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Apr 15, 2019

Former NJ Fugitive Pleads Not Guilty in Fiancee’s Slaying

Former NJ Fugitive Pleads Not Guilty in Fiancee’s Slaying

A man who was on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list when he was captured last month has pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the 2014 strangulation of his fiancee in New Jersey.

Apr 15, 2019

NJ Mom Turns Fugitive, Kingpin Son Busted in Drug Case: Pros

NJ Mom Turns Fugitive, Kingpin Son Busted in Drug Case: Pros

Authorities say they've broken up a heroin distribution ring allegedly run by a man and his mother that sold as much as $400,000 worth of drugs a month.

Apr 15, 2019

Trial for Slain NYC Teen in Machete Attack Begins

Trial for Slain NYC Teen in Machete Attack Begins

Jury selection proceedings started Monday for five suspected gang leaders believed to have taken part in the savage slaying of a 15-year-old boy inside a Bronx bodega last summer.

Apr 13, 2019

2 Men Charged With NJ Beating Death: Prosecutors

2 Men Charged With NJ Beating Death: Prosecutors

Two men were arrested and charged Saturday in the beating death off a man whose body was found in the basement of an abandoned central New Jersey house.

Apr 12, 2019

Series of Shootings in NJ Leave Man Dead, Five Others Hurt

Series of Shootings in NJ Leave Man Dead, Five Others Hurt

A spate of street shootings in a northern New Jersey city has left one man dead and five other people wounded.

Apr 12, 2019

Man Admits Attacking Pregnant NJ Transit Bus Driver

Man Admits Attacking Pregnant NJ Transit Bus Driver

A man admitted to assaulting a pregnant, on-duty New Jersey Transit bus driver earlier this year, prosecutors and the transportation agency jointly announced Friday.

Apr 11, 2019

NJ Attorney General Units to Review Convictions, Cold Cases

NJ Attorney General Units to Review Convictions, Cold Cases

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said Thursday he has set up a new unit within his office to review wrongful convictions, along with a network aimed at solving cold cases.

Apr 11, 2019

'Bridgegate' Defendant Starts Serving Federal Prison Term

'Bridgegate' Defendant Starts Serving Federal Prison Term

An appointee of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has reported to prison for his role in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal.

Apr 11, 2019

'Be Mine': Facebook Friend Ambushes Woman in NYC Bathroom

'Be Mine': Facebook Friend Ambushes Woman in NYC Bathroom

Police are looking for a man who showed up in a woman's Bronx bathroom one day before dawn last month, told her, "You're going to be mine" and tried to rape her.

Apr 11, 2019

Criminal Complaint Reveals Chilling Details in Nanny Murder

Criminal Complaint Reveals Chilling Details in Nanny Murder

The man accused of kidnapping and strangling a nanny with a cellphone cord before dumping her body in a lake in New Jersey last month will face a judge Thursday.

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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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