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Feb 11, 2019

NJ Mom Killed Toddler Because He Wouldn't Eat, Listen: Cops

NJ Mom Killed Toddler Because He Wouldn't Eat, Listen: Cops

A New Jersey woman accused of killing her toddler son, then telling cops he had been kidnapped, told police she struck the boy because he wouldn't "eat nor listen to her," according to a criminal complaint.

Feb 11, 2019

NJ Man Guilty of Sex Assault, Attempting to Lure School Girl

NJ Man Guilty of Sex Assault, Attempting to Lure School Girl

A New Jersey man who allegedly grabbed a girl walking to school in 2016 and sexually assaulted her before a good Samaritan intervened was found guilty of the charges stemming from this case, prosecutors...

Feb 11, 2019

2016 Hit-Run Death of Popular NYC DJ Moves to Trial

2016 Hit-Run Death of Popular NYC DJ Moves to Trial

The case of a hit-and-run crash that killed a popular Spanish radio DJ in Brooklyn will move forward to trial.

Feb 8, 2019

NYC Gang Members Indicted for Waging Deadly Retaliation: DA

NYC Gang Members Indicted for Waging Deadly Retaliation: DA

Twelve alleged Chico gang members are facing numerous charges, including murder, for “waging a deadly campaign of retaliation for a 2016 death,” authorities say.

Feb 8, 2019

NYC Couple Plead Guilty in Sex Trafficking of Child: Pros

NYC Couple Plead Guilty in Sex Trafficking of Child: Pros

Federal prosecutors in New Jersey say a New York City couple has admitted to the human trafficking of a child.

Feb 8, 2019

2 Men Sentenced in Deadly Burglary at New Jersey Frat House

2 Men Sentenced in Deadly Burglary at New Jersey Frat House

Two men who admitted roles in the fatal shooting of a New Jersey college student during a burglary at his fraternity house have been sentenced to lengthy state prison terms.

Feb 7, 2019

Man Found Guilty of Setting Fire to New Jersey Strip Club

Man Found Guilty of Setting Fire to New Jersey Strip Club

A man was convicted of setting fire to a strip club in New Jersey after believing he had been robbed, prosecutors announced.

Feb 8, 2019

Vet Sentenced for Turning Puppies Into Heroin Drug Mules

Vet Sentenced for Turning Puppies Into Heroin Drug Mules

A veterinarian who surgically implanted liquid heroin in puppies on behalf of Colombian drug traffickers has been sentenced to prison in New York.

Feb 6, 2019

NYC Man Accused of Beating, Permanently Blinding Dog: DA

NYC Man Accused of Beating, Permanently Blinding Dog: DA

A Queens man was indicted Wednesday on animal cruelty charges for allegedly beating a dog so severely that the small animal was left permanently blind in one eye, prosecutors say.

Feb 5, 2019

Police: NY Bus Driver Drove Drunk With Students on Board

Police: NY Bus Driver Drove Drunk With Students on Board

Police say a school bus driver drove drunk in upstate New York with students on board.

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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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