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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. Man Driving Wrong Way On I-87 Ramp Was Drunk, Police Say

    Man Driving Wrong Way On I-87 Ramp Was Drunk, Police Say

    A man was busted driving with a blood-alcohol content nearly triple the legal limit after being spotted by a police officer going the wrong way on a New York Thruway exit ramp in Rockland County.An Orangetown Police Department officer on patrol shortly after 1:30 a.m. on Thursday morning arrested Nanuet resident Michael Gordon, 61, after he was spotted driving his car with no headlights ...

  2. Iona Increases Security Following Latest New Rochelle HS Stabbing Incident

    Iona Increases Security Following Latest New Rochelle HS Stabbing Incident

    Iona College has beefed up its security in the wake of the third stabbing incident involving New Rochelle students.According to police, at approximately 8:50 a.m. on Thursday, the department received a call from security guards at the high school reporting that a stabbing had occurred at the school, and a 15-year-old suspect was seen on video fleeing the building.New Rochelle Police ...

  3. Suspect Caught After Stolen Car Runs Out Of Gas On I-87 In Hudson Valley

    Suspect Caught After Stolen Car Runs Out Of Gas On I-87 In Hudson Valley

    A driver was busted with a stolen car on I-87 in the Hudson Valley on Thursday morning after he ran out of gas and state troopers attempted to offer him an assist on the side of the road.Troopers stopped to assist Elizabeth, N.J. resident Nicholas Santana, 40, shortly after 2 a.m. on Thursday morning in Catskill when they saw him walking with a gas can roadside. While attempting to ...

  4. Man Gets 39-Year Sentence For Pair Of 'Terrifying' Hudson Valley Burglaries

    Man Gets 39-Year Sentence For Pair Of 'Terrifying' Hudson Valley Burglaries

    A man convicted of a pair of violent armed robberies in the Hudson Valley has been sentenced to nearly four decades in prison after being found guilty by a jury.Geoffrey Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District, announced that Lawrence Brown, 46, has been sentenced to 39 years in state prison after committing two armed robberies using a handgun and binding his ...

  5. Dutchess Heating Oil Company Must Pay $176K For Defrauding Customers

    Dutchess Heating Oil Company Must Pay $176K For Defrauding Customers

    A Dutchess County fuel-oil dealer is once again in the crosshairs of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, this time for failing to deliver heating oil and services to customers that paid tens of thousands of dollars to the company in advance.Schneiderman announced that Champion Fuel and Service Corporation - which maintained an office in Wappingers Falls - and its owner, David DeSilva, ...

  6. Domestic Dispute In Front Of Child Leads To Charges For Putnam Couple

    Domestic Dispute In Front Of Child Leads To Charges For Putnam Couple

    A Putnam County couple that engaged in a physical domestic dispute in front of a child are facing multiple charges after state police had to intervene.New York State Police troopers were dispatched to an Argyle Street home in Putnam Valley shortly after 10:30 a.m. on Monday morning, where there were reports of a domestic dispute between Putnam Valley residents Derek Sutter and Candice ...

  7. Man Faces DWI Charge In I-84 Stop

    Man Faces DWI Charge In I-84 Stop

    ORANGE COUNTY, N.Y. - An Orange County woman was among three busted for driving while impaired overnight in the Hudson Valley.Dating back to Dec. 15, New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies say they've been “out in full force” to curtail impaired drivers in the region.On Thursday night, State Police troopers stopped Middletown resident Darla Krzyak, 73, on I-84 in ...

  8. Know It? This Hound Found In Yorktown

    Know It? This Hound Found In Yorktown

    YORKTOWN, N.Y. - The Yorktown Police Department is hopeful of reuniting a lost dog with its family after it was found over the holiday weekend.The department issued an alert on Monday regarding a black and brown hound who was found in town without any tags. The dog was found on Baptist Church in Yorktown.Anyone with information on the dogs owners, or who may recognize him have been ...

  9. Seen Him? Dover Burglary Suspect Has Been On Run Since Summer

    Seen Him? Dover Burglary Suspect Has Been On Run Since Summer

     State Police are seeking the public’s assistance as they continue their search for a man wanted for burglary in Dover.An alert was issued this week regarding Leslie Vannostrand III, who is wanted by state police and the Town of Dover Court on a charged of second-degree burglary following an investigation dating back to July last year.Police said that Vannostrand, who also is known as ...

  10. Area Man Sentenced For Luring Minors To Send Sexually Explicit Photos

    Area Man Sentenced For Luring Minors To Send Sexually Explicit Photos

    A 23-year-old registered sex offender in the Hudson Valley has been sentenced to nearly two decades behind bars after pleading guilty to posing as a child on social media to entice minors for sex.Geoffrey Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District, announced this week that Robert Garneau of Warwick in Orange County has been sentenced to 16 years in state prison after ...

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