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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. Car Slams Into Condo Complex In Hudson Valley

    Car Slams Into Condo Complex In Hudson Valley

    * Updated with video *First responders were dispatched to the Scarsdale Ridge condominium complex on Thursday afternoon when a motorist drove a car into one of the buildings.Members of the Greenville Fire Department, local police and paramedics were all dispatched to the Central Avenue condo complex at approximately 2:30 p.m., following reports of a driver in an SUV who had driven into ...

  2. Man Charged With Extorting Women Under 21 In Hudson Valley

    Man Charged With Extorting Women Under 21 In Hudson Valley

    An Orange County man is facing multiple charges after allegedly extorting several underage female victims, giving them alcohol and attempting to extort them, according to state police.An investigation by New York State Police detectives led to the arrest of Wallkill resident Kenneth Ralph, 23, this week, who allegedly met his female victims - all under the age of 21 - on social media, ...

  3. Ex-NYPD Detective From Area Accused In $1M Disability Scam

    Ex-NYPD Detective From Area Accused In $1M Disability Scam

    A former NYPD detective from Westchester was among three men arrested for their roles in regard to a million dollar disability fraud scam.Kenneth Rubero of White Plains was arrested on Wednesday along with former NYPD officer Gerard Scparta and FDNY firefighter Scott Scott Maraio following alleged schemes to fraudulently obtain more than $1 million by lying to the Social Security ...

  4. Pair Face Drug Charges After I-84 Stop In Putnam

    Pair Face Drug Charges After I-84 Stop In Putnam

    Two men are facing a litany of drug charges after being busted with everything from cocaine to MDMA during a routine traffic stop on I-84 in the Hudson Valley, according to state police.New York State Police troopers in Putnam initiated a traffic stop of a 2012 Ford Fusion driven by Fitchburg, Mass., resident Anthony Berube, 25, at approximately 11:15 p.m. on Sunday night, when he ...

  5. Hudson Valley Native James Comey Compares Trump To A Mob Boss

    Hudson Valley Native James Comey Compares Trump To A Mob Boss

    Westchester County native, former Fairfield County resident and ex-FBI Director James Comey compares the man who fired him, President Donald Trump, to a “mob boss” in an ABC promo for an upcoming interview with George Stephanopoulos.In his first public interview since being dismissed by Trump in May 2017, Comey will allegedly “shock the president and his team,” during the one-hour ...

  6. Two Dealers Charged In Overdose Death Of Putnam Teacher

    Two Dealers Charged In Overdose Death Of Putnam Teacher

    Two men are facing multiple charges for allegedly selling fentanyl to a Hudson Valley special education teacher who was found dead inside a bathroom stall at the New York City school that employed him late last year.Geoffrey Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced the arrests of Bronx residents Kashawn Lyons and Terrick Whitaker, both 31, who ...

  7. Employee Stole $144K From Area Company, DA Says

    Employee Stole $144K From Area Company, DA Says

    A woman working as a bookkeeper at a Westchester business is facing a felony charge for allegedly stealing more than $100,000 over a span of more than a year from her employer.Westchester District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr. announced on Wednesday that Mount Vernon resident Sande Steelberg, 51, has been arraigned on a felony count of second-degree grand larceny for allegedly stealing ...

  8. PetSmart Under Fire After Four Dogs Die During Grooming Appointments

    PetSmart Under Fire After Four Dogs Die During Grooming Appointments

    PetSmart is facing backlash after a fourth dog - including three in New Jersey - was pronounced dead after being taken in for routine grooming appointments in the past few months, according to multiple reports.In the past five months, four dogs have been found dead - most recently when an 8-year-old corgi died in Toms River - during grooming appointments, leading to allegations of ...

  9. Two Tristate Whole Foods Stores Issue Cheese Recall Due To Listeria Threat

    Two Tristate Whole Foods Stores Issue Cheese Recall Due To Listeria Threat

    Whole Foods Market announced that several local stores in the area would be recalling a popular gourmet cheese product following a potential outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes.The United States Food and Drug administration announced that Whole Foods has stripped its shelves of Explorateur French Triple Creme cheese from nine stores, including a pair in New Jersey and Connecticut.The ...

  10. Comedian Charged With Calling In Fake Bomb Threat On Westport-Bound Train

    Comedian Charged With Calling In Fake Bomb Threat On Westport-Bound Train

    The joke is on famed comedian T.J. Miller this time, as he faces charges for allegedly making a false bomb threat from an Amtrak train in Fairfield County after being busted by the FBI at LaGuardia Airport this week.John Durham, the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced the arrest of New York City resident Todd Miller, 36, on Tuesday, who is facing charges by ...

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