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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Woman Arrested For Spraying Unknown Substance On Man During Dispute In Virginia, Police Say Woman Arrested For Spraying Unknown Substance On Man During Dispute In Virginia, Police Say
Woman Arrested For Spraying Unknown Substance On Man During Dispute In Virginia, 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…
Lexus Stolen In Fatal Dumfries Carjacking Located In Woodbridge; Suspect At Large Lexus Stolen In Fatal Dumfries Carjacking Located In Woodbridge; Suspect At Large
Lexus Stolen In Fatal Dumfries Carjacking Located In Woodbridge; Suspect At Large 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 …
Home Torched By Fatal Fire Housed Four Generations Of Mourning Germantown Family Home Torched By Fatal Fire Housed Four Generations Of Mourning Germantown Family
Home Torched By Fatal Fire Housed Four Generations Of Mourning Germantown Family A family is coming to grips days after a fatal Maryland fire claimed the life of a beloved patriarch and left their childhood home with extensive damage. Early in the morning of Friday, July 19, first responders were called to the 11400 block of Neelsville Church Road near Shakespeare Boulevard in Germantown, where there was a reported house fire with a person trapped inside. Firefighters were able to rescue an 80-year-old man from a burning bedroom, while several others inside the home were able to escape safely. The man later died from his injuries after being airlifted to MedSTAR i…
Shooting Suspect Refused To Leave Spotsy Home, Ran Over Woman While Fleeing, Sheriff Says Shooting Suspect Refused To Leave Spotsy Home, Ran Over Woman While Fleeing, Sheriff Says
Shooting Suspect Refused To Leave Spotsy Home, Ran Over Woman While Fleeing, Sheriff Says A woman was run over after being struck in a double shooting involving a suspect who refused to leave a Spotsylvania home early on Tuesday morning. Joseph Alfonza Jackson, 43, was arrested after opening fire on a man and woman before fleeing the area and later turning himself in, officials say. According to the Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office, deputies were called shortly after 1 a.m. to the 11200 block of Ashby Drive, where they found the pair suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Witnesses say that Jackson arrived at the home, where several people were, and was asked to leave. He …
DUI Driver Found Cuddled Up With Grey Goose Bottle By Stafford Deputies, Sheriff Says DUI Driver Found Cuddled Up With Grey Goose Bottle By Stafford Deputies, Sheriff Says
DUI Driver Found Cuddled Up With Grey Goose Bottle By Stafford Deputies, Sheriff Says A sleepy DUI suspect who cozied up with a bottle of Grey Goose after putting on a show outside a Stafford County business got more than he bargained for after challenging deputies, according to the sheriff's office. Stafford resident Nilson Garay Orellana was arrested on Sunday night after exposing himself, allegedly driving drunk, then taking a nap in the front seat of his vehicle.  At around 9:30 p.m. on July 21, members of the Stafford County Sheriff's Office were called to the 610 Mart and Tobacco at 395 Garrisonville Road to investigate a reported drunk driving complaint. …
Woman Admits To Inappropriate Relationship With Incarcerated Inmate At Maryland Facility: AG Woman Admits To Inappropriate Relationship With Incarcerated Inmate At Maryland Facility: AG
Woman Admits To Inappropriate Relationship With Incarcerated Inmate At Maryland Facility: AG An officer working at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Anne Arundel County admitted to having an inappropriate relationship with an incarcerated person, the Attorney General's Office announced. Ajee Xavier Myers, who has served as a Correctional Dietary Officer for three years, pleaded guilty to misconduct in office following an investigation into her conduct earlier this month. The investigation was launched in September last year, when the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services was tipped off about a possibly inappropriate relationship between Myers and on…
Big Lots To Close Three Maryland Stores, Including Reisterstown Location Big Lots To Close Three Maryland Stores, Including Reisterstown Location
Big Lots To Close Three Maryland Stores, Including Reisterstown Location Discount retail chain Big Lots is planning to close dozens of stores this year, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The retailer, which operates more than 1,400 stores nationwide - including 27 in Maryland - is planning to shutter the doors of approximately 40 locations.  The company cited rising costs and inflation as reasons for the move, and a bankruptcy filing could reportedly be on the way. None of Virginia's 42 Big Lots stores are among those listed. In Maryland, stores in Reisterstown, Laurel, and Lexington Park are reportedly among the doz…
Man Dies At Hospital Days After Baltimore Shooting, Suspect Charged With Murder: Police Man Dies At Hospital Days After Baltimore Shooting, Suspect Charged With Murder: Police
Man Dies At Hospital Days After Baltimore Shooting, Suspect Charged With Murder: Police A 42-year-old shooter has been charged with murder after his victim died following an incident in Baltimore earlier this month. City resident Leon Spencer is behind bars following the investigation into a shooting on Tuesday, July 16 that left a man with critical injuries, authorities announced. According to the Baltimore Police Department, a verbal dispute turned deadly for 32-year-old John Parrish in the 3200 block of Lawnview Avenue, where he was shot, sending him to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Parrish was treated and evaluated, but police say he died two days later on …
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