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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. Seen Her? Alert Issued For Missing Area Teen

    Seen Her? Alert Issued For Missing Area Teen

    Have you seen her?Officials in the Hudson Valley are attempting to locate a teenager who has been missing for more than two months.The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services issued an alert for 15-year-old Desiarree Gairy, who was reported missing in Poughkeepsie on June 11. Officials said that she has been known to travel to Newburgh and Albany.Gairy was described as a ...

  2. 'I’ll Be Back,' Hudson Valley Native, Ousted Radio Host Craig Carton Says

    'I’ll Be Back,' Hudson Valley Native, Ousted Radio Host Craig Carton Says

    Westchester native and WFAN sports talk personality Craig Carton vehemently denied that he was engaged in an alleged Ponzi scheme tied to a fake ticket scam during his first radio appearance nearly a year after he was charged in federal court.The 48-year-old Carton, who grew up in New Rochelle, has been charged with wire fraud, securities fraud and conspiracy for his role in the scheme, ...

  3. Trump Family's Biggest Legal Threat From SDNY Prosecutors, Not Mueller, Experts Say

    Trump Family's Biggest Legal Threat From SDNY Prosecutors, Not Mueller, Experts Say

    Prosecutors from the Southern District of New York are set to take the Trump organization to task for various offenses, according to legal experts and multiple reports.In the past week, the Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) has accepted a guilty plea from President Donald Trump's former longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, and ...

  4. Defense Fund For Woman Accused Of Bringing Loaded Gun To Area School Moving Slowly

    Defense Fund For Woman Accused Of Bringing Loaded Gun To Area School Moving Slowly

    The defense fund for a former teacher’s aide who brought a gun into a Rockland County school is making slow progress.The father of Warwick resident Gillian Jeffords, a former teacher’s aide at the Jesse J. Kaplan School in West Nyack, started a GoFundMe page for his daughter in May, after she was arrested for bringing a gun to the BOCES school. In three months, it has raised just $2,745 ...

  5. Random Drug Tests For School Bus Drivers Under New State Law

    Random Drug Tests For School Bus Drivers Under New State Law

    School bus drivers in New York will soon be subjected to random drug and alcohol tests following the passage of new legislature.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill that will crack down on potentially impaired school bus drivers, requiring them all to submit to random testing throughout the year. The law, which was signed by Cuomo last week, will take effect in 120 days. It will ...

  6. Felony DWI Charge For Carmel Man Driving With Suspended License

    Felony DWI Charge For Carmel Man Driving With Suspended License

    New York State Police troopers busted a man from Putnam County for his third DWI during a stop on Route 202 in Somers.Troopers stopped Carmel resident George Gojcaj, 45, at approximately 11:35 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29, after he made a violation while driving on Route 202. Police said that further investigation determined that Gojcaj was driving while under the influence of alcohol, ...

  7. Man Who Hit Cars After Leaving Bar Faces DUI Charge

    Man Who Hit Cars After Leaving Bar Faces DUI Charge

    After drinking at a Fairfield County country club, a man who was caught walking into multiple cars on the way to his own, then driving into several others, was arrested for a DUI, police said.Officers from the Westport Police Department were dispatched to the Longshore Country Club at approximately 8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26, where there was a report of a vehicle that had struck several ...

  8. Know Them? Police Seek To ID Suspects In Theft At Whole Foods

    Know Them? Police Seek To ID Suspects In Theft At Whole Foods

    Do you know them?Police investigators in Westport are attempting to track down two suspects who were implicated in a larceny case at Whole Foods on Post Road West in Fairfield County.The Westport Police Department released photos of two people who were allegedly involved in stealing a wallet from a woman’s purse at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 16. Following the alleged theft, several ...

  9. Flyers Posted About Ex-Hudson Valley Teacher Busted For Abusing Students

    Flyers Posted About Ex-Hudson Valley Teacher Busted For Abusing Students

    The former Westchester high school drama teacher who was forced to resign in shame and register as a sex offender for abusing students is back in the news as the 2018-19 school year starts.Flyers have sprung up around Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua lambasting the school district and former Horace Greeley High School educator Christopher Schraufnagel, who was assigned the ...

  10. New Black Bear Sighting Reported In Northern Westchester

    New Black Bear Sighting Reported In Northern Westchester

    An advisory has been issued by police in Northern Westchester following the latest black bear sighting in the area.The New Castle Police Department issued an alert on Friday afternoon, cautioning that a black bear was spotted walking along Campfire Road, Millwood Road and Hardscrabble Road. It was last seen in the wooded area of Gedney Park. Police said that local residents should be ...

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