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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. Teen Faces Life Sentence After Admitting To Shooting Police Officer In Westchester

    Teen Faces Life Sentence After Admitting To Shooting Police Officer In Westchester

    A Westchester teenager is facing life in prison after pleading guilty to shooting a Yonkers police officer last year and to his involvement in a separate New Rochelle shooting.New Rochelle resident Frank Valencia, 19, has pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted aggravated murder and one count of criminal possession of a weapon for his involvement in a standoff involving Officer Kayla ...

  2. Former Priest In Northern Westchester Charged With Inappropriate Behavior With 10-Year-Old Girl

    Former Priest In Northern Westchester Charged With Inappropriate Behavior With 10-Year-Old Girl

    A Westchester County priest has been charged with allegedly engaging in inappropriate behavior with a minor.Thomas Kreiser has surrendered himself to police and was arraigned in Bronxville Village Court this week for allegedly sexually abusing a 10-year-old child.Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr., announced that on Sept. 20, Kreiser allegedly engaged in touching ...

  3. Woman, Man Charged With Dumping Dead Body In Duffel Bag Outside Bank In Westchester

    Woman, Man Charged With Dumping Dead Body In Duffel Bag Outside Bank In Westchester

    A woman and man have been identified as suspects who allegedly dumped the body of a murdered man in a duffel bag outside a bank in Westchester.Members of the Yonkers Police Department responded to the Wells Fargo Bank on Odell Avenue shortly after noon on Monday, Nov. 19, where there was a report of a suspicious bag. Inside the bag, they found the intact body of Deshawn Cortez-Seaborne, ...

  4. State Announces Record $174M Settlement With Spectrum: Free HBO Or Showtime, Too

    State Announces Record $174M Settlement With Spectrum: Free HBO Or Showtime, Too

    "The Wire," "Game of Thrones," "Billions," and "Ray Donovan" may be coming to your television, free of charge.Charter Communications and Spectrum Management has agreed to a record-setting $174 million consumer fraud settlement with New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood for defrauding Internet subscribers.The settlement comes following a lawsuit that was filed last year ...

  5. Trump Foundation Will Close After Being Accused Of 'Shocking Pattern Of Illegality' By State AG

    Trump Foundation Will Close After Being Accused Of 'Shocking Pattern Of Illegality' By State AG

    President Donald Trump has agreed to shut down his personal charity as he battles allegations that he and his family used it for personal benefit, Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced on Tuesday.A lawsuit against the foundation will move forward, Underwood said.The Donald J. Trump Foundation will be dissolved, and its remaining funds will be given away, Underwood announced on ...

  6. Police Investigate Suspicious Auto Break-In Suspect In Northern Westchester

    Police Investigate Suspicious Auto Break-In Suspect In Northern Westchester

    Police were called to investigate a suspicious man who entered a parked car in a local driveway.The North Castle Police Department received a report shortly before 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from a Hissarlik Way resident who reported an older model SUV had just driven in his driveway. Police said the caller stated that a man got out of the SUV and opened the door to his car in ...

  7. Vote Now: Is It A Fox Or Coyote Roaming Around Westchester Backyards?

    Vote Now: Is It A Fox Or Coyote Roaming Around Westchester Backyards?

    Is a fox or coyote the furry, four-legged new friend who has been making the rounds in backyards of residences in southern Westchester?The Tuckahoe Police Department issued an alert late last week, when what was described as "a large coyote or fox" was spotted in several backyards on Dante Avenue and Bella Vista Street, causing concern for some local residents.The photos and ...

  8. Court Rules To Allow Westchester City To 'Tax Tech Giants'

    Court Rules To Allow Westchester City To 'Tax Tech Giants'

    T-Mobile has been ordered to pay property taxes on large cellular data transmission installations in a Westchester City, creating a new revenue stream.Chief Judge Janet DiFiore unanimously affirmed a decision by the New York Court of Appeals, which found that certain equipment such as cell towers are taxable in Mount Vernon. The decision will force T-Mobile to pay property taxes on ...

  9. Cuomo Says He'll Push To Legalize Marijuana For Recreational Use

    Cuomo Says He'll Push To Legalize Marijuana For Recreational Use

    New York is going to get a little greener if Gov. Andrew Cuomo has his wish.Cuomo announced that legalizing the adult use of marijuana is near the top of his legislative priorities in 2019during a speech in Manhattan Monday, previewing his January annual State of the State address. He also vowed to pass the Child Victim’s Act, strengthen gun laws and re-evaluating the current cash ...

  10. Most On Record: Here's What Percentage Of Americans Will Travel This Holiday Season

    Most On Record: Here's What Percentage Of Americans Will Travel This Holiday Season

    Planning on traveling for the holidays? You won’t be alone.Fresh on the heels of one of the busiest Thanksgiving travel seasons, Americans getting ready to go on the move for the Christmas and New Year holidays. AAA estimates that a record-breaking 112.5 million travelers - more than a third of all Americans - are expected to visit family and friends for the holiday.“’Tis the season for ...

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