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Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017

Family Sobs Watching Confession in Killed NYC Jogger Case

Family Sobs Watching Confession in Killed NYC Jogger Case

The family of a woman found dead after she vanished while jogging watched in tears as lawyers played a taped confession of the man accused of killing her.

Thursday, Aug 3, 2017

Karina Vetrano's Family Reflects 1 Year After Her Killing

Karina Vetrano's Family Reflects 1 Year After Her Killing

The family of Karina Vetrano gathered for a memorial walk Wednesday evening a year after she was killed while going for a run in her Queens neighborhood of Howard Beach.

Saturday, Jun 24, 2017

$60K Raised for Scholarship in Honor of Slain Jogger

$60K Raised for Scholarship in Honor of Slain Jogger

Friends and family of Karina Vetrano, who was killed while jogging in Queens last summer, raised $60,000 for a scholarship in her name.

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017

Suspect in Jogger Karina Vetrano Slaying Pleads Not Guilty

Suspect in Jogger Karina Vetrano Slaying Pleads Not Guilty

The 20-year-old Brooklyn man accused of killing Queens woman Karina Vetrano as she jogged through a marshy area near her home last summer has pleaded not guilty to murder and sex abuse charges in the case.

Thursday, Feb 23, 2017

Suspect's DNA Profile in NYC Google Worker Slaying Revealed

Suspect's DNA Profile in NYC Google Worker Slaying Revealed

Authorities in Massachusetts say they now have a DNA profile of the person believed to have killed a 27-year-old New York City woman out running near her mother's Massachusetts home last summer.

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017

Karina Vetrano Murder Suspect's Attorneys Attend Hearing

Karina Vetrano Murder Suspect's Attorneys Attend Hearing

The 20-year-old Brooklyn man charged in the death of Karina Vetrano, the New York City runner whose beaten, strangled body was found in a Queens marsh over the summer, will face a judge again in April.

Wednesday, Feb 8, 2017

Karina Vetrano Murder Suspect's Attorneys Make Public Plea

Karina Vetrano Murder Suspect's Attorneys Make Public Plea

Lawyers for a 20-year-old Brooklyn man charged in the death of a New York City runner whose beaten, strangled body was found in a Queens marsh over the summer are urging the public "not to rush to immediate...

Tuesday, Feb 7, 2017

'Needle in a Haystack': New Details Emerge in Vetrano Case

'Needle in a Haystack': New Details Emerge in Vetrano Case

New details are emerging about how police tracked down the 20-year-old suspect accused of murdering a young runner in Queens last summer, abandoning her strangled, beaten body in a marsh in what became one...

Monday, Feb 6, 2017

'Demon!' Karina Vetrano's Mother Stares Down Alleged Killer

'Demon!' Karina Vetrano's Mother Stares Down Alleged Killer

The mother of the 30-year-old runner who was strangled, beaten and sexually assaulted before being dumped in a Queens marsh over the summer stared down the alleged killer in court Sunday, little more than...

Monday, Feb 6, 2017

Man, 20, Charged With Murder in Death of Karina Vetrano

Man, 20, Charged With Murder in Death of Karina Vetrano

A Brooklyn man was charged Sunday with second-degree murder in the strangling of Karina Vetrano, whose death while jogging in Queens shocked the community and led to a six-month search for a suspect.

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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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