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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Four Killed Crashing Carjacked Kia After Police Pursuit, Fiery Crash In Bowie (UPDATED) Four Killed Crashing Carjacked Kia After Police Pursuit, Fiery Crash In Bowie (UPDATED)
Four Killed Crashing Carjacked Kia After Police Pursuit, Fiery Crash In Bowie (Updated) New details have been released after four people were killed in a fiery crash after smashing a stolen car into a tree on Friday night in Prince George's County. Officers were called around 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29 to the intersection of Lottsford Road and Palmetto Drive in Mitchellville, where there was a Kia Sorrento that crashed and was fully engulfed in flames after crashing during a police pursuit. Investigators say that they spotted the Kia with expired temporary tags, and when officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop, the driver sped off before they lost sight and called off …
'Security Situation' Investigated At Hagerstown Regional Airport 'Security Situation' Investigated At Hagerstown Regional Airport
'Security Situation' Investigated At Hagerstown Regional Airport Police were busy in Washington County on Sunday morning after an incident at Hagerstown Regional Airport. An alert was issued at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1, as airport security worked with local law enforcement to investigate an incident, officials said. There was a report of a potential security concern and alerted the police, which in turn, investigated the situation "toe ensure the safety of all airport personnel and visitors." No information about the security risk was disclosed by officials.  Officials say that there is no threat to the public's safety, and the i…
Passersby Help Virginia State Police Troopers Apprehend Driver After Pursuit Of Stolen Kia Passersby Help Virginia State Police Troopers Apprehend Driver After Pursuit Of Stolen Kia
Passersby Help Virginia State Police Troopers Apprehend Driver After Pursuit Of Stolen Kia Disaster was averted in Alexandria, when a Virginia State Police trooper was nearly run down by a DC man in a stolen vehicle, authorities say. Charges are pending against two men following a bizarre scene that played out at around 11 a.m. on Saturday morning on Franklin Street, when a trooper spotted a Kia Optima that was flagged and wanted by police after it was stolen. Then things took an unexpected turn for the trooper. As he approached the stolen Kia and ordered the driver and a passenger to get out, a 34-year-old man instead drove directly at him, forcing him to jump out of the way to…
One Dead, One Critical After Being Rear-Ended By Tractor-Trailer On I-95 In Baltimore: MSP One Dead, One Critical After Being Rear-Ended By Tractor-Trailer On I-95 In Baltimore: MSP
One Dead, One Critical After Being Rear-Ended By Tractor-Trailer On I-95 In Baltimore: MSP One person was killed and a second had to be airlifted to Shock Trauma in Baltimore after they were rear-ended by a tractor-trailer early on Saturday morning. Maryland State Police have launched an investigation in Baltimore County after city resident Denzel Butcher, 31, was killed and a 28-year-old man was hospitalized in a two-vehicle crash that was reported on I-95.  At around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, police say that troopers were called to the southbound lanes of I-95 near Chesaco Avenue, when a Nissan Altima was possibly disabled and rear-ended by the truck driver, accordi…
Stripping Serial Sex Offender Caught On Camera Busted Fleeing From Police In Fairfax County Stripping Serial Sex Offender Caught On Camera Busted Fleeing From Police In Fairfax County
Stripping Serial Sex Offender Caught On Camera Busted Fleeing From Police In Fairfax County A serial sexual offender who was spotted on a surveillance camera was swiftly apprehended by officers in Fairfax County. Felix Antonio Mejias Vigil, 35, who is well-known to police in Virginia, is facing a host of charges after being connected to several sex offenses over the past several months, authorities announced. On Thursday, Sept. 28, detectives from the Fairfax County Police Department were alerted to a man who was caught on camera who fit the description of a suspected wanted for indecent exposure. The video can be seen here. According to police, Mejias Vigil was caught in a park…
