Zak Failla

Assistant Managing Editor

zfailla@dailyvoice.com

Equal parts Lois Lane, J. Jonah Jameson and Vicki Vale, Zak! has traveled from coast-to-coast covering small and big town community news in both in print and online for nearly a decade since his graduation from the award-winning Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College in 2010.

Before settling into the Hudson Valley, Zak! previously spent time in the New York Daily News newsroom and worked for hyperlocal digital news outlets on Long Island. He wrote sports for The Ithacan and The Ithaca Journal before taking his talents to the Pacific Northwest, where he served as the sports editor at the Shoshone News-Press until heading back east to work with Daily Voice.

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Barricaded Person Set Fire In Southeast DC Apartment Building During Standoff (DEVELOPING) Barricaded Person Set Fire In Southeast DC Apartment Building During Standoff (DEVELOPING)
Barricaded Person Set Fire In Southeast DC Apartment Building During Standoff (Developing) A barricaded man caused chaos for some in Southeast DC on Monday afternoon after starting a fire while in the middle of a standoff, officials say. Some evacuations were required inside a building when a fire was reported in the third floor of an apartment building that had to be contained by sprinklers. Update Box Alarm 900 block 5th St SE. Fire 3rd floor apartment result of barricaded individual. Individual in custody & being evaluated by EMS. Sprinkler activation contained fire now extinguished. A number of senior Citizens have been safely evacuated. #DCsBravest pic.twitter.com/7px…
Police Seeking Witnesses To Crash That Left Passenger With Critical Injuries In Charles County Police Seeking Witnesses To Crash That Left Passenger With Critical Injuries In Charles County
Police Seeking Witnesses To Crash That Left Passenger With Critical Injuries In Charles County See something, say something. At least that's what the Charles County Sheriff's Office is imploring as they seek witnesses to a crash in Waldorf on Sunday afternoon that left a 49-year-old with critical injuries. Patrol officers were called at around 3;30 p.m. on March 3 to the intersection of Middletown Road and McDaniel Road, where the driver of a Kia K5 was attempting to make a left turn when it was struck by a Volkswagen ID.4. A passenger in the Kia was evaluated and rushed to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries, though their condition was not available on Monday afternoon.…
Man Who Kidnapped, Assaulted Teen Girl Outside Northeast DC Metro Station Sentenced: Feds Man Who Kidnapped, Assaulted Teen Girl Outside Northeast DC Metro Station Sentenced: Feds
Man Who Kidnapped, Assaulted Teen Girl Outside Northeast DC Metro Station Sentenced: Feds A District man will spend years behind bars for kidnapping and assaulting a minor last year, federal authorities announced. Donte Johnson, 38, has been sentenced to five years in prison, and a judge ordered he register as a sexual offender for 10 years when he is released following an incident involving a 17-year-old outside the Deanwood Metro Center in Northeast DC. According to prosecutors, outside the station on May 20, 2023, on Minnesota Avenue NE, the girl was commuting home from work by train to meet her mother and sisters, who were planning to pick her up. The victim was crossing th…
Beloved Teacher, Charles County Board Of Education Member Margaret Marshall Dies At 84 Beloved Teacher, Charles County Board Of Education Member Margaret Marshall Dies At 84
Beloved Teacher, Charles County Board Of Education Member Margaret Marshall Dies At 84 The Charles County flag will be lowered to half-staff following the death of longtime educator Margaret Marshall, a trailblazing teacher who died at the age of 84. Marshall, a former member of the Charles County Board of Education and retired teacher passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 28, officials confirmed, following a lifetime of educating students in Maryland. Commissioner President Reuben B. Collins II, Esq, has ordered the Charles County flag to be lowered to half-staff... Posted by Charles County Government on Friday, March 1, 2024 Her esteemed career began in 1961 at Lemmel Jun…
District Man Convicted Of Robbing Phone Stores At Gunpoint In Maryland Faces Life In Prison District Man Convicted Of Robbing Phone Stores At Gunpoint In Maryland Faces Life In Prison
