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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 Wanted For Promoting Prostitution In Hudson Valley

    Man Wanted For Promoting Prostitution In Hudson Valley

    Have you seen him?The Ramapo Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance as they attempt to track down a wanted man who was busted for promoting prostitution and failed to appear in court to answer the charges.An alert was issued on Friday regarding Hervin Leal-Martinez, who was among six people arrested as part of a bust in Spring Valley in June.Leal-Martinez, 27, is wanted on ...

  2. Seen Her? Hudson Valley Woman Has Been Missing For Eight Years

    Seen Her? Hudson Valley Woman Has Been Missing For Eight Years

    Have you seen her?Law enforcement agencies in New York are seeking the public’s assistance as they attempt to locate a potentially vulnerable woman who has been missing from the Hudson Valley for nearly a decade.The New York State Office of Public Safety has issued an alert regarding 38-year-old Sandy Nurse, who went missing from Central Nyack in Rockland in April 2010. She is believed ...

  3. Fowl Play: Crowing Roosters, Injured Owl Incidents Reported In Westchester

    Fowl Play: Crowing Roosters, Injured Owl Incidents Reported In Westchester

    A North Castle resident has to get rid of his roosters after a neighbor complained about them crowing all morning and  night, keeping him awake.The North Castle Police Department received a complaint from a North Overlook Road resident on Monday, Sept. 17, who said that a nearby neighbor had roosters that continue to make noise each morning and evening from 4 a.m. to 9 p.m., waking him ...

  4. New Underage Drinking Crackdowns Will Target Bars, Restaurants, Stores

    New Underage Drinking Crackdowns Will Target Bars, Restaurants, Stores

    Ad a new crackdown on underage drinking is scheduled to launch this fall.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the New York State Liquor Authority and the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles will be working with local law enforcement agencies to conduct statewide sweeps of locations holding liquor licenses.Bars, restaurants, liquor stores and grocery stores will all be ...

  5. Westchester Consumer Protection Department Warns Against Senior Scams

    Westchester Consumer Protection Department Warns Against Senior Scams

    With families celebrating “Grandparents Day” over this past weekend, the Westchester Consumer Protection Department is hoping to help seniors avoid falling victim to scams.Each year, opportunistic fraudsters look to defraud and take advantage of older generations, utilizing what has come to be dubbed as the “Grandparent Scam.”According to police and consumer protection advocates, ...

  6. Foreign National Busted Driving With BAC Nearly Double Legal Limit In Westchester

    Foreign National Busted Driving With BAC Nearly Double Legal Limit In Westchester

    A foreign national who was unable to stay in her lane on a normally busy Westchester roadway was busted driving with a blood alcohol content nearly double the legal limit during an early morning stop in Westchester.An officer conducting DWI patrol on Post Road in Scarsdale.at approximately 4:30 a.m. on Sunday morning spotted a 2016 Honda CRV speeding through the village before making a ...

  7. Police Warn Residents Of Scam Involving Internet Transactions

    Police Warn Residents Of Scam Involving Internet Transactions

    A new scam is making the rounds in the area, police are cautioning.The scam has become prevalent involving Internet transactions on platforms such as Craigslist and other similar sites.Police said that the scam takes place when a suspect, posing as a buyer, pays the victim for an item with either a fraudulent or bad check. Before the check can bounce or be discovered as a fake, and ...

  8. Violent Westchester Gang Member Admits To Attempted Murder, Conspiracy

    Violent Westchester Gang Member Admits To Attempted Murder, Conspiracy

    A member of a prominent gang in Westchester has admitted to his roles in several attempted murders and violent incidents in an effort to assert his control in a Yonkers neighborhood.Samuel “Benji” Mapp, an alleged member of the Blood Stones Army, has pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder, all felonies, Westchester County District ...

  9. Home Burglary, Stolen ID, Hoarding Incident, Top Scarsdale Police Blotter

    Home Burglary, Stolen ID, Hoarding Incident, Top Scarsdale Police Blotter

    An opportunistic burglar broke into a home that was under construction over the weekend, making off with several pieces of jewelry, police said.Officers from the Scarsdale Police Department were dispatched to Sylvan Lane at approximately 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, where there was a report of a burglary that had taken place between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. that night.The investigation into ...

  10. Warning Issued For Aggressive Fox At Large In Hudson Valley

    Warning Issued For Aggressive Fox At Large In Hudson Valley

    An aggressive fox that may have rabies that was recently reported in the area has prompted a warning for residents to be wary of the animal.The Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health said that on Wednesday, Sept. 19, the fox was seen in Rhinebeck on West Market Street near Starr Library. They noted the behavior may suggest the fox has rabies. It remains at large ...

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