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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. Distribution Of $770M For 24K Bernie Madoff Ponzi Scheme Victims Starts

    Distribution Of $770M For 24K Bernie Madoff Ponzi Scheme Victims Starts

    The Department of Justice has begun its initial distribution of more than $750 million to victims of Bernie Madoff’s notorious Ponzi scheme, many of whom called the Hudson Valley home."We have recovered billions of dollars from third parties – not Mr. Madoff – and are now returning that money to tens of thousands of victims," Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said. ...

  2. Lane, Ramp Closures Scheduled On Hutchinson River Parkway

    Lane, Ramp Closures Scheduled On Hutchinson River Parkway

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - Motorists planning on traveling on the Hutchinson River Parkway this week can expect delays as the New York State Department of Transportation prepares for lane and ramp closures in Mount Vernon and Pelham.The NYSDOT issued an alert cautioning that lane and ramp closures are expected on the parkway between Exit 8 (Sandford Boulevard) and Exit 12 (East Lincoln ...

  3. Older Man Tries To Lure Child Into Van, Dutchess Sheriff Says

    Older Man Tries To Lure Child Into Van, Dutchess Sheriff Says

    DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. - The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office is warning parents to make their children aware of “stranger danger” after a Union Vale Middle School student was approached by a suspicious man in a van.The Arlington Central School District issued an alert to parents after being notified by the Sheriff that a student was approached by the man on Susan Drive in Beekman after ...

  4. Man Faces Felony DWI Charge After Two-Car Dutchess Crash

    Man Faces Felony DWI Charge After Two-Car Dutchess Crash

    DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. - Officers from the Red Hook Police Department arrested a man for his second DWI in four years after he allegedly caused a head-on collision that sent a 65-year-old woman to the hospital.First responders were dispatched to the intersection of Route 9G and West Market Street in Red Hook at approximately 7:20 p.m. on Thursday night, following reports of a two-car ...

  5. Man Held For Extradition May Be Linked To Hudson Valley Murder

    Man Held For Extradition May Be Linked To Hudson Valley Murder

    A suspect who has been linked to the death of a Westchester woman in 2005 and the murder of a teenager in the Bronx is reportedly being extradited to New York after being busted for a traffic stop in Florida.According to multiple reports, Christopher Gonzalez, 39, is being held in Naples and awaiting extradition back to New York City after being pulled over for driving with a suspended ...

  6. Theft Of Football Jersey From Display Under Investigation In Dutchess

    Theft Of Football Jersey From Display Under Investigation In Dutchess

    DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. - The Hyde Park Police Department has released surveillance photos of a suspect who allegedly stole a football jersey inside a gas station.Detectives from the Hyde Park Police Department are investigating the theft of a football jersey from a beer display at the Mobil station near the intersection of Violet Avenue and Crum Elbow Road.Police said that their suspect ...

  7. Saw Mill River Parkway Reopens After Serious Crash That Injures Two

    Saw Mill River Parkway Reopens After Serious Crash That Injures Two

    This story has been updated.The New York State Department of Transportation announced shortly before 11:30 a.m. on Thursday morning that both north and southbound lanes on the Saw Mill River Parkway have been reopened from the New York City line and Cross County Parkway following the accident investigation. The original story is below: WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - The southbound side of ...

  8. 71 Motorists Slapped With Tickets In I-684 Detail

    71 Motorists Slapped With Tickets In I-684 Detail

    Dozens of motorists were ticketed in Bedford on Wednesday as New York State Police troopers conducted a special aggressive driving and speed enforcement detail on I-684.During the detail, 57 motorists were cited for speeding, while another three were cited for failure to wear a seatbelt and an additional 11 were issued tickets for other vehicle and traffic violations. In total, 71 ...

  9. I-287 Speeding Stop Results In DWI, Cocaine Possession Charge

    I-287 Speeding Stop Results In DWI, Cocaine Possession Charge

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - A speeding stop in Harrison led to felony drug charges for a Westchester man allegedly in possession of cocaine on I-287.New York State Police troopers stopped 28-year-old Cesar Velazquez-Tapia of Port Chester for speeding shortly after 3:30 a.m. on Saturday morning for a speeding violation.During the subsequent stop, troopers said that Velazquez-Tapia was ...

  10. Metro-North Service Will Be Affected By Removal Of Old TZ Bridge Span

    Metro-North Service Will Be Affected By Removal Of Old TZ Bridge Span

    Metro-North Railroad service will be temporarily interrupted over the weekend as contractors continue removal work of the old Tappan Zee Bridge in Tarrytown.Officials said that beginning on Friday night, commuters traveling on the Hudson Line will be affected as construction continues on the bridge. During the overnight operation, a sizable span of the old bridge’s steel span above the ...

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