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Zak Failla

Urgent News Reporter zfailla@dailyvoice.com

Zak! worked as a sports editor at the Shoshone News Press in northern Idaho and as a sports writer at the Ithaca Journal before making his way to The Daily Voice. A graduate of Ithaca College's Roy H. Park School of Communication, he is a self-proclaimed cat and juggling enthusiast. 

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  1. DOT Issues New Advisory On Months-Long Sprain Parkway Delays

    DOT Issues New Advisory On Months-Long Sprain Parkway Delays

    A stretch of the Sprain Brook Parkway in Westchester County is scheduled to see a lane reduction for several months as crews continue construction work in the area.Motorists planning on the Sprain Brook Parkway between Route 100C and I-287 in Greenburgh will see the roadway reduced from three lanes in each direction to two lanes.The lane reduction is scheduled to begin on Monday, Aug. ...

  2. ID Released For Man Fatally Struck By Metro-North Train

    ID Released For Man Fatally Struck By Metro-North Train

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - Officials have identified the 45-year-old man who was fatally struck by a train early on Wednesday morning near the Metro-North Train station in Port Chester, leading to delays for commuters traveling on the New Haven Line.Port Chester resident Jose Reyes Hernandez was struck shortly before 5:30 a.m. by a train from Stamford due to arrive in Grand Central ...

  3. Will You Be Playing, Putnam? Powerball Jackpot Hits Half A Billion

    Will You Be Playing, Putnam? Powerball Jackpot Hits Half A Billion

    This story has been updated.Feel like trying your luck? Hudson Valley residents are lining up to purchase tickets Saturday as New York’s biggest lotto jackpot for the Powerball continue to approach a billion dollars.The numbers for a $432 million were drawn on Wednesday, but no winning tickets were sold in New York. The numbers drawn on Wednesday were 9-15-43-60-64 with a Powerball ...

  4. Teens Facing Variety Of Drug Charges After Dutchess Speeding Stop

    Teens Facing Variety Of Drug Charges After Dutchess Speeding Stop

    DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. - A traffic stop for speeding in Red Hook led to the arrest of two Dutchess County teenagers in possession of LSD, hallucinogenic mushrooms and other drugs.Shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Thursday night, police conducted a traffic stop of 21-year-old Rhinebeck resident Emanuel Balcazar-Sanchez, who was allegedly speeding on Annadale Road.During the subsequent stop, ...

  5. Tractor-Trailer Hits Bridge, Causing Gridlock On Hutch

    Tractor-Trailer Hits Bridge, Causing Gridlock On Hutch

    Traffic was temporarily tied up in Westchester after a tractor-trailer struck a bridge on King Street in Rye Brook.A truck traveling northbound on the Hutchinson River Parkway struck a bridge early on Friday morning, prompting police to shut down one lane of the roadway as crews cleaned up.Police said that the scene has since been cleared and traffic is now moving smoothly in the area. ...

  6. Music Festival To Close Down Road In Yorktown

    Music Festival To Close Down Road In Yorktown

    YORKTOWN, N.Y. - A stretch of Veterans Road will be closed on Saturday in Yorktown as the local Lions Club celebrates their annual music festival.The Yorktown Police Department issued an alert to local residents that Veterans Road will be closed between Commerce Street and Maple Hill Street between 6 and 10 p.m. on Saturday for the “Saturday Music Festival,” which the club is sponsoring ...

  7. Police Search For Suspect In Suspicious Northern Westchester Incident

    Police Search For Suspect In Suspicious Northern Westchester Incident

     Police are seeking the public’s assistance as they search for a suspect who was recently involved in a “suspicious incident" in Peekskill.The Peekskill Police Department issued an alert for a suspect who was wearing a halloween mask who was seen acting suspiciously in the area. Police did not release further details regarding the nature of the incident.Anyone with information ...

  8. 31 Poughkeepsie Rival Gang Members, Associates Face Murder, Other Charges

    31 Poughkeepsie Rival Gang Members, Associates Face Murder, Other Charges

    Members and associates of two rival Dutchess County street gangs have been charged in federal court with multiple felonies that include murder, racketeering, drug and firearms offenses.The unsealing of two indictments charging a total of 31 men from the two street gangs that operate out of Poughkeepsie were announced by Joon Kim, the acting United States Attorney for the Southern ...

  9. Raccoon That Attacked Dog In Peekskill Had Rabies

    Raccoon That Attacked Dog In Peekskill Had Rabies

    A raccoon was found to have rabies after attacking a pet dog in Peekskill, authorities said Thursday.The rabid raccoon attacked a pet dog and was very aggressive toward people who attempted to approach on Woodale Avenue in Peekskill in the Tuesday, Aug. 8 incident, Westchester County Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler said.Anyone bitten by a rabid animal or having contact with its ...

  10. Murder Charges To Be Brought Against Gang Members From Dutchess

    Murder Charges To Be Brought Against Gang Members From Dutchess

    Officials are expected to announce Thursday criminal charges against more than two dozen members and associates of two rival street gangs from Dutchess County on Thursday afternoon.Joon Kim, the acting United States District Attorney for the Southern District of New York has called for a press conference at 12 p.m. on Thursday in White Plains to announce federal criminal charges against ...

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