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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. New Poughkeepsie Sewage Discharge Could Affect Public Areas

    New Poughkeepsie 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 the area for the fifth time in less than a week.The Poughkeepsie Water Control Plant issued its latest alert on Wednesday, when an undisclosed amount of untreated waste was spilled into the Hudson River near Rinaldi Boulevard.The intermittent discharges were first ...

  2. New Rankings: These Hudson Valley High Schools Among Best In State

    New Rankings: These Hudson Valley High Schools Among Best In State

    Related story: These Hudson Valley School Districts Among Best In StateIt’s no secret that the Hudson Valley is home to some of the nation’s finest schoolsBut which high schools in New York are at the top the list?On Wednesday, Niche released its 2019 rankings, which are “based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the ...

  3. Orange County Sewage Discharge Could Impact Public Areas

    Orange County Sewage Discharge Could Impact Public Areas

    Thousands of gallons of raw sewage was discharged into the Hudson River on Wednesday morning, amid poor weather conditions in Newburgh.The Newburgh Water Department issued an alert at approximately 10 a.m. on Wednesday, cautioning that over a 24-hour stretch, an estimated 5,000 gallons of untreated waste was dumped into the Hudson River near Renwick Street each minute.Officials said ...

  4. Know Her? Police Seek To ID Suspect In Donation Box Theft

    Know Her? Police Seek To ID Suspect In Donation Box Theft

    Do you know her?Police in Bethel are seeking the public’s assistance as they attempt to track down a suspect who allegedly stole money from a donation box at a local gas station.Investigators from the Bethel Police Department released surveillance photos of a woman who robbed the donation box at Wheels gas station on Stony Hill Road at approximately 10:45 p.m. on July 11.Police said the ...

  5. Woman Busted After Stealing Clothes From Popular Hudson Valley Store

    Woman Busted After Stealing Clothes From Popular Hudson Valley Store

    A woman was caught after allegedly stealing clothes from a popular Scarsdale clothing store and attempting to get away, police said.Members of the Scarsdale Police Department were dispatched to Mixology on Spencer Place on Friday afternoon, where there was a report of a robbery in progress. An employee at the store stated that she saw a woman place clothes into a bag and walk out ...

  6. Fairfield County Attorney Sentenced For Sexually Exploiting Boy, Ordered To Pay $215K

    Fairfield County Attorney Sentenced For Sexually Exploiting Boy, Ordered To Pay $215K

    A former lawyer in the area is heading to prison for sexually exploiting a boy.Shelton resident Peter Kruzynski has been sentenced to 156 months in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, after pleading guilty to one count of enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity. He must also pay his victim $215,000 in restitution.Kruzynski, 51, used his cell phone to text a ...

  7. Teen Surrenders To Police On Charge Of Sex Assault Against A Minor

    Teen Surrenders To Police On Charge Of Sex Assault Against A Minor

    A teenager turned himself into police custody in Fairfield County after earlier being charged with the sexual assault of a minor earlier this year.The Wilton Police Department announced that on Monday, Gaston "Alex" Acosta-Rua surrendered to officers on an arrest warrant that was issued by the Stamford Superior Court for two felony counts of sexual assault.Police said that ...

  8. Wanted Man Busted For Stealing Mail In Area, Police Say

    Wanted Man Busted For Stealing Mail In Area, Police Say

    Police busted a wanted man who allegedly stole mail in Westchester County.Officers from the Yonkers Police Department conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Nepperhan Avenue and Morgan Street shortly after 8:45 p.m. on July 26. During the stop, the officer recognized one of the men in the vehicle, Jamie Guzman, who was wanted in connection to a mail theft and check washing ...

  9. Man Charged With Murdering Woman At Historic Armory In Hudson Valley

    Man Charged With Murdering Woman At Historic Armory In Hudson Valley

    A 28-year-old man is facing a murder charge after a dead body was found in the former historic Armory building on Main Street in New Rochelle.Jose Olmos was arraigned on Monday for murder after the body was found in the driveway of the building on Friday morning. Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr., announced that he appeared in New Rochelle City Court and was ...

  10. Hudson Valley Man Sentenced For Stabbing Ex With An Ice Pick

    Hudson Valley Man Sentenced For Stabbing Ex With An Ice Pick

    A Westchester man is going to spend a decade behind bars after pleading guilty to attempted murder after he stabbed his former girlfriend more than a dozen times with an ice pick in the stomach and chest in Hastings-on-Hudson.Yonkers resident David Rojas, 39, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for second-degree attempted murder, a violent felony, Westchester County District ...

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