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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. New Underage Drinking Crackdowns Will Target Bars, Restaurants, Stores

    New Underage Drinking Crackdowns Will Target Bars, Restaurants, Stores

    Ad a new crackdown on underage drinking is scheduled to launch this fall.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the New York State Liquor Authority and the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles will be working with local law enforcement agencies to conduct statewide sweeps of locations holding liquor licenses.Bars, restaurants, liquor stores and grocery stores will all be ...

  2. Police Warn Residents Of Scam Involving Internet Transactions

    Police Warn Residents Of Scam Involving Internet Transactions

    A new scam is making the rounds in the area, police are cautioning.The scam has become prevalent involving Internet transactions on platforms such as Craigslist and other similar sites.Police said that the scam takes place when a suspect, posing as a buyer, pays the victim for an item with either a fraudulent or bad check. Before the check can bounce or be discovered as a fake, and ...

  3. Suspected Drug Dealing Trio Nabbed In Area

    Suspected Drug Dealing Trio Nabbed In Area

    An extensive, multi-agency law enforcement investigation led to the apprehension of three alleged drug dealers who were busted with heroin, crack cocaine and cash in Orange County.The Port Jervis Police Department announced the arrests of Sparrow Bush residents Stephanie Reis, 27, Raymond Rivera, 22 and Bronx resident Raquan Brown, 24, who were each caught red-handed with quantities of ...

  4. Eight Dirt Bikers Arrested After Frightening Drivers On, Off I-95 Stretch

    Eight Dirt Bikers Arrested After Frightening Drivers On, Off I-95 Stretch

    As dirt bike, quad and motorcycle riders continue frightening motorists on a stretch of I-95 and other busy Connecticut roads, local law enforcement agencies are cracking down.At least eight dirt bike riders were arrested and a dozen vehicles seized by police in New Haven this week, according to WTNH News 8. The arrests come days after riders blocked traffic and surrounded several ...

  5. Police Save Area OD Victim Three Times In One Day

    Police Save Area OD Victim Three Times In One Day

    Police saved the same Rockland man from three near-fatal overdoses in the span of 24 hours.Officers from the Ramapo Police Department were dispatched to the same local home three times during a 24-hour period on Thursday, where there were separate reports of a medical emergency.Upon arrival, police said that “it was apparent each time that the 35-year-old male resident had overdosed on ...

  6. Violent Hudson Valley Gang Member Admits To Attempted Murders, Conspiracy

    Violent Hudson Valley Gang Member Admits To Attempted Murders, Conspiracy

    A member of a prominent gang in Westchester has admitted to his roles in several attempted murders and violent incidents in an effort to assert his control in a Yonkers neighborhood.Samuel “Benji” Mapp, an alleged member of the Blood Stones Army, has pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder, all felonies, Westchester County District ...

  7. Ex-Comptroller From Area Sentenced For Embezzling $2.5M

    Ex-Comptroller From Area Sentenced For Embezzling $2.5M

    The former comptroller of a pair of prominent Hudson Valley companies is going to spend some time behind bars after stealing millions of dollars from his employer to fund gambling and a lush lifestyle.Mark Cina, the former comptroller of two Poughkeepsie companies, was sentenced to 41 months in prison for mail fraud and tax evasion in White Plains Federal Court. He pleaded guilty to the ...

  8. Northern Westchester Vape Shop Cited For Selling To Underage Youth

    Northern Westchester Vape Shop Cited For Selling To Underage Youth

    A Northern Westchester vape shop was caught selling nicotine to a minor during an undercover operation conducted by county police.Xin Han Lin, 46, an employee at Smoking King in Mount Kisco was busted selling a mango flavored product to an undercover minor on Tuesday, police said. The operation was part of a series of ongoing compliance checks to ensure that businesses are adhering to ...

  9. Fire Risk Leads To Recall Of More Than 200K Nissan Cars, SUVs

    Fire Risk Leads To Recall Of More Than 200K Nissan Cars, SUVs

    Nissan is recalling more than 200,00 vehicles that could get a little too hot to handle.Nissan announced the recall of 215,000 vehicles that may have anti-lock brake problems that may prompt actuator pumps to leak brake fluid onto internal circuit boards, causing fires. The recall is similar to one in 2016.The recall comes after Nissan received a complaint in January about an ...

  10. Former Judge Hired By Archdiocese Of New York To Review Church Sex Abuse Policies

    Former Judge Hired By Archdiocese Of New York To Review Church Sex Abuse Policies

    A former federal judge has been appointed by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York to review its procedures and protocols for handling allegations of sexual abuse following a summer of scandals.Cardinal Timothy Dolan announced on Thursday that Barbara Jones will serve as the church’s Special Counsel and Independent Reviewer. She has been tasked with undertaking “an exhaustive study ...

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