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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. State Parkways Will Get $25M For Bridge Strike Prevention

    State Parkways Will Get $25M For Bridge Strike Prevention

    New York is turning to technology in an effort to curtail tractor-trailers from striking low-hanging overpasses on state parkways.Since 2015, there have been 576 bridge strikes on New York State highways, causing injuries, traffic delays and damage to overpasses, which often require repairs. In response, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that his Executive Budget includes $25 million ...

  2. Heartbroken Owner Reunited With Stolen Dog In Westchester

    Heartbroken Owner Reunited With Stolen Dog In Westchester

    A homeless man in Westchester County attempted to sell a stolen dog near Mount Vernon that has since been returned to its owner.On Valentine’s Day, Steven Carino, of Bedford, reported that his dog was stolen from his car while it was parked in a Scarsdale shopping center. The missing dog led to a massive search in Westchester and a posted $5,000 reward.“Oliver, my beloved dog was stolen ...

  3. Westchester Felon Found With Loaded Gun At Train Station Pleads Guilty

    Westchester Felon Found With Loaded Gun At Train Station Pleads Guilty

    A Westchester County convict is facing a decade in prison after admitting to illegally possessing a stolen weapon at a Connecticut train station.Mount Vernon resident Michael Lawrence, 26, has pleaded guilty in Hartford federal court to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon dating back to an incident last summer.U.S. Attorney John Durham said that on Aug. 22 last ...

  4. 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 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 in Southeast, ...

  5. Police In North Castle Investigate Suspicious, Loud Breathing, Phone Calls

    Police In North Castle Investigate Suspicious, Loud Breathing, Phone Calls

    Police in Northern Westchester are investigating a suspicious man who has been calling an area resident constantly and breathing deeply into the phone without speaking.For several weeks, a Jackson Road resident reported that she has received daily phone calls from “H Baynard,” coming from a number she didn’t recognize, North Castle Police said.The woman said that when she answers the ...

  6. Moped Driver Hospitalized After Colliding With SUV In Northern Westchester

    Moped Driver Hospitalized After Colliding With SUV In Northern Westchester

    Westchester County Police are investigating a moped crash that left a man hospitalized after he collided with an SUV in Mount Kisco.A Manhattan man suffered serious injuries at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, when the moped he was driving collided with an SUV near the intersection of Main Street and South Bedford Road.Investigators said that Dani Vasco, 27, was traveling ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

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