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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Oxon Hill Carjacker Who Dragged Lyft Driver During Robbery In Southeast DC Sentenced: Feds Oxon Hill Carjacker Who Dragged Lyft Driver During Robbery In Southeast DC Sentenced: Feds
Oxon Hill Carjacker Who Dragged Lyft Driver During Robbery In Southeast DC Sentenced: Feds A Maryland man who used a bit of subterfuge before stealing a rideshare vehicle in Southeast DC while dragging his driver is heading to prison, authorities announced. Oxon Hill native Derrick Teeter, 23, was sentenced to 84 months in prison for a carjacking in the summer of 2022 after he duped his driver while playing sick before stealing his ride, officials say. According to prosecutors, shortly after 11:30 a.m. on June 2, 2022, Teeter called for a Lyft in the 3800 block of South Capitol Street SE to take him to the 600 block of 46th Street SE.  Teeter got into the backseat of the ve…
Three Teens Released From Hospital After Mass Greenbelt Shooting, Two Recovering: Police Three Teens Released From Hospital After Mass Greenbelt Shooting, Two Recovering: Police
Three Teens Released From Hospital After Mass Greenbelt Shooting, Two Recovering: Police Three young men have been released from the hospital, while two others remain listed in stable condition on Saturday afternoon after the mass shooting in Greenbelt. At around 2:30 p.m. on Friday, April 19, members of the Greenbelt Police Department were at Schrom Hills Park when they responded to a shooting incident involving a group of more than 500 people believed to be high school students gathered for "senior skip day," investigators say. Five people were injured when nearly a dozen gunshots rang out at the park on Hanover Parkway. Officers rendered aid to the victims, who were all bet…
Rollover Crash On I-70 Temporarily Ties Up Traffic In Washington County (PHOTOS) Rollover Crash On I-70 Temporarily Ties Up Traffic In Washington County (PHOTOS)
Rollover Crash On I-70 Temporarily Ties Up Traffic In Washington County (Photos) Some lanes were blocked on I-70 in Washington County on Saturday morning when first responders were called to investigate and clean up a rollover crash. At approximately 10 a.m. on April 20, crews from the Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Company were called to a stretch of the interstate near Pectonville Road, where there was a reported crash involving a utility and box truck that left one vehicle overturned on the side of the road. The scene of the crash in Clear Spring. Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Company In photos from the scene, traffic cones can be seen strewn about following the crash…
Audi Driver With Apt Plates Doing 'Doughnuts' At SoccerPlex Pointed Gun At Employee: Police Audi Driver With Apt Plates Doing 'Doughnuts' At SoccerPlex Pointed Gun At Employee: Police
Audi Driver With Apt Plates Doing 'Doughnuts' At SoccerPlex Pointed Gun At Employee: Police Sam Khojasteh issued a challenge, and Maryland-National Capital Park Police were up to the task. The 19-year-old, while driving an Audi with a vanity Virginia license plate "TRYLOL," was arrested a week after causing chaos outside a Montgomery County recreation facility and pointed a gun at an employee, according to police. On Wednesday, April 10, Khojasteh and several others were seen driving recklessly and doing "doughnuts" in the parking lot of Soccer Plex at the Germantown Recreational Park in Boyds.  Police say that when an employee asked the group to leave, Khojas…
Armed Bicyclist Flees From Officers, Jumps Onto Pick-Up Truck That Crashed In Baltimore: Police Armed Bicyclist Flees From Officers, Jumps Onto Pick-Up Truck That Crashed In Baltimore: Police
Armed Bicyclist Flees From Officers, Jumps Onto Pick-Up Truck That Crashed In Baltimore: Police Two men were busted with drugs and weapons following a strange scene that started with a bicycle chase in West Baltimore and ended with the pair crashing a pick-up truck, police say. Police say that two men, 33 and 32, whose names were not initially released by the Baltimore Police Department, are facing charges following an incident on Thursday night that landed both behind bars. Shortly before 6:30 p.m. on April 18, officers from the responded to the intersection of Monroe Street and Edmondson Avenue Avenue to investigate reports of an armed person in the area. Upon arrival, officers spo…
