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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. DOT 'Ready To Respond' To Severe Storms Headed To Hudson Valley

    DOT 'Ready To Respond' To Severe Storms Headed To Hudson Valley

    Click here for an updated story: Severe Thunderstorm Watch Now In Effect For AreaThe New York State Department of Transportation is ready for the latest round of wild weather expected to hit the Hudson Valley on Tuesday.Severe thunderstorms and whipping winds are expected to strike the area during the evening commute, with gusts up to 65 mph expected, hail and potential tornado possibly ...

  2. Former Official In Hudson Valley Gets Probation For Child Porn Charges

    Former Official In Hudson Valley Gets Probation For Child Porn Charges

    A former Pelham Board of Trustee member who pleaded guilty to child pornography charges has been sentenced to 10 years probation.Former Trustee Christopher Reim was sentenced in Westchester County Court on Tuesday morning after pleading guilty to promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child and possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child earlier this year.Reim was ...

  3. Fugitive Teen In Hudson Valley HS Stabbing Caught In Alabama

    Fugitive Teen In Hudson Valley HS Stabbing Caught In Alabama

    Following a four-month manhunt, FBI investigators have tracked down a 15-year-old suspect in Alabama allegedly involved in a stabbing in New Rochelle in January.At approximately 8:50 a.m. on Jan. 18, the New Rochelle Police Department received a call from security guards at the high school reporting that a stabbing had occurred at the school, and the suspect was seen on video fleeing ...

  4. New Black Bear Sighting Reported In Woods Near I-684

    New Black Bear Sighting Reported In Woods Near I-684

    There’s been another black bear sighting in the Westchester, this time in Armonk.A Maryland Avenue homeowner reported to police at approximately 7 p.m. on Sunday night that there was a black bear roaming the streets near before making its way back into the woods just east of I-684 without incident.Last week, police in East Fishkill issued an alert when a black bear was spotted rummaging ...

  5. Alert Issued For Slow-Moving Convoys Traveling To Area

    Alert Issued For Slow-Moving Convoys Traveling To Area

    Slow-moving, oversized convoys are heading to the Hudson Valley.The New York State Department of Transportation announced on Monday that overnight transport of oversize loads from the Capital Region to the Hudson Valley is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 15. The transport of the oversized loads is scheduled to begin in the Port of Rensselaer in Rensselaer and will proceed along a ...

  6. Yorktown Man, 28, Charged With Assault Surrenders To Police

    Yorktown Man, 28, Charged With Assault Surrenders To Police

    A Yorktown man surrendered himself into police custody over the weekend for allegedly assaulting and hospitalizing his victim during a dispute that turned physical.On Monday, Yorktown investigators announced the arrest of 26-year-old Lawrence Welch, who turned himself in at police headquarters at approximately 5 p.m. on Friday, May 11 following an incident the following day that left ...

  7. Seen Him? Hudson Valley Man At Large After Bilking $2.4K From Homeowner

    Seen Him? Hudson Valley Man At Large After Bilking $2.4K From Homeowner

    New York State Police investigators are seeking the public’s assistance as they search for a wanted man who allegedly accepted more than $2,000 for a roofing job he never completed in the Hudson Valley.Investigators issued an alert on Wednesday regarding 34-year-old Travis Thiel, who is wanted on a charge of fourth-degree grand larceny dating back to an incident when he received $2,400 ...

  8. Police Presence Requested At Northern Westchester HS Lacrosse Game

    Police Presence Requested At Northern Westchester HS Lacrosse Game

    Police in North Castle were recently called to Byram Hills High School in Armonk after a trio of parents were allegedly heckling referees at a lacrosse game.According to a North Castle police report released on Thursday, on May 5, Byram Hills High School Athletic Director Rob Castagna requested an officer for police presence at the press box for the conclusion of a lacrosse game as a ...

  9. Saw Mill Parkway Ramp Closure Scheduled

    Saw Mill Parkway Ramp Closure Scheduled

    The New York State Department of Transportation has announced a ramp closure on the Saw Mill River Parkway.The NYSDOT issued an alert that the exit 26 ramp of the Saw Mill River Parkway to the southbound Sprain Brook Parkway in Mount Pleasant will be closed from 6:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 12, as contracting crews complete work in the area.There will be a detour posted directing ...

  10. Ex-SDNY Prosecutor Preet Bharara Eyes Possible Run For New York AG

    Ex-SDNY Prosecutor Preet Bharara Eyes Possible Run For New York AG

    Is a run at Attorney General in line for Preet Bharara, the former United States Attorney for the Southern District who was ousted by President Donald Trump as part of a purge of Obama administration appointees last year?Following former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s abrupt resignation earlier this week amid abuse allegations from several women, speculation about his ...

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