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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 Business Owner Targeted During National Bomb Threat Scare, Police Say

    Westchester Business Owner Targeted During National Bomb Threat Scare, Police Say

    A Westchester business was one of the hundreds targeted nationwide last week as part of a bitcoin bomb threat scheme that made the rounds through email.On Thursday, Dec. 13, law enforcement officials investigated hundreds of bomb threats that targeted schools and businesses nationwide, including several in New York and Connecticut.Officers from the Scarsdale Police Department were ...

  2. Jogger, 21, Struck By Lexus Driver In Hit-Run Near Hutchinson River Parkway, Police Say

    Jogger, 21, Struck By Lexus Driver In Hit-Run Near Hutchinson River Parkway, Police Say

    A woman driving a Lexus SUV struck a jogger and took off on the Hutchinson River Parkway in Westchester, police said.Members of the Scarsdale Police Department were dispatched to the intersection of Hutchinson Avenue and Meadow Road shortly after 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, where there was a report of a pedestrian who had been struck.Police said that upon arrival, officers found a ...

  3. Seven Northern Westchester Residents Charged With DWI, DWAI In State Police Stops

    Seven Northern Westchester Residents Charged With DWI, DWAI In State Police Stops

    Several area residents were among two dozen busted by New York State Police troopers for impaired driving in the Hudson Valley since late last week.Local residents facing charges are: Westchester CountyOn Friday, Dec. 14, State Police troopers from Somers arrested Andrew H. Depodwin, 68, of Somers, for DWAI Drugs. He was traveling on Route 202 in Somers, when he was involved ...

  4. Ready For Prime-Time: Top CBS Show Films In Westchester

    Ready For Prime-Time: Top CBS Show Films In Westchester

    Lights, cameras, action!A-Game Sports in New Rochelle traded in bats and balls this week for television props and boom mics as CBS took a trip to the area to film an episode of their popular Sunday night show "God Friended Me." "God Friended Me.” stars Brandon Michael Hall as Miles Finer, an atheist “whose life is turned upside down when he receives a friend request on ...

  5. Man Busted With BAC Nearly Triple Limit In Route 6 Stop, Sheriff Says

    Man Busted With BAC Nearly Triple Limit In Route 6 Stop, Sheriff Says

    A Route 6 speeding stop led to an aggravated DWI charge for a Mahopac man who was driving with a blood alcohol content nearly triple the legal limit.A member of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office on patrol shortly after midnight on Saturday, Dec. 8 stopped a vehicle on Route 6 in Carmel when it was spotted speeding in the area. The vehicle eventually came to a rest near the intersection ...

  6. New Cashless Tolls Coming To Westchester: Here's When, Where

    New Cashless Tolls Coming To Westchester: Here's When, Where

    As a record number of Americans prepare to travel for the holiday season, more cashless tolls are coming to the New York Thruway in the Hudson Valley.The New York State Thruway Authority announced that the toll plazas on I-95 in New Rochelle and I-87 in Spring Valley will soon be outfitted with cashless tolling technology. Motorists will no longer have to wait at the gate to pay or scan ...

  7. Teen Faces Life Sentence After Admitting To Shooting Police Officer In Westchester

    Teen Faces Life Sentence After Admitting To Shooting Police Officer In Westchester

    A Westchester teenager is facing life in prison after pleading guilty to shooting a Yonkers police officer last year and to his involvement in a separate New Rochelle shooting.New Rochelle resident Frank Valencia, 19, has pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted aggravated murder and one count of criminal possession of a weapon for his involvement in a standoff involving Officer Kayla ...

  8. Former Priest In Northern Westchester Charged With Inappropriate Behavior With 10-Year-Old Girl

    Former Priest In Northern Westchester Charged With Inappropriate Behavior With 10-Year-Old Girl

    A Westchester County priest has been charged with allegedly engaging in inappropriate behavior with a minor.Thomas Kreiser has surrendered himself to police and was arraigned in Bronxville Village Court this week for allegedly sexually abusing a 10-year-old child.Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr., announced that on Sept. 20, Kreiser allegedly engaged in touching ...

  9. Woman, Man Charged With Dumping Dead Body In Duffel Bag Outside Bank In Westchester

    Woman, Man Charged With Dumping Dead Body In Duffel Bag Outside Bank In Westchester

    A woman and man have been identified as suspects who allegedly dumped the body of a murdered man in a duffel bag outside a bank in Westchester.Members of the Yonkers Police Department responded to the Wells Fargo Bank on Odell Avenue shortly after noon on Monday, Nov. 19, where there was a report of a suspicious bag. Inside the bag, they found the intact body of Deshawn Cortez-Seaborne, ...

  10. State Announces Record $174M Settlement With Spectrum: Free HBO Or Showtime, Too

    State Announces Record $174M Settlement With Spectrum: Free HBO Or Showtime, Too

    "The Wire," "Game of Thrones," "Billions," and "Ray Donovan" may be coming to your television, free of charge.Charter Communications and Spectrum Management has agreed to a record-setting $174 million consumer fraud settlement with New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood for defrauding Internet subscribers.The settlement comes following a lawsuit that was filed last year ...

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