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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. Teacher Charged With Setting Up Meeting With Teen Girl Appears In Court

    Teacher Charged With Setting Up Meeting With Teen Girl Appears In Court

    The 44-year-old Hudson Valley math teacher who is charged with allegedly traveling to New York City with the intent of meeting up with a teenage girl was back in court this week.Middletown High School educator Jonathan Castell had his case adjourned at Thursday afternoon’s hearing, and he is due back in court on Sept. 6, when he will face a misdemeanor charge of attempting to endanger ...

  2. Roommates Arrested After Dispute Gets Physical, Sheriff Says

    Roommates Arrested After Dispute Gets Physical, Sheriff Says

    A pair of roommates are facing charges after an incident between the two turned physical in Kent.Members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a residence in Kent at approximately 1:20 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5.Three Sheriff Deputies responded to the scene, and their investigation led to the arrests of Victor Briccetti, 54, and Daniel Cutler, 46, both Kent residents. ...

  3. Teen Faces Felony Charge For Making Terror Threat Against Hudson Valley School

    Teen Faces Felony Charge For Making Terror Threat Against Hudson Valley School

    A teenager facing a felony charge of making a terroristic threat after he allegedly made “credible threats” against his school on social media was back in court this week.Brendan Vaughan, 18, a student at Washingtonville High School in Orange County, made a post on Snapchat in June, stating that he needed a gun and questioning “what would happen if someone shot up the school tomorrow.” ...

  4. NY DMV First In Nation To Use New Technology To Cut Down On Underage Drinking

    NY DMV First In Nation To Use New Technology To Cut Down On Underage Drinking

    The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles has become the first in the nation to pilot a new program utilizing technology to crack down on underage drinking.New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the DMV has launched a pilot program “using