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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. DWI Suspect Becomes Combative, Threatens To Kill Police In Westchester

    DWI Suspect Becomes Combative, Threatens To Kill Police In Westchester

    It took a veritable army of police officers to take a belligerent man into custody who later threatened to kill officers and urinated on his cell floor following his arrest for DWI in Westchester.A member of the Scarsdale Police Department was driving on Post Road at approximately 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, when he spotted a Honda Pilot stopped at a red light. When the light ...

  2. Man Admits To Road-Rage Stabbing That Killed Man In Mount Pleasant

    Man Admits To Road-Rage Stabbing That Killed Man In Mount Pleasant

    A 22-year-old man has pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing another motorist during a road rage incident on the Taconic State Parkway in Northern Westchester.Pleasant Valley resident Christian Walcyzk has pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the stabbing death in May last year of Daniel Siino, a 28-year-old father who lived in Hartsdale. Before the plea, he was facing charges that also ...

  3. New Wild Coyote Sighting Reported In Westchester

    New Wild Coyote Sighting Reported In Westchester

    Related story - Meet 'Scrabble': Bear Sighted Frequently In Northern Westchester Gets NicknameBear sightings have been in the news, with one becoming so frequently spotted in Northern Westchester, it's earned a nickname, "Scrabble." A local resident reported the latest coyote sighting, this time in Larchmont, as the animal was spotted making the rounds in the area at ...

  4. Gas Leak Knocks Out Power To Homes In Croton-On-Hudson

    Gas Leak Knocks Out Power To Homes In Croton-On-Hudson

    A gas leak has closed down a Northern Westchester road and left nearly 100 Con Edison customers without power in Croton-on-Hudson.The underground leak was reported on Amber Drive at approximately 8:20 a.m. on Monday morning, police said. First responders were dispatched near the intersection of Amber Drive and Scenic Drive at approximately 8:45 a.m.As of 10:10 a.m. on Monday morning, 96 ...

  5. Seen Him? Police Ask For Help Locating Wanted Suspect In Hudson Valley

    Seen Him? Police Ask For Help Locating Wanted Suspect In Hudson Valley

    Have you seen him? New York State Police investigators in Haverstraw are seeking the public’s assistance as they attempt to track down a wanted man who was busted with drugs during a checkpoint and failed to return to court. State Police issued an alert this week regarding Dazzell Middleton, who was the passenger in a vehicle that was stopped by troopers at a checkpoint. During the ...

  6. Westchester HS Alum Wins Top Prize For Creating Brain Computer Interface

    Westchester HS Alum Wins Top Prize For Creating Brain Computer Interface

    Since taking his academic talents from Westchester to the University of Buffalo, a recent high school graduate is making a name for himself as an up-and-comer in the tech field.William Phillips, a 2017 graduate of Mount Vernon High School, recently took top honors in his category as a Computer Science and Engineering student at the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) ...

  7. Know Him? Police Seek To ID Suspect Who Removed Flags, Damaged Posts In Area

    Know Him? Police Seek To ID Suspect Who Removed Flags, Damaged Posts In Area

    Do you know him?New York State Police investigators are seeking the public’s assistance as they attempt to locate a man who removed and damaged flags in Dutchess County days before the Fourth of July.Investigators have released surveillance photos of a suspect who removed flags posted around Millbrook and caused damaged to several flagpoles during the overnight hours of July 2.In the ...

  8. Indian Point Security Drills Will Include Weapons That Simulate Gunfire

    Indian Point Security Drills Will Include Weapons That Simulate Gunfire

    Following its quarterly siren test, which included sounding the horns at Indian Point at full volume, officials will conduct a new round of security training drills, this time with simulated gunfire.Entergy will be conducting security training drills using weapons that simulate the real thing at night on Monday, Sept. 17 and Tuesday, Sept. 18. During the drills, people near the site may ...

  9. Separate I-84 Ramp Closures Scheduled

    Separate I-84 Ramp Closures Scheduled

    There will be ramp closures on I-84 for several days in the Hudson Valley.The New York State Department of Transportation issued an alert cautioning that beginning on Monday, Sept. 17, there wlll be ramp closures on the interstate in Putnam and Dutchess counties, as crews perform construction activities in the area.Each day, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., there will be nightly closures in ...

  10. Drunk Driver Blows Through Stop Signs In Westchester, Changes Story, Police Say

    Drunk Driver Blows Through Stop Signs In Westchester, Changes Story, Police Say

    A motorist who was drinking and driving couldn’t keep his story straight when busted by police driving the wrong way on a one-way road in front of a Westchester elementary school.An officer on patrol in Scarsdale spotted a Mitsubishi Eclipse turn right from Post Road onto Huntington Avenue at approximately 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8. He proceeded to drive the wrong way on the ...

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