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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. Photos: Crash Injures Driver, Causes Spill Of Thousands Of Gallons Of Asphalt Emulsion

    Photos: Crash Injures Driver, Causes Spill Of Thousands Of Gallons Of Asphalt Emulsion

    A busy Putnam County roadway had to be closed for several hours when the driver of a tanker truck crashed, leaving him injured and spilling thousands of gallons of asphalt emulsion that drifted into a stream.Multiple agencies were dispatched to a stretch of Peekskill Hollow Road at approximately 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 19, in Putnam Valley, when a tanker crashed off-road, spilling the ...

  2. Many Still Without Power After Strong Storms Rip Through Fairfield County

    Many Still Without Power After Strong Storms Rip Through Fairfield County

    Hundreds in Connecticut are still without power following a spate of strong thunderstorms that struck the area.As of 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 375 of Eversource’s customers were still without power, while 424 of United Illuminating customers were reporting outages.On Monday, more than 5,000 outages were reported throughout Connecticut.In Fairfield County, outages were still ...

  3. Suspect Admits To Attempted Murder After Abducting Girlfriend In Westchester

    Suspect Admits To Attempted Murder After Abducting Girlfriend In Westchester

    A 31-year-old man admitted to kidnapping, attempted murder and other charges after abducting his girlfriend, driving her to Westchester and threatening to kill himself before he assaulted her.Johuan Ramos from the Bronx pleaded guilty to attempted murder, kidnapping and two counts each of assault and criminal possession of a weapon, all felonies, Westchester County District ...

  4. Power Cut To Jewelry Store In Apparent Targeted Burglary Attempt, Darien Police Say

    Power Cut To Jewelry Store In Apparent Targeted Burglary Attempt, Darien Police Say

    Suspects allegedly cut the power to a Fairfield County jewelry store multiple times in an effort to rob it, police said.The owner of David Harvey Jewelers in Darien reported to police last week that several alarm activations had occurred at the business overnight, prompting officers to respond to the location, which was secured each time an alarm went off.Police said that the owner had ...

  5. Woman Accused Of Raping Child After Complaints Of Loud Parties, Police Say

    Woman Accused Of Raping Child After Complaints Of Loud Parties, Police Say

    A series of loud parties led to a rape charge for a woman who allegedly had sex with a minor in Rockland County, police said.The Stony Point Police Department received numerous complaints from local residents regarding loud music and parties on multiple incidents over the course of months at a Perrins Peak home.In response to the parties, Stony Point resident Andre Oden, 45, was cited ...

  6. Westchester Teen Street Racer Charged With Assault, Reckless Driving After Nearly Striking Cop

    Westchester Teen Street Racer Charged With Assault, Reckless Driving After Nearly Striking Cop

    A Westchester teenager who was engaged in street racing was arrested after allegedly attempted to flee officers attempting to take him into custody, nearly striking one, police said.Officers from the Yonkers Police Department responded to a stretch of Central Park Avenue at approximately 2:45 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, where there was a report of drivers engaged in a disorderly car meet ...

  7. Car Coming Off Taconic Parkway Crashes Into Booth At FDR Park

    Car Coming Off Taconic Parkway Crashes Into Booth At FDR Park

    A motorist had to be extricated from a vehicle after crashing into a booth at FDR Park in Yorktown Heights.First responders were dispatched to the park at approximately 3:20 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, when there were reports of a motor vehicle crash that required the extraction of the driver after he drove through a booth.Officials said that upon arrival, first responders found the ...

  8. Car Stolen In Darien Found Damaged, Inoperable In Norwalk, Police Say

    Car Stolen In Darien Found Damaged, Inoperable In Norwalk, Police Say

    A car that was reported stolen in Darien was found in Norwalk over the weekend, damaged and unable to be driven, police said.A Wilson Ridge East resident reported to police that a 2013 Honda Civic was stolen from his driveway overnight on Monday, Aug. 16. The car had been left in the driveway the night before unlocked with the keys inside.On Friday, Aug. 16, investigators were contacted ...

  9. Police: Mercedes Stolen After Son Leaves It Parked For Dad To Pick Up At Darien Train Station

    Police: Mercedes Stolen After Son Leaves It Parked For Dad To Pick Up At Darien Train Station

    A Mercedes-Benz was stolen from the Darien Metro-North station after a son left it parked for his father to pick up, police said.The Darien Police Department received a report from a man on Tuesday, Aug. 13, who stated that his 2018 Mercedes S560, which had been used by his son two days earlier, was taken from the train station.Police said that the son boarded a train to Manhattan, and ...

  10. Thousands In Westchester Left Without Power As Storms Sweep Through Area

    Thousands In Westchester Left Without Power As Storms Sweep Through Area

    Thousands in Westchester have lost power as scattered severe storms sweep through the area.Con Edison was reporting 31 outages as of 4:40 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 19, impacting 2,238 customers. NYSEG is reporting another 743 customers without power in Northern Westchester.There have been reports of strong storms both in the southern portions of the region, including the New York City area, ...

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