 2013 with six murders.

Feb 9, 2015

Friend, Ex-Wife of Etan Patz Suspect Testify He Confessed to Killing

Friend, Ex-Wife of Etan Patz Suspect Testify He Confessed to Killing

A childhood friend and the ex-wife of the man police say confessed to slaying New York City boy Etan Patz 35 years ago both recounted Pedro Hernandez telling them he killed someone as they took the stand...

Feb 6, 2015

2 College Students Who Had Sex Case Tossed to Sue

2 College Students Who Had Sex Case Tossed to Sue

Two of the William Paterson University students who had sex assault charges against them dismissed last month plan to sue the university for the damage they say was done to the reputations, their lawyer said in...

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Documents
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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