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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. Westchester Has Lowest Gun Homicide Rate In State, New Data Shows

    Westchester Has Lowest Gun Homicide Rate In State, New Data Shows

    The lowest-ranking county in the state for gun-related incidents is in the Hudson Valley, according to a recently released report from the Centers for Disease Control.Based on a five-year average, Westchester ranks the lowest in gun-related homicide deaths in New York, and is the third lowest in overall gun-related deaths and has the sixth lowest death rate of gun-related suicides, ...

  2. See You In Court: Cuomo To Sue Trump Administration Over Child Separation

    See You In Court: Cuomo To Sue Trump Administration Over Child Separation

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has added fodder to the fire President Donald Trump has come under for his administration's “zero tolerance” policy of separating children from their families as they cross the Mexican border, vowing to file a lawsuit over the policy.On Tuesday, Cuomo announced that the state is planning to file a multi-agency lawsuit against the Trump Administration on the ...

  3. Man Pleads Guilty To Felony For Hit-Run That Injured Hudson Valley Child

    Man Pleads Guilty To Felony For Hit-Run That Injured Hudson Valley Child

    An Orange County man has pleaded guilty to driving a fish delivery truck into an 8-year-old boy before fleeing the scene, leaving him with severe injuries in the middle of the road in Kiryas Joel.Kiryas Joel resident Yudah Zimmerman, 24, pleaded guilty to a felony for his role in a hit-and-run crash that left the child hospitalized for more than a week in 2016, before he took off in the ...

  4. Minors Busted Smoking Pot At Westchester Elementary School Playground

    Minors Busted Smoking Pot At Westchester Elementary School Playground

    A group of minors was busted by police smoking marijuana at an elementary school in Westchester, according to a police report released on Monday by police.While conducting routine surveillance at the Heathcote School in Scarsdale at approximately 1:15 a.m. on Tuesday, June 12, officers reported that they spotted several youths sitting in the playground area in the school, which is a ...

  5. Man Nabbed For Stealing Power Via Underground Electric Bypass In Area

    Man Nabbed For Stealing Power Via Underground Electric Bypass In Area

    A 70-year-old man is facing a felony charge for allegedly stealing power through an elaborate underground bypass system in an effort to limit his utility bills, state police in Dutchess County said.Hyde Park resident David Rundall was taken into custody on Thursday, June 14 and charged with third-degree grand larceny following an investigation into stolen utilities.According to police, ...

  6. Hundreds Of Con Ed Customers Without Power After Storms Hit Westchester

    Hundreds Of Con Ed Customers Without Power After Storms Hit Westchester

    More than 500 Westchester residents remain in the dark following a round of storms that struck the area overnight following Monday’s sudden rise in temperatures and humidity in the region.On Tuesday morning, as of 9:45 a.m., 546 of Con Edison’s 348,948 customers in Westchester County remained without power as crews continue cleaning up from the overnight storm, with a planned ...

  7. Woman, Man Caught With Stolen Gun After Taconic Parkway Traffic Stop

    Woman, Man Caught With Stolen Gun After Taconic Parkway Traffic Stop

    A traffic stop on the Taconic State Parkway in Dutchess County led to drug and weapon charges for a pair in possession of an allegedly stolen revolver.New York State Police troopers stopped Pittsfield, Mass. resident Charece Boatwright, 29, and Bronx resident Anthony Jackson, 25, on June 14 in East Fishkill, after spotting her 2000 Ford Taurus committing a vehicle and traffic law ...

  8. NY Will Move To Legalize Recreational Marijuana In Coming Days, Reports Say

    NY Will Move To Legalize Recreational Marijuana In Coming Days, Reports Say

    Is legalized cannabis set to make its way to New York?Health officials in New York will reportedly recommend legalizing recreational marijuana, with the backing of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration. The New York State Department of Health is scheduled to release a long-awaited report on marijuana in the upcoming days, according to the state health commissioner.The report is currently ...

  9. Wanted Westchester Man Busted For DWI With Infant, Child In Car, Police Say

    Wanted Westchester Man Busted For DWI With Infant, Child In Car, Police Say

    A wanted Westchester man driving with a blood-alcohol level nearly double the legal limit with a 6-year-old and 9-month old child asleep in the car without safety belts is facing a series of charges after being busted in Westchester during an early morning speeding stop.While on patrol shortly before 4 a.m. on Monday, June 11, a Scarsdale police officer stopped White Plains resident ...

  10. Alert Issued For Girl, 16, Who Went Missing In Northern Westchester

    Alert Issued For Girl, 16, Who Went Missing In Northern Westchester

    Have you seen her?Officials in the Hudson Valley are seeking the public’s assistance as they attempt to locate a missing teenager who hasn’t been seen in several months.The New York State Office of Public Safety issued an alert this week regarding 16-year-old Samiyah Spencer, who was last seen on Jan. 8 in Croton.According to officials, at the time she was last seen, Spencer was wearing ...

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