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Zak Failla

Content Producer 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. Woman Wanted For Stealing From Long Island CVS

    Woman Wanted For Stealing From Long Island CVS

    An alert has been issued by police investigators on Long Island as they attempt to track down a woman who allegedly stole medication from CVS.Suffolk County Crime Stoppers has offered an award for information that leads to the arrest of a woman who was caught on camera before stealing over-the-counter medication from CVS on Middle Country Road in Centereach earlier this month.The ...

  2. Speeding Stop On LIE Leads To DWI Charge For Long Island Man, Sheriff Says

    Speeding Stop On LIE Leads To DWI Charge For Long Island Man, Sheriff Says

    A 71-year-old driver was allegedly intoxicated when he was stopped for speeding on the Long Island Expressway, the Sheriff’s Office announced.Suffolk County Sheriff’s deputies stopped Glen Cove resident Hector Penagos, shortly before 1:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, when he was clocked driving 80 mph in a posted 55 mph zone on the LIE in Islip.According to the Sheriff’s Office, Penagos was ...

  3. Man Stopped For Driving Without Front Plate Under Influence, New Canaan Police Say

    Man Stopped For Driving Without Front Plate Under Influence, New Canaan Police Say

    A man driving without a front license plate was allegedly intoxicated when he was stopped by police in Fairfield County overnight.Shortly after 1 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, officers from the New Canaan Police Department stopped Norwalk resident Sandro Toro-Diaz, when eh was spotted driving without a license plate on New Norwalk Road. According to police, while speaking with Toro-Diaz, 28, ...

  4. Alert Issued For Long Island Man Wanted On DWI Charge

    Alert Issued For Long Island Man Wanted On DWI Charge

    A Long Island man has been wanted for more than a decade after being arrested for alleged impaired driving.New York State Police investigators in Farmingdale issued an alert as they attempt to locate Gustavo Arias, who is wanted by both State Police and the Nassau County First District Court.According to police, Arias was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated on Feb.. 10, ...

  5. These Long Island School Districts Under Fiscal Stress, State Comptroller Says

    Multiple Long Island school districts were among 33 statewide to be under “fiscal stress,” according to the New York State Comptroller.According to Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s Fiscal Stress Monitoring System, eight districts were facing financial stress, including five in Suffolk County and three in Nassau County.The Comptroller said that the Fiscal Stress Monitoring System ...

  6. Fairfield County HS Student Named Regeneron Finalist

    Fairfield County HS Student Named Regeneron Finalist

    A high school student from Fairfield County was among the 40 that were chosen as finalists at this year's prestigious Regeneron Science Talent Search.This year, approximately 2,000 students entered the Regeneron STS, where they “submit original research in critically important scientific fields of study.” The organization said that the search is “unique among high school competitions in ...

  7. Men Wanted For Stealing $975 Worth Of Items From Long Island Lowe's

    Men Wanted For Stealing $975 Worth Of Items From Long Island Lowe's

    Know them? An alert has been issued by police investigators as they attempt to locate three men who allegedly stole nearly $1,000 worth of tools from a Long Island Lowe’s location last month.According to police, at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, three men walked into Lowe’s on the North Service Road in Commack and stole a variety of tools.In total, the tools have an ...

  8. Man Wanted For Stealing From Long Island CVS

    Man Wanted For Stealing From Long Island CVS

    An alert has been issued by police on Long Island as they attempt to locate a man who allegedly shoplifted from CVS, police said.Suffolk County Crime Stoppers released a surveillance photo of a man who allegedly stole merchandise from CVS on Middle Country Road in Centereach on Wednesday, Dec. 19.In the photo, the suspect, who has a large build, can be seen wearing dark pants, a red and ...

  9. Alert Issued For Man Wanted On Multiple Charges In Area

    Alert Issued For Man Wanted On Multiple Charges In Area

    Have you seen him? New York State Police investigators in Brewster issued an alert for a man wanted for multiple charges following his arrest five years ago.Derek Maurice is wanted by the New York State Police and Town of Southeast Court after being charged with first-degree falsifying business records, and bail jumping.According to police, Maurice was arrested in 2015 following an ...

  10. State AG Cites 'Multiple, Grave Concerns' Over Indian Point Nuclear Plant Decommissioning

    State AG Cites 'Multiple, Grave Concerns' Over Indian Point Nuclear Plant Decommissioning

    New York State Attorney General Letitia James has expressed “multiple, grave concerns” about the decommissioning of Indian Point Energy Center in Westchester.On Thursday, Jan. 23, it was announced that the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission accepted an application from the owner of Indian Point to transfer the power plant to Holtec International for decommissioning.In response, James ...

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