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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Quick-Thinking Teacher Recovers Loaded Gun From Elementary School Student In Alexandria: Police Quick-Thinking Teacher Recovers Loaded Gun From Elementary School Student In Alexandria: Police
Quick-Thinking Teacher Recovers Loaded Gun From Elementary School Student In Alexandria: Police The Alexandria Police Department continues to investigate after an elementary school student was caught bringing a gun to class on Friday. Officers were called to the Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy on March 1 when a teacher heard the child voluntarily mention that he was carrying the weapon inside his backpack. Police say that the student brought the loaded gun into school inside his bag, and voluntarily mentioned it in conversation with their teacher on Friday that they were armed. The teacher immediately took possession of the student's bag, notified school administrators, and the poli…
Hiker Injured After Falling On Montgomery County Trail Hiker Injured After Falling On Montgomery County Trail
Hiker Injured After Falling On Montgomery County Trail One person was injured after taking a fall while hiking along a Montgomery County trail on Sunday afternoon. A hiker was enjoying the weather at around 1 p.m. on March 1, when they took a fall on Billy Goat Trail A, prompting a call to Montgomery County Fire and EMS personnel. (~1p) @COcanalNPS Billy Goat Trail A, adult injured person from fall, IAO TM2/traverse, @mcfrs SW730, SW730B, SW710B, SW710, A710, PE720, ALS710, E752, UTV711, EAGLE, BC702, UT730, UT752 responding pic.twitter.com/E0qRqsTlA5 — Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) March 3, 2024 According to a spokesperson for the agency, one…
Police ID Motorcyclist Killed In Fiery Crash At Busy Montgomery County Intersection Police ID Motorcyclist Killed In Fiery Crash At Busy Montgomery County Intersection
Police ID Motorcyclist Killed In Fiery Crash At Busy Montgomery County Intersection New details have been released by the Montgomery County Department of Police after a serious crash involving a motorcyclist and Acura on Thursday afternoon in Gaithersburg. First responders were called to the intersection of Snouffer School Road and Centerway Road before 4:45 p.m. on Feb. 29, when Damascus resident Anthony Bernard Lee was struck by another vehicle and his motorcycle went up in flames. According to a Montgomery County Fire and EMS spokesperson, paramedics rushed two adults to the hospital - one with traumatic injuries - following the crash. The 35-year-old Lee later died fr…
Fire Breaks Out In Chinatown Restaurant In Northwest DC Fire Breaks Out In Chinatown Restaurant In Northwest DC
Fire Breaks Out In Chinatown Restaurant In Northwest DC Smoke could be seen billowing for several blocks in Northwest DC on Sunday when a fast-moving fire broke out in a restaurant and spread to the roof. DC Fire and EMS personnel were called at around 1 p.m. on March 3 to the 700 block of 6th Street NW, where they were met by massive plumes coming from the roof of a business. This was the scene encountered by firefighters upon arrival at the Working Fire in the 700 block 6th St NW. #DCsBravest https://t.co/MktEwkQ4cQ — DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) March 3, 2024 The fire was declared under control before 1:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, thoug…
Man Sporting Motorcycle Club Cut Abandoned Emaciated Dog In Woodbridge Park, Police Say Man Sporting Motorcycle Club Cut Abandoned Emaciated Dog In Woodbridge Park, Police Say
Man Sporting Motorcycle Club Cut Abandoned Emaciated Dog In Woodbridge Park, Police Say An extremely emaciated dog was found at a popular Prince William County Park on Saturday, now police are attempting to track down the person who left it behind, officials say. Officers responded on Sunday morning to investigate a dog that was found at the C. Lacey Compton Neighborhood Park in Woodbridge on Saturday, March 2 by an unknown man who drove away in a newer-model white Range Rover. Police say that a Good Samaritan took the dog to the Prince William County Animal Services Center, where the dog - a male mixed-breed Hound believed to be between six and 12 months old - where he w…
Murder Suspect Arrested In DC 18 Months After Stabbing 20-Year-Old In Northeast DC: MPD Murder Suspect Arrested In DC 18 Months After Stabbing 20-Year-Old In Northeast DC: MPD
Murder Suspect Arrested In DC 18 Months After Stabbing 20-Year-Old In Northeast DC: MPD More than a year after 20-year-old Rashawn Phifer was stabbed to death in Northeast DC, a suspect was apprehended in Virginia, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. Northwest DC resident Christian Wilkerson, 21, was arrested by members of the department's Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force in Norfolk this week following a lengthy investigation into the death of Phifer in November 2022. At around 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, police say that officers from the department were called to the 500 block of Riggs Road NE to investigate a reporting stabbing, where they …
Stabbing Suspect Who Butchered Man Breaking Up Domestic Dispute In DC Sentenced: Feds Stabbing Suspect Who Butchered Man Breaking Up Domestic Dispute In DC Sentenced: Feds
Stabbing Suspect Who Butchered Man Breaking Up Domestic Dispute In DC Sentenced: Feds The District man who stabbed a man to death while he was attempting to break up a fight after his birthday party will spend decades in prison, federal authorities announced. Marquette Jordan, 32, was sentenced to 32 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for the 2018 murder of Ivan Lynch in Southeast DC following a birthday celebration. Prosecutors say that on April 30, 2018, Lynch, who had just attended a birthday celebration for himself, left the party and was going to meet up with a friend at his DC apartment.  On the way to the friend’s apartment, L…
Frederick Felon Sentenced For Drug, Weapon Offenses Following Bust: State's Attorney Frederick Felon Sentenced For Drug, Weapon Offenses Following Bust: State's Attorney
Frederick Felon Sentenced For Drug, Weapon Offenses Following Bust: State's Attorney A drug dealer in Maryland with a history of testing law enforcement is heading to prison for more than a decade following his arrest in Frederick County last year. Israel Herman Logan, 26, will serve at least 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple drug offenses, with the first 10 years served without the possibility of parole. In May last year, members of the Frederick County Sheriff's Office searched an apartment in the 5200 block of Locust Drive in Frederick, where Logan was living with Melany Marchan, officials say. During that search and seizure, which was a result of an …
Great Falls Bank Robber Arrested In Montgomery County, Police Say Great Falls Bank Robber Arrested In Montgomery County, Police Say
Great Falls Bank Robber Arrested In Montgomery County, Police Say A police helicopter is being credited for helping investigators in Maryland apprehend a bank robber who held up a Wells Fargo in Virginia on Friday morning. Michael Allen Reid, 61, crossed over state lines from his Maryland home on March 1, when he walked into the bank branch on Walker Road in Great Falls, took out a gun, demanded cash, and fled in a vehicle. The bank robber in Fairfax County Fairfax County Police However, he was no match for the Fairfax County Police Department. Officers canvassed the area and spotted Reid's Acura blowing through a red light while speeding near I-495,…
Teen Treated For Gunshot Wound Charged After Firing At Vehicle In Lexington Park, Sheriff Says Teen Treated For Gunshot Wound Charged After Firing At Vehicle In Lexington Park, Sheriff Says
Teen Treated For Gunshot Wound Charged After Firing At Vehicle In Lexington Park, Sheriff Says A teenager caught on camera firing a weapon toward a vehicle in St. Mary's County suffered a gunshot wound and is now facing charges, according to officials. Early on Saturday morning, deputies from the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office were called to investigate a shooting in the 21800 block of Ronald Drive in Lexington Park, where they found 18-year old Dakarai Amon Mason suffering from a gunshot wound to his leg. The Lexington Park resident was taken to an area hospital for treatment and evaluation of his injury, and investigators were able to locate several nearby videos that showed Ma…
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