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'Something Clearly Went Wrong': Man in Mob Death Back in NYC

'Something Clearly Went Wrong': Man in Mob Death Back in NYC

The 24-year-old man arrested in connection with the killing of Francesco Cali, a reputed boss of the Gambino crime family who was gunned down in a brazen hit earlier this month, returned to Staten Island Monday...

May 7, 2015

Exclusive: NYPD Hatchet Attack Survivors Talk to News 4

Exclusive:  NYPD Hatchet Attack Survivors Talk to News 4

The four officers who were attacked in Queens last October speak exclusively to News 4's Jonathan Dienst.

Mar 23, 2019

Man Whose Beating Sent NY Police Chief to Prison Is Arrested

Man Whose Beating Sent NY Police Chief to Prison Is Arrested

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.

Mar 22, 2019

Feds Want Death Penalty for Ex-NY Cop Charged in 4 Murders

Feds Want Death Penalty for Ex-NY Cop Charged in 4 Murders

Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against a former suburban New York police officer charged in the kidnapping and killing of four men in 2016.

Mar 21, 2019

Store Employee Thwarts Gift-Card Scam Targeting 72-Year-Old

Store Employee Thwarts Gift-Card Scam Targeting 72-Year-Old

A quick-thinking employee at a CVS store in Rockland County prevented a 72-year-old woman from getting scammed into spending thousands of dollars on gift cards, police say.

Mar 21, 2019

Alleged NYC Mob Boss Killer Could Face Lethal Mafia Justice

Alleged NYC Mob Boss Killer Could Face Lethal Mafia Justice

As Anthony Comello sits in jail on murder charges, he may have more than legal problems to worry about — namely, whether the Mafia is going to get its hands on him.

Mar 22, 2019

JetBlue Pilot Gave Women Laced Beer, Raped Them: Lawsuit

JetBlue Pilot Gave Women Laced Beer, Raped Them: Lawsuit

Two female JetBlue crew members were allegedly drugged and raped by one of the airline’s pilots during a layover in Puerto Rico — leaving one of the women with a sexually transmitted disease, according to...

Mar 22, 2019

Woman Allegedly Steals $410K Meant for Kin of Killed NYPD

Woman Allegedly Steals $410K Meant for Kin of Killed NYPD

The former treasurer of a charity for NYPD officers killed in the line of duty faces bank fraud and identity theft charges for allegedly stealing more than $400,000 from the nonprofit.

Mar 21, 2019

Man Who Lost Job Kills Mom, Hurts Dad in NY Stabbing: Cops

Man Who Lost Job Kills Mom, Hurts Dad in NY Stabbing: Cops

A 29-year old man on Long Island is in custody following the stabbing death of his mother and wounding his father, police say.

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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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