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Zak Failla

Urgent News Reporter zfailla@dailyvoice.com

Zak! worked as a sports editor at the Shoshone News Press in northern Idaho and as a sports writer at the Ithaca Journal before making his way to The Daily Voice. A graduate of Ithaca College's Roy H. Park School of Communication, he is a self-proclaimed cat and juggling enthusiast. 

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  1. Man Caught With 5 Pounds Of Pot After Car Runs Out Of Gas In Putnam

    Man Caught With 5 Pounds Of Pot After Car Runs Out Of Gas In Putnam

    A Westchester County man is facing felony drug charges after running out of gas in Putnam County and being busted with more than five pounds of marijuana and concentrated cannabis.A Putnam County Sheriff’s Deputy on patrol shortly before 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 20 in Putnam Valley attempted to offer an assist to Yorktown Heights resident Thomas Disieno, 36, when he spotted him stopped ...

  2. Recall Issued For Crayons That May Contain Glass

    Recall Issued For Crayons That May Contain Glass

    Parents are being warned to double-check their children’s crayons following a federal recall of multi-color sets that contain glass in them.The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission recently recalled thousands of sets of Colorations brand extra-large crayons, when glass was found in red crayons, posing a potential risk of laceration to the user.The recall is specific to ...

  3. Man Pleads Guilty In Fatal Stabbing Of Co-Worker At Westchester Restaurant

    Man Pleads Guilty In Fatal Stabbing Of Co-Worker At Westchester Restaurant

    A 23-year-old man has pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing his co-worker at a Westchester restaurant last year.Westchester County District Attorney announced this week that Queens resident Francisco Smile Nicasio-Ramirez has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon dating back to an incident at the Dia and Noche restaurant on McLean Avenue in Yonkers ...

  4. DNA Match Nabs Man Who Fled After Being Caught Burglarizing Area Home

    DNA Match Nabs Man Who Fled After Being Caught Burglarizing Area Home

    A man who fled after he was caught in the act robbing a Putnam County home last year has been tracked down by police and arrested for burglary, officials announced this week.Investigators from the Town of Kent Police Department announced on Wednesday that they have arrested 46-year-old Andrew Hickey, who police say is homeless, and charged him with second-degree burglary dating back to ...

  5. 30-Year-Old Son Who Won't Move Out Of His NY Parents' Home Evicted By Judge

    30-Year-Old Son Who Won't Move Out Of His NY Parents' Home Evicted By Judge

    A 30-year-old man is going to have to make it on his own after being evicted from his parents’ New York home in court.Camillus resident Michael Rotondo was taken to court this week, where State Supreme Court Justice Donald Greenwood ruled that he would have to move out of his parents’ home following a combative half-hour court appearance after his parents gave him multiple opportunities ...

  6. Man Sentenced In Mother's Fatal Stabbing In Hudson Valley

    Man Sentenced In Mother's Fatal Stabbing In Hudson Valley

    A 29-year-old man is heading to prison for a quarter of a century after pleading guilty to killing his mother.Westchester County District Attorney announced on Wednesday that Andre Coverdale, 29, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to a felony charge of first-degree manslaughter in March in the stabbing death of his mother, Dawne McCray in Yonkers.Scarpino ...

  7. Hudson Valley Officials Call For Action To End Mail Thefts

    Hudson Valley Officials Call For Action To End Mail Thefts

    In the wake of several instances involving stolen mail in the area, elected officials in the area are calling on the United States Postal Service to address the incidents.Officials including Rep. Nita Lowey, Sen. Chuck Schumer, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Eliot Engel and Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney sent a letter on Tuesday to United States Postmaster General Megan Brennan calling for ...

  8. Memorial Day Weekend Gas Prices Will Be Highest In Years, AAA Warns

    Memorial Day Weekend Gas Prices Will Be Highest In Years, AAA Warns

    Local residents planning on traveling on Memorial Day will see the highest prices at the pump in four years, according to AAA.Gas prices have jumped 12 cents in the past two weeks, leading to a national average of $2.93 per gallon, with the average price in this area well over $3 per gallon. The jump comes days after President Donald Trump decision to withdraw the United States from the ...

  9. Seen Him? 23-Year-Old Hudson Valley Man Has Been Missing Since Last Year

    Seen Him? 23-Year-Old Hudson Valley Man Has Been Missing Since Last Year

    Officials in New York are seeking the public’s assistance as they attempt to locate a schizophrenic man who has been missing in Westchester for nearly a year.The New York State Department of Public Safety issued an alert this week regarding Damien Louis, 23, who has been missing from Yonkers in August last year.According to officials, Louis’ hair may be styled in a mohawk and he was ...

  10. Missing Hudson Valley Man Found

    Missing Hudson Valley Man Found

    Updated report:The 87-year-old man who went missing in Yonkers Friday morning has been found and is safe, according to the New York State Department of Public Safety.Earl Whittaker was safely located in Manhattan late Monday afternoon.Original report:An 87-year-old man suffering from dementia has been reported missing in Westchester.Officials released an alert on Tuesday regarding Earl ...

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