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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Two Arrested Days After Suspicious Body Found Along Fairfax County Path: Police (UPDATED) Two Arrested Days After Suspicious Body Found Along Fairfax County Path: Police (UPDATED)
Two Arrested Days After Suspicious Body Found Along Fairfax County Path: Police (Updated) Two men have been arrested in connection to a suspicious death in Fairfax County over the weekend when a body was found along a path in Oakton, authorities announced late on Tuesday. Following "an extensive investigation," officers from the Fairfax County Police Department apprehended Maldin Anibal Guzman, 27, and Wis Alonso Sorto-Portillo, 45, neither of whom has a fixed address in connection to the reported assault. Shortly after 3 p.m. on July 20, officers were called to the 9500 block of Route 29, when a walker found a man unresponsive in the area, "with obvious trauma to the body.…
Parkway Shut Down Following Stafford County Sheriff's Pursuit Of Wanted Men (DEVELOPING) Parkway Shut Down Following Stafford County Sheriff's Pursuit Of Wanted Men (DEVELOPING)
Parkway Shut Down Following Stafford County Sheriff's Pursuit Of Wanted Men (Developing) Three wanted suspects are in custody and a deputy suffered minor injuries during a police pursuit on I-95 in Stafford County, according to a spokesperson from the sheriff's office. At approximately 5:25 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, deputies spotted a wanted person in a vehicle heading north on I-95, leading to the pursuit that took them onto Centreport Parkway. The driver eventually got off the interstate, then got back into the southbound lanes of I-95, where deputies were able to force the driver off the road. According to the spokesperson, the driver, and two passengers inside the vehicle…
Investigation Into Child Porn Distribution Lands Cecil County Man Behind Bars: State Police Investigation Into Child Porn Distribution Lands Cecil County Man Behind Bars: State Police
Investigation Into Child Porn Distribution Lands Cecil County Man Behind Bars: State Police A 27-year-old Cecil County is behind bars following an investigation into the distribution of child pornography online, according to Maryland State Police.  Jonathon Schultheis was arrested on Tuesday morning when the agency developed evidence that the Rising Sun resident was allegedly distributing child porn. In March, the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force initiated an investigation into the distribution of child pornography online, which led them to Schultheis, who was arrested by state and federal authorities on July 23 after being identified as a…
Masturbating Man Wearing Disney Hat Wanted Following Incident On Takoma Park Trail: Police Masturbating Man Wearing Disney Hat Wanted Following Incident On Takoma Park Trail: Police
Masturbating Man Wearing Disney Hat Wanted Following Incident On Takoma Park Trail: Police A man wearing a Disney-themed hat is wanted after being scared off by three female joggers while he was masturbating on a Montgomery County trail. An alert was issued by Maryland-National Capital Park Police this week as they attempt to track down a man wanted in connection to an indecent exposure incident on the Sligo Creek Trail in Takoma Park earlier this month. According to investigators, there were multiple claims of indecent conduct that was reported between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 14 on the trail between Jackson Road and Flower Avenue. Three women were approached by the wa…
'Come Get Me:' Intoxicated Man Called Dispatch, Asked To Be Arrested In Stafford, Sheriff Says 'Come Get Me:' Intoxicated Man Called Dispatch, Asked To Be Arrested In Stafford, Sheriff Says
'Come Get Me:' Intoxicated Man Called Dispatch, Asked To Be Arrested In Stafford, Sheriff Says An intoxicated 34-year-old man who blew the whistle on himself in Stafford County asked for the sheriff's office to "come get him," which they were happy to do. Stafford resident James Grubb is facing charges following a Sunday night incident, when he was allegedly under the influence and made sure that investigators knew it. At approximately 7:30 p.m. on July 21, a sergeant with the Stafford County Sheriff's Office made one of the easiest arrests he'll ever see when Grubb called dispatch and advised he was intoxicated on Lakewood Drive. Upon arrival, they found Grubb in an intoxicated sta…
