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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. Pros Prove To Be 'Giants' In Teaching Student-Athletes About Respect In Westchester

    Pros Prove To Be 'Giants' In Teaching Student-Athletes About Respect In Westchester

    A pair of professional football players proved they can be Giants on and off the gridiron, visiting athletes in Westchester to discuss domestic violence and respect.Members of the Mount Vernon varsity and JV football teams recently met with New York Giants running back Jonathan Stewart and linebacker Alex Ogletree to discuss domestic violence. The special meeting was arranged by My ...

  2. Dodge Ram Driver Turns Himself In After Hit-Run Crash Critically Injures Bicyclist

    Dodge Ram Driver Turns Himself In After Hit-Run Crash Critically Injures Bicyclist

    An 83-year-old man has surrendered to New York State Police after hitting a bicyclist, leaving him hospitalized and driving away in Orange County.Goshen resident Louis Riso was taken into police custody for the hit-and-run in a Dodge Ram pickup that left a 51-year-old man in critical condition near the intersection.Brendan Dwyer of Monroe in Orange County suffered multiple fractures to ...

  3. Nearly 200 Sears, Kmart Workers In Area Will Lose Jobs Following Bankruptcy Declaration

    Nearly 200 Sears, Kmart Workers In Area Will Lose Jobs Following Bankruptcy Declaration

    Nearly 200 Sears and Kmart employees will lose their jobs following the official filing for bankruptcy by Sears Holdings.Last week, Sears announced that it would be closing another 142 unprofitable Sears and Kmart locations, including several in the area. Those closures will reportedly impactAccording to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification filed on Oct. 15, 42 employees at ...

  4. Stop & Shop Makeover: Roll Out Of 'Refreshed' Format Includes $70M Renovation Of Stores

    Stop & Shop Makeover: Roll Out Of 'Refreshed' Format Includes $70M Renovation Of Stores

    Stop & Shop stores throughout the area and the country are set to get a makeover.The supermarket chain announced its intention to introduce a new brand concept at more than 400 locations in the Northeast. The initial rollout is scheduled to begin in Connecticut with 21 stores, followed by a $70 million renovation of all the company’s grocery stores.According to Stop & Shop ...

  5. Lost Hiker Found In Northern Westchester

    Lost Hiker Found In Northern Westchester

    Police in Northern Westchester pulled out all the stops to track down a hiker who found himself lost in the woods.Members of the Bedford Police Department received a report at approximately 7:40 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18 from area resident Leroy Junker, who said he was lost on the trails of the Westmoreland Sanctuary.Police said that while investigating the lost man, they determined he ...

  6. Missing Teacher From Northern Westchester Found Dead

    Missing Teacher From Northern Westchester Found Dead

    The Westchester teacher who was reported missing by his family last week was found dead near the Kensico Reservoir over the weekend.The body of Jorge Crespo, a Yorktown resident who taught art at Yonkers Middle School, was found on property owned by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). No other information regarding his death was provided by investigators.Last ...

  7. Police Investigating $11,000 In Checks Missing From Car In Westchester

    Police Investigating $11,000 In Checks Missing From Car In Westchester

    A man in Scarsdale is minus more than $10,000 in checks that went missing from the center console of his vehicle, police said.Investigators from the Scarsdale Police Department received a report from a Sherman Street resident on Oct. 9, who stated that between 10 and 15 bank checks that were written to him were missing from his 2010 Toyota.The man said that he last saw the checks at ...

  8. Teen Caught Driving Stolen Vehicle In I-87 Stop, Police Say

    Teen Caught Driving Stolen Vehicle In I-87 Stop, Police Say

    A teenager was busted by New York State Police troopers driving an allegedly stolen car on I-87 in Orange County.Troopers stopped a vehicle driven by Winston Salem, North Carolina resident Jacob Hawks, 19, at approximately 11:20 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20 for a traffic violation in Woodbury. During the stop for the violations, police said it was determined the vehicle had been reported ...

  9. Man Who Nearly Struck Park Ranger In Pennsylvania Caught In Hudson Valley After Police Chase

    Man Who Nearly Struck Park Ranger In Pennsylvania Caught In Hudson Valley After Police Chase

    A man who allegedly nearly struck a park ranger with his car led police on a wild ride from Pennsylvania into Orange County, where he was eventually taken into custody by officers in Port Jervis.Police began pursuing Phoenixville, Penn. resident Jeffrey Steigelman early on Sunday morning after he nearly struck a National Park Ranger with his car and took off. Port Jervis Police were ...

  10. Teen Punches Holes In Wall, Disables Phone In Northern Westchester Domestic Dispute, Police Say

    Teen Punches Holes In Wall, Disables Phone In Northern Westchester Domestic Dispute, Police Say

    A late-night domestic incident turned violent in Northern Westchester when a teenager began punching walls and made sure his victim couldn’t call for help, police said.New York State Police troopers were dispatched to a Lexington Avenue home in Cortlandt shortly after midnight on Monday, Oct. 15, where there was a report of a domestic dispute that potentially turned physical.Police said ...

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