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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. Hudson Valley Woman Pleads Not Guilty In Death Of 2-Year-Old Daughter

    Hudson Valley Woman Pleads Not Guilty In Death Of 2-Year-Old Daughter

    The 29-year-old Westchester mother who allegedly killed her 2-year-old daughter and attempted to stab two police officers providing her aid has been arraigned on a murder charge.Mamaroneck resident Cynthia Arce was in Westchester County Court on Tuesday for her arraignment, where she was charged with one count of second-degree murder, for the death of her toddler daughter, Gabriella ...

  2. Level 3 Sex Offender Makes Move In Area

    Level 3 Sex Offender Makes Move In Area

    A registered sexual offender convicted of sodomizing a teenage girl has reported a move into Dutchess County.The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services issued an alert this week to Dutchess residents regarding the residency of 58-year-old Alexander Carr, who has reported an address change to an apartment on North Hamilton Street in Poughkeepsie.The Division of Criminal ...

  3. Purdys Man Sentenced To Decades In Prison For Multiple Sex Crimes

    Purdys Man Sentenced To Decades In Prison For Multiple Sex Crimes

    A 27-year-old man has been sentenced to decades behind bars for sexually assaulting a sleeping woman and a teenager in Northern Westchester.Ronal Danilo Sandoval-Campos of Purdys has been sentenced to 30 years in state prison after being found guilty on eight counts related to sex crimes dating back to 2016, Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr., announced on ...

  4. Spray-Painted Swastika Found In Westchester

    Spray-Painted Swastika Found In Westchester

    Police worked quickly over the weekend after a swastika was found spray painted on a street sign in Westchester.Officials said the swastika was found over the weekend, and Village of Ardsley Police worked quickly to have the sign taken down and launched an investigation into who spray painted the swastika.The Westchester County Human Rights Commission condemned the vandalism, urging the ...

  5. New Sewage Discharge Could Affect Public Areas

    New Sewage Discharge Could Affect Public Areas

    The latest batch of storms to hit the Hudson Valley have led to raw sewage being discharged into the Hudson River in Dutchess County.The Poughkeepsie Water Control Plant issued its latest alert on Tuesday, when an undisclosed amount of untreated waste was spilled into the Hudson River near Rinaldi Boulevard.The intermittent discharges were first reported at approximately 1 a.m. on ...

  6. Alleged Drug Dealer Nabbed During Police Response To Domestic Incident In Mercedes-Benz

    Alleged Drug Dealer Nabbed During Police Response To Domestic Incident In Mercedes-Benz

    A domestic dispute between two parties inside a parked Mercedes-Benz led to drug charges for a Dutchess County man who was found in possession of crack cocaine, heroin and other drugs that were being prepared for distribution.New York State Police troopers responded to Orchard Street in Poughkeepsie shortly before 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, to assist officers from the City of ...

  7. Woman Asleep In Car After Route 202 Crash Charged With DWI, Police Say

    Woman Asleep In Car After Route 202 Crash Charged With DWI, Police Say

    A woman fell asleep behind the wheel of her car after allegedly drinking, driving, and crashing into a guardrail in Northern Westchester, police said.Members of the Yorktown Police Department were dispatched to a stretch of Crompond Road (Route 202) at approximately 6 a.m. on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 11, where there was a report of a vehicle that was stopped in the roadway. It was ...

  8. Peekskill Drug Trafficker Gets 11-Year Sentence

    Peekskill Drug Trafficker Gets 11-Year Sentence

    A drug trafficker who operated out of a Northern Westchester housing project for years has been sentenced to more than a decade behind bars.Edward Holliman has been sentenced to 135 months in prison for conspiring to distribute crack cocaine in Peekskill between 2013 and 2017 after pleading guilty on April 24. He must also forfeit $30,000 and will be subjected to five years of ...

  9. DWI Suspect Becomes Combative, Threatens To Kill Police In Westchester

    DWI Suspect Becomes Combative, Threatens To Kill Police In Westchester

    It took a veritable army of police officers to take a belligerent man into custody who later threatened to kill officers and urinated on his cell floor following his arrest for DWI in Westchester.A member of the Scarsdale Police Department was driving on Post Road at approximately 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, when he spotted a Honda Pilot stopped at a red light. When the light ...

  10. Man Admits To Fatal Road-Rage Stabbing On Taconic

    Man Admits To Fatal Road-Rage Stabbing On Taconic

    A 22-year-old man has pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing another motorist during a road rage incident on the Taconic State Parkway in Northern Westchester.Pleasant Valley resident Christian Walcyzk has pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the stabbing death in May last year of Daniel Siino, a 28-year-old father who lived in Hartsdale. Before the plea, he was facing charges that also ...

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