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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. Expect Delays: Palisades Interstate Parkway Lane Closures Scheduled

    Expect Delays: Palisades Interstate Parkway Lane Closures Scheduled

    There will be partial and full lane closures on the Palisades Interstate Parkway in Rockland County for several weeks as contracting crews get set to perform construction activities in the area.The New York State Department of Transportation has issued an alert warning that construction work in Haverstraw and Stony Point is expected to result in single lane closures and full lane ...

  2. Fired Area Teacher's Aide Accused Of Bringing Gun To School Enters Plea

    Fired Area Teacher's Aide Accused Of Bringing Gun To School Enters Plea

    A 24-year-old teacher’s aide who brought a loaded gun into a Rockland County school has pleaded not guilty to charges that include criminal possession of a weapon on school grounds.Warwick resident Gillian Jeffords pleaded not guilty to the felony charge at her arraignment in Clarkstown Justice Court, where an Order of Protection was also issued, barring her from the Jess Kaplan School ...

  3. Area Pair Charged With Selling Tens Of Thousands Of Oxycodone Pills

    Area Pair Charged With Selling Tens Of Thousands Of Oxycodone Pills

    A pair of Westchester residents are among five facing charges for their alleged roles in a drug trafficking organization that distributed tens of thousands of oxycodone pills in the area.Geoffrey Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Yonkers residents Adriel Vasquez, 37 and Cindy Garcia, 40, were among five suspects who are facing ...

  4. Area Man Sexually Assaulted One Child, Made Attempt On Another, Police Say

    Area Man Sexually Assaulted One Child, Made Attempt On Another, Police Say

    A State Police investigation led to the arrest of a man who allegedly sexually abused a child and made an attempt at sexually abusing another.The New York State Police Troop F Orange County Child Abuse Unit and Orange County Child Protective Service announced the arrest of Wallkill resident Jacob Hogencamp, 45, who is facing a pair of charges following the investigation.According to ...

  5. New Black Bear Sighting Reported In Area

    New Black Bear Sighting Reported In Area

    Is he smarter than an average bear?Police in East Fishkill issued an alert on Thursday following several reports overnight of a black bear that was spotted going through trash cans and wandering in the Wiccopee area of town in the areas of Rainbow Crest and Appalachian West.“Residents should be aware that this is the time of year when bears migrate from place to place looking for easy ...

  6. Level 3 Sex Offender Makes Move Into Mohegan Lake

    Level 3 Sex Offender Makes Move Into Mohegan Lake

    A registered "predicate" sex offender convicted of sexually abusing a teenage girl has reported a move near the Northern Westchester/Putnam border.The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services issued an alert this week to area residents regarding 49-year-old Gordon Greco, who has moved to a residence on Lexington Avenue in Mohegan Lake.The Division of Criminal ...

  7. Know Them? Pair Allegedly Made Fraudulent Purchases In Area

    Know Them? Pair Allegedly Made Fraudulent Purchases In Area

    State Police investigators have released surveillance photos of a pair believed to be frequenting Orange County stores and making a series of fraudulent charges over the span of nearly a month.Members of the Middletown Bureau of Criminal Investigation released the photos on Wednesday, of two alleged suspects who have frequented several Rite Aid, Dollar General, Family Dollar and Walmart ...

  8. Special Prosecutor Named To Investigate Schneiderman Abuse Claims

    Special Prosecutor Named To Investigate Schneiderman Abuse Claims

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate claims of abuse against former New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who abruptly resigned late Monday night.Schneiderman, who had been an outspoken advocate of the #MeToo movement, was accused by four women of physical abuse in a New Yorker article that came out on Monday, leading to his ...

  9. Man Caught Transporting Nearly 4 Pounds Of Pot In Area

    Man Caught Transporting Nearly 4 Pounds Of Pot In Area

    New York State Police troopers caught a man with nearly 4 pounds of marijuana during a late-night traffic stop in LaGrange.Troopers on patrol shortly before 11 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8 stopped a Honda Accord on Noxon Road in LaGrange for violations of the vehicle and traffic law.During the subsequent stop, troopers detected “a strong odor of marijuana” and further investigation revealed ...

  10. Two From Area Among Four Charged With 'Cooking Books' For Hedge Fund

    Two From Area Among Four Charged With 'Cooking Books' For Hedge Fund

    A pair of Westchester residents were among those charged in federal court to their roles in an alleged securities scam that saw them overstate their investment firm’s worth by hundreds of millions of dollars to bilk investors.U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss announced on Wednesday that White Plains resident Ashish Dole, 34, and Armonk resident Amin Majidi, 52, have been involved in an ...

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