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Zak Failla

Senior Reporter 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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  1. Suspicious Person Report Prompts Shelter-In-Place Order At Westport Schools

    Suspicious Person Report Prompts Shelter-In-Place Order At Westport Schools

    A person deemed suspicious who was walking on school grounds in Fairfield County led to shelter-in-place orders for two buildings to allow police to investigate. On Thursday, May 19 in Westport, the police department's school security officer, and Staples School resource officer investigated a report of a suspicious person on school grounds.According to a spokesperson from the Westport ...

  2. Recall Issued For Hoverboards Due To Fall, Injury Hazards

    Recall Issued For Hoverboards Due To Fall, Injury Hazards

    Nearly 100,000 hoverboards are the subject of a nationwide recall due to concerns that they could pose fall and injury hazards, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).A software malfunction in the electrical system can continue to provide assistance to the motor of the hoverboards, causing continued momentum when the rider is not actively controlling the hoverboard, ...

  3. Man Charged With Arson In Milford After Woman's Vehicle Bursts Into Flames

    Man Charged With Arson In Milford After Woman's Vehicle Bursts Into Flames

    A 57-year-old man is facing arson and other charges in Connecticut after allegedly lighting a vehicle on fire, officials announced.First responders in New Haven responded to an apartment complex in Milford over the weekend, where there was a report of a suspicious car fire that broke out near a High Street apartment complex.The incident was reported on Sunday, May 22, according to ...

  4. Former Non-Profit CEO From Hudson Valley Sentenced For Bribery, Kickback Scheme

    Former Non-Profit CEO From Hudson Valley Sentenced For Bribery, Kickback Scheme

    A Hudson Valley resident who was the former CEO of a non-profit in New York will spend years in prison after being sentenced for soliciting hundreds of thousands worth of bribes and kickbacks from contractors, federal officials announced.Rockland County resident Victor Rivera, age 62, of Stony Point, the former head of the Bronx Parent Housing Network, has been sentenced to 27 months in ...

  5. Winning $2M CT Lottery Powerball Ticket Sold At Oakville 7-Eleven

    Winning $2M CT Lottery Powerball Ticket Sold At Oakville 7-Eleven

    One lucky Connecticut resident is in a new tax bracket after cashing in a winning $2 million Powerball ticket that was sold at an area 7-Eleven location.The Powerball ticket, which was purchased by a Litchfield County resident in Oakville who chose not to disclose a name, was sold at the 7-Eleven on Davis Street in Oakville and cashed in on Friday, May 20, according to CT Lottery ...

  6. 24-Year-Old Shot At Pittsfield Residence

    24-Year-Old Shot At Pittsfield Residence

    A shooting suspect is at large in Western Massachusetts after a 24-year-old man was found with a gunshot wound in an area residence, police said.In Berkshire County, first responders were dispatched to Congress Street in Pittsfield at approximately 10:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, where there was a report of a shooting in the area.According to Pittsfield Police Lt. Michael Maddalena, ...

  7. New Test Of Indian Point Sirens Scheduled

    New Test Of Indian Point Sirens Scheduled

    Despite being closed down, there will be a test of the Indian Point Energy Center emergency notification sirens during a test of the system in Buchanan in Westchester this week.The test will happen at approximately 10:30 a.m.. on Wednesday, May 25, with sirens being sounded at full volume, which is expected to be heard in parts of Westchester, Rockland, Orange, and Putnam ...

  8. 38-Year-Old Killed In Horrific Crash On I-91 In North Haven

    38-Year-Old Killed In Horrific Crash On I-91 In North Haven

    A 38-year-old tow-truck driver assisting a disabled driver on I-91 in Connecticut died after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in New Haven County, officials said.Shortly after 6:20 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, in North Haven, first responders responded to a stretch of the interstate after Tolland County resident Christopher Russell, of Ellington, was struck by a driver near Exit 11. ...

  9. This Port Washington Eatery Serves Up Best Milkshake On Long Island, Voters Say

    This Port Washington Eatery Serves Up Best Milkshake On Long Island, Voters Say

    I scream, you scream, we all scream for the ice cream at this popular Long Island eatery.With the dog days of summer fast approaching, Port Washington hotspot Sweet Treats on the Wharf (Douglas & James) has been named the “Best Milkshake On Long Island” for the third straight year, according to a new poll.Each year, the Bethpage Best of LI polls Long Islanders to lay down ...

  10. Hempstead Man Sentenced To 20 Years For Assaulting, Robbing Housemate, DA Says

    Hempstead Man Sentenced To 20 Years For Assaulting, Robbing Housemate, DA Says

    A Long Island man with a lengthy rap sheet may spend the rest of his life in prison after violently assaulting his female housemate and robbing her, the Nassau County District Attorney announced.Johnny Shorter, age 42, of Hempstead, was found guilty in April of pistol-whipping and robbing a woman of money and other belongings before attempting to flee from police with a loaded gun in ...

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