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Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017

Woman Sobs at Sentencing in Womb-Cut Killing: 'I'm Sorry'

Woman Sobs at Sentencing in Womb-Cut Killing: 'I'm Sorry'

The Bronx woman convicted of murder and kidnapping for cutting a baby out of the womb of her pregnant childhood friend has been sentenced to at least 40 years to life in prison.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

2 Men Face Murder Charges in Death of Hofstra Grad in NYC

2 Men Face Murder Charges in Death of Hofstra Grad in NYC

Two men are finally facing murder charges in the death of a Hofstra graduate from Connecticut who'd attended a party at a Manhattan luxury apartment building.

Friday, Jan 27, 2017

Teen at Center of Botched Holland Tunnel 'Rescue' Dies

Teen at Center of Botched Holland Tunnel 'Rescue' Dies

A teenager who inspired a group of Pennsylvania residents to attempt to drive into New York City with a cache of weapons in a botched "rescue" attempt has died. James Patterson tells The (Wilkes-Barre)...

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017

Hofstra Grad Slay Suspect's Attorney Blames Other Men

Hofstra Grad Slay Suspect's Attorney Blames Other Men

The lawyer for one of three men arrested in the grisly killing of Hofstra University graduate Joseph Comunale late last year is pointing fingers at the two other suspects, saying that the charges against...

Monday, Dec 19, 2016

Feds Bust NYC Hedge Fund Accused in $1 Billion Fraud Case

Feds Bust NYC Hedge Fund Accused in $1 Billion Fraud Case

Seven executives, employees and associates at a Manhattan investment firm -- including the fund's founder -- have been arrested in a $1 billion securities fraud case, according to officials.

Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016

Suspects in Hofstra Grad Murder Case Face Judge

Suspects in Hofstra Grad Murder Case Face Judge

Two men have been arraigned on charges in connection with the death of a Connecticut man who'd attended a party at a Manhattan luxury apartment building.

Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016

Ex-Mayor's Son Charged in Hofstra Grad Slay Case

Ex-Mayor's Son Charged in Hofstra Grad Slay Case

The son of a former New Jersey mayor has been charged in connection with the death of a Hofstra University graduate who prosecutors say was stabbed 15 times in the chest in a luxury Manhattan apartment...

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016

NYC Firefighter Accused of Selling Pills at Firehouse

NYC Firefighter Accused of Selling Pills at Firehouse

A 33-year-old FDNY firefighter has been accused of selling prescription pills in front of his Brooklyn firehouse and at a gas station near a school, according to prosecutors.

Tuesday, Nov 1, 2016

3 in Infamous Holland Tunnel Gun Bust Plead Not Guilty

3 in Infamous Holland Tunnel Gun Bust Plead Not Guilty

Three Pennsylvania residents accused of trying to drive into New York City with a cache of weapons have been arraigned in New Jersey on multiple charges.

Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016

Court Docs Reveal Chilling Details in Central Park Rape

Court Docs Reveal Chilling Details in Central Park Rape

The 26-year-old Bronx man accused of raping a woman walking in Central Park last week allegedly threw the victim to the ground and threatened to cut her the throat if she cried out for help, according to...

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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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