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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. Registered Sex Offender Busted With Child Porn In Suffolk County, Police Say

    Registered Sex Offender Busted With Child Porn In Suffolk County, Police Say

    A registered sex offender on Long Island is facing new charges after being busted with child pornography during a routine check by probation officers, police said.In Suffolk County, Mastic Beach resident Keith Schoelermann, age 29, a Level 2 sex offender, was arrested on Thursday, May 19 at his home after being busted during a search of his cellphone.According to police, probation ...

  2. Pair Busted With Stolen Car In New Rochelle, Police Say

    Pair Busted With Stolen Car In New Rochelle, Police Say

    Two alleged larceny suspects attempted to flee from police after being busted with a stolen vehicle in Westchester, authorities announced.In New Rochelle, police were notified by the Westchester County Police Real Time Crime Center shortly after 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 19 that a vehicle reported stolen out of Yonkers was traveling within the city.New Rochelle Police Capt. J. Collins ...

  3. Former Hempstead School Official, Restaurateur Indicted In Kickback Scheme

    Former Hempstead School Official, Restaurateur Indicted In Kickback Scheme

    A former school official on Long Island is facing charges for allegedly scheming with a restaurateur in a million-dollar kickback scheme, federal authorities announced.An indictment was unsealed on Thursday, May 19 charging Lindenhurst resident Sharon Gardner, age 56, the former Director of Food Services for the Hempstead Union Free School District, and Elmont resident Maria Caliendo, ...

  4. Pearl River Students Accused Of Racist Behavior At Athletic Event

    Pearl River Students Accused Of Racist Behavior At Athletic Event

    For the second time in four months, students in a Hudson Valley school are in hot water for making alleged racist remarks toward student-athletes at an athletic event. In Rockland County, Pearl River students have been accused of racist behavior toward Nyack students during a modified track meet, similar to an incident that happened in February during a basketball game.Earlier story - ...

  5. Carmel Man ID'd By Bumble Match Sentenced For Role In Capitol Riot

    Carmel Man ID'd By Bumble Match Sentenced For Role In Capitol Riot

    A braggadocios man who was busted after boasting about his exploits during the Jan. 6 insurrection at the US Capitol on the Bumble dating app will avoid jail time after being sentenced for his role in the riot, officials announced.Putnam County resident Robert Chapman, age 51, was arrested in 2021 after bragging about his involvement in the Jan. 6 insurrection in Washington, DC, ...

  6. Woman Killed In Hit-Run Crash In CT, Police Say

    Woman Killed In Hit-Run Crash In CT, Police Say

    A pedestrian was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in Connecticut late on Wednesday, May 18, police said.In New Haven County, a pedestrian was walking at approximately 10 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18 along the 200 block of Paradise Avenue in Hamden when she was struck.Officers from the Hamden Police Department responded to the scene at approximately 10:15 p.m. on Wednesday night, ...

  7. CT Ranks As Best State To Be A Police Officer, New Study Says

    CT Ranks As Best State To Be A Police Officer, New Study Says

    Connecticut is the best state in the US to serve in law enforcement, according to a newly released study.WalletHub released its 2022 “Best and Worst States To Be A Police Officer" rankings, which found Connecticut at the top of the list, ahead of California, Illinois, Maryland, and the District of Columbia in the top five.According to WalletHub, to determine the best place to place, ...

  8. 'Park Outside:' Ford Recalling 39,000 SUVs Due To Fire Hazard

    'Park Outside:' Ford Recalling 39,000 SUVs Due To Fire Hazard

    Owners of certain Ford SUVs are being advised to keep their trucks out of the garage due to a risk of under the hood fires that could quickly spread.The automaker announced that it is recalling 39,013 Ford Expedition and Navigators that were built between Dec. 1, 2020, and April 30, 2021, after receiving complaints of under the hood fires.According to the company, customers of certain ...

  9. Winning $50K Powerball Ticket Sold In Newburgh

    Winning $50K Powerball Ticket Sold In Newburgh

    A New York Lottery player in the Hudson Valley may be in possession of a valuable winning Powerball ticket worth five figures without knowing it.The New York Lottery announced that one of two prize-winning $50,000 third-place Powerball tickets for the Wednesday, May 18 drawing was sold in Orange County at the Balmville Quick Stop on Route 9W in Newburgh.The other third prize-winning ...

  10. Hempstead Man Sentenced To 20 Years For Assaulting, Robbing Housemate, DA Says

    Hempstead Man Sentenced To 20 Years For Assaulting, Robbing Housemate, DA Says

    A Long Island man with a lengthy rap sheet may spend the rest of his life in prison after violently assaulting his female housemate and robbing her, the Nassau County District Attorney announced.Johnny Shorter, age 42, of Hempstead, was found guilty in April of pistol-whipping and robbing a woman of money and other belongings before attempting to flee from police with a loaded gun in ...

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