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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. Videos Released Of Fights That Led To Assault Charges For Two Firefighters In Westchester

    Videos Released Of Fights That Led To Assault Charges For Two Firefighters In Westchester

    Videos have been released of fights which left several people injured this past summer and resulted in criminal charges for a pair of firefighters in Westchester.The first video was taken inside Rory Dolan’s Restaurant and Bar on McLean Avenue at approximately 2 a.m. on June 11. The video shows the firefighters - later identified as Lt. Christopher Mitchell and firefighter Bogdin ...

  2. Ex-Cuomo Aide From South Salem Sentenced For Taking $300K In Bribes

    Ex-Cuomo Aide From South Salem Sentenced For Taking $300K In Bribes

    A former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo who lives in Northern Westchester and was convicted of accepting $300,000 in bribes from an energy company and developer has been sentenced.Joseph Percoco, a South Salem resident, was sentenced to six years in prison in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday afternoon.The 49-year-old Percoco has been ordered to surrender himself into ...

  3. Two Brewster Residents Charged With DWI In State Police Stops

    Two Brewster Residents Charged With DWI In State Police Stops

    More than two dozen motorists were busted by New York State Police troopers recently as law enforcement agencies in the Hudson Valley continue a nationwide crackdown on drunk, drugged and distracted driving.Among the local motorists charged include: Westchester CountyOn Saturday, Sept. 15, State Police from Cortlandt arrested Luis V. Barreto Angamarca, 26, of Peekskill, for DWI. He was ...

  4. Former Officer Convicted In Killing Outside Hudson Valley Deli Gets Parole

    Former Officer Convicted In Killing Outside Hudson Valley Deli Gets Parole

    A 53-year-old former officer who was convicted of killing a man over a parking spot more than two decades ago in Westchester has been granted parole.Off-duty NYPD transit officer Richard DiGuglielmo was involved in an altercation with his victim, Charlie Campbell, in Dobbs Ferry in October 1996 when Campbell parked in the “patrons only” section of DiGuglielmo’s father’s deli before ...

  5. Seen Her? Woman Wanted Following Incident In Hudson Valley

    Seen Her? Woman Wanted Following Incident In Hudson Valley

    Have you seen her?New York State Police investigators are seeking the public’s assistance as they attempt to locate a woman wanted by the Village of Ossining Court dating back to her 2006 arrest for attempting to smuggle drugs into the Sing Sing Correctional Facility.Viera is wanted on charges that include the introduction of contraband to prisoners, bail jumping and unlawful possession ...

  6. Man Admits To Using Forged ID At Four Hudson Valley Banks In One Day

    Man Admits To Using Forged ID At Four Hudson Valley Banks In One Day

    A 55-year-old convicted felon who attempted to steal a Connecticut man’s identity at multiple Westchester County banks has admitted to his crimes.Jose Cabrera has pleaded guilty to one count of criminal possession of a forged instrument, a felony, after he went to banks in Mount Vernon, Yonkers, Ossining and Thornwood with a forged Connecticut driver’s license and attempted to take out ...

  7. 'Sexually Violent' Former Kung Fu Instructor Reports Move To Putnam

    'Sexually Violent' Former Kung Fu Instructor Reports Move To Putnam

    A registered "sexually violent" offender convicted of sexually abusing four young girls while he was a kung fu instructor in Northern Westchester has reported a move into Putnam County.The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services issued an alert this week to Westchester and Putnam residents regarding the residency of 75-year-old Frank DeMaria, who has moved from ...

  8. 'Explosion-Type Sounds' Reported Near Busy Croton-On-Hudson Ice Cream Shop

    'Explosion-Type Sounds' Reported Near Busy Croton-On-Hudson Ice Cream Shop

    All hands were on deck after a report of “explosion-type sounds” near a popular Westchester ice cream shop.The Croton-on-Hudson Fire Department received reports of unknown explosion-type sounds near The Blue Pig on Maple Street on Tuesday night, prompting a full department response from firefighters.Officials said that there were multiple reports of similar occurrences recently in the ...

  9. FBI Holding Information Session For Those Interested In Becoming Special Agents

    FBI Holding Information Session For Those Interested In Becoming Special Agents

    Think you have what it takes to be a special agent in the FBI? The FBI in New York is recruiting interested parties from all backgrounds to join the organization as a special agent.Representatives from the FBI will be on hand from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21 in Marillac Hall at St. John’s University on Utopia Parkway in Queens. The free information session will cover all ...

  10. Four Suspected Drug Dealers Face Felony Charges After Stop In Area

    Four Suspected Drug Dealers Face Felony Charges After Stop In Area

    A late-night traffic stop on I-87 in Orange County over the weekend led to the arrest of four alleged drug dealers who were allegedly in possession of methamphetamine, MDMA, heroin and other drugs they allegedly planned to distribute.Troopers stopped 18-year-old Fort Plain resident Shaiann Bouck at approximately 9:50 p.m. on I-87 in Woodbury, when she committed a vehicle and traffic ...

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