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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. Seen Him? Hudson Valley 15-Year-Old Has Been Missing Since Fall

    Seen Him? Hudson Valley 15-Year-Old Has Been Missing Since Fall

    State officials are seeking the public’s assistance as they search for a Hudson Valley teenager who has been missing for more than three months.The New York State Department of Public Safety issued an alert regarding Keener Mendez-Esteban, 15, who was last seen on Oct. 28 last year in Kingston, wearing black pants and a black coat.Officials said that Mendez-Esteban is fluent in Spanish ...

  2. Westchester Man Arraigned In Connection To Fatal Armed Robbery

    Westchester Man Arraigned In Connection To Fatal Armed Robbery

    A 31-year-old Westchester man is facing a murder charge for his role in the fatal shooting of a 30-year-old Yonkers resident late last year.Charles Burks of Yonkers was arraigned this week on a murder charge following an investigation into the shooting death of Dymere Graham on Dec. 7 last year, according to the Westchester County District Attorney’s office.According to officials, Burks ...

  3. Seen Him? Hudson Valley Man Has Been Missing More Than A Year

    Seen Him? Hudson Valley Man Has Been Missing More Than A Year

    Health officials in the Hudson Valley are seeking the public’s help as they seek a missing mentally handicapped man who was last seen in Rockland County more than a year ago.The New York State Office of Public Safety issued an alert on Monday regarding 36-year-old Adrian Gokaj, who was last seen near Dunnigan Drive in Pomona on April 15, 2016.According to officials, Gokaj suffers from ...

  4. One Of 10 Crashes Caused By Drowsy Drivers, Study Finds

    One Of 10 Crashes Caused By Drowsy Drivers, Study Finds

    A recently released research study by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has revealed that drowsiness is one of the most prevalent causes that lead to crashes.“The most in-depth drowsy driving research ever conducted in the U.S. using footage of everyday drivers found that the percentage of crashes involving drowsiness is nearly eight times higher than federal estimates indicate,” ...

  5. Ex-Westchester Schools Director Heads To Federal Prison For Bribery Scheme

    Ex-Westchester Schools Director Heads To Federal Prison For Bribery Scheme

    A former New Rochelle Schools Director who was implicated in a corruption scheme is heading to federal prison following sentencing at the United States Courthouse in White Plains.Last year, John Gallagher Jr. pleaded guilty to bribery for his role in a four-year corruption scheme while he was an independent contractor working with the New Rochelle School District. He faced up to four ...

  6. Actor, Activists Rally Outside Trial Of Ex-Cuomo Aide From Westchester

    Actor, Activists Rally Outside Trial Of Ex-Cuomo Aide From Westchester

    A group of activists, including actor James Cromwell, rallied outside the courthouse where Westchester resident and former Gov. Andrew Cuomo top aide Joseph Percoco’s corruption trial continues.Last year, Percoco, a South Salem resident, was indicted on corruption charges that allege he accepted more than $300,000 in bribes to benefit Competitive Power Ventures, an energy company that ...

  7. Driver In Wrong Way Westchester Crash Charged With Assault

    Driver In Wrong Way Westchester Crash Charged With Assault

    The 35-year-old man who injured a family of six after slamming his SUV into their car driving the wrong way on the Bronx River Parkway last week has been arraigned as he continues to recover from his own injuries sustained in the crash.Manhattan resident Diego Caceres was charged with assault at his bedside arraignment at Westchester Medical Center on Tuesday morning. He was later ...

  8. Police: 15 Bottles Of Wine, Jewelry Box Stolen In Westchester Home Burglary

    Police: 15 Bottles Of Wine, Jewelry Box Stolen In Westchester Home Burglary

    Detectives in Scarsdale are investigating an incident that saw a village home broken into while the homeowners were away on vacations, police said.Officers were dispatched to a Bradley Road home at approximately 6 p.m. on Feb. 7, where there was a report of a burglary that had happened in the past. Upon arrival at the residence, officers determined there was no one in the home and were ...

  9. Police: Golf Club Used To Break Mount Kisco Car Window, Steal Property

    Police: Golf Club Used To Break Mount Kisco Car Window, Steal Property

    Westchester County Police detectives are investigating the theft of various items from locked cars after a suspect smashed windows with a golf club in front of a Mount Kisco group home.An employee at the group home reported to county police on Tuesday, Feb. 6, alleging that someone had smashed his car window while it was parked overnight on West Street. Police said that the suspect made ...

  10. Seen Him? Hudson Valley Fraud Suspect With 26 Fake Credit Cards At Large

    Seen Him? Hudson Valley Fraud Suspect With 26 Fake Credit Cards At Large

    Investigators with the New York State Police in Orange County are seeking the public’s assistance as they search for a man who is wanted after being busted with more than two dozen fraudulent credit cards.An alert was issued for 26-year-old Fernando Pile, Jr., who is wanted on charges that include unlawful possession of a skimmer device, second-degree forgery and possession of a forged ...

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