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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. Suspect Sentenced After Admitting To Stealing Cars From Westchester Dealerships

    Suspect Sentenced After Admitting To Stealing Cars From Westchester Dealerships

    A felon is facing up to seven years in prison after admitting to stealing three cars from Westchester County auto dealerships by stealing peoples' identities.New York City resident Milton Alequin, 23, has been sentenced as a second felony offender to a term of three and a half to seven years in prison following a guilty plea to grand larceny in June. He must also pay the dealerships ...

  2. Specially Equipped $60K Handicapped Accessible Van Stolen From Area Home, Report Says

    Specially Equipped $60K Handicapped Accessible Van Stolen From Area Home, Report Says

    A Putnam County man with cerebral palsy is hoping to be reunited with his specially equipped, handicapped accessible van after it was stolen from his driveway in Brewster, according to ABC7.The van was stolen from their driveway in Brewster on Thursday, according to the report, throwing their daily routine into disarray, causing distress to both Ryan Gotto and his single mother, ...

  3. Westchester Resident Among Six Charged In Cell Phone Fraud Scheme

    Westchester Resident Among Six Charged In Cell Phone Fraud Scheme

    Six men, including a Westchester resident, were charged in White Plains Federal Court with allegedly stealing nearly a million dollars worth of cell phones through an elaborate scheme.Geoffrey Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and members of the United States Secret Service announced that six men and their associates “allegedly engaged in a scheme ...

  4. Veteran Police Officer In Westchester Dies From 9/11 Related Illness

    Veteran Police Officer In Westchester Dies From 9/11 Related Illness

    A longtime police officer in Westchester County has died as a result of a 9/11 related illness.New Rochelle Deputy Police Commissioner Robert Gazzola announced that on Thursday, Aug. 16, Police Officer Kathleen O’Connor, a 20-year veteran of the force, died following a “long and courageous battle."O’Connor began her career in New Rochelle in January 1998 and was most recently ...

  5. To The Rescue: Police Officers Help Corral Loose Iguana In Westchester

    To The Rescue: Police Officers Help Corral Loose Iguana In Westchester

    Jurassic Park came to Westchester on Thursday afternoon.Police officers from the 3rd Precinct in Yonkers were flagged by a local resident on Thursday afternoon, when an iguana was spotted and was on the loose in the area.The officers were able to corral the “not-so-little” reptile, and snapped some photos. The iguana was unharmed during the rescue mission, and was ultimately taken in by ...

  6. Croton Fire Department Overhauls Finance Committee Amid Inconsistencies

    Croton Fire Department Overhauls Finance Committee Amid Inconsistencies

    Financial inconsistencies led to an overhaul within the Croton-on-Hudson Fire Council Audit Committee.Earlier this year, officials became aware of the improprieties, who then alerted the Village Manager, Mayor and Deputy Mayor, who “notified the proper authorities.” The inconsistencies led to a complete overhaul of the Council’s operations.“As you can imagine, what has ensued has been ...

  7. Man Rushed To Hospital After Shooting In Westchester

    Man Rushed To Hospital After Shooting In Westchester

    Police are investigating an apparent drive-by shooting in Westchester that sent a man to the hospital.A man was shot on South 2nd Avenue in Mount Vernon on Friday morning and transported to the Jacobi Medical Center, officials confirmed. According to a News12 report, he was sitting on the porch at the time of the shooting.The shooting remains under investigation. No other information ...

  8. Northern Westchester Man Facing Charges For Running Rent Scam On Immigrants

    Northern Westchester Man Facing Charges For Running Rent Scam On Immigrants

    A 43-year-old man is facing a series of felony charges for allegedly engaging in a rent scam targeting the immigrant community in Northern Westchester.Jeffrey Pena of Thornwood surrendered himself into police custody on Thursday, and has been arraigned on eight felony counts in a scheme to defraud immigrants in the area.Pena allegedly posted hand-written flyers in local businesses and ...

  9. Erratic Driver, Vandalized Car, Top Mount Kisco Police Blotter

    Erratic Driver, Vandalized Car, Top Mount Kisco Police Blotter

    A Mount Kisco man was arrested this week after allegedly speeding, driving erratically and nearly striking a mother and daughter.Zackary Frey, 27, was charged with reckless driving and speeding on Wednesday morning after a woman reported that she and her daughter were walking in a Stewart Place parking lot when he nearly hit them.Frey was released on his own recognizance after being ...

  10. Westchester Beaches May Be Impacted After Raw Sewage Was Discharged Into Croton River

    Westchester Beaches May Be Impacted After Raw Sewage Was Discharged Into Croton River

    There may have been an environmental impact to beaches in Cortlandt after more than 50,000 gallons of untreated sewage were dumped into the Croton River on Wednesday in Ossining.Officials in Croton-on-Hudson sent an email to local residents on Thursday afternoon, alerting that an estimated 57,000 gallons of sewage into the river. The spill was first reported at approximately 12:45 p.m. ...

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