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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 19, 2019

'I Was Screaming in the Street': NYC Jogger's Mom Testifies

'I Was Screaming in the Street': NYC Jogger's Mom Testifies

The mother of murdered jogger Karina Vetrano screamed in the street after she learned her daughter was dead, she recalled during testimony in court Tuesday.

Mar 18, 2019

Karina Vetrano Died 'Alone, Scared,' Lawyer Says at Retrial

Karina Vetrano Died 'Alone, Scared,' Lawyer Says at Retrial

Opening statements wrapped up Monday in the retrial of a man accused of killing a woman who was attacked while running near her family's New York City home.

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 12, 2019

NY DMV Test Examiner Accused of Demanding Bribes, Groping

NY DMV Test Examiner Accused of Demanding Bribes, Groping

A former road test examiner with the New York state Department of Motor Vehicles has been arrested and accused of demanding bribes from female drivers in Queens.

Mar 11, 2019

Jury Selection Scheduled for NYC Slain Runner Retrial

Jury Selection Scheduled for NYC Slain Runner Retrial

Jury selection is expected to start Tuesday at the retrial of a man accused of killing a runner near her family's New York City home.

Mar 7, 2019

Queens DA to Resign Before End of Term Over Health Issues

Queens DA to Resign Before End of Term Over Health Issues

The longtime New York City prosecutor and former judge who presided over the arraignment of "Son of Sam" killer David Berkowitz will retire earlier than expected, he announced Thursday.

Mar 1, 2019

NYPD Shootings Dramatically Decrease Over Decades

NYPD Shootings Dramatically Decrease Over Decades

The friendly-fire police shooting that left an NYPD detective dead and a sergeant wounded was an anomaly amid a dramatic decrease in police-involved shootings in recent years, data shows.

Feb 26, 2019

Horrifying Details Revealed in Sex Attack on Subway Rider, 9

Horrifying Details Revealed in Sex Attack on Subway Rider, 9

A 40-year-old man was arrested Monday after he allegedly exposed himself to a 9-year-old girl and pressed his body against her on a subway in Queens on Valentine's Day.

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