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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. Man Pleads Guilty To Using Hudson Valley Home As Grow House

    Man Pleads Guilty To Using Hudson Valley Home As Grow House

    A 40-year-old man is facing up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to utilizing a Dutchess County home as a grow house to traffic marijuana.According to court documents and statements made in court, Oregon resident John Koukouras and a second man from Connecticut - whose name was not disclosed - used a Guernsey Hill Road home in Lagrangeville to grow and distribute the ...

  2. Area Contractor Sentenced To Life For Violent Stabbing Murder

    Area Contractor Sentenced To Life For Violent Stabbing Murder

    A Westchester man will spend the rest of his life behind bars after being given the maximum sentence after pleading guilty to the violent murder of a Rockland County man near his Nanuet home last summer.Earlier this year, Yonkers resident Frank Keogh, who worked as a contractor in Hopewell Junction, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Rockland County Court after his stabbing ...

  3. Woman, Man Nabbed With Crack Cocaine, Pot In LaGrange Stop

    Woman, Man Nabbed With Crack Cocaine, Pot In LaGrange Stop

    DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. - A Dutchess County man driving with an illegal license was busted with crack-cocaine and other drugs during a routine traffic stop in LaGrange.New York State Police troopers stopped 44-year-old Poughkeepsie resident Robert Blossom on Tuesday for a vehicle and traffic violation. During the subsequent stop, it was reported that troopers detected the odor of ...

  4. TZB Tally: Petition To Remove Cuomo Name From Bridge Nears 55K Signatures

    TZB Tally: Petition To Remove Cuomo Name From Bridge Nears 55K Signatures

    The petition circulating disparaging the designation of Mario M. Cuomo Bridge as the official name for the new Tappan Zee span has garnered nearly 55,000 signatures from people who don’t support the Cuomo designation.Hudson Valley voices are among the tens of thousands of New Yorkers that have stood up in protest of the name, insisting it be returned to its original name, the Tappan ...

  5. Cuomo Taps New Chief Of Staff

    Cuomo Taps New Chief Of Staff

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has reportedly named a familiar face to serve as his new chief of staff following the resignation of Maria Comella from his administration.Linda Lacewell, who came back to Cuomo’s administration after leaving in 2016 is set to take over as the chief of staff and as a counselor, according to a New York State of Politics report.Comella made a name for herself ...

  6. Bill To Allow Medical Marijuana For PTSD In NY Signed Into Law

    Bill To Allow Medical Marijuana For PTSD In NY Signed Into Law

    Soldiers returning from service suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder were given a special Veteran’s Day gift by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.Cuomo signed several pieces of legislation over the weekend to support New York veterans by improving healthcare services, including a bill that adds PTSD as a qualifying condition in New York’s medical marijuana program.Cuomo said nearly ...

  7. Beer Here: Bull & Barrel Expanding Its Offerings Well Outside Brewster

    Beer Here: Bull & Barrel Expanding Its Offerings Well Outside Brewster

    Beer connoisseurs throughout the country will soon be able to get a taste of the Hudson Valley as Putnam County’s first and only brewery begins canning some of its popular products.Beginning this week, the co-owners of Bull & Barrel Brewery in Brewster took their first step toward mass production as they began the process of canning their beer for distribution, starting with their ...

  8. Seen Her? Sheriff Searches For Wanted Poughkeepsie Woman

    Seen Her? Sheriff Searches For Wanted Poughkeepsie Woman

    Have you seen her?The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance as they continue their search for a 21-year-old woman who failed to appear in court to answer a DWI charge.The Sheriff’s Office issued an alert regarding Caitlyn Hagan, who is wanted on a charge of first-degree driving while intoxicated earlier this year. Police said that it is believed Hagan may ...

  9. Petition Launched For Hudson Valley Father Facing Deportation To Guatemala

    Petition Launched For Hudson Valley Father Facing Deportation To Guatemala

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - An online petition supporting a Port Chester father who is facing deportation has garnered nearly 250 signatures as his family attempts to keep him stateside.The Hudson Valley Community Coalition is circulating the petition on behalf of Aroldo Soto-Contreras, who was detained last month during a routine check with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and is now ...

  10. Slip-Slide Track Conditions Causes 30-Minute Metro-North Delays

    Slip-Slide Track Conditions Causes 30-Minute Metro-North Delays

    This story has been updated.Metro-North Railroad commuters saw delays on Monday morning due to slip-slide conditions on the tracks due to inclement weather.Service into and out of Grand Central Terminal was delayed on all lines by as many as 30 minutes due to the track condition in the vicinity of the Harlem-125th Street stop.The Hudson, Harlem, New Haven, Danbury and New Canaan Branch ...

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