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Sep 12, 2018

Nassau Legislator Takes Plea Deal in Domestic Violence Case

Nassau Legislator Takes Plea Deal in Domestic Violence Case

A Nassau County legislator pleaded guilty to two violations of disorderly conduct in a domestic violence case.

Aug 31, 2018

Impossible Tragedy Clouded Life of 25-Year-Old NYC Woman

Impossible Tragedy Clouded Life of 25-Year-Old NYC Woman

The 25-year-old woman who was apparently beaten to death with a hammer, allegedly by a good friend and the friend's boyfriend, then dismembered and left in black plastic bags at various New York City parks...

Aug 29, 2018

Rabbi Among 7 Arrested in $14 Million School Scam: FBI

Rabbi Among 7 Arrested in $14 Million School Scam: FBI

Seven Monsey and Kiryas Joel residents - including a rabbi - were arrested Wednesday in connection with an alleged $14 million dollar rip-off of a federal school technology funding program, federal prosecutors...

Aug 27, 2018

13th Man Arrested in Machete Killing of 15-Year-Old NYC Boy

13th Man Arrested in Machete Killing of 15-Year-Old NYC Boy

A 29-year-old man has been arrested Sunday and charged with murder in the caught-on-camera machete attack that killed a 15-year-old boy outside a bodega in the Bronx, police said.

Aug 24, 2018

Ex-CDC Head, Former NYC Health Chief Arrested on Sex Charges

Ex-CDC Head, Former NYC Health Chief Arrested on Sex Charges

Former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Thomas Frieden, who also had a seven-year stint as New York City's health commissioner and is considered one of the globe's leading health experts...

Aug 21, 2018

MS-13 Teen Member Pleads Guilty in Brutal Quadruple Murder

MS-13 Teen Member Pleads Guilty in Brutal Quadruple Murder

A teen who is an alleged MS-13 member who was arrested for brutally murdering four young people in a Long Island park with a machete in 2017 pleaded guilty and will be charged as an adult, authorities...

Aug 16, 2018

Bar, Restaurant Workers Snared in Montauk Drug Ring: DA

Bar, Restaurant Workers Snared in Montauk Drug Ring: DA

More than a dozen people have been arrested in an alleged drug ring out of Montauk that used seasonal bar and restaurant employees to sell narcotics.

Aug 16, 2018

Retired NYPD Lieutenant Pleads Guilty to Bribery Conspiracy

Retired NYPD Lieutenant Pleads Guilty to Bribery Conspiracy

Retired NYPD Lt. Paul Dean, 44, once the second in command of the NYPD’s License Division, pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court Wednesday to participating in a scam to expedite gun permit requests in return...

Aug 17, 2018

$450M Counterfeit Ring Busted in NYC, One of Biggest Ever

$450M Counterfeit Ring Busted in NYC, One of Biggest Ever

More than two dozen people have been arrested in connection with one of the largest counterfeit goods busts in New York City history, a scheme that generated nearly half a billion dollars in the sale of...

Aug 15, 2018

NY Man in Pediatrician's Shower Stabbing Death Learns Fate

NY Man in Pediatrician's Shower Stabbing Death Learns Fate

A Scarsdale man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for stabbing his prominent pediatrician wife 22 times while she was in the shower, killing her.

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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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