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Zak Failla

Content Producer zfailla@dailyvoice.com

Zak worked as a sports editor at the Shoshone News Press in northern Idaho and as a sports writer at the Ithaca Journal before making his way to The Daily Voice. A graduate of Ithaca College's Roy H. Park School of Communication, he is a self-proclaimed cat and juggling enthusiast. 

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  1. CT House Votes To Raise Smoking Age

    CT House Votes To Raise Smoking Age

    Teenagers in Connecticut soon may no longer have legal access to tobacco and e-cigarette products.The Connecticut House overwhelmingly approved a bill 124-22 that will increase from 18 to 21 the minimum age to purchase such products. The bill now heads to the Senate.If approved, Connecticut will join eight other states in raising the age to purchase tobacco, though hundreds of ...

  2. Fairfield Father Accused Of Killing Ex-Wife Freed On $2M Bond Posted By Son

    Fairfield Father Accused Of Killing Ex-Wife Freed On $2M Bond Posted By Son

    The son of a Fairfield man accused of killing his ex-wife earlier this year has been released after his son posted a $2 million bond.Following a hearing this week in Bridgeport Superior Court, a judge allowed James Taylor, 75, to be released from custody under the condition that he lives with his son Chris Taylor, a member of the Bridgeport Board of Education.Taylor was arrested in ...

  3. Coyote Warnings Issued As Weather Warms Up, Sightings Start Up Again

    Coyote Warnings Issued As Weather Warms Up, Sightings Start Up Again

    With the weather warming up, local law enforcement agencies are warning area residents to be aware of the possibility of coyote sightings.Police in the area noted that “during this time of year, we tend to have an increase in coyote sightings. From March to May, coyotes typically have their pups and begin to look for more food. It’s important to know that coyotes are not exclusively ...

  4. Suspect Living In Fairfield County Sentenced For Role In Police Shootout

    Suspect Living In Fairfield County Sentenced For Role In Police Shootout

    A suspect with ties to Westchester and Fairfield County has been sentenced to probation for his role in a shootout with a police officer in 2017.Jerry Reyes, 23, who lived in New Rochelle at the time of the shooting, but now resides in Greenwich, was sentenced to three years of probation after pleading guilty in Westchester County Court to criminal possession of a weapon following a ...

  5. Support, Counseling Offered For Middle School Students After Monroe Eighth-Grader's Suicide

    Support, Counseling Offered For Middle School Students After Monroe Eighth-Grader's Suicide

    The school community is rallying around students at the Jockey Hollow Middle School in Connecticut following the apparent suicide of an eighth-grader.On Friday, May 10, an eighth-grader reportedly died at home, committing suicide, Jockey Hollow principal school principal Jack Ceccolini wrote in a letter to parents over the weekend. The students were informed of the incident on Monday ...

  6. Beware Of New 'Avoid Arrest' Scam, Police Say

    Beware Of New 'Avoid Arrest' Scam, Police Say

    Don’t be duped!Police investigators in Fairfield County are warning area residents to be wary of a new scam making the rounds, with fraudsters posing as members of the department.“A common phone scam across the country appears to be impacting the Fairfield area at this time,” police posted on Facebook. “The Fairfield Police Department has been made aware of numerous calls being made to ...

  7. Unintended Rollaways Lead To Recall Of 270,000 Ford Vehicles

    Unintended Rollaways Lead To Recall Of 270,000 Ford Vehicles

    More than a quarter million Ford vehicles are being recalled in North America due to a transmission glitch that can cause cars to shift gears and roll away.The company announced that the recall is for Fusion models with 2.5-liter engines that were produced between 2013 and 2016. The recalled vehicles were built at Ford’s Flat Rock, Michigan and Hermosillo, Mexico, assembly ...

  8. Mosque Fire In New Haven Intentionally Set, Authorities Say

    Mosque Fire In New Haven Intentionally Set, Authorities Say

    With Ramadan underway, fire officials in Connecticut have determined that the blaze that broke out at a New Haven mosque was intentionally set over the weekend.Fire crews from several area departments were dispatched at approximately 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 12, to the Diyanet Mosque on Middletown Road, when a fire broke out, sending smoke billowing for several blocks.The fire reportedly ...

  9. Westport Man Charged In Armed Robbery Of Fairfield Subway Shop

    Westport Man Charged In Armed Robbery Of Fairfield Subway Shop

    A Fairfield County man is facing charges after allegedly holding up a Subway restaurant at gunpoint in Fairfield and stealing hundreds of dollars, hours after stealing from a tip jar at a different location earlier in the day, police said.Walter Reed, of Westport, allegedly robbed Subway at 709 Post Road in Fairfield on May 2, when he reportedly asked a cashier to make change for a ...

  10. Police: Shelton Man Writes Bogus Inheritance Letter After Friend's Death

    Police: Shelton Man Writes Bogus Inheritance Letter After Friend's Death

    .A suspicious inheritance note led to the arrest of a Fairfield County man who allegedly attempted to steal his friend’s belongings, police said.Officers from the Shelton Police Department were dispatched to a Howe Avenue apartment on April 19, where there was a report of an unresponsive man inside the residence. Upon arrival, officers found Shelton resident Jorge Ospina, 45, performing ...

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