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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. Teen Sentenced For Carjacking Murder Of Northern Westchester Resident

    Teen Sentenced For Carjacking Murder Of Northern Westchester Resident

    A teenager will spend three decades behind bars for his role in the carjacking death of a 72-year-old Westchester man who was visiting family in Missouri. St. Louis County resident Richard Donaldson, 17, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for his role in the death of Pound Ridge resident Kenneth Spalter, who was shot in the throat on Feb. 10 last year, according to multiple media ...

  2. Massive $29.4M Recall Issued By Harley-Davidson Because Brakes May Not Work

    Massive $29.4M Recall Issued By Harley-Davidson Because Brakes May Not Work

    Harley-Davidson is recalling more than 250,000 motorcycles that could cost the company upwards of $30 million after discovering a deficiency in its brakes that could cause them to fail.The voluntary recall includes more than two dozen bike models that were produced between 2008 and 2011 with anti-lock brakes. The international recall includes 251,000 motorcycles, with an estimated ...

  3. Star Witness Against Ex-Cuomo Aide From Hudson Valley Sent To Jail

    Star Witness Against Ex-Cuomo Aide From Hudson Valley Sent To Jail

    The government’s star witness in the corruption trial of Westchester resident and former Gov. Andrew Cuomo top aide Joseph Percoco has been arrested after violating the terms of his plea deal with his testimony during cross-examinationHowe, an infamous lobbyist with a felony on his record, has been testifying against South Salem resident Percoco, who allegedly accepted more than ...

  4. Assault Rifles, Bump Stock Discovered In Hudson Valley Police Bust

    Assault Rifles, Bump Stock Discovered In Hudson Valley Police Bust

    A two-week long investigation by state police led to the arrest of a man in possession of an arsenal of automatic weapons, marijuana and hallucinogens.New York State Police troopers executed a search warrant at a residence in Wawayanda that led to the recovery of a cache of illegal weapons and ammunition that allegedly belong to 39-year-old Middletown resident Norwell Therien.Police ...

  5. Kent Man Busted With Edibles, Marijuana During Speeding Stop, Police Say

    Kent Man Busted With Edibles, Marijuana During Speeding Stop, Police Say

    A Putnam County man is facing multiple drug charges after being busted with edible marijuana and hallucinogens during an early morning traffic stop for speeding on Route 52 in Kent.The Kent Police Department stopped Cagney Donley-Coy, 31, on Route 52 for speeding at approximately 2:40 a.m. on Route 52 in Kent. During the subsequent stop, officers reported that they could detect the ...

  6. Woman Strikes Man In Face In Yorktown Domestic Dispute, Police Say

    Woman Strikes Man In Face In Yorktown Domestic Dispute, Police Say

    A Yorktown woman was taken into police custody overnight after allegedly violating a court order of protection that was previously issued by town court, police said. Officers from the Yorktown Police Department were dispatched to a Saw Mill River Road residence shortly after 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning, following reports of a domestic incident.Police said that the investigation into ...

  7. Hudson Valley Teacher's Suit Over Alleged Student Attack Dismissed

    Hudson Valley Teacher's Suit Over Alleged Student Attack Dismissed

    A lawsuit filed by an Irvington Middle School teacher who claimed to suffer permanent injuries following an attack from a student has been dismissed by a state Supreme Court judge.Last week, Justice Lewis Lubell ruled that the Irvington School District was not liable to pay for the injuries special education teacher Clarice Martin suffered last year, citing the fact that they were ...

  8. Police: Wappinger Man Threatens Victim With Weapon In Domestic Dispute

    Police: Wappinger Man Threatens Victim With Weapon In Domestic Dispute

    A state police investigation into a Dutchess County domestic dispute led to the arrest of a man who had previously been jailed for previous convictions.Troopers were dispatched to a Degarmo Hills Road in Wappinger on Jan. 24, where there were reports of a domestic dispute involving Joseph Brenna III, 36, who allegedly threatened his victim with a weapon.Further investigation into Brenna ...

  9. Gas Prices Rise For Sixth Straight Week

    Gas Prices Rise For Sixth Straight Week

    There is no relief in sight for drivers’ wallets at the pump, as gas prices continue to rise week-to-week as the price of crude oil fluctuates overseas.For the sixth straight week, gas prices have risen, up to an average of $2.61 per gallon, up from $2.49 a month ago and $2.26 a year ago. The average rose three cents since last week.According to a AAA New York spokesman, the price has ...

  10. Putnam Woman Pleads Guilty To Stealing Thousands From Area School District

    Putnam Woman Pleads Guilty To Stealing Thousands From Area School District

    The longtime Tarrytown Union Free School District secretary and Putnam County resident accused of stealing more than $10,000 from her employer has pleaded guilty to a corruption charge.Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr. announced on Thursday that Lake Peekskill resident Carol Ressa, 53, has pleaded guilty to a felony count of third-degree grand larceny as a ...

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