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Thursday, May 11, 2017

NJ Mayor Fends Off Reporter Questions With Life Preserver

NJ Mayor Fends Off Reporter Questions With Life Preserver

Embattled Paterson Mayor Jose "Joey" Torres held a life preserver over his head and declined to take questions about a legal defense fundraiser he was hosting on a large rented yacht.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Oxy Found in Convicted Police Chief's Prison Cell: Sources

Oxy Found in Convicted Police Chief's Prison Cell: Sources

The disgraced Long Island police chief sentenced to prison last year in the beating of a handcuffed man who stole embarrassing items from the chief's SUV was found with Oxycodone pills in his prison cell...

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

'Catch Me If You Can' Con Man Sentenced to 14 Years

'Catch Me If You Can' Con Man Sentenced to 14 Years

A man who posed as a U.S. Army veteran and claimed to have two doctorates from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been sentenced to seven to 14 years in prison. A judge in New York City sentenced...

Monday, May 8, 2017

Judge: New York-New Jersey Bombing Trial Won't Be Moved

Judge: New York-New Jersey Bombing Trial Won't Be Moved

The trial of a man charged in a bombing rampage through New Jersey and New York will occur in Manhattan after a judge on Monday rejected a request by defense lawyers to move it to Vermont or Washington, D.C., on...

Monday, May 8, 2017

Court Issues Final Ruling Reinstating Skakel Conviction

Court Issues Final Ruling Reinstating Skakel Conviction

The Connecticut Supreme Court has finalized a ruling that reinstated the murder conviction of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel.

Friday, May 5, 2017

NJ Man Plotted NYC Bombing in Support of ISIS: Feds

NJ Man Plotted NYC Bombing in Support of ISIS: Feds

A New Jersey man faces federal charges that he planned to set off a bomb in New York City in support of ISIS, federal prosecutors said Friday.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Former NJ Cop Found Guilty in Deadly Wrong-Way Crash

Former NJ Cop Found Guilty in Deadly Wrong-Way Crash

A former New Jersey police officer has been found guilty of all charges, including the top count of aggravated vehicular homicide, in a drunken driving crash that killed a fellow cop and another man two...

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

NYC Crime Ring Used Fake Uber Drivers to Hide Drug Deals

NYC Crime Ring Used Fake Uber Drivers to Hide Drug Deals

Federal and local authorities worked together to bust a major drug ring that used fake Uber vehicles to deliver drugs to dozens of people in the Bronx and Manhattan, law enforcement sources told News 4...

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Embattled Paterson Mayor Faces New Corruption Allegations

Embattled Paterson Mayor Faces New Corruption Allegations

Criminal investigators are looking into whether Paterson Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres improperly used a city electrical contractor to do thousands of dollars of work on a private beer business tied to the mayor’s...

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

3 Charged in Shooting, Robbery of Ex-Knick in NYC: Sources

3 Charged in Shooting, Robbery of Ex-Knick in NYC: Sources

Three people arrested by federal ATF agents and NYPD cops Tuesday are accused of the 2015 shooting and robbery of former Knicks player Cleanthony Early, law enforcement sources familiar with the case tell NBC 4...

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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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