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Mar 17, 2015

Ex-Air Force Mechanic From NJ Allegedly Tried to Join ISIS

Ex-Air Force Mechanic From NJ Allegedly Tried to Join ISIS

A former United States Air Force mechanic from Neptune, New Jersey, who recently lost his job was arrested by the FBI after he allegedly tried to travel overseas to join ISIS, law enforcement officials said...

Mar 14, 2015

5 in Police Custody in McDonald's Melee

5 in Police Custody in McDonald's Melee

Police took another teenage girl into custody Saturday in connection with the savage gang beating of a 15-year-old girl inside a Brooklyn McDonald's -- the fifth suspect apprehended in the attack that was...

Mar 13, 2015

3 Brooklyn Men Plead Not Guilty in Alleged Plot to Join ISIS

3 Brooklyn Men Plead Not Guilty in Alleged Plot to Join ISIS

Three Brooklyn men accused in a plot to travel to Syria to join forces with ISIS pleaded not guilty Friday to terrorism charges in federal court.

Mar 9, 2015

Etan Patz Suspect's Daughter: Dad Saw Visions, Heard Voices

Etan Patz Suspect's Daughter: Dad Saw Visions, Heard Voices

The daughter of a man on trial for murder in the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz testified Monday about her father's unusual behavior in an effort to show that he is mentally ill.

Mar 7, 2015

Charges Against Menendez Could Come This Month: Sources

Charges Against Menendez Could Come This Month: Sources

Criminal charges against U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, could come later this month as a federal grand jury continues to hear evidence in the case, sources familiar with the investigation tell...

Mar 5, 2015

Teen Driver Pleads in NYC Crash That Killed Girl, 4

Teen Driver Pleads in NYC Crash That Killed Girl, 4

The unlicensed teen driver accused of striking and killing a 4-year-old while fleeing police on the Upper West Side two years ago has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a deal that's expected to result in a...

Mar 5, 2015

Michael Grimm Asks Judge to Modify Bail for Job Interview

Michael Grimm Asks Judge to Modify Bail for Job Interview

Disgraced former Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm has asked a judge to allow him to travel to Europe for a job interview.

Mar 5, 2015

Teen Waffles on Plea Deal in Crash That Killed Girl, 4

Teen Waffles on Plea Deal in Crash That Killed Girl, 4

The unlicensed teen driver accused of striking and killing a 4-year-old while fleeing police sat nearly silent in court Wednesday when asked whether he would accept a plea deal in the crash before he was...

Mar 4, 2015

Ex-NYC Councilman Sentenced in Mayoral Ballot Bribery

Ex-NYC Councilman Sentenced in Mayoral Ballot Bribery

A former New York City councilman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his part in a scheme to help a Democratic state senator run for mayor as a Republican.

Mar 3, 2015

Alleged ISIS Plot Suspect to Be Transferred From Florida to NYC

Alleged ISIS Plot Suspect to Be Transferred From Florida to NYC

One of three Brooklyn men arrested on charges of plotting to help ISIS wage war against the U.S. is being moved from Florida to New York.

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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. Jonathan Dienst...

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...

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...

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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