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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. Burglar Caught Climbing Out Of Northern Westchester Window, Police Say

    Burglar Caught Climbing Out Of Northern Westchester Window, Police Say

    A man was caught climbing out of a second-story window after allegedly breaking in and attempting to steal commemorative coins from the home, police said.Officers from the Westchester County Police Department responded to a residence on Main Street in Mount Kisco at approximately 11 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10, when the homeowner returned home and found that someone was unexpectedly ...

  2. Police: Motorist Driving Without Headlights On Charged With DWI After Running Route 6 Red Light

    Police: Motorist Driving Without Headlights On Charged With DWI After Running Route 6 Red Light

    A man was arrested for alleged impaired driving after being busted driving through a red light with no headlights on, police said.Crompond resident Edinson-Mauro Merino-Meza, 41, was stopped by an officer shortly before 11 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, when he drove past a Yorktown police officer on Route 6 with no headlights on, through a red traffic light, prompting a traffic stop.During ...

  3. Hudson Valley Father Charged In Killing Of Infant Son Appears In Court

    Hudson Valley Father Charged In Killing Of Infant Son Appears In Court

    A Westchester County man facing charges for his role in the death of his infant son made a brief appearance in court this week.Dobbs Ferry resident Kevin Holloway was in Westchester County Court on Tuesday, Feb. 19 as his attorneys requested, and were granted, additional time to provide new documents and discuss others already submitted into court, according to FiOS1. He has been ...

  4. It's Time For Disney To Get A Major Gay Character, Maloney Says

    It's Time For Disney To Get A Major Gay Character, Maloney Says

    Is it time for an LGBTQ character starring in a Disney movie? A Hudson Valley Congressman thinks so.TMZ ran into openly gay Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney on Capitol Hill earlier this week, and asked him about his feelings of the LGBTQ community being represented in a Disney movie.“I think it’s great if there’s positive LGBT characters on Disney movies and shows and everywhere else,” ...

  5. NY Joins 15 States In Lawsuit Challenging Trump Emergency Declaration

    NY Joins 15 States In Lawsuit Challenging Trump Emergency Declaration

    New York has joined 15 other states in a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump’s so-called “contrived” declaration of a National Emergency at the southern border.New York Attorney General Letitia James announced this week that she has filed a lawsuit in U.S. district court challenging the president’s declaration of a national emergency and his attempt to divert funding appropriated ...

  6. Hudson Valley Man Sentenced For Imprisonment, Assault, Attempted Rape

    Hudson Valley Man Sentenced For Imprisonment, Assault, Attempted Rape

    A 59-year-old Westchester man has been sentenced after being found guilty of holding a woman against her will, assaulting her and attempting to rape her.Thomas Jessamy of Mount Vernon has been sentenced to 15 years in state prison after he was found guilty by a jury of attempted rape, unlawful imprisonment and two counts of assault for a four-hour incident in 2017 when he terrorized a ...

  7. Suspect In Poughkeepsie High School Lockout Taken Into Custody

    Suspect In Poughkeepsie High School Lockout Taken Into Custody

    A teenager is in police custody after being accused of making online threats that forced an area high school to enter its lockout protocol.The Poughkeepsie High School was temporarily put in a lockout at 8:08 a.m. on Tuesday morning, when district officials called police headquarters to report they had been made aware of a threat one student made to another.The lockout lasted ...

  8. Lockdown At Poughkeepsie High School Called Due To Student Threats

    Lockdown At Poughkeepsie High School Called Due To Student Threats

    The Poughkeepsie High School was temporarily placed into its lockdown protocol on Tuesday morning due to a “non-credible” threat between students, police said.The school was placed into the lockdown shortly after 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, police said, when information was received involving an alleged threat a student made to another.According to officials, the lockdown lasted nearly ...

  9. Pro Baseball Team In Connecticut Becomes First In Nation To Ban Peanuts, Cracker Jack

    Pro Baseball Team In Connecticut Becomes First In Nation To Ban Peanuts, Cracker Jack

    Baseball fans in Connecticut will no longer be able to be able to buy peanuts and Cracker Jacks at a minor league ballpark, and they don’t care if you never get back.Dunkin’ Donuts Park, the home of the Hartford Yard Goats minor league team, the Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, announced that it is banning peanut and Cracker Jacks from the stadium.The ban is believed to be ...

  10. New Indian Point Siren Test Scheduled

    New Indian Point Siren Test Scheduled

    Don’t be alarmed, it’s just a test.There will be a test of the Indian Point Energy Center emergency notification sirens during a regularly quarterly test of the system.At approximately 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, Feb. 20, officials will conduct the test, which will involve sounding the sirens at full-volume for approximately four minutes in Westchester, Rockland, Orange and Putnam ...

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