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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. New Rochelle 'Ghost Boat' Owner Faces Rape, Child Porn Charges, Reports Say

    New Rochelle 'Ghost Boat' Owner Faces Rape, Child Porn Charges, Reports Say

    The owner of the abandoned “ghost boat” that washed up on a Florida shore following Hurricane Irma is reportedly in jail and facing rape charges for accosting a fellow boater.Jeffrey Sundwall, the owner of the ship that made landfall on a beach in Melbourne Beach on Tuesday, is currently in the Monroe County Jail in Florida, where he is facing numerous charges as a result of an incident ...

  2. Tractor-Trailer Driver Hospitalized After Crashing Into Westchester Yard

    Tractor-Trailer Driver Hospitalized After Crashing Into Westchester Yard

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - A truck driver was hospitalized after losing control of his tractor-trailer and landing in the front yard of a Rye home off the I-287 exit ramp from I-95 early on Friday morning.Shortly after 6 a.m. on Friday morning, police said the driver, whose name has not been released, lost control of his rig - which was carrying gummy bears and Swedish Fish - and ...

  3. Police Investigating 'KKK' Graffiti At Scarsdale High School

    Police Investigating 'KKK' Graffiti At Scarsdale High School

    Police are investigating a case of homophobic and xenophobic graffiti that was spray painted at Scarsdale High School.Graffiti consisting of the letters “KKK” was discovered near the tennis courts at high school this past weekend, prompting a response from police, local and school officials.According to a scarsdale10583.com report, there was also a homophobic slur and images of ...

  4. Sex Offender Registration For Ex-Greeley Teacher To Be Done In Writing

    Sex Offender Registration For Ex-Greeley Teacher To Be Done In Writing

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - The hearing to determine former Chappaqua Central School District drama teacher Christopher Schraufnagel sex offender level will reportedly take place behind closed doors. Schraufnagel served as a drama teacher at Horace Greeley High School from 2003 until his resignation in 2015. He was accused of having sexual contact with three high school students over a ...

  5. Scarsdale Enters Smart Parking Meter Pilot Program

    Scarsdale Enters Smart Parking Meter Pilot Program

    SCARSDALE, N.Y. - Parking in Scarsdale is set to get a little smarter, and easier, through a new smart parking meter pilot program that has been proposed by village officials.During the fall, a variety of different new smart parking meters will be installed at the Scarsdale Village Center, allowing residents and visitors the opportunity to test four different options as part of the ...

  6. Mount Vernon Properties May Be Impacted, Excavated During Con Ed Project

    Mount Vernon Properties May Be Impacted, Excavated During Con Ed Project

    MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - Some Mount Vernon homeowners may have their properties used as a housing site for Con Edison crews completing work in the area.An alert has been issued by Con Edison Construction Supervisor Robert Miraglia, warning homeowners that a contractor will be working on a gas construction project near the intersection of Westchester Avenue and Lincoln Avenue.Work on the ...

  7. Mount Vernon Proposed $118M Budget Includes Additional Police, Firefighters

    Mount Vernon Proposed $118M Budget Includes Additional Police, Firefighters

    MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas has proposed a near $120 million budget that would see increases to civil services and raises for members of his office.This week, the $118,302,255 million budget was released to the community, representing a potential 4.87 percent property tax percent increase for homeowners, less than $20 per month on average per household.The ...

  8. Year-Long East 3rd Street Bridge Work To Start In Pelham, Mount Vernon

    Year-Long East 3rd Street Bridge Work To Start In Pelham, Mount Vernon

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - A temporary bridge will be set up adjacent to the East 3rd Street bridge connecting Pelham and Mount Vernon as crews prepare for a year-long reconstruction project on the structure.An alert has been issued by the New York State Department of Transportation to Westchester County motorists cautioning that beginning on Monday, Sept. 25, contracting crews would ...

  9. Yonkers Man Sentenced For Revenge Murder Of 16-Year-Old After Fistfight

    Yonkers Man Sentenced For Revenge Murder Of 16-Year-Old After Fistfight

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - A gangster from Westchester will serve decades in prison for his role in the murder of a teenage boy.Joon Kim, the acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced that Juan “KJ” Martinez has of Yonkers been sentenced in United States district court to a term of 30 years in prison for his participation in a racketeering conspiracy ...

  10. Westchester Man Remanded To State Prison Following Child Porn Conviction

    Westchester Man Remanded To State Prison Following Child Porn Conviction

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - A 46-year-old Westchester man has been sentenced to prison time after being found guilty of possessing dozens of digital files depicting child pornography.Westchester District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr. announced on Wednesday that Port Chester resident Johnny Manjarrez has been sentenced to a term of between two and six years in state prison after being ...

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