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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. Man Who Allegedly Videotaped Galleria Mall Co-Worker Undressing In Fitting Room Indicted

    Man Who Allegedly Videotaped Galleria Mall Co-Worker Undressing In Fitting Room Indicted

    A 28-year-old former employee at a children’s store in the area has been indicted for allegedly filming a co-worker who was undressing in a fitting room.Jose Munoz of Middletown was arraigned on three counts of felony second-degree unlawful surveillance. Munoz pleaded not guilty to the charges on Thursday, Nov. 15 in Orange County Court.The incident took place on Tuesday, Oct. 23 ...

  2. New Principal Named At Seven Bridges Middle School

    New Principal Named At Seven Bridges Middle School

    Following a lengthy nationwide search, the Chappaqua Board of Education has tapped a well-traveled, veteran educator to take over the helm at Seven Bridges Middle School.The Board announced on Thursday, Nov. 15 that Joe Mazza, who it says has 19 years of “rich and meaningful experiences,” will take over as principal at the middle school, effective as of Monday, Dec. 10.According to ...

  3. Man Causes $1.5K In Damage To Vehicle In Road Rage Incident, State Police Say

    Man Causes $1.5K In Damage To Vehicle In Road Rage Incident, State Police Say

    A 55-year-old man allegedly caused more than $1,500 in damage to a car during a road rage incident, state police said.New York State Police troopers in Dutchess County from the Rhinebeck barracks were dispatched to Church Street in Pine Plains on Oct. 24, where there was a report of criminal mischief incident. Troopers said that the victim told investigators that an unknown person ...

  4. Deadly Combination: Teen Driver Plus Teen Passenger Increase Crash Chance 51 Percent, AAA Says

    Deadly Combination: Teen Driver Plus Teen Passenger Increase Crash Chance 51 Percent, AAA Says

    Teenage passengers may be the biggest threat to teenage drivers, according to a recently released report from AAA.Research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that when a teen driver has only teen passengers in their vehicle, the fatality rate for all people involved in a crash increased 51 percent. In comparison, when passengers over the age of 35 ride with a teen driver, ...

  5. Violent Westchester Gang Leader Admits To Conspiracy, Violence

    Violent Westchester Gang Leader Admits To Conspiracy, Violence

    The 40-year-old leader of a prominent Westchester street gang has admitted to his role in recruiting new members, giving out orders to commit violence and dishing out punishment to his own underlings.James Bryant of the Blood Stones Gang has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy, which was accepted in Westchester County Court last week.Bryant was arrested and charged as part of a ...

  6. Ex-Employee From Northern Westchester Refuses To Leave Club Grounds, Police Say

    Ex-Employee From Northern Westchester Refuses To Leave Club Grounds, Police Say

    Despite being told not to step foot at his former employer's grounds, the Greenwich Country Club, a Northern Westchester man toed the line, disobeyed, and is now facing a trespassing charge, according to police.Members from the Greenwich Police Department were dispatched to the club on Doubling Road shortly after 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, where there was a report of a former ...

  7. Inmate Sentenced For Assaulting Officers At Westchester County Jail

    Inmate Sentenced For Assaulting Officers At Westchester County Jail

    An inmate at the Westchester County Jail has been sentenced to prison time after admitting to assaulting a pair of corrections officers in separate incidents in the past year.John Wooten, an inmate at the jail, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault for attacking officers in December last year and in January. Wooten was being held at the jail on a felony criminal mischief charge ...

  8. Convicted Drug Dealer From Northern Westchester Gets 24-Year Sentence

    Convicted Drug Dealer From Northern Westchester Gets 24-Year Sentence

    A convicted felon with six previous convictions is heading back behind bars for selling cocaine throughout Putnam County.Peekskill resident Omar Miles has been sentenced to 24 years in state prison after being found guilty in September of three counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance. He had faced 36 years in prison.While on ...

  9. Genovese Crime Family Member From Westchester Destroys Evidence, Obstructs Justice, Feds Say

    Genovese Crime Family Member From Westchester Destroys Evidence, Obstructs Justice, Feds Say

    A member of the Genevose Crime Family of La Cosa Nostra already charged with the stabbing death of a Westchester man is now facing new charges for destroying evidence and obstructing justice, prosecutors announced.John Tortora Jr., known as "Johnny T," was arrested in August by FBI agents and Yonkers Police in connection with the 1997 death of 29-year-old Richard Ortiz in ...

  10. SUV Driver In Wrong-Way Westchester Crash Involving Family Of Six Faces Multiple Felony Charges

    SUV Driver In Wrong-Way Westchester Crash Involving Family Of Six Faces Multiple Felony Charges

    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 in February has been arraigned in Westchester County Court.Manhattan resident Diego Caceres was arraigned on Wednesday, Nov. 14, stemming from the head-on collision on the parkway in Yonkers that left several people hospitalized.Caceres was indicted by a ...

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