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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. Week-Long Ramp Closures Scheduled For I-684, I-84 In Putnam

    Week-Long Ramp Closures Scheduled For I-684, I-84 In Putnam

    There will be overnight ramp closures on I-84 and I-684 for nearly a week as crews continue a pavement construction project in the area.The New York State Department of Transportation announced that beginning on Monday, Aug. 6, there will be overnight closures of ramps on the interstates in Southeast. The closures are expected to last until Friday, Aug. 10.From 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on ...

  2. Fox News Host Apologizes To Country Club In Hudson Valley Over Seating

    Fox News Host Apologizes To Country Club In Hudson Valley Over Seating

    A Fox News host took to Twitter this week to complain about a prominent Westchester country club allegedly not allowing her or her family to get a table, though she's now backing down her stance.Melissa Francis, the co-anchor on Fox News’ "Outnumbered" and Fox Business Network’s "After the Bell" claimed that her family would not be seated at Siwanoy Country Club in ...

  3. Disturbing 'Suicide Challenge' App Aimed At Teens Sparks Warning

    Disturbing 'Suicide Challenge' App Aimed At Teens Sparks Warning

    A suicide “game” involving a person dubbed “Momo" targeting teens on a prominent messaging app is sparking concern.“Momo” has become a viral challenge that asks people to add a contact on the WhatsApp app, and they are then encouraged to commit self-harm or suicide. The “game” has spread nationwide.According to Fox News, police in Mexico say that “Momo” started in a Facebook group, ...

  4. Rally Held For Dad Who Lived In Area 18 Years Before Deportation

    Rally Held For Dad Who Lived In Area 18 Years Before Deportation

    A rally was held and thousands of dollars raised for the family of a man who lived in Westchester for nearly two decades before he was taken by ICE agents and deported.Dozens of Westchester residents gathered on Monday in White Plains for Cristobal Paute, who illegally emigrated to the country with his parents 18 years ago from Ecuador. He was deported over the weekend after being ...

  5. Man Faces Felony Charge After Punching Woman On I-287 With Child In Car, Police Say

    Man Faces Felony Charge After Punching Woman On I-287 With Child In Car, Police Say

    A verbal dispute inside a car on I-287 in Westchester turned physical when a man allegedly struck his female passenger in front of a child, police said.State Police troopers were dispatched to a stretch of the interstate in Harrison at approximately 7:45 p.m. on Monday, July 23, where there was a reported domestic dispute.Police said that the investigation into the incident determined ...

  6. Alert Issued For NYSEG Phone Scam

    Alert Issued For NYSEG Phone Scam

    The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is cautioning area residents to be wary of a NYSEG “Green Dot Money Paks” phone scam that makes the rounds annually each summer.For several years, during the dog days of summer, local businesses in Putnam County have reportedly received phone calls from scammers who claim to be representatives from NYSEG. The fraudster tells the caller that the ...

  7. Suspect Nabbed After Claiming To Have Gun In Danbury Rite Aid Robbery

    Suspect Nabbed After Claiming To Have Gun In Danbury Rite Aid Robbery

    A self-described drug addict is facing a host of charges after allegedly threatening a Danbury pharmacist with a gun to get amphetamines.Thomas James Redmond, 22, was arrested on Sunday, July 29, Danbury Police Det. Lt. Mark Williams announced this week, following a brief investigation to an alleged robbery at Rite Aid on Mill Plain Road.Police said that Redmond, a Ridgefield resident, ...

  8. Seen Him? Alert Issued For Man At Large After Fleeing From Police In Putnam

    Seen Him? Alert Issued For Man At Large After Fleeing From Police In Putnam

    Know him? New York State Police investigators are seeking the public’s assistance as they attempt to track down a suspect wanted for tampering with evidence, escaping and resisting arrest earlier this month in Putnam County.Police said that Tariq Yacub is wanted by the Town of Southeast Court after he fled from troopers on I-84 on July 9. Yacub also has a warrant out for his arrest in ...

  9. Videos: Great White Caught Off RI Coast During 'Shark Week'

    Videos: Great White Caught Off RI Coast During 'Shark Week'

    "Shark Week" took a very real turn for a fisherman in Rhode Island.A 6-foot great white was captured at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Sunday by a fisherman off the coast of Rhode Island, according to a social media post by Michael Lorello. The shark was corraled approximately three-quarters of a mile off Miquamicut Beach.Lorello posted pictures of the shark on Facebook, showing ...

  10. Backlash After 7-Year-Old's Lemonade Stand Shut Down By State Health Department

    Backlash After 7-Year-Old's Lemonade Stand Shut Down By State Health Department

    A second-grader's lemonade stand proved to be too much competition for some vendors at a popular upstate event.Brendan Mulvaney, who ran a lemonade stand at his home in Ballston Spa near the Saratoga County Fair, had it shut down by state officials, citing that he needed a permit to operate the stand.The sudden shutdown came after vendors at the fair reportedly complained to a member of ...

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