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Zak Failla

Urgent News Reporter 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. Tournament Set To Aid Former Westchester Pro Baseball Prospect's Foundation

    Tournament Set To Aid Former Westchester Pro Baseball Prospect's Foundation

    A family in Westchester is hitting the court to raise awareness of gun control and to remember a fallen family member who was gunned down in Yonkers.The third annual Michael Nolan Basketball Tournament will be held beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Lincoln High School on Kneeland Avenue in Yonkers. The event is named in honor of the former Oakland Athletic’s prospect and ...

  2. College Of New Rochelle Closure Seen As Likely

    College Of New Rochelle Closure Seen As Likely

    Amid a near three-year financial crisis, the College of New Rochelle may be shutting its doors for good at the end of the summer semester.In 2016, the college’s Board of Trustees was alerted about “significant unmet financial obligations that had accrued over a period of time.” The Board subsequently launched an investigation and enlisted the help of officials to restructure and manage ...

  3. Daytime I-684 Lane Closures Scheduled For Weekend

    Daytime I-684 Lane Closures Scheduled For Weekend

    Motorists traveling on I-684 over the weekend may see delays as crews continue construction work in North Castle and Harrison.The New York State Department of Transportation announced that between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, there will be double lane closures on the interstate between exit 1 (I-287) and exit 3 (Route 22), weather permitting.The NYSDOT said that during the ...

  4. Hit-Run SUV Driver On Loose: Motorist With NY Plates Crashes Into Utility Pole In Ridgefield

    Hit-Run SUV Driver On Loose: Motorist With NY Plates Crashes Into Utility Pole In Ridgefield

    Did you see anything? Police investigators in Ridgefield are seeking the public’s assistance as they attempt to gather information about a one-one-vehicle crash that destroyed a utility pole.According to police, at approximately 10:50 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, a vehicle struck the pole on North Street, breaking it into several pieces. A white Chevy SUV with New York license plates was ...

  5. New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Charged With Soliciting Prostitution

    New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Charged With Soliciting Prostitution

    New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is facing charges of soliciting prostitution in connection to a recent bust on massage parlors in Florida.Kraft, 77, who is no stranger to local football fans, was charged with two counts of soliciting another to commit prostitution, police in Jupiter, Florida announced on Friday morning. Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr announced at a press ...

  6. Ex-Westchester Priests Among Four NY Clerics ID'd As Being Accused Of Sexual Abuse

    Ex-Westchester Priests Among Four NY Clerics ID'd As Being Accused Of Sexual Abuse

    Two former clerics in the Hudson Valley were among four more from New York accused of sexual abuse.Michael Kevin John, who worked at Blessed Sacrament High School in New Rochelle in the late 1970s, and Robert Louis Pavlica, who worked for Iona Preparatory School in the 1960s, were among four former members of the Irish Christian Brothers Order who are facing charges of sexual abuse.Rev. ...

  7. Four Westchester Residents Charged With DWI In State Police Stops

    Four Westchester Residents Charged With DWI In State Police Stops

    Several area residents were among 11 taken off the road over the weekend for alleged impaired driving.Local residents charged include:Westchester CountyOn Friday, Feb. 15, State Police troopers from Brewster arrested Jose M. Lopez Gonzalez, 38, of Mount Kisco, for Aggravated DWI Leandra’s Law, a felony, and Endangering the welfare of a Child, a misdemeanor. He was traveling on I-684 ...

  8. Pleasantville Businessman Admits To Swindling Clients Out Of Thousands

    Pleasantville Businessman Admits To Swindling Clients Out Of Thousands

    A Westchester County businessman has admitted to lining his own pockets with thousands of dollars as part of a scheme to steal business taxes from clients that employed his services.Pleasantville resident Stefan Malgarinos, 48, has pleaded guilty to grand larceny and scheme to defraud, both felonies, related to stealing withholding tax money from state and federal authorities ...

  9. Couple Admits To Stealing 500 Pieces Of Mail From Northern Westchester Mailboxes

    Couple Admits To Stealing 500 Pieces Of Mail From Northern Westchester Mailboxes

    A Connecticut couple busted with hundreds of pieces of mail during a traffic stop have pleaded guilty to felony charges for robbing “rural” mailboxes in Northern Westchester.Shamaty Pacheco, 20, and Axel Zuniga-Loor, 25, both of Waterbury, have pleaded guilty to one count each of criminal possession of stolen property, felonies, after being busted earlier this month.Westchester County ...

  10. Teens Rescued After Saving Dog At Northern Westchester Lake

    Teens Rescued After Saving Dog At Northern Westchester Lake

    A pair of 18-year-olds who jumped into the Cranberry Lake Preserve to rescue their dog wound up needing rescuing themselves.The two teens, each of Port Chester, were spotted struggling in the freezing water by a passerby, who called local police around 3:45 p.m. Thursday. The couple had gotten themselves and the dog -- who had fallen through the ice -- out of the lake before first ...

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