Trafficker Bringing Fentanyl From LAX To DMV In Laundry Products Gets 10+ Years In Prison: Feds Trafficker Bringing Fentanyl From LAX To DMV In Laundry Products Gets 10+ Years In Prison: Feds
Trafficker Bringing Fentanyl From LAX To DMV In Laundry Products Gets 10+ Years In Prison: Feds A 23-year-old Maryland man who was one of two dozen charged in connection to a massive cross-country fentanyl smuggling ring will spend more than a decade in prison. Temple Hills resident Andre Edmond - also known as "Draco" - was sentenced to 130 months in prison for his role in the drug ring that shipped hundreds of thousands of fake Oxycodone pills from Southern California to the East Coast. Prosecutors say that the pills were shipped from LAX in California to Dulles International Airport in laundry product bottles. The probe into Edmond and his cohorts was launched in Washington, DC wh…
Woman Wanted After Spraying Substance On Man During Domestic Dispute In Woodbridge, Police Say Woman Wanted After Spraying Substance On Man During Domestic Dispute In Woodbridge, Police Say
Woman Wanted After Spraying Substance On Man During Domestic Dispute In Woodbridge, Police Say A 24-year-old woman who allegedly sprayed a caustic substance on an apparent friend during an argument in Prince William County has been apprehended nearly a month later, police say. Tahjaia Corum-Hill was wanted by police following an investigation into an argument that escalated in the parking lot of the Elevations On Apartment complex in the 14300 block of Bellona Road in Woodbridge. Shortly after 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, officers from the Prince William County Police Department responded to the scene, where a 26-year-old man said he got into an argument with Corum-Hill that en…
Man Who Sexually Assaulted Third Grader In Charles County Gets Prison Time: State's Attorney Man Who Sexually Assaulted Third Grader In Charles County Gets Prison Time: State's Attorney
Man Who Sexually Assaulted Third Grader In Charles County Gets Prison Time: State's Attorney The 23-year-old man who sexually assaulted a young girl on multiple occasions in Charles County is heading to prison, according to the state's attorney. Indian Head resident Daevian Davon Christian Hurd was sentenced by a judge to five years in prison after pleading guilty nearly a year ago to the sexual abuse of a minor. In March 2021, investigators say that a detective with the Charle's County Sheriff's Office were provided a copy of an interview conducted with the girl by the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services. During that interview, the child reported that she wa…
Carjacker Struck Vehicle, Ran Over Owner During Prince William County Altercation, Police Say Carjacker Struck Vehicle, Ran Over Owner During Prince William County Altercation, Police Say
Carjacker Struck Vehicle, Ran Over Owner During Prince William County Altercation, Police Say The Prince William County Police Department has released photos of the suspect who carjacked a man's Lexus then ran him over, and killed him in Dumfries. Officers were called to the Oasis at Montclair Apartment Complex on Stedham Circle in Dumfries shortly before 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, to investigate a reported hit-and-run. According to a spokesperson from the Prince George's County Police Department, 37-year-old Vasquez Galvan was approached by an unknown suspect while he was outside of his gold Lexus SUV. The gold Lexus that was stolen. Prince William County Police During t…
Son Hiding From Deputies Called Wanted Mother For Ride In Stafford; Both Arrested: Sheriff Son Hiding From Deputies Called Wanted Mother For Ride In Stafford; Both Arrested: Sheriff
Son Hiding From Deputies Called Wanted Mother For Ride In Stafford; Both Arrested: Sheriff A wanted 55-year-old man got both himself and his mother in trouble with the Stafford County Sheriff's Office after hiding out in the woods following the reported assault of a woman. Charles Atkins III, of Ruther Glen, is back in custody after a failed attempt to evade his arrest following the alleged attack and subsequent foot chase on Sunday morning, officials say. Shortly before 9 a.m. on July 21, deputies were called to investigate when a woman reported that she was involved in an incident over a disagreement about a cell phone, though Atkins was gone before they arrived. It was later …
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