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Zak Failla

Senior Reporter 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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  1. Fentanyl-Laced "Painkillers" Marked With 'M' Linked To Fatal Maryland Overdoses: Police

    Fentanyl-Laced "Painkillers" Marked With 'M' Linked To Fatal Maryland Overdoses: Police

    Law enforcement officials in Maryland are cautioning the community to be aware of fentanyl-laced pills that have been making the rounds in the region, leading to at least a pair of fatal overdoses.The Prince George's County Police Department issued an alert over the weekend about “blue-toned pills with a distinct ‘M’ emblem, which have been described as painkillers, but actually contain ...

  2. Toddler Killed, Six Injured In Chain-Reaction Crash In Ellicott City, Police Say

    Toddler Killed, Six Injured In Chain-Reaction Crash In Ellicott City, Police Say

    Authorities say that a toddler was killed and six others were injured when a truck rear-ended a car that set off a chain collision crash in Maryland.At approximately 6:14 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, officers from the Howard County Police Department responded to a reported crash in Ellicott City involving multiple vehicles. According to a police spokesperson, a 2018 Peterbilt truck hauling a ...

  3. Maryland State Police Helicopter Crew Rescues Hunter After Falling From Tree Stand

    Maryland State Police Helicopter Crew Rescues Hunter After Falling From Tree Stand

    An injured hunter who found himself in a precarious position after falling more than a dozen feet from a tree stand had to be airlifted to an area hospital by Maryland State Police crews, authorities say. First responders responded to a call shortly after noon on Friday, Dec. 2, regarding a hunter who was stranded near Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge after falling 14 feet from a ...

  4. Maryland Gov. Elect Wes Moore Talks Patriotism, Service Overseas On 'The Daily Show'

    Maryland Gov. Elect Wes Moore Talks Patriotism, Service Overseas On 'The Daily Show'

    Maryland Gov. Elect Wes Moore took to prime time this week to explain what patriotism means to him as the country continues to be divided between parties.Moore, a Democrat, was a guest star on “The Daily Show” with Trevor Noah, where the pair mused about his unlikely election victory in a state that traditionally leans toward the other side of the aisle. Last night I sat down with ...

  5. Alert Issued For 21-Year-Old Reported Missing A Year Ago In Alexandria

    Alert Issued For 21-Year-Old Reported Missing A Year Ago In Alexandria

    Seen him? The National Center For Missing & Exploited Children is seeking the public's assistance as they hope to track down a young man who has been missing for more than a year in Virginia.An alert was issued for Carlos Carballo-Rivas, who would now be 21 years old, and has not been seen since Nov. 27, 2021, when he went missing out of Alexandria.Officials described Carballo-Rivas ...

  6. Career Criminal Caught Twice With Weapons At The Same Virginia Home One Year Apart: Feds

    Career Criminal Caught Twice With Weapons At The Same Virginia Home One Year Apart: Feds

    A career criminal with nearly a dozen felony convictions on his record is heading back to prison after getting caught first with an illegal weapon, then with drugs at the same spot in Virginia nearly a year apart, federal officials announced.Earlon Delton Mitchell, 33, of Norfolk, has been sentenced to 151 months in prison for unlawfully possessing ammunition that he used to shoot at ...

  7. Attempted Capital Murder Charge For Teen Who Ran Over Stafford County Sheriff's Deputy: Police

    Attempted Capital Murder Charge For Teen Who Ran Over Stafford County Sheriff's Deputy: Police

    Authorities say that a teenage driver who intentionally drove through a Stafford County Sheriff's deputy rather than get a ticket was apprehended by US Marshals after fleeing into Maryland.Kimora Fagbewesa, 18, is in police custody and faces a host of charges following a wild scene that began shortly before 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, and lasted well into the following day as law ...

  8. Baltimore City Reports Maryland's First Cold Weather-Related Death Of Winter

    Baltimore City Reports Maryland's First Cold Weather-Related Death Of Winter

    Winter is here. The Maryland Department of Health is reporting the first cold-related illness death statewide for the 2022-2023 winter weather season after a woman between the age of 60 and 70 died in Baltimore City.Officials announced the death on Friday, Dec. 2. No other details surrounding the death of the woman were immediately released by the Department of Health.The Department of ...

  9. Woman With Child In Backseat Busted For DUI After Blowing Through Light In Woodbridge: Police

    Woman With Child In Backseat Busted For DUI After Blowing Through Light In Woodbridge: Police

    A woman who blew through a red light while swerving her vehicle in Virginia was allegedly intoxicated with a kid in the car, Prince William County Police investigators said.Leslie Evelyn Tabora Pineda, 32, of Woodbridge, is facing multiple charges following an incident that played out in her hometown on Wednesday, Nov. 30, according to police.Shortly after 11 p.m. on Wednesday, an ...

  10. Police ID Wanted Scissor Sporting Armed Robber After Targeting Silver Spring Foot Locker

    Police ID Wanted Scissor Sporting Armed Robber After Targeting Silver Spring Foot Locker

    Police investigators in Maryland have identified a wanted armed robber who brandished scissors while stealing shoes from an area Foot Locker earlier this year. Kenneth Shawn Purvis is wanted by the Montgomery County Department of Police following an armed robbery in September when he used scissors to make his great escape after stealing from the store, authorities announced.Video ...

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