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Monday, Oct 30, 2017

Menendez Defense Rests in Bribery Trial

Menendez Defense Rests in Bribery Trial

The defense in the bribery trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez rested its case Monday, shortly after the judge turned down a bid to have a mistrial declared over his rulings during the trial.

Friday, Oct 27, 2017

Man Who Drove Neon SUV into NYC With Arsenal Gets Prison

Man Who Drove Neon SUV into NYC With Arsenal Gets Prison

A man arrested last year outside the Holland Tunnel with a vehicle full of weapons while heading to New York to rescue a teenager from a drug den was sentenced on Friday to at least a year in prison.

Friday, Oct 27, 2017

15 Missing in Nassau County as Authorities Continue Searches

15 Missing in Nassau County as Authorities Continue Searches

Fifteen young people of hispanic heritage -- including six with known connections to gangs such as MS-13 -- are missing in Nassau County, authorities announced Thursday.

Thursday, Oct 26, 2017

7 Nabbed in ‘Pray for Death’ Fentanyl Bust in NYC

7 Nabbed in ‘Pray for Death’ Fentanyl Bust in NYC

Seven people have been arrested for allegedly selling fentanyl marketed as heroin after video captured one of their customers overdosing at an open-air drug market on a Bronx street corner, according to...

Thursday, Oct 26, 2017

Suffolk County DA Resigns, One Day After Indictment

Suffolk County DA Resigns, One Day After Indictment

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota resigned on Thursday, one day after he and one of his top aides were indicted on charges that they obstructed a federal civil rights investigation into the beating...

Friday, Oct 27, 2017

Menendez Gets Support of Colleagues as Mistrial Motion Looms

Menendez Gets Support of Colleagues as Mistrial Motion Looms

Sen. Bob Menendez got a hand from colleagues on both sides of the political aisle in his corruption trial Thursday, with Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and fellow New Jersey Democratic Sen.

Thursday, Oct 26, 2017

Suffolk County DA Indicted in 2012 Police Brutality Cover-up

Suffolk County DA Indicted in 2012 Police Brutality Cover-up

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota and one of his top aides have been indicted on charges that they obstructed a federal civil rights investigation into the beating of a handcuffed prisoner by...

Thursday, Oct 26, 2017

Human Remains Found at Long Island Park: FBI, Police

Human Remains Found at Long Island Park: FBI, Police

At least a dozen law enforcement authorities have descended on a Long Island marsh where the FBI's gang task force has found apparent human remains nearly a week after the body of a 16-year-old boy was found in...

Monday, Oct 23, 2017

Not Guilty Plea in Stabbing of Girl, 11, Found in Comforter

Not Guilty Plea in Stabbing of Girl, 11, Found in Comforter

An 18-year-old New Jersey man charged with sexually assaulting and killing his 11-year-old neighbor has pleaded not guilty.

Sunday, Oct 22, 2017

Former Union Boss of NYC Jail Guards to Face Trial

Former Union Boss of NYC Jail Guards to Face Trial

The man who became a political powerbroker in New York City while representing guards in the city's 10,000-inmate jail system faces a bribery trial Monday that could send him to prison.

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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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