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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. 'Grease' Actor Eddie Deezen Deemed Unfit To Stand Trial In Maryland Assault Case

    'Grease' Actor Eddie Deezen Deemed Unfit To Stand Trial In Maryland Assault Case

    “Grease” actor Eddie Deezen was found to be incompetent and unfit to stand trial after allegedly burglarizing a nursing home in Maryland earlier this year, according to multiple reports.An order obtained by TMZ on Monday, Aug. 8 ruled that the 65-year-old actor could not take the stand at trial due to unspecified mental disorders. Instead, he was transferred to the Maryland Department ...

  2. Fourth Man Sentenced For Movie-Like Kidnapping, Robbery Scheme At Maryland Casino, DC Apartment

    Fourth Man Sentenced For Movie-Like Kidnapping, Robbery Scheme At Maryland Casino, DC Apartment

    The fourth of five suspects implicated in an elaborate kidnapping and robbery scheme that started at a Maryland hotel has been sentenced to federal prison time, authorities announced.Washington, DC resident Anthony Erik Hebron - also known as “Pain,” 29, has been sentenced to 14 years behind bars, followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to commit kidnapping.As part ...

  3. Teen Busted For Trespassing, Threatening Driver With Handgun Days Apart In St. Mary's County

    Teen Busted For Trespassing, Threatening Driver With Handgun Days Apart In St. Mary's County

    A teenager in Maryland is facing multiple charges after allegedly pointing a handgun at a passing driver in St. Mary’s County near a busy intersection, according to the sheriff’s office.Lexington Park resident Leah Michelle Hicks, 18, was apprehended by members of the sheriff's office following an investigation into an alleged incident on Chaptico Road near the area of Route 234 in ...

  4. Teen Busted For Trespassing, Threatening Driver With Handgun Days Apart In St. Mary's County

    Teen Busted For Trespassing, Threatening Driver With Handgun Days Apart In St. Mary's County

    A teenager in Maryland is facing multiple charges after allegedly pointing a handgun at a passing driver in St. Mary’s County near a busy intersection, according to the sheriff’s office.Lexington Park resident Leah Michelle Hicks, 18, was apprehended by members of the sheriff's office following an investigation into an alleged incident on Chaptico Road near the area of Route 234 in ...

  5. Alert Issued For Missing Man Possibly In Need Of Medical Attention In St. Mary's County

    Alert Issued For Missing Man Possibly In Need Of Medical Attention In St. Mary's County

    Seen him? An alert has been issued by law enforcement agencies in Maryland as they seek the public’s assistance in locating a missing man who may be in need of medical attention.The Maryland Center for Missing and Unidentified Persons (MCMUP) released a photo of 31-year-old Shawn Paavola, who was last seen on Sunday, Aug. 7 in Charlotte Hall in St. Mary’s County. Investigators described ...

  6. U-Haul Destroyed After Going Up In Flames Following Collision In Hughesville

    U-Haul Destroyed After Going Up In Flames Following Collision In Hughesville

    The driver of a rented U-Haul in Maryland was able to escape harm, but his truck didn't fare well when an engine fire sparked following a collision, officials announced.In Charles County, first responders in Hughesville responded to a stretch of Prince Frederick Road in Hughesville near the intersection of Brandywine Road for a reported crash over the weekend. Upon arrival shortly ...

  7. Fast-Moving Fire Destroys Maryland Garage, Contents Inside: State Officials

    Fast-Moving Fire Destroys Maryland Garage, Contents Inside: State Officials

    An investigation is underway after a fast-moving fire tore through a Carroll County garage, tearing through it and everything inside.A passerby alerted the Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department about an early morning fire that broke out shortly before 4:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 5, the Maryland Fire Marshal announced.Upon arrival, a spokesperson for the department said that when ...

  8. Former Police Officer Killed In Frederick County Motorcycle Crash

    Former Police Officer Killed In Frederick County Motorcycle Crash

    A former police officer from Cleveland was killed after losing control of his motorcycle on a Maryland highway and getting ejected from the bike, authorities announced.Shaun Vincent Thomas, 44, of Cleveland, Ohio, was killed at approximately 9 a.m. on I-270 in Frederick County while he was riding with a group of motorcyclists in the area of Doctor Perry Road in Ijamsville.The ...

  9. Virginia Man Killed Victim In Fiery Home Before Barricading Himself After Crash: Sheriff

    Virginia Man Killed Victim In Fiery Home Before Barricading Himself After Crash: Sheriff

    A firebug in Virginia is facing a host of charges after a house fire led to a homicide investigation where a suspect attempted to barricade himself away from law enforcement before fleeing, according to the Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office.Spotsylvania resident John Christopher Brown, 37, was arrested following an investigation into a house fire where a man was found dead inside the ...

  10. Potential Arsonist Apprehended In Boonsboro After Pouring Gas, Threatening Family: Officials

    Potential Arsonist Apprehended In Boonsboro After Pouring Gas, Threatening Family: Officials

    A family dispute nearly got extremely heated in Maryland, according to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.Boonsboro resident Bruce Lovins, 52, is facing charges after allegedly pouring gasoline in the living room of his home and threatening his family, officials said.Shortly before 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5, officials said that deputy state fire marshals were called to the 300 block of ...

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