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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. 'Porch Pirates,' Con Edison Phone Scammer, Top Bronxville Police Blotter

    'Porch Pirates,' Con Edison Phone Scammer, Top Bronxville Police Blotter

    BRONXVILLE, N.Y. - Detectives in Bronxville are investigating a pair of “porch pirates” who stole packages from village residences valued at thousands of dollars.Over the weekend, a Prescott Avenue homeowner reported to police that a package containing a $1,200 iPhone was taken from her property after UPS marked it delivered to her residence.The complaint comes just days after a Parkway ...

  2. Report: A Teen Goes Missing Nearly Once Per Day At Hawthorne Cedar Knolls

    Report: A Teen Goes Missing Nearly Once Per Day At Hawthorne Cedar Knolls

    A teenager goes missing nearly once every day from the Hawthorne Cedar Knolls rehabilitation center in Mount Pleasant, according to a New York Times report published this week that said many of the teens may be getting involved in sex trafficking rings and fall into familiar trappings after they leave.Last year, the state stopped sending children to Hawthorne Cedar Knolls RTC and ...

  3. FBI Investigating Cuomo Administration's Hiring Practices, Report Says

    FBI Investigating Cuomo Administration's Hiring Practices, Report Says

    The FBI is investigating New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration’s hiring practices according to a report published on Friday.The Times Union of Albany reported that the FBI is looking into the administration’s hiring of political appointees and then spreading their salaries across other state agencies to keep the Executive Chamber's budget balanced.The report says that in recent ...

  4. Suspect At Large After 30-Year-Old Shot, Killed At His Home In Yonkers

    Suspect At Large After 30-Year-Old Shot, Killed At His Home In Yonkers

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - Detectives are investigating a fatal shooting that took the life of a 30-year-old man at his home in Westchester.Police were dispatched to Riverview Place in Yonkers shortly after 10:45 p.m. on Thursday, where there were reports of a man down. Upon arrival, they found Yonkers resident Dymere Graham lifeless, with a gunshot wound to his lower body.Paramedics ...

  5. Lawyer Calls For Highest Sex-Offender Status For Ex-Westchester Teacher

    Lawyer Calls For Highest Sex-Offender Status For Ex-Westchester Teacher

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - The lawyer for four Horace Greeley High School families whose children were sexually assaulted by a former Chappaqua Central School District drama teacher is calling on the judge to give him the highest degree of sexual offender status.Attorney David Engelsher says that former Greeley High School teacher Christopher Schraufnagel should be assigned a Level 3 ...

  6. Police Investigate Loiterer At Mianus River Gorge Preserve

    Police Investigate Loiterer At Mianus River Gorge Preserve

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - Detectives from the North Castle Police Department are investigating a suspicious vehicle and driver that was spotted trespassing at the Mianus River Gorge Preserve in Bedford.Police officers were dispatched to the Preserve at approximately 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3 following reports from a local Mianus River Road homeowner, who said that there was a car was ...

  7. Man Pleads Guilty In Hit-Run Crash That Killed New Rochelle Native

    Man Pleads Guilty In Hit-Run Crash That Killed New Rochelle Native

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - The box truck driver connected to the fatal hit-and-run accident on I-95 that took the life of tow-truck driver Salvatore Brescia has pleaded guilty in Westchester County Court.Ozone Park resident Anthony Mangano, 52, has pleaded guilty to a felony count of leaving the scene of a personal injury incident resulting in a death, Westchester County District ...

  8. Westchester Woman Sues Surgeon For Alleged Cell Phone Use During Operation

    Westchester Woman Sues Surgeon For Alleged Cell Phone Use During Operation

    A woman is suing a Westchester surgeon for “severe emotional distress” following an operation, while she was fully cognizant, where the doctor spoke of blurred vision and having diabetes during a cell phone conversation.Mary Edwards of Port Chester has filed a lawsuit against Dr. Eric Fishman and Westmed Medical Group after undergoing a pair of surgeries to fix a varicose vein, during ...

  9. Candlelight Vigil Held Following Death Of Yonkers Politician's Nephew

    Candlelight Vigil Held Following Death Of Yonkers Politician's Nephew

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - Friends and family of Jonathan Maldonado came together on Wednesday night in Hartsdale to celebrate the life of the man who killed following a shoplifting incident last week.The well-wishers gathered at the intersection of Central Park Avenue and Harvard Drive - near the Best Buy he was accused of shoplifting from - on Wednesday night for the vigil, where they ...

  10. ID Released For Man Killed Crossing Street In Westchester

    ID Released For Man Killed Crossing Street In Westchester

    Police have released the identity of the man who was struck and killed by a landscaping truck while crossing the street in downtown New Rochelle.Peter Watson, 78, was struck by the truck shortly before 5 p.m. on Tuesday near the intersection of Huguenot Street and LeCount Place, near Trump Tower, police said. He was transported to Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital, where he was ...

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