Abductor Who Raped Child Walking To School At Gunpoint In Southeast DC Sentenced: DOJ Abductor Who Raped Child Walking To School At Gunpoint In Southeast DC Sentenced: DOJ
Abductor Who Raped Child Walking To School At Gunpoint In Southeast DC Sentenced: DOJ Justice has been served after a malicious rapist who taunted his prepubescent victim after sexually abusing her while she was walking to school in Southeast DC. District resident Marquette Johnson, 42, a convicted felon, was sentenced to 27 years in prison after pleading guilty in July to first-degree sexual abuse while armed and first-degree child sexual abuse while armed, authorities announced. In November 2005, prosecutors say that Johnson approached a 12-year-old girl as she was walking to school, pointing a weapon at her and ordering her to get into his minivan while threatening to kil…
Company Won't Offer Fix For Bassinets Sold That Pose Strangulation, Suffocation Risks: CPSC Company Won't Offer Fix For Bassinets Sold That Pose Strangulation, Suffocation Risks: CPSC
Company Won't Offer Fix For Bassinets Sold That Pose Strangulation, Suffocation Risks: Cpsc Federal officials are warning parents to immediately stop using a specific bassinet sold nationwide online that could pose a host of hazards for infants. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued an alert advising that Missouri-based Rev Grace Import is not cooperating with the agency, which is cautioning that the "5in1 Rocker Bassinets" pose a suffocation, strangulation, and fall risk. 5in1 Rocker Bassinet (Packaging)CPSC According to CPSC officials, the bassinets do not meet their requirements for their "infant sleep products rule," though the company refuses to offer a r…
District Man Admits To Violent Murder Of Single Mom, Ex In Northwest DC District Man Admits To Violent Murder Of Single Mom, Ex In Northwest DC
District Man Admits To Violent Murder Of Single Mom, Ex In Northwest DC District resident Carson Posey is facing a long stay behind bars after being identified by his dying ex-girlfriend following a fatal shooting three years ago. Posey, 24, pleaded guilty on Friday to second-degree murder while armed for the fatal shooting of 28-year-old Shantal Hill in April 2020 near the Tyler House Apartments in the 1200 block of North Capitol Street NW, federal authorities announced. According to court documents, shortly before 10:50 p.m. on April 15, 2020, Posey shot Hill nine times in the leg, buttocks, and chest, though she did not go down before flagging down her kille…
Pick-Up Truck Reported Stolen Out Of Delaware Torched In Cecil County: Fire Marshal Pick-Up Truck Reported Stolen Out Of Delaware Torched In Cecil County: Fire Marshal
Pick-Up Truck Reported Stolen Out Of Delaware Torched In Cecil County: Fire Marshal Truck thieves in Northern Maryland seemingly destroyed any evidence after stealing a pick-up in Delaware and bringing it across state lines. Crews from the Singerly Fire Company were called to the 300 block of Muddy Lane in Elkton earlier this week, where there was a report of a 2016 Ford F-150 that was fully engulfed in flames. It didn't take long for firefighters to control the fire, though the truck was destroyed and caused an estimated $35,000 in damage. Investigators say that the vehicle was reported stolen by the Wilmington Police Department in Delaware on Sunday, Sept. 24, and it is…
Emmy-Nominated Producer From Arlington Gets Six Years For Child Porn Scandal Emmy-Nominated Producer From Arlington Gets Six Years For Child Porn Scandal
Emmy-Nominated Producer From Arlington Gets Six Years For Child Porn Scandal James Gordon Meek is going from rubbing elbows with Hollywood's elite to doing the same with inmates wearing prison blues. The 53-year-old Emmy-nominated journalist from Virginia will spend years behind bars after admitting to child porn charges following a raid of his home that led to unsettling discoveries. Meek was sentenced to 72 months in prison for transporting photos that showed the sexual abuse of children, federal authorities announced, who previously said that he had corresponded with others who "expressed enthusiasm for the sexual abuse of children."  According to…
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