Chief Investigative Reporter Jonathan Dienst on crime, corruption and terrorism.

Dec 18, 2015

Cop Hurt in Hatchet Attack Returns to Work

Cop Hurt in Hatchet Attack Returns to Work

The rookie NYPD officer who was critically wounded in a hatchet terror attack in Queens has returned to work after spending more than a year in rehabilitation.

Dec 17, 2015

FBI Arrests Notorious Pharma CEO Martin Shkreli

FBI Arrests Notorious Pharma CEO Martin Shkreli

Martin Shkreli, the former hedge fund manager vilified in nearly every corner of America for buying a pharmaceutical company and jacking up the price of a life-saving drug more than fiftyfold, was arrested...

Dec 15, 2015

Man in Suit Sought After Armored Car Heist Shootout in NYC

Man in Suit Sought After Armored Car Heist Shootout in NYC

Authorities are looking for a man in a suit who fled with bags of cash after a shootout during an armored car heist in the Bronx Tuesday, a law enforcement source says a preliminary investigation shows.

Dec 14, 2015

Call for Federal Prosecutors to Investigate Police Misconduct on L.I.

Call for Federal Prosecutors to Investigate Police Misconduct on L.I.

Two men claiming to be victims of police misconduct on Long Island met in Uniondale Monday to call on federal prosecutors to handle such cases in the future.

Dec 11, 2015

NY Cop Acquitted in Traffic Stop Beating Case

NY Cop Acquitted in Traffic Stop Beating Case

A Long Island police officer who was recorded punching and kicking a man during a traffic stop has been acquitted on felony assault charges.

Dec 11, 2015

Ex-NY Senate Leader Dean Skelos, Son Convicted of Extortion

Ex-NY Senate Leader Dean Skelos, Son Convicted of Extortion

A former state Senate leader and his son were convicted Friday of federal extortion charges, marking the second time in a month that one of Albany's most powerful politicians was run out office following a case...

Dec 11, 2015

No Bail for Indicted Ex-Suffolk County Police Chief

No Bail for Indicted Ex-Suffolk County Police Chief

Bail has been denied for former Suffolk County police chief James Burke, who was indicted this week for allegedly assaulting and violating the civil rights of a man arrested for breaking into the officer's...

Dec 10, 2015

NJ ISIS Supporter Says Cell Talked About Attacking Times Sq.

NJ ISIS Supporter Says Cell Talked About Attacking Times Sq.

A New Jersey ISIS supporter pleaded guilty Thursday, admitting that members of his terror cell discussed attacking Times Square and 1 World Trade Center with “homemade bombs.”

Dec 9, 2015

Ex-Police Chief Indicted on Civil Rights, Conspiracy Charges

Ex-Police Chief Indicted on Civil Rights, Conspiracy Charges

The former top cop for Long Island's Suffolk County has been indicted for allegedly assaulting and violating the civil rights of a man arrested for breaking into the officer's department-issued vehicle in 2012.

Dec 11, 2015

FBI to Take Fresh Look at Gilgo Beach Bodies Investigation

FBI to Take Fresh Look at Gilgo Beach Bodies Investigation

Nearly five years to the day the first of 10 sets of human remains believed to be linked to at least one serial killer were unearthed in the dunes along the Long Island shore, local authorities say they...

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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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