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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.

Zak Failla's Contributions

  1. COVID-19: Cybercriminals Using New Sextortion Tactics Amid Pandemic

    COVID-19: Cybercriminals Using New Sextortion Tactics Amid Pandemic

    The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has provided cybercriminals the opportunity to get creative with their “sextortion” tactics as they exploit the pandemic, according to reports.In the past, criminals have targeted their victims by claiming they have embarrassing, salacious video proof, typically from a webcam, of a person watching sexual content.The scammers then seek to extort ...

  2. State Police Issue Alert For Wanted Long Island Man

    State Police Issue Alert For Wanted Long Island Man

    Seen him? An alert was issued by New York State Police investigators on Long Island as they attempt to locate a man who has been wanted following his arrest more than 12 years ago.New York State Police troopers in Farmingdale are attempting to track down Naubon Osborne, who is wanted following his arrest for driving while intoxicated on March 22, 2008. An arrest warrant was issued for ...

  3. Driveway Scam Alert Issued In Area

    Driveway Scam Alert Issued In Area

    With the warmer weather, the New York State Police Department is cautioning homeowners to be wary of “driveway paving scammers.”New York State Police issued a scam alert this week after receiving reports in the Hudson Valley of fraudsters who have already started making the rounds, looking for their victims.According to police, the driveway scam typically involves scammers collecting ...

  4. Man Wanted For Stealing $935 Of Items At Long Island Lowe's

    Man Wanted For Stealing $935 Of Items At Long Island Lowe's

    Know him?An alert has been issued by police investigators as they attempt to locate a man who allegedly stole nearly $1,000 worth of tools from a Long Island Lowe’s location last month.According to police, at approximately 10:20 a.m. on Saturday, June 20, a man walked into Lowe’s on the North Service Road in Commack and stole a variety of power tools before fleeing in a dark-colored ...

  5. Man Faces Assault Charge After Altercation With Woman On State Thruway

    Man Faces Assault Charge After Altercation With Woman On State Thruway

    An Orange County man allegedly punched a woman in the face and attempted to take her cell phone as she was calling 911, State Police said.A physical altercation broke out at approximately 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30 on I-87 in Woodbury near the Woodbury Toll Plaza, police said, after a man and woman were involved in a dispute.The investigation determined that Newburgh resident Michael ...

  6. 13 Area Residents Charged With Impaired Driving In State Police Stops

    13 Area Residents Charged With Impaired Driving In State Police Stops

    More than a dozen area residents were among the 18 charged by New York State Police troopers for alleged impaired driving in the Hudson Valley.Local residents charged were: Westchester CountyOn Saturday, June 27, State Police troopers from Cortlandt arrested Jose R. Becerra Rey, 32, of Peekskill, for DWI with a prior conviction within ten years, a felony. He was traveling on ...

  7. Man Drove Drunk With BAC Twice The Legal Limit In Westchester, Police Say

    Man Drove Drunk With BAC Twice The Legal Limit In Westchester, Police Say

    A Fairfield County man was busted driving drunk with a blood alcohol content more than double the legal limit on I-95 in Westchester, New York State Police said.New York State Police troopers stopped a driver at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 26 on I-95 in Larchmont after he committed multiple vehicle and traffic violations.Police said that during the subsequent traffic stop, ...

  8. COVID-19: Alert Issued For Fake Mask Exempt Cards Being Sold Online

    COVID-19: Alert Issued For Fake Mask Exempt Cards Being Sold Online

    While mask-wearing amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has become politicized, federal officials are cautioning of a new scam for fraudulent face mask exempt flyers that have been circulating online.The Department of Justice has issued a warning of a card that has been circulating online which falsely claims its holder is exempt from wearing a mask - contrary to local, state, ...

  9. State Police Issue Alert For Man Wanted On Menacing Charge

    State Police Issue Alert For Man Wanted On Menacing Charge

    Seen him? A man wanted by New York State Police investigators in the Hudson Valley are attempting to locate a man who was arrested for pulling out a knife and cutting his victim during an altercation.New York State Police in Sullivan County issued an alert for Stevie Gonzalez, who was arrested and charged with second-degree menacing after being involved in a physical altercation, ...

  10. Pasta Product Shipped Nationwide Recalled Due To Listeria Concerns

    Pasta Product Shipped Nationwide Recalled Due To Listeria Concerns

    A pasta product that was distributed and sold nationwide is being recalled due to the potential presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the food.Texas-based Garland Ventures announced a voluntary recall of 1,095 cases of “Five Cheese Stuffed Shells” trays because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria.The recalled products were distributed nationwide to multiple ...

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