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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Death Investigation Launched After Employee Found At Lettie Marshall Dent Elementary School Death Investigation Launched After Employee Found At Lettie Marshall Dent Elementary School
Death Investigation Launched After Employee Found At Lettie Marshall Dent Elementary School The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office has launched a death investigation at an area elementary school after an employee was found dead, according to officials. Shortly after 10 p.m. on Tuesday night, deputies from the sheriff's office responded to Lettie Marshall Dent Elementary School in Mechanicsville for a death investigation. According to the agency, detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division and a forensic investigator from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner responded to the school to investigate. No foul play is suspected. Investigators say that the victim of the in…
Intoxicated DC Man Shooting At U-Haul Truck In Manassas Apprehended Following Search: Police Intoxicated DC Man Shooting At U-Haul Truck In Manassas Apprehended Following Search: Police
Intoxicated DC Man Shooting At U-Haul Truck In Manassas Apprehended Following Search: Police A man no stranger to law enforcement is back behind bars following a strange scene that played out on Tuesday night in Prince William County. District resident Vinzel Pierce Brown, 30, put on a show for police before being apprehended after firing shots at an unoccupied U-Haul vehicle that was parked in the 8000 block of Sudley Road in Manassas, officials say. At approximately 7:15 p.m. on Feb. 20, officers from the Prince William County Police Department responded to the report of shots fired, where they found Brown firing at the truck, at which point he attempted to flee - allegedly while…
Pedestrian In Wheelchair Struck By Driver Crossing Road In Frederick Dies, Police Say Pedestrian In Wheelchair Struck By Driver Crossing Road In Frederick Dies, Police Say
Pedestrian In Wheelchair Struck By Driver Crossing Road In Frederick Dies, Police Say The woman who was struck by a driver earlier this month while crossing the street in her motorized wheelchair has died, the Frederick Police Department announced on Wednesday. Frederick resident Peggy Nazelrod, 63, has died after she was rushed to the Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown on Tuesday, Feb. 6 when she was struck by a 2010 Honda Accord, according to the agency. The now-fatal crash was reported at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 6 in the area of Key Parkway and Willowdale Road, when the driver struck Nazelrod crossing the roadway in her motorized wheelchair. Nazelrod…
Shooter Sentenced For Murdering GF Of DC-Area Drug Dealer During Ambush In Puerto Rico: Feds Shooter Sentenced For Murdering GF Of DC-Area Drug Dealer During Ambush In Puerto Rico: Feds
Shooter Sentenced For Murdering GF Of Dc-area Drug Dealer During Ambush In Puerto Rico: Feds A convicted drug trafficker who ambushed and murdered a woman from Maryland who was dating the leader of a DC-area drug operation has been sentenced to decades in prison, federal authorities announced. Pureto Rico-native Jann Jousten Aponte-Rivera, 27, was sentenced on Wednesday to 50 years in prison for the drug-related murder of 42-year-old Frederick resident Shantay Myisha Butler, who was killed in retaliation for drug debts, officials say.  According to prosecutors, Aponte-Rivera was part of a large-scale drug trafficking organization based in San Juan that was sending kilogra…
AG IDs 'Suspicious Person,' Officers Involved During In-Custody Prince George's County Death AG IDs 'Suspicious Person,' Officers Involved During In-Custody Prince George's County Death
AG IDs 'Suspicious Person,' Officers Involved During In-Custody Prince George's County Death New details have been released by the Maryland Attorney General's Office as it continues to investigate the death of a man who was acting suspiciously before dying in the custody of the Prince George's County Police Department last week. At around 7:45 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16, officers from the department responded to a 911 call for a questionable person who was knocking on doors in the 10700 block of Lake Arbor Way in Largo, causing concerns for some residents, the Attorney General's Office announced over the weekend. 10700 block of Lake Arbor Way in Largo Google Maps street view U…
'Armed, Dangerous' Man At Large Following Fatal Shooting Of 19-Year-Old In Ashburn: Sheriff 'Armed, Dangerous' Man At Large Following Fatal Shooting Of 19-Year-Old In Ashburn: Sheriff
'Armed, Dangerous' Man At Large Following Fatal Shooting Of 19-Year-Old In Ashburn: Sheriff Seen him?  The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance in tracking down Rashaun Owens, who is wanted in connection to the Valentine's Day murder of 19-year-old Michai Dandridge-Carter outside an Ashburn apartment complex. 44400 block of Keller Square in Ashburn Google Maps street view Dandridge-Carter was identified by the sheriff's office as the person found with a fatal gunshot wound outside the Ashburn Meadows complex last week. According to a spokesperson for the Loudoun County Sherif's office, shortly before 7:20 p.m. on Feb. 14, deputies were calle…
Investigation Launched Following Reported Sexual Assault In Alexandria: Police Investigation Launched Following Reported Sexual Assault In Alexandria: Police
Investigation Launched Following Reported Sexual Assault In Alexandria: Police The Alexandria Police Department has launched an investigation after a woman was allegedly sexually assaulted, officials say. According to investigators, a woman was walking shortly after midnight on Wednesday morning in the area of Mount Vernon and Commonwealth Avenue when she was accosted and assaulted by a stranger, sending her to the hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries. Officials made note that this incident is unrelated to the assault on Main Line Boulevard earlier this month. "We are committed to the safety of our community," interim Alexandria Police Chief Raul Pedroso sa…
Vacant Building Goes Up In Flames In Southeast DC (PHOTOS) Vacant Building Goes Up In Flames In Southeast DC (PHOTOS)
Vacant Building Goes Up In Flames In Southeast DC (Photos) First responders had their hands full in Southeast DC on Wednesday when a fire broke out at a vacant building, officials say. DC Fire and EMS personnel were called to the 2300 block of Minnesota Avenue SE at approximately 6:15 a.m. on Feb. 21, when a fire was reported in the basement of a two-story home with flames showing on the first floor.  Early images of the Working Fire this AM in the 2300 block Minnesota Ave SE. ##DCsBravest pic.twitter.com/eAG7mfnWfc — DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) February 21, 2024 According to officials, the building is known to be vacant, and there were …
Driver Arrested For Deadly Hit-Run Crash In Woodlawn: Police Driver Arrested For Deadly Hit-Run Crash In Woodlawn: Police
Driver Arrested For Deadly Hit-Run Crash In Woodlawn: Police Police have tracked down and arrested the man who was found miles away from a fatal hit-and-run crash in Fairfax County, police say. Woodbridge resident Kelechi Uzodinma, 61, has been arrested after 51-year-old Heliodoro Luna-Perez was struck and killed over the weekend in Woodlawn. At approximately 10:40 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18, officers from the Fairfax County Police Department responded to the intersection of Richmond Highway and Brevard Court, where there was a report of a pedestrian who was struck by a Lexus. Upon arrival, officers found Luna-Perez in the roadway after …
Lucky Lottery Player Wins 'Seats For 20 Years' At Baltimore Ravens Games Lucky Lottery Player Wins 'Seats For 20 Years' At Baltimore Ravens Games
Lucky Lottery Player Wins 'Seats For 20 Years' At Baltimore Ravens Games The Ravens Flock is going to be one deeper for at least the next 20 years.  Thomas Humphries will be seeing the world through purple-colored glasses for at least the next two decades after being announced as the winner of Maryland Lottery's "Seats for 20 Years" event on Wednesday. Nearly a million entries were made by fans vying to secure their spot at M&T Bank Stadium, and the Nottingham native was the lucky winner, landing himself club seats to every home game through 2044.  Congratulations to Thomas Humphries, who won Ravens season tickets for 20 years! pic.twitter.com/…
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