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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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  1. Kidnapper Takes Woman At Gunpoint From Waldorf Gas Station, Sexually Assaults Her: Sheriff

    Kidnapper Takes Woman At Gunpoint From Waldorf Gas Station, Sexually Assaults Her: Sheriff

    A man who kidnapped a woman at a Charles County gas station and later sexually assaulted her has been apprehended and is facing a host of charges after going on a tear through Southern Maryland, authorities said.Upper Marlboro resident Robert Alonzo Robinson, 53, is behind bars after a scary incident that played out over the weekend in Charles County, a spokesperson for the county's ...

  2. Life In Prison For DC Shooter Convicted Of Gunning Down 23-Year-Old Man In Maryland

    Life In Prison For DC Shooter Convicted Of Gunning Down 23-Year-Old Man In Maryland

    A Washington, DC man will spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted of murdering a 23-year-old Maryland man who was gunned down from behind before the shooter broke into an apartment and attempted to hide from police, according to the Montgomery County State’s Attorney's Office.Abraham Douglas, 21, was sentenced. to life in prison, plus an additional 25 years, ...

  3. Bomb Threat Called Into Woodbridge Hospital By Intoxicated Woman Unfounded: Police

    Bomb Threat Called Into Woodbridge Hospital By Intoxicated Woman Unfounded: Police

    For the second time in less than a week, members of the Prince William County Police Department had to be called to the Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center to defuse a sticky situation. Officers were called to the hospital shortly before 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, to investigate a bomb threat orchestrated by 33-year-old Alexandria resident Britney Denise Roseboro, officials ...

  4. Teen Girls Drugged, Sexually Assaulted By Prince William County Predator, Police Say

    Teen Girls Drugged, Sexually Assaulted By Prince William County Predator, Police Say

    A months-long investigation into reports of sexual assaults involving minors in Prince William County led to the arrest of a 35-year-old Woodbridge man who is facing a host of charges.It is alleged that Balmore Alexander Ortiz Guardado drugged and sexually abused minors repeatedly after he met a teen online, according to a spokesperson with the Prince William County Police ...

  5. Violent Armed Carjacker Gets Eight Years For Chevy Chase Gas Station Heist (VIDEO)

    Violent Armed Carjacker Gets Eight Years For Chevy Chase Gas Station Heist (VIDEO)

    A Prince George's County man will spend years behind bars for the violent carjacking of a 42-year-old woman at a Chevy Chase gas station two years ago while he was a teenager, authorities announced.Tyrece Jones, 21, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison with all but eight years suspended for a 2021 carjacking that was caught on camera (see above), Montgomery County State’s Attorney ...

  6. Justified? Police In Fairfax County Release Teen Who Fatally Stabbed Mother's BF During Assault

    Justified? Police In Fairfax County Release Teen Who Fatally Stabbed Mother's BF During Assault

    Police have released a teen from custody after he fatally stabbed his mother’s boyfriend to stop him from an alleged assault of the woman in Fairfax County while multiple children were inside the apartment.Washington, DC resident Marcus Roberson, 32, was killed by a teenager after being stabbed shortly before 10 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, when a 17-year-old intervened during a reported ...

  7. MTA MobilityLink Driver Killed In 'Violent Crime' On The Job In Maryland

    MTA MobilityLink Driver Killed In 'Violent Crime' On The Job In Maryland

    An MTA Mobility operator died on the job after a “violent crime” over the weekend, officials from the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) confirmed, though details of the incident remain under wraps.The agency said on Monday, Jan. 30 that the “MDOT MTA is saddened to learn of the recent tragic death of one of our contracted Mobility operators during their work shift.” “This front-line ...

  8. Arlington Arsonist With Saudi Arabia Ties Charged In Apartment Fire, Officials Say

    Arlington Arsonist With Saudi Arabia Ties Charged In Apartment Fire, Officials Say

    An electrical engineer from Arlington with apparent ties to Saudi Arabia is facing arson charges for setting an intentional fire on the balcony at an area apartment building, authorities announced.Sami Kasawat, 33, has been charged with one count each of arson and endangering other people or property following an incident over the weekend, according to the Arlington County Fire ...

  9. Off-Duty Officer Accused Of Shooting Fellow Policeman In Virginia, Authorities Say

    Off-Duty Officer Accused Of Shooting Fellow Policeman In Virginia, Authorities Say

    A police officer in Virginia is behind bars after he allegedly shot a fellow officer while both were off-duty, according to authorities.Last week, on Wednesday, Jan. 25, officials say that two off-duty James City County Police officers were involved in a shooting in the City of Williamsburg that left one with multiple gunshot wounds.The wounds were described by police as “serious but ...

  10. Gun-Toting Would-Be Delivery Truck Driver Robber In Waldorf Tracked Down By Sheriff

    Gun-Toting Would-Be Delivery Truck Driver Robber In Waldorf Tracked Down By Sheriff

    The man who terrorized and threatened a pair of delivery drivers in Charles County has been apprehended and remains in custody in Prince George's County, according to the sheriff’s office.Waldorf resident Christopher Carrington Durham, 22, is facing multiple assault charges following an incident in Pagnell Circle in his hometown where he targeted two drivers who had to go to extreme ...

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