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Wednesday, Feb 1, 2017

NBA Player Surrenders in Chelsea Nightclub Assault Case

NBA Player Surrenders in Chelsea Nightclub Assault Case

Sacramento Kings forward Matt Barnes has surrendered to NYPD authorities to face a charge of misdemeanor assault in connection with a bar fight in Chelsea last month, law enforcement sources familiar with...

Wednesday, Feb 1, 2017

Jurors Begin Deliberations in Etan Patz Case

Jurors Begin Deliberations in Etan Patz Case

Jurors have started deliberating in the case against the man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz in New York City 37 years ago.

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017

NY Cardiologist Gets 5 Years in Plot to Kill Rival Doctor

NY Cardiologist Gets 5 Years in Plot to Kill Rival Doctor

A Long Island cardiologist who conspired to kill a rival doctor following a professional dispute has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017

Beau Accused of Murder in Death of Abused NYC 6-Year-Old Boy

Beau Accused of Murder in Death of Abused NYC 6-Year-Old Boy

The boyfriend of the mother of 6-year-old Zymere Perkins, one of the highest-profile child abuse cases the city has seen in the last year, now faces second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the...

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017

Judge Vacates Weapons Conviction of Man Beaten by Police

Judge Vacates Weapons Conviction of Man Beaten by Police

A Suffolk judge has vacated the weapons possession conviction of a Long Island man who was beaten by former police chief James Burke after breaking into Burke's police-issued SUV five years ago.

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017

Closing Arguments Continue in Etan Patz Case

Closing Arguments Continue in Etan Patz Case

Prosecutors once again must sum up their case against a man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz in New York City 37 years ago.

Monday, Jan 30, 2017

Summations Begin in Manhattan in Etan Patz Murder Retrial

Summations Begin in Manhattan in Etan Patz Murder Retrial

The retrial for a man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz in New York City 37 years ago is winding down.

Monday, Jan 30, 2017

Man Convicted of Helping NYC College Student Join ISIS

Man Convicted of Helping NYC College Student Join ISIS

An Arizona man has been convicted of charges accusing him of helping a New York City college student join the Islamic State group in Syria.

Friday, Jan 27, 2017

Teen at Center of Botched Holland Tunnel 'Rescue' Dies

Teen at Center of Botched Holland Tunnel 'Rescue' Dies

A teenager who inspired a group of Pennsylvania residents to attempt to drive into New York City with a cache of weapons in a botched "rescue" attempt has died. James Patterson tells The (Wilkes-Barre)...

Thursday, Jan 26, 2017

Beau of Dismembered Woman Found in Trash Charged With Murder

Beau of Dismembered Woman Found in Trash Charged With Murder

The 40-year-old boyfriend of a woman whose dismembered limbs were found in trash bins in New York and New Jersey last week -- her head and feet in a freezer -- has now been charged with second-degree murder...

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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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