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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. Ex-Westchester Resident, 'Son Of Sam' David Berkowitz Hospitalized

    Ex-Westchester Resident, 'Son Of Sam' David Berkowitz Hospitalized

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - David Berkowitz, the “Son of Sam” murderer who was arrested in Yonkers 40 years ago, is reportedly undergoing emergency surgery to save his life.Berkowitz - who killed six people and shot seven others during the infamous summer of 1976 and was arrested in front of his Yonkers apartment in 1977 - has been transferred to an outside hospital in Albany, away from ...

  2. Goodell Gives Tarrytown Firefighter Battling Cancer Super Bowl Tickets

    Goodell Gives Tarrytown Firefighter Battling Cancer Super Bowl Tickets

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - A Tarrytown firefighter facing a fate scarier than a burning building is going to live out a lifelong dream courtesy of Westchester native and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.Goodell - who hails from Bronxville - surprised firefighter Bill Duggan, who recently received news that he had terminal brain cancer, with tickets to Super Bowl 52, which will be played ...

  3. Victims Of Northern Westchester Priest Get $250K Each From Archdiocese

    Victims Of Northern Westchester Priest Get $250K Each From Archdiocese

    Three Hudson Valley men abused by a Croton-on-Hudson Catholic priest decades ago will receive $250,000 each in compensation from the New York Archdiocese.Three men filed claims earlier this year, stating that Gennaro “Jerry” Gentile, who worked as a priest for nine Hudson Valley parishes over the span of several decades before being removed from the ministry in 2002, molested them ...

  4. Three Charged In Massive Cocaine, Heroin Bust In Westchester

    Three Charged In Massive Cocaine, Heroin Bust In Westchester

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - A trio was busted with more than a dozen kilograms of cocaine and nearly 20,000 envelopes of heroin in a Yonkers house.Joon Kim, the acting United States District Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced the arrests of Ansley Estrella, Ronald Leon and Luis Oscar Reyes this week, after they were busted “with conspiracy to distribute and possess ...

  5. Westchester Woman Alleges Rape By Cop/Husband In Lawsuit

    Westchester Woman Alleges Rape By Cop/Husband In Lawsuit

    A Westchester woman is suing the city and the Yonkers Police Department claiming she was raped by her former husband - an officer with the department - and falsely arrested, according to a lohud report.Marlaina Koller-Gurgigno of Yonkers is claiming that she was the victim of domestic violence at the hands of her estranged husband, Vincent Gurgigno, Jr. and that the police were aware, ...

  6. Unconscious Woman Trapped Inside Car After Taconic Crash Rescued

    Unconscious Woman Trapped Inside Car After Taconic Crash Rescued

    First responders took less than 15 minutes to rescue an unconscious driver who required extraction from her car after driving into a tree on the Taconic Parkway in Yorktown.Members of the Yorktown Heights Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to a stretch of the parkway shortly before 1 p.m. on Monday afternoon following reports of a Honda that had driven off the road and into a ...

  7. $10K Northern Westchester Jewelry Store Theft Under Investigation

    $10K Northern Westchester Jewelry Store Theft Under Investigation

    Westchester County Police are investigating a pair that posed as a couple in Mount Kisco and stole nearly $10,000 in jewelry.An employee of a jewelry business on South Moger Avenue reported to County Police on Monday, Dec. 4 that a man and woman posing as customers had stolen several items from the store.Police said that the duo stole two bracelets studded with diamonds and rubies, a ...

  8. I-84 Stop Results In DWI, Drug Charges For Duo

    I-84 Stop Results In DWI, Drug Charges For Duo

    A routine traffic stop of a drunken driver led to drug charges for his passenger in Putnam County after he threatened state police over the weekend.New York State Police troopers conducted a traffic stop at 2:15 a.m. Saturday after spotting 35-year-old Noval Baez of Danbury make vehicle and traffic violations while driving on I-84 in Southeast.During the stop, troopers said that Baez ...

  9. Jewelry Store Break-In Under Investigation In Westchester, Report Says

    Jewelry Store Break-In Under Investigation In Westchester, Report Says

    Thieves reportedly took elaborate steps to break into a Port Chester jewelry store early on Monday morning.Triple J Jewelry was broken into at approximately 5 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 11, according to a News12 report. The thieves allegedly made off with hoop earrings and diamond necklaces.According to the report, the owner was alerted to an alarm that went off in the store, after the ...

  10. Save The Dates: Here Are Gridlock Alert Days For Rest Of Holiday Season

    Save The Dates: Here Are Gridlock Alert Days For Rest Of Holiday Season

    With the holidays nearly here, the New York City Department of Transportation is encouraging area residents to utilize public transportation whenever possible.Each year, the NYC DOT designates Gridlock Alert Days, which mark some of the busiest traffic and travel days on the calendar. As such, the DOT is encouraging residents that are heading to work, shop or otherwise to “consider ...

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