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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Second Feuding Street Gang Member Sentenced For Fatal Courtyard Shooting In Southeast DC Second Feuding Street Gang Member Sentenced For Fatal Courtyard Shooting In Southeast DC
Second Feuding Street Gang Member Sentenced For Fatal Courtyard Shooting In Southeast DC A 23-year-old District man who was involved in a criminal street gang will spend decades behind bars for his role in what prosecutors called a "brazen" shooting. Quincy Garvin was sentenced by a judge to 36 years in prison for shooting into a courtyard in the Potomac Gardens area of Southeast DC in 2017 and killing Carl Hardy, who was standing outside, federal authorities announced. Between May 2017 and October 2017, Garvin was part of a gang that operated out of Wellington Park, which resulted in a number of "beefs" with other people in parts of the city, many of which were the result of f…
Woman Intentionally Set House Ablaze With Man Inside After Argument In Edgewood: Fire Marshal Woman Intentionally Set House Ablaze With Man Inside After Argument In Edgewood: Fire Marshal
Woman Intentionally Set House Ablaze With Man Inside After Argument In Edgewood: Fire Marshal A Maryland woman who set her house on fire after a fight with a man living there is facing serious charges following an incident in Harford County, authorities announced. While staying with a neighbor in Edgewood, Christina L. Beattie has been accused of setting an intentional blaze on the front porch of her home while someone was inside early on Sunday morning. According to the Maryland State Fire Marshal, around 3 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1, crews were called to the 1100 block of Shady Drive, where there were reports of flames that were spotted on the porch. Deputies from the Harford County …
Men Shot, Ran Over Teen In Temple Hills Who Attempted To Steal Money From Him: Police Men Shot, Ran Over Teen In Temple Hills Who Attempted To Steal Money From Him: Police
Men Shot, Ran Over Teen In Temple Hills Who Attempted To Steal Money From Him: Police Two men have been arrested in connection to the deaeth of 19-year-old District resident Tyzaiah Gaither in Temple Hills over the summer. On Monday, the Prince George's County Police Department announced that Jeffrey Coachman, 49, and Recco Bouknight, 53, both of Washington, DC, are each facing multiple murder charges following a June shooting near a local liquor store and apartment complex. Officers from the department were called to the 3200 block of Naylor Road on Thursday, June 22, where there was a reported shooting that left Gaither dead in the area. FATAL SHOOTING: Officers respon…
Police ID Ashburn Motorcyclist Killed During Police Pursuit In Virginia Police ID Ashburn Motorcyclist Killed During Police Pursuit In Virginia
Police ID Ashburn Motorcyclist Killed During Police Pursuit In Virginia A motorcyclist died after refusing to stop for Virginia State Police troopers and crashing, authorities announced. Nicholas Thompson, 33, of Ashburn, was killed after attempting to evade a traffic stop while speeding away from troopers before he ultimately lost control and violently crashed. Police say that shortly after 1:45 p.m. on Friday, a trooper spotted Thompson cutting through an emergency vehicle crossover on Route 7 in Loudoun County, and when he caught up to him and attempted to stop him, Thompson refused and sped away down Route 7 into Clarke County. Thompson took his 2020 Suzuk…
Man Airlifted To Maryland Hospital After Shooting At Lexington Park Apartment, Sheriff Says Man Airlifted To Maryland Hospital After Shooting At Lexington Park Apartment, Sheriff Says
Man Airlifted To Maryland Hospital After Shooting At Lexington Park Apartment, Sheriff Says A 21-year-old man suffered serious injuries and had to undergo surgery after being shot on Sunday night in St. Mary's County. Deputies from the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office were called to an apartment complex in the 46000 block of Hilton Drive in Lexington Park shortly after midnight, where there were reports of shots fired in the area.  Upon arrival, they found a 21-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds to his upper thigh and right bicep, officials say. First responders from the sheriff's office rendered aid, applied a tourniquet, and waited until the unnamed victim was fl…
Four Killed Crashing Carjacked Kia After Police Pursuit, Fiery Crash In Bowie (UPDATED) Four Killed Crashing Carjacked Kia After Police Pursuit, Fiery Crash In Bowie (UPDATED)
Four Killed Crashing Carjacked Kia After Police Pursuit, Fiery Crash In Bowie (Updated) New details have been released after four people were killed in a fiery crash after smashing a stolen car into a tree on Friday night in Prince George's County. Officers were called around 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29 to the intersection of Lottsford Road and Palmetto Drive in Mitchellville, where there was a Kia Sorrento that crashed and was fully engulfed in flames after crashing during a police pursuit. Investigators say that they spotted the Kia with expired temporary tags, and when officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop, the driver sped off before they lost sight and called off …
'Security Situation' Investigated At Hagerstown Regional Airport 'Security Situation' Investigated At Hagerstown Regional Airport
'Security Situation' Investigated At Hagerstown Regional Airport Police were busy in Washington County on Sunday morning after an incident at Hagerstown Regional Airport. An alert was issued at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1, as airport security worked with local law enforcement to investigate an incident, officials said. There was a report of a potential security concern and alerted the police, which in turn, investigated the situation "toe ensure the safety of all airport personnel and visitors." No information about the security risk was disclosed by officials.  Officials say that there is no threat to the public's safety, and the i…
Passersby Help Virginia State Police Troopers Apprehend Driver After Pursuit Of Stolen Kia Passersby Help Virginia State Police Troopers Apprehend Driver After Pursuit Of Stolen Kia
Passersby Help Virginia State Police Troopers Apprehend Driver After Pursuit Of Stolen Kia Disaster was averted in Alexandria, when a Virginia State Police trooper was nearly run down by a DC man in a stolen vehicle, authorities say. Charges are pending against two men following a bizarre scene that played out at around 11 a.m. on Saturday morning on Franklin Street, when a trooper spotted a Kia Optima that was flagged and wanted by police after it was stolen. Then things took an unexpected turn for the trooper. As he approached the stolen Kia and ordered the driver and a passenger to get out, a 34-year-old man instead drove directly at him, forcing him to jump out of the way to…
One Dead, One Critical After Being Rear-Ended By Tractor-Trailer On I-95 In Baltimore: MSP One Dead, One Critical After Being Rear-Ended By Tractor-Trailer On I-95 In Baltimore: MSP
One Dead, One Critical After Being Rear-Ended By Tractor-Trailer On I-95 In Baltimore: MSP One person was killed and a second had to be airlifted to Shock Trauma in Baltimore after they were rear-ended by a tractor-trailer early on Saturday morning. Maryland State Police have launched an investigation in Baltimore County after city resident Denzel Butcher, 31, was killed and a 28-year-old man was hospitalized in a two-vehicle crash that was reported on I-95.  At around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, police say that troopers were called to the southbound lanes of I-95 near Chesaco Avenue, when a Nissan Altima was possibly disabled and rear-ended by the truck driver, accordi…
Stripping Serial Sex Offender Caught On Camera Busted Fleeing From Police In Fairfax County Stripping Serial Sex Offender Caught On Camera Busted Fleeing From Police In Fairfax County
Stripping Serial Sex Offender Caught On Camera Busted Fleeing From Police In Fairfax County A serial sexual offender who was spotted on a surveillance camera was swiftly apprehended by officers in Fairfax County. Felix Antonio Mejias Vigil, 35, who is well-known to police in Virginia, is facing a host of charges after being connected to several sex offenses over the past several months, authorities announced. On Thursday, Sept. 28, detectives from the Fairfax County Police Department were alerted to a man who was caught on camera who fit the description of a suspected wanted for indecent exposure. The video can be seen here. According to police, Mejias Vigil was caught in a park…
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