District Man Convicted Of Robbing Phone Stores At Gunpoint In Maryland Faces Life In Prison It took a federal jury in Maryland less than an hour to convict a 24-year-old District man who robbed two Baltimore County phone stores in December 2020, authorities announced. Donte Antwaun Herring was found guilty following an eight-day trial for his roles in robberies in Halethorpe and Owings Mills less than a week apart when he and his co-conspirator brandished weapons and stole electronics.  According to prosecutors, on Dec. 17, 2020, the two walked into a phone store in the 3900 block of Washington Boulevard posing as customers before announcing a robbery and breaking out handgun…
Jackpot-Winning Maryland Lottet Ticket Worth $41K Sold At Charles County Liquor Store Jackpot-Winning Maryland Lottet Ticket Worth $41K Sold At Charles County Liquor Store
Jackpot-Winning Maryland Lottet Ticket Worth $41K Sold At Charles County Liquor Store A big fish was caught in Southern Maryland after a winning "FAST PLAY Gold Fish" ticket worth more than $40,000 was sold at a Charles County liquor store. A progressive jackpot-winning ticket for the Wednesday, Feb. 28 drawing was sold at Hardesty's Drive-In Liquors on Crain Highway in Newburg remains unclaimed days after a lucky Lottery player won $41,780.  Lottery officials say that players should check their tickets, and the winner should sign the back of it immediately and put it in a safe spot until it can be redeemed at Lottery Headquarters in Baltimore. The Charles County liquo…
Alert Issued For 15-Year-Old Runaway Reported Missing For Days In Harford County Alert Issued For 15-Year-Old Runaway Reported Missing For Days In Harford County
Alert Issued For 15-Year-Old Runaway Reported Missing For Days In Harford County Concerns are mounting or friends and family of a 15-year-old Harford County girl who was reported missing over the weekend. An alert was issued by the Harford County Sheriff's Office regarding Tyler Lynn Wilson, who was reported missing on Friday out of Aberdeen. Wilson was last seen at approximately 6:30 a.m. on March 1 in the 700 block of Wineberry Way.  She was last seen wearing a pink puffy coat with a gray hoodie underneath, blue leggings, and black Yeezy shoes. Missing RunawayThe Harford County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in obtaining information rega…
Family Displaced By Fast-Moving Garage Fire In Edgewood Family Displaced By Fast-Moving Garage Fire In Edgewood
Family Displaced By Fast-Moving Garage Fire In Edgewood Three adults and two children have been displaced after a weekend fire in Harford County tore through their home, officials say. Over the weekend, fire crews were called to the 1800 block of Hanson Road when a blaze broke out inside an Edgewood home, sending a family scurrying.  3/1 ⚠️Incident Update⚠️ FVFAC responds to 1800 block of Hanson Road for a dwelling fire. On initial dispatch,... Posted by Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Co. on Saturday, March 2, 2024 It took nearly four dozen firefighters from the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company less than a half hou…
Quick-Thinking Teacher Recovers Loaded Gun From Elementary School Student In Alexandria: Police Quick-Thinking Teacher Recovers Loaded Gun From Elementary School Student In Alexandria: Police
Quick-Thinking Teacher Recovers Loaded Gun From Elementary School Student In Alexandria: Police The Alexandria Police Department continues to investigate after an elementary school student was caught bringing a gun to class on Friday. Officers were called to the Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy on March 1 when a teacher heard the child voluntarily mention that he was carrying the weapon inside his backpack. Police say that the student brought the loaded gun into school inside his bag, and voluntarily mentioned it in conversation with their teacher on Friday that they were armed. The teacher immediately took possession of the student's bag, notified school administrators, and the poli…
Hiker Injured After Falling On Montgomery County Trail Hiker Injured After Falling On Montgomery County Trail
Hiker Injured After Falling On Montgomery County Trail One person was injured after taking a fall while hiking along a Montgomery County trail on Sunday afternoon. A hiker was enjoying the weather at around 1 p.m. on March 1, when they took a fall on Billy Goat Trail A, prompting a call to Montgomery County Fire and EMS personnel. (~1p) @COcanalNPS Billy Goat Trail A, adult injured person from fall, IAO TM2/traverse, @mcfrs SW730, SW730B, SW710B, SW710, A710, PE720, ALS710, E752, UTV711, EAGLE, BC702, UT730, UT752 responding pic.twitter.com/E0qRqsTlA5 — Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) March 3, 2024 According to a spokesperson for the agency, one…
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