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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. 

Zak Failla's Contributions

  1. Wappingers Falls Man Caught With Drugs After Traffic Stop

    Wappingers Falls Man Caught With Drugs After Traffic Stop

    A man pulled over for using an electronic device while driving in Wappingers Falls is facing drug charges after being busted by state police with alleged psychedelic mushrooms during the stop.Shortly after 11 a.m. on Friday, May 25, troopers stopped Wappingers Falls resident Tim Fogliano on East Main Street, when he was spotted using the device.During the stop, police said that it was ...

  2. 20 Passport Applications Missing From Post Office In Hudson Valley

    20 Passport Applications Missing From Post Office In Hudson Valley

    Another Hudson Valley post office is facing questions after 20 passport applications were lost in Rockland County, leading to a cacophony of angry voices seeking answers.Lawmakers are demanding that the United States Postal Service “explain and remedy” the causes of the loss of the 20 applications in Tappan, which has since been confirmed by the USPS.The missing passport applications is ...

  3. Northern Westchester Trash Hauler Must Pay $2M For Fraud Scheme

    Northern Westchester Trash Hauler Must Pay $2M For Fraud Scheme

    A 61-year-old contractor has been sentenced to prison time and ordered to pay millions in restitution for his role in defrauding and stealing millions from Westchester County clients that hired his waste hauling business based out of Briarcliff Manor.Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr. announced on Thursday that Florida native Stephen DiSalvo has been sentenced to ...

  4. Man Nabbed With Loaded Firearm In I-84 Putnam Stop

    Man Nabbed With Loaded Firearm In I-84 Putnam Stop

    A Danbury man is facing a weapons charge after being busted by New York State Police troopers with an illegal firearm during a traffic stop on I-84 in Putnam County.Investigators announced this week that troopers stopped 46-year-old Esmelyn Hernandez’s Chevrolet Impala for a violation of vehicle and traffic laws on I-84 in Southeast. During the subsequent stop, it was determined that he ...

  5. Father, Son Charged With Child Sex Abuse In Separate Area Incidents

    Father, Son Charged With Child Sex Abuse In Separate Area Incidents

    An investigation into a 29-year-old who allegedly engaged in sexual acts with a minor led to the arrest of his father, who also allegedly had sexual contact with a different minor in a separate incident, at the same Hudson Valley residence according to state police investigators.The New York State Police Troop F Orange County Child Abuse Unit announced the arrest of Jose Alfredo ...

  6. Mail Stolen From Lobby Of Post Office In Hudson Valley

    Mail Stolen From Lobby Of Post Office In Hudson Valley

    Thieves targeting the United States Postal Service mailboxes on streets in Westchester are becoming bolder, this time targeting a post office itself.In a statement, the Bronxville Police Department reported that it is investigating a series of mail thefts in the village, including items that were deposited in the mail slot at the lobby of the post office on Pondfield Road.The stolen ...

  7. Area Man Indicted For Threatening To Kill Wife, Child By Driving Off Cliff

    Area Man Indicted For Threatening To Kill Wife, Child By Driving Off Cliff

    The Hudson Valley man who allegedly threatened to kill his 4-year-old girl and her mother by driving off a cliff has been indicted on multiple charges.Greenwood Lake resident August Melish, 37, has been indicted on charges that include felony counts of first-degree coercion, unlawful imprisonment, reckless endangerment and attempted second-degree assault, as well as criminal obstruction ...

  8. Teen Nabbed For 'Ransacking' Unlocked Vehicles In Northern Westchester

    Teen Nabbed For 'Ransacking' Unlocked Vehicles In Northern Westchester

    A teenager is facing a pair of felony charges after being busted by police in Northern Westchester for allegedly “entering and ransacking” unlocked vehicles in the area.Officers from the Bedford Police Department were dispatched to a Babbitt Road residence in Bedford Hills at approximately 12:30 a.m on Friday, May 25, where there was a report of a “suspicious person in a driveway who ...

  9. Three Serious Crashes Occur In Peekskill In 24-Hour Span

    Three Serious Crashes Occur In Peekskill In 24-Hour Span

    While most of the country was spending Memorial Day Weekend celebrating the holiday, first responders in Peekskill were busy, responding to several serious accidents in a 24-hour span.Members of the Peekskill Volunteer Ambulance Corps. and Cortlandt-Peekskill Regional Paramedics and Peekskill Fire Department were dispatched to Welcher Avenue at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 25, ...

  10. Video Captures Bear Rummaging Through Garbage Pails In Hudson Valley

    Video Captures Bear Rummaging Through Garbage Pails In Hudson Valley

    A family of bears made a surprise visit to an area home over the holiday weekend, rummaging through several garbage pails before making their way back into the woods.Officers from the Ramapo Police Department were dispatched to Grant Street in Sloatsburg on Saturday, May 26, where there was a report of a bear in the area.Upon arrival at the scene, officers reported that there was a bear ...

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