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Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016

13 EMTs, NYPD Traffic Agents Nabbed in $500K Fraud Sting

13 EMTs, NYPD Traffic Agents Nabbed in $500K Fraud Sting

Thirteen current and former EMTs and NYPD traffic enforcement agents have surrendered to authorities in connection with a series of insurance fraud schemes, officials said Tuesday.

Wednesday, Dec 14, 2016

5 Years After Shannan Gilbert's Remains Found, Probe Stalled

5 Years After Shannan Gilbert's Remains Found, Probe Stalled

Five years after the skeletal remains of Shannan Gilbert, an escort from New Jersey who vanished on Long Island in 2010, were discovered in a marsh in the Oak Beach neighborhood where she had last been seen, the...

Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016

Suspects in Hofstra Grad Murder Case Face Judge

Suspects in Hofstra Grad Murder Case Face Judge

Two men have been arraigned on charges in connection with the death of a Connecticut man who'd attended a party at a Manhattan luxury apartment building.

Friday, Dec 9, 2016

Karina Vetrano's Killing Puts DNA Technique Under Microscope

Karina Vetrano's Killing Puts DNA Technique Under Microscope

With a DNA profile but no suspect to match in the strangling of a woman who went for a run and met a killer, authorities are looking to an emerging approach: using the DNA to look for the killer's relatives.

Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016

Menendez Expected to Appeal to SCOTUS in Corruption Case

Menendez Expected to Appeal to SCOTUS in Corruption Case

Sen. Robert Menendez is expected to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to toss bribery-related charges against him as early as Monday, NBC 4 New York has learned.

Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016

Man With Gas Can Arrested Near Rockefeller Center Tree: NYPD

Man With Gas Can Arrested Near Rockefeller Center Tree: NYPD

A Bronx man carrying a gas can and matches was arrested near Rockefeller Plaza Monday afternoon, police say.  NYPD Critical Response Command officers stationed in the area of Sixth Avenue and 48th...

Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016

Busboy Convicted in Times Square Killing of Prostitute

Busboy Convicted in Times Square Killing of Prostitute

It took nearly a decade after a prostitute's battered body was found under a Times Square budget hotel bed for the case to go to trial. But it took only about two hours for jurors to convict the suspect in...

Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016

Ex-Mayor's Son Charged in Hofstra Grad Slay Case

Ex-Mayor's Son Charged in Hofstra Grad Slay Case

The son of a former New Jersey mayor has been charged in connection with the death of a Hofstra University graduate who prosecutors say was stabbed 15 times in the chest in a luxury Manhattan apartment...

Monday, Dec 5, 2016

Bronx DA Seeks Grand Jury in NYPD Deborah Danner Shooting

Bronx DA Seeks Grand Jury in NYPD Deborah Danner Shooting

The Bronx district attorney says she will ask a judge to convene a grand jury to consider whether criminal charges should be brought against the NYPD sergeant who shot 66-year-old Deborah Danner to death in her...

Friday, Dec 2, 2016

Climber Cuffed Again After Video Shows Him Atop Building

Climber Cuffed Again After Video Shows Him Atop Building

The daredevil who pleaded guilty to scaling to the top of One World Trade Center as a teen in 2014 turned himself into police Friday after more video surfaced of him climbing New York City skyscrapers.

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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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