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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. Part Of Westchester School Reopens After Mold Problem

    Part Of Westchester School Reopens After Mold Problem

    A school reopened its doors on Monday nearly a month after it was forced to shut down due to a dangerous mold outbreak.Paideia School 15 in Yonkers partially reopened on Oct. 22, with a new roof, following an expedited replacement project that took just weeks and cost the district approximately $3 million.There was an emergency closing of the K-8 school on Monday, Sept. 24, when ceiling ...

  2. O Cannabis: U.S. Won't Ban Canadian Pot Industry Workers After Legalization Of Marijuana

    O Cannabis: U.S. Won't Ban Canadian Pot Industry Workers After Legalization Of Marijuana

    Canadian cannabis growers are no longer banned from entering the country, after U.S. border guards reversed course on an earlier decision, despite marijuana being legalized in several states.Last month, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that, with the legalization of marijuana in our neighbor to the north, some growers may have their admissibility into the country ...

  3. 10 Westchester Residents Charged With DWI In State Police Stops

    10 Westchester Residents Charged With DWI In State Police Stops

    More than 30 motorists were busted by New York State Police troopers as law enforcement agencies in the Hudson Valley continue a nationwide crackdown on drunk, drugged and distracted driving.A total of 18 of those charged were from the region:Westchester CountyOn Friday, Oct. 12, State Police from Somers arrested Edwin P. Loja Cabrera, 21, of Ossining, for DWI. He was traveling on Route ...

  4. Construction To Start On Complex With 36 Luxury Apartments In Westchester

    Construction To Start On Complex With 36 Luxury Apartments In Westchester

    A defunct movie theater in Westchester will soon be revitalized by three dozen luxury apartments, a cafe and several refurbished stores.Developers have broken ground at the Harrison Playhouse Lofts in downtown Harrison, which is an adaptive reuse of the old Harrison movie theater that has been closed for over a dozen years. The project is a mixed-use, transit-oriented development that ...

  5. 'Strange Coyotes' Spotted In Northern Westchester: Find Out When, Where

    'Strange Coyotes' Spotted In Northern Westchester: Find Out When, Where

    A pair of coyotes described by a local resident as "strange" were spotted this week in Northern Westchester.The duo were out and about in a West Somers Park neighborhood.The sightings follow several others throughout Westchester in recent weeks, including several others in New Rochelle, Greenburgh, Eastchester, Mount Pleasant, Chappaqua, Pleasantville, Putnam, Dutchess and ...

  6. Cold Case: Homicide Of 15-Year-Old Girl Found In Northern Westchester Remains Mystery

    Cold Case: Homicide Of 15-Year-Old Girl Found In Northern Westchester Remains Mystery

    New York State Police investigators are seeking the public’s assistance as they continue their efforts to apprehend a suspect implicated in the homicide of a teenager found in Westchester nearly 50 years ago.Police issued a new alert regarding the 1970 homicide of 15-year-old Alice Lezan, of Franklin Township, New Jersey, who was found dead in Cortlandt 48 years ago.On Nov. 15, 1970, ...

  7. Roof, Fully Ingulfed Car Fires Break Out In Armonk

    Roof, Fully Ingulfed Car Fires Break Out In Armonk

    Firefighters in Armonk were busy this week, dealing with a heating unit that went up in flames on an area roof while also handling a fully involved car fire.Crews were dispatched to a propane-fed roof fire at 111 Bedford Road in Armonk at approximately 3 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. Upon arrival, firefighters - with an assist from the members of the Banksville Fire Departmetn - were ...

  8. Route 9A Closure Scheduled In Mount Pleasant

    Route 9A Closure Scheduled In Mount Pleasant

    There will be weekend lane closures on Route 9A in Westchester.The New York State Department of Transportation announced that from approximately 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, there will be a lane closed in Mount Pleasant between Route 141 and Route 117.Officials said that motorists can expect delays, and have been advised to seek alternate routes, when possible. Flaggers will ...

  9. Woman Struggles With Officers After Driving Drunk With Kids On Route 9, Police Say

    Woman Struggles With Officers After Driving Drunk With Kids On Route 9, Police Say

    A 36-year-old woman struggled with police after she was caught allegedly drinking and driving with two children in the car.New York State Police troopers stopped a motorist at approximately 9:20 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, when she committed a vehicle and traffic violation on Route 9 in Red Hook.During the subsequent traffic stop, troopers said that they determined the driver, Rhinebeck ...

  10. Teacher Who Lives In Northern Westchester Goes Missing

    Teacher Who Lives In Northern Westchester Goes Missing

    A popular 56-year-old teacher has gone missing in Westchester and his family is asking for the public's help in finding him.Jorge Crespo, a Yorktown resident who teaches art at Yonkers Middle School, was reported missing on Wednesday, Oct. 17. He was last seen in White Plains near the Westchester County Airport, according to a poster being circulated by his family. His car, with his ...

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