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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. Shenorock Woman Charged With DWI In Route 9W State Police Stop

    Shenorock Woman Charged With DWI In Route 9W State Police Stop

    With law enforcement agencies in the area cracking down on drunk, drugged and distracted driving, several local residents were among more than two dozen who found themselves charged over the weekend.Among the locals charged include:Westchester CountyOn Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, State Police in Highland arrested Cynthia Esposito, 46, of Shenorock, for DWI. She was traveling on State Route ...

  2. Drunk Driver Stole Running Pickup Truck Outside Northern Westchester House, Police Say

    Drunk Driver Stole Running Pickup Truck Outside Northern Westchester House, Police Say

    An allegedly drunk driver in a stolen pickup took Westchester County Police officers on a short chase as he attempted to evade arrest in Mount Kisco.Officers were dispatched to Spring Street at approximately 5 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 13, where there was a report of a stolen truck. While responding, they spotted the Chevrolet Colorado traveling on Main Street. The officers made a U-turn to ...

  3. Overdose Deaths From Opioids Hit Record High In 2017

    Overdose Deaths From Opioids Hit Record High In 2017

    Opioids continue to plague the country, as overdose deaths peaked toa record high last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control.Preliminary estimates from the CDC found that drug overdoses killed nearly 72,000 people in America in 2017, a record number and rise of approximately 10 percent. The count includes deaths that occurred in all 50 states and the District of ...

  4. Man With False Visas Attempted To Steal Package From Westchester Gas Station, Police Say

    Man With False Visas Attempted To Steal Package From Westchester Gas Station, Police Say

    A man without a known address who was in possession of fraudulent U.S. Government Visa cards is behind bars after being busted attempting to steal a package from a Scarsdale gas station after having it re-routed.Members of the Scarsdale Police Department were dispatched to the Scarsdale Shell gas station on Scarsdale Avenue on Monday, Aug. 6, when 27-year-old Kaspars Giberts attempted ...

  5. New Round Of Weeklong Lane Closures Scheduled On I-684

    New Round Of Weeklong Lane Closures Scheduled On I-684

    There will be more lane closures in both directions on I-684 in Westchester as crews perform maintenance in the area.The New York State Department of Transportation issued an alert cautioning that from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. starting Monday, Aug. 20, there will be closures northbound and southbound on the interstate between exit 1 (I-287 entrance ramp) and exit 2 (Route 120). Those ...

  6. Amazon Starts 30-Minute Curbside Pickup At Whole Foods

    Amazon Starts 30-Minute Curbside Pickup At Whole Foods

    Amazon Prime members are getting a new bonus from their subscription, as the company joins forces with recently acquired Whole Foods Market to develop a curbside pickup service.Customers in select areas will be able to place orders through the Amazon Prime app, which will essentially turn Whole Foods Markets into a drive-through, with employees loading groceries into cars upon arrival. ...

  7. State Sues Purdue Pharma, Alleging Illegal Conduct, 'Scheme To Misrepresent Opioid Products'

    State Sues Purdue Pharma, Alleging Illegal Conduct, 'Scheme To Misrepresent Opioid Products'

    A lawsuit has been filed against a prominent pharmaceutical company that allegedly misrepresented its products - including OxyContin - as being more benign than they are for decades.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced a lawsuit against Stamford-based Purdue Pharma L.P., Purdue Pharma Inc., and Purdue Fredrick Company, Inc. on Tuesday. The company ...

  8. Pair Charged With Carjacking, Pistol-Whipping Driver In Westchester

    Pair Charged With Carjacking, Pistol-Whipping Driver In Westchester

    Two men are facing life in prison for allegedly pistol-whipping a driver, firing shots toward him and attempting to carjack him in Westchester.Chester Brown and Travis Sinclair were charged in federal court in White Plains on Wednesday, for the carjacking, in which they allegedly attacked the driver and fired shots at him when he attempted to run away.According to the complaint, on July ...

  9. Stolen Handgun, Drugs Seized From Man Going 84 MPH On I-84, Police Say

    Stolen Handgun, Drugs Seized From Man Going 84 MPH On I-84, Police Say

    Connecticut State Police troopers recovered a stolen handgun and busted a man in possession of crack cocaine and other drugs during a speeding stop on I-84.Troopers conducting an enforcement detail on I-84 near exit 66 in Vernon stopped a vehicle when it was clocked going 84 mph on the interstate. During the subsequent stop, while talking to the occupants of the car, police said that ...

  10. Suspect Sentenced After Admitting To Stealing Cars From Dealerships

    Suspect Sentenced After Admitting To Stealing Cars From Dealerships

    A felon is facing up to seven years in prison after admitting to stealing three cars from Westchester County auto dealerships by stealing peoples' identities.New York City resident Milton Alequin, 23, has been sentenced as a second felony offender to a term of three and a half to seven years in prison following a guilty plea to grand larceny in June. He must also pay the dealerships ...

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