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Mar 21, 2019

Store Employee Thwarts Gift-Card Scam Targeting 72-Year-Old

Store Employee Thwarts Gift-Card Scam Targeting 72-Year-Old

A quick-thinking employee at a CVS store in Rockland County prevented a 72-year-old woman from getting scammed into spending thousands of dollars on gift cards, police say.

Mar 22, 2019

JetBlue Pilot Gave Women Laced Beer, Raped Them: Lawsuit

JetBlue Pilot Gave Women Laced Beer, Raped Them: Lawsuit

Two female JetBlue crew members were allegedly drugged and raped by one of the airline’s pilots during a layover in Puerto Rico — leaving one of the women with a sexually transmitted disease, according to...

Mar 21, 2019

Man Who Lost Job Kills Mom, Hurts Dad in NY Stabbing: Cops

Man Who Lost Job Kills Mom, Hurts Dad in NY Stabbing: Cops

A 29-year old man on Long Island is in custody following the stabbing death of his mother and wounding his father, police say.

Mar 19, 2019

NYC Cop Dragging Case Takes Bizarre Stolen Identity Twist

NYC Cop Dragging Case Takes Bizarre Stolen Identity Twist

A Queens man who assumed the identity of a man with autism for nearly two decades also admitted to assaulting a police officer during a traffic stop in 2017, prosecutors say.

Mar 15, 2019

NY Duo Pleads Guilty to Trafficking Women as Young as 15: DA

NY Duo Pleads Guilty to Trafficking Women as Young as 15: DA

A New York man and woman pleaded guilty for pimping out three young women, as young as 15 years old, as far back as 2013, prosecutors announced Friday.

Mar 13, 2019

Ex-BF Guilty of Fatally Stabbing Queens Mother Found in Car

Ex-BF Guilty of Fatally Stabbing Queens Mother Found in Car

A New York man was convicted Wednesday of the 2016 stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend, whose bloodied body was found inside her car days after she was reported missing, prosecutors say.

Mar 13, 2019

Guilty Plea, New Charges in New York Sex Slave Case

Guilty Plea, New Charges in New York Sex Slave Case

A case featuring sensational claims that followers of a New York self-help organization were forced to become sex slaves took a new turn on Wednesday with one key defendant pleading guilty and another being hit...

Mar 13, 2019

Woman Accused of Publishing NYC 'Kill Lists' to Help ISIS

Woman Accused of Publishing NYC 'Kill Lists' to Help ISIS

Federal prosecutors in New York have charged a 20-year-old Georgia woman with conspiring to support the Islamic State.

Mar 12, 2019

100K Backlog Rape Kits Tested Thanks to NY, 1,000+ Arrested

100K Backlog Rape Kits Tested Thanks to NY, 1,000+ Arrested

Languishing evidence in over 100,000 sexual assault cases around the country has been sent for DNA testing with money from a New York prosecutor and federal authorities, spurring over 1,000 arrests and hundreds...

Mar 8, 2019

Ex-Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Wife Found Guilty

Ex-Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Wife Found Guilty

A jury convicted former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano of federal bribery and wire fraud charges on Friday, though he was acquitted on extortion charges.

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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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