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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. Suspect In Multiple Thefts At Yorktown Gas Stations Caught After Foot Chase

    Suspect In Multiple Thefts At Yorktown Gas Stations Caught After Foot Chase

    A suspect implicated in the theft of cigarettes from area gas stations injured an attendant and Good Samaritan who chased him down following an alleged robbery over the weekend until police could intervene in Northern Westchester.Officers from the Yorktown Police Department were dispatched to the Shell station on Commerce Street at approximately 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, where ...

  2. NY Illegally Moving Sex Offenders Into Group Homes With Disabled, Report Says

    NY Illegally Moving Sex Offenders Into Group Homes With Disabled, Report Says

    Registered sex offenders with some of the state’s worst designations are being illegally moved into group homes with developmentally disabled individuals, according to a report by upstate radio station WENY.The report states that as many as 25 sexual offenders have been moved within group homes and facilities by the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities ...

  3. New Cars Lose $3,000 Annually From This Single Expense, AAA Says

    New Cars Lose $3,000 Annually From This Single Expense, AAA Says

    When purchasing a new car, one considers many things: is it reliable? How is the gas mileage? How much does it cost? What will the upkeep be?However, many would-be car buyers are failing to factor in the larges expense associated with purchasing a new ride: depreciation, according to AAA.AAA’s “Your Driving Costs” study found that the largest expense associated with purchasing a new ...

  4. Stretch Of Hutchinson River Parkway To Be Closed Over Three Days

    Stretch Of Hutchinson River Parkway To Be Closed Over Three Days

    A stretch of the Hutchinson River Parkway will be closed for several days as contracting crews continue an ongoing bridge replacement project in Westchester.Motorists have been issued an alert by the New York State Department of Transportation cautioning that as part of the bridge replacement project, the parkway will be closed between exit 6 (I-95) and exit 15 (Cross County Parkway) in ...

  5. Weekday Saw Mill River Parkway Lane Closures Scheduled

    Weekday Saw Mill River Parkway Lane Closures Scheduled

    There will be single- and double-lane closures on the Saw Mill River Parkway for more than a week in Westchester as crews perform construction work in the area.The New York State Department of Transportation issued an advisory to motorists warning that there will be weekday closures from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning on Monday, Sept. 24 in both directions of the parkway between the New ...

  6. Flu Season's Coming: Here's What You Need To Know Now

    Flu Season's Coming: Here's What You Need To Know Now

    With the official arrival of fall, officials are warning area residents to begin preparations for flu season, which is fast approaching.Flu season kicks off in earnest in October each year, though patients can still be susceptible to certain strains in September, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The CDC said that reported cases tend to increase in November ...

  7. Man Wanted For Promoting Prostitution In Hudson Valley

    Man Wanted For Promoting Prostitution In Hudson Valley

    Have you seen him?Police are seeking the public’s assistance as they attempt to track down a wanted man who was charged with promoting prostitution and failed to appear in court to answer the charges.An alert was issued on Friday by the Ramapo Police Department regarding Hervin Leal-Martinez, who was among six people arrested as part of a bust in Spring Valley in June.Leal-Martinez, 27, ...

  8. Seen Him? Alert Issued For Suspect Wanted For ID Theft

    Seen Him? Alert Issued For Suspect Wanted For ID Theft

    Have you seen him?New York State Police investigators in Middletown are seeking the public’s assistance as they attempt to locate a man wanted for stealing someone’s identity and failing to pay fines related to his arrest.An alert has been issued for Victor Caldwell III, who was arrested on a third-degree identity theft charge after an investigation found that he used another person’s ...

  9. Warning Issued For Aggressive Fox At Large In Area

    Warning Issued For Aggressive Fox At Large In Area

    An aggressive fox that may have rabies that was reported in the area has prompted a warning for residents to be wary of the animal.The Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health said that on Wednesday, Sept. 19, the fox was seen in Rhinebeck on West Market Street near Starr Library. They noted the behavior may suggest the fox has rabies. It remains at large in the ...

  10. Five Teens Charged In Burglary At Facility For Troubled Youths In Hudson Valley

    Five Teens Charged In Burglary At Facility For Troubled Youths In Hudson Valley

    A New York State Police investigation led to the arrests of five teenagers who allegedly stole electronics and other items while living in a facility for troubled youths in the Hudson Valley.Investigators were dispatched to the Berkshire Farm Center in Canaan on Sept. 10, where there was a report of a burglary that had taken place overnight. Police said that the initial investigation ...

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