Knife-Wielding Trespasser Prompts 'Shelter-In-Place' Order At John F. Kennedy High School Knife-Wielding Trespasser Prompts 'Shelter-In-Place' Order At John F. Kennedy High School
Knife-Wielding Trespasser Prompts 'Shelter-In-Place' Order At John F. Kennedy High School A knife-wielding trespasser who had an altercation with a student at a Montgomery County high school has been apprehended after forcing the building to enter into a shelter-in-place status. At approximately 11:30 a.m. on Friday morning, a trespasser was reported at John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring when a person came onto school grounds during lunch.  Officials say that the trespasser got into an incident with one student, and when others approached a knife was introduced. Security responded and disarmed the trespasser, and they were able to secure him in a room at around 11…
Driver Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Minor On Frederick County School Bus In Maryland: Sheriff Driver Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Minor On Frederick County School Bus In Maryland: Sheriff
Driver Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Minor On Frederick County School Bus In Maryland: Sheriff A school bus driver working for Frederick County Public Schools is facing charges for an alleged sexual assault involving a minor, the sheriff's office says. On Friday, Thurmont resident Robert Lookingbill, 71, has been arrested by the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Section following an investigation into an incident last month. Investigators say that on Thursday, March 28, Child Protective Services contacted the Frederick County Sheriff's Office about a complaint of a sexual assault involving a minor. It was alleged that Lookingbill, who was a school bu…
Man With Videos Depicting Rape, 'Sadistic Sexual Abuse Of Prepubescent Girls' Convicted In DC Man With Videos Depicting Rape, 'Sadistic Sexual Abuse Of Prepubescent Girls' Convicted In DC
Man With Videos Depicting Rape, 'Sadistic Sexual Abuse Of Prepubescent Girls' Convicted In DC Google helped nab a District man who was busted attempting to scrub child porn files depicting the rape and sadistic sexual abuse of prepubescent girls from his computer who was found guilty on charge porn offenses, federal authorities announced. Stephen Rattley Johnson, 36, is facing years in federal prison after being found guilty on a host of child porn charges when investigators in DC made grisly discoveries on his devices.  According to court documents, in September and October 2020, Johnson uploaded hundreds of child porn files to his Google Drive account, which was flagged …
5 Shot In Greenbelt 'Senior Skip Day' Outing: Report, Police (VIDEO) 5 Shot In Greenbelt 'Senior Skip Day' Outing: Report, Police (VIDEO)
5 Shot In Greenbelt 'Senior Skip Day' Outing: Report, Police (Video) Five young men were shot with one in critical condition in Greenbelt Friday afternoon, April 19. Officers responding to the scene found 600 high schoolers gathered in Schrom Hills Park around 2:30 p.m., on Hanover Parkway, police said at a press conference. While officers were walking into the park they heard 8 to 10 gunshots, and responded to the area in an active shooter response. According to FOX5, it happened during a "senior skip day" gathering. Officers rendered aid to the victims, who ranged in age between 16 and 18, police said. One was in critical condition. After shots were fire…
DC Man Facing Life In Prison For Using Gun While Under Indictment For Near Murder Of Teen: Feds DC Man Facing Life In Prison For Using Gun While Under Indictment For Near Murder Of Teen: Feds
DC Man Facing Life In Prison For Using Gun While Under Indictment For Near Murder Of Teen: Feds A District man is facing life in prison for an October 2022 stabbing that he committed while on release and under indictment for the near-murder of a 14-year-old boy, federal authorities announced. Darnell Lamont Savoy, 24, pleaded guilty in Superior Court to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, which was uncovered during an investigation into the stabbing. According to court documents, in October 2022, Savoy stabbed a person during an argument and fled the scene, before he was tracked by investigators to the 3900 block of Southern Avenue SE to a residence he w…
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