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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'Armed, Dangerous' Man Apprehended Following Fatal Shooting Of 19-Year-Old In Ashburn: Sheriff 'Armed, Dangerous' Man Apprehended Following Fatal Shooting Of 19-Year-Old In Ashburn: Sheriff
'Armed, Dangerous' Man Apprehended Following Fatal Shooting Of 19-Year-Old In Ashburn: Sheriff Rashaun Owens has turned himself in to police in Loudoun County following a fatal shooting earlier this month, officials say. Owens was one of the most hotly-sought fugitives in the county after an alert was issued for him in connection to the Valentine's Day murder of 19-year-old Michai Dandridge-Carter outside an Ashburn apartment complex. 44400 block of Keller Square in Ashburn Google Maps street view Dandridge-Carter was identified by the sheriff's office as the person found with a fatal gunshot wound outside the Ashburn Meadows complex last week. According to a spokesperson f…
Man Gets 25 Years For Trying To Kill Capital Park Police Officer In Montgomery County Man Gets 25 Years For Trying To Kill Capital Park Police Officer In Montgomery County
Man Gets 25 Years For Trying To Kill Capital Park Police Officer In Montgomery County The DC man who took police on a wild chase in Montgomery County before shooting at an officer has been sentenced after he copped to the crime last month. Trevon Brox, 28, previously pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of a Maryland-National Capital Park Police officer in Montgomery County after shooting at him following a robbery at the Olney Manor Swim Center. Olney Indoor Swim Center Google Maps street view According to the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office on Monday, Brox has been sentenced to 40 years in prison with all but 25 suspended, and a judge ordered he serv…
Tractor-Trailers Torched During Two-Alarm Blaze Outside Maryland Business: Fire Marshal Tractor-Trailers Torched During Two-Alarm Blaze Outside Maryland Business: Fire Marshal
Tractor-Trailers Torched During Two-Alarm Blaze Outside Maryland Business: Fire Marshal It took first responders more than an hour to knock down the flames that left five tractor-trailers in Maryland torched by a two-alarm blaze that broke out in one of the trucks.  Fire crews were called to a Talbot County business park in the 29000 block of Air Park Drive in Easton on Friday afternoon, where an employee at T and T Trucking reported seeing smoke and flames inside one of the vehicles. The Easton Volunteer Fire Department responded to the area, and a second alarm was called, but firefighters were able to declare the situation under control within approximately an hour and …
One Airlifted To Hospital With 'Significant Laceration' To Throat In Lexington Park: Sheriff One Airlifted To Hospital With 'Significant Laceration' To Throat In Lexington Park: Sheriff
One Airlifted To Hospital With 'Significant Laceration' To Throat In Lexington Park: Sheriff The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office has launched an attempted murder investigation after someone had to be airlifted to the hospital when their throat was cut over the weekend. Deputies from the sheriff's office were called to the 21000 block of Morris Drive in Lexington Park on Saturday, Feb. 24 to investigate a reported disturbance in the area. Upon arrival, they found a victim with a "significant laceration to the throat," officials said, and they were flown to a local shock trauma center for treatment of the injuries. Their condition was not available on Monday afternoon. No detail…
Sub Teacher Admits To Sexually Abusing, Soliciting Minors Online In Charles County: Prosecutors Sub Teacher Admits To Sexually Abusing, Soliciting Minors Online In Charles County: Prosecutors
Sub Teacher Admits To Sexually Abusing, Soliciting Minors Online In Charles County: Prosecutors A former Charles County Public Schools substitute teacher has admitted to targeting minors on social media and having inappropriate instances with teen students. Bryans Road resident Malcolm Xavier Fluellyn, 27, pleaded guilty on Monday to various charges following an investigation by the sheriff's office into inappropriate sexual contact and interactions between he and students at General Smallwood Middle School, the state's attorney's office announced. In February last year, a School Resource Officer contacted the Charles County Sheriff's Office to report a possible sexual assault be…
Terrorizing Teen Girl Bit Officer During Dispute In Manassas: Police Terrorizing Teen Girl Bit Officer During Dispute In Manassas: Police
Terrorizing Teen Girl Bit Officer During Dispute In Manassas: Police A 15-year-old girl put on a show in Prince William County, refusing to go down quietly as she was being apprehended during a domestic dispute, police say. Over the weekend, officers were called to a residence in Manassas, where there was a reported incident involving the teen after she allegedly assaulted a family member. Members of the Prince William County Police Department were called at around 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24 to a home in the 7700 block of Quail Run Court in Manassas when a fight broke out and the girl prevented police contact before leaving the area. Police say that fir…
'Bout Time:' Waldorf Woman To 'Bless Sisters, Brothers' With $100K Maryland Lottery Prize 'Bout Time:' Waldorf Woman To 'Bless Sisters, Brothers' With $100K Maryland Lottery Prize
'Bout Time:' Waldorf Woman To 'Bless Sisters, Brothers' With $100K Maryland Lottery Prize Well, it's about time, at least in the mind of one Charles County woman. A longtime Maryland Lottery player plans to pay it forward after turning a $10 scratcher into a $100,000 windfall that she intends to share with friends and family. The Waldorf woman's first reaction when she realized her six-figure prize? "'bout time" she mused. “I don’t play the numbers, I just like to play scratch-offs,” she said, adding that her favorite games are bingo- and crossword-style tickets. Sure enough, the Charles County native's big win came when she was playing "$100,000 Crossword," which went on sale…
Loyola University Maryland Sheltering In Place Due To Bomb Threat (DEVELOPING) Loyola University Maryland Sheltering In Place Due To Bomb Threat (DEVELOPING)
Loyola University Maryland Sheltering In Place Due To Bomb Threat (Developing) Classes have been canceled at Loyola University Maryland, which was sheltering in place on Monday afternoon due to a bomb threat, school officials say. An alert was issued early in the afternoon on Feb. 26 following a threat that could potentially affect the Evergreen campus. "While the University investigates whether this is an actual threat, all members of the community are asked to shelter in place," they added. "Stay where you are and more information will follow."  The threat is being investigated by the police, and visitors have been advised to avoid the campus. Classes will be …
Fugitive Wanted For Murder In Northwest DC Apprehended In California: MPD Fugitive Wanted For Murder In Northwest DC Apprehended In California: MPD
Fugitive Wanted For Murder In Northwest DC Apprehended In California: MPD A 37-year-old man wanted in connection to a murder in Northwest DC earlier this month made it across the country only to be apprehended by police in California who plan to ship him right back. Kyle Britton was arrested in Millbrae, California over the weekend nearly two weeks after 32-year-old Jeremy Dewayne Johnson was found shot to death in the 900 block of Shepherd Street NW on Monday, Feb. 12, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. Both men are from Southeast DC. Metropolitan Police Department Officers were called at around 2:40 a.m. on the morning of the shooting, where th…
Forthcoming DUI Driver Found Facing Wrong Way On Stafford Sidewalk, Sheriff Says Forthcoming DUI Driver Found Facing Wrong Way On Stafford Sidewalk, Sheriff Says
Forthcoming DUI Driver Found Facing Wrong Way On Stafford Sidewalk, Sheriff Says An allegedly drunk driver didn't make it hard for members of the Stafford County Sheriff's Office to find him over the weekend when he was caught in a questionable position early on Saturday morning. Deputies were called at around 4 a.m. to the 200 block of Garrisonville Road on Feb. 24, where there were reports of a reckless driver in the area, which was found parked on a sidewalk facing the wrong direction and on the sidewalk, officials say. According the sherif's office, deputies found Stafford resident Ruben Samper, Jr. behind the wheel of the running vehicle, and an open bottle of Coro…
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