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FBI: Gambino Crime Family Associates Charged in 2015 Fire

FBI: Gambino Crime Family Associates Charged in 2015 Fire

Two reputed associates of the Gambino crime family have been charged with torching a businessman's Mercedes Benz in Howard Beach in Queens.

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.

Nov 15, 2018

Chilling Confession Heard in Court in NYC Jogger Murder Case

Chilling Confession Heard in Court in NYC Jogger Murder Case

The young man accused of killing Karina Vetrano was angry about the loud music his neighbor had been playing when he encountered her jogging on a park trail in Queens, he said during a taped confession played at...

Nov 15, 2018

Pipe Bombs Defendant Pleads Not Guilty At Arraignment

Pipe Bombs Defendant Pleads Not Guilty At Arraignment

The Florida man accused of sending pipe bombs to several prominent critics of President Donald Trump has pleaded not guilty.

Nov 15, 2018

Witness: ‘El Chapo’ Told Me to Give $100K and Hug to General

Witness: ‘El Chapo’ Told Me to Give $100K and Hug to General

A former Mexican cartel member who is testifying for the U.S. government at the trial of alleged notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman detailed Thursday how the Sinaloa cartel paid bribes, preferably in...

Nov 15, 2018

Prosecutor: NJ Driver That Left NYC Cyclist Injured Charged

Prosecutor: NJ Driver That Left NYC Cyclist Injured Charged

The alleged driver that struck a bicyclist Saturday afternoon in New Jersey has been arrested and charged with the weekend hit-and-run that left the cyclist with a broken leg, prosecutors announced Thursday.

Nov 14, 2018

Tax Preparers Stole Kids’ IDs to Get Millions Refunded: Feds

Tax Preparers Stole Kids’ IDs to Get Millions Refunded: Feds

A group of tax preparers allegedly used the stolen identities of children to help their clients claim millions of dollars in tax refunds they weren’t actually owed, prosecutors said.

Nov 14, 2018

Cartel Member Testifies Against 'El Chapo' at U.S. Trial

Cartel Member Testifies Against 'El Chapo' at U.S. Trial

An admitted former Mexican cartel member first met the notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman when he helped him evade a manhunt, he said in court testimony Wednesday.

Nov 13, 2018

NJ Drug Bust Leads to Arrests of Alleged Sinaloa Traffickers

NJ Drug Bust Leads to Arrests of Alleged Sinaloa Traffickers

Two men from Sinaloa were arrested in New Jersey on narcotics charges after $3 million worth of meth, fentanyl and heroin were seized, authorities 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. 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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