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Feb 20, 2019

Woman Who Masterminded Acid Attack on NYC Rev. Learns Fate

Woman Who Masterminded Acid Attack on NYC Rev. Learns Fate

A former bookkeeper from New York City who masterminded an acid attack on a non-profit director in an attempt to cover up stealing from the organization will spend years in prison, prosecutors say.

Feb 15, 2019

'Unbelievable Violence': NY Grad's Twisted Murder Case Ends

'Unbelievable Violence': NY Grad's Twisted Murder Case Ends

A third man accused in the death of a Hofstra graduate who was brutally murdered after a night of partying in Manhattan more than two years ago pleaded guilty to hindering prosecution Friday, wrapping up...

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

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

New York City Sees Sharp Increase in Reported Hate Crimes

New York City Sees Sharp Increase in Reported Hate Crimes

New York City is seeing a sharp increase in reported hate crimes while shootings, robberies and other crimes are down.

Jan 25, 2019

Arrest Made in 1992 Case of Naked Woman Dead on NYC Rooftop

Arrest Made in 1992 Case of Naked Woman Dead on NYC Rooftop

A 56-year-old man was charged in connection with the 1992 murder of a woman whose naked body was found on a Brooklyn rooftop with gunshot wounds to her head, prosecutors said Friday.

Jan 24, 2019

After 19 Years, New York Man Cleared in Mom’s 1989 Murder

After 19 Years, New York Man Cleared in Mom’s 1989 Murder

A New York man who spent 19 years in prison after being accused as a teenager of stabbing his mother to death has been cleared of the charges.

Jan 24, 2019

NYC Laundry Room Change Bandits Hit 4 Apartments in 5 Days

NYC Laundry Room Change Bandits Hit 4 Apartments in 5 Days

Police are searching for two suspects in connection to a string of robberies in Brooklyn, where the pair allegedly targeted laundry room change machines and made off with thousands of dollars.

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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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