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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. Westchester Man With Beer In Backseat Busted For DWI, Police Say

    Westchester Man With Beer In Backseat Busted For DWI, Police Say

    A Westchester man is facing a pair of charges after being busted driving with empty beers in his back seat and a blood-alcohol level nearly double the legal limit over the weekend.A Scarsdale Police Department sergeant conducting DWI patrol shortly after midnight on Friday, June 15, stopped Elmsford resident Jose Jesus Mojica, 42, on Fenimore Road, near the intersection of Walworth ...

  2. Hudson Valley Real Estate Consultant Admits To Federal Voter Fraud

    Hudson Valley Real Estate Consultant Admits To Federal Voter Fraud

    A Hudson Valley man is facing time behind bars after pleading guilty to conspiring to corrupt the electoral process in connection to a New York election.Orange County resident Volvy “Zev” Smilowitz, 29, has pleaded guilty to “the biggest federal voter fraud cause in the modern era,” according to Geoffrey Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, who ...

  3. Man Makes Threats, Menaces Victims At DMV In Hudson Valley, Police Say

    Man Makes Threats, Menaces Victims At DMV In Hudson Valley, Police Say

    Nobody enjoys a trip to the DMV, but a 28-year-old area man took things to a whole new level.New York State Police troopers were dispatched to the Department of Motor Vehicles on Marshall Road in Wappingers Falls at approximately 9:10 a.m. on Monday, June 18, where there was a report of a man with a gun making threats in the building.Police said that the investigation into the incident ...

  4. Man Nabbed For Stealing $1K In Merchandise From Local Vendor

    Man Nabbed For Stealing $1K In Merchandise From Local Vendor

    New York State Police troopers busted a man who allegedly stole more than $1,000 in merchandise from a Dutchess County vendor.An investigation into the stolen merchandise that was launched last year led to the arrest of Ellenville resident John Keelyn, 38, who allegedly stole from a vendor in Wappinger without paying for it.Keelyn was arrested this week and charged with a felony count ...

  5. Motorist Busted Driving With 10 License Suspensions In Westchester

    Motorist Busted Driving With 10 License Suspensions In Westchester

    An early morning traffic stop in Scarsdale led to new charges for a motorist driving with nearly a dozen suspensions on his driver’s license throughout Westchester.While conducting traffic enforcement on Post Road, near the intersection of Huntington Avenue, an officer spotted a red Honda CRV going 52 mph in the posted 30 mph zone.During the subsequent traffic stop near the intersection ...

  6. Brush Fire Breaks Out At Kensico Reservoir Peninsula

    Brush Fire Breaks Out At Kensico Reservoir Peninsula

    A brush fire broke out at the Kensico Reservoir peninsula on Monday afternoon, prompting a heavy response from first responders as temperatures topped 90 degrees in the Hudson Valley.First responders were dispatched to the area shortly before 3:45 p.m. on Monday afternoon, just off of Route 120 in Armonk. Local residents reported seeing police cars, fire trucks and helicopters in the ...

  7. VIDEO: Firefighters In Westchester Extinguish Car Engine Fire

    VIDEO: Firefighters In Westchester Extinguish Car Engine Fire

    Firefighters in Hartsdale worked quickly recently to extinguish a fire that broke out in the engine of a parked car.Crews were dispatched to the intersection of North Central Avenue and Concord Avenue in Hartsdale at approximately 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, after receiving reports of an active car fire in the area.Upon arrival, firefighters worked quickly to stretch a line and began ...

  8. Westchester Has Lowest Gun Homicide Rate In State, New Data Shows

    Westchester Has Lowest Gun Homicide Rate In State, New Data Shows

    The lowest-ranking county in the state for gun-related incidents is in the Hudson Valley, according to a recently released report from the Centers for Disease Control.Based on a five-year average, Westchester ranks the lowest in gun-related homicide deaths in New York, and is the third lowest in overall gun-related deaths and has the sixth lowest death rate of gun-related suicides, ...

  9. See You In Court: Cuomo To Sue Trump Administration Over Child Separation

    See You In Court: Cuomo To Sue Trump Administration Over Child Separation

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has added fodder to the fire President Donald Trump has come under for his administration's “zero tolerance” policy of separating children from their families as they cross the Mexican border, vowing to file a lawsuit over the policy.On Tuesday, Cuomo announced that the state is planning to file a multi-agency lawsuit against the Trump Administration on the ...

  10. Man Pleads Guilty To Felony For Hit-Run That Injured Hudson Valley Child

    Man Pleads Guilty To Felony For Hit-Run That Injured Hudson Valley Child

    An Orange County man has pleaded guilty to driving a fish delivery truck into an 8-year-old boy before fleeing the scene, leaving him with severe injuries in the middle of the road in Kiryas Joel.Kiryas Joel resident Yudah Zimmerman, 24, pleaded guilty to a felony for his role in a hit-and-run crash that left the child hospitalized for more than a week in 2016, before he took off in the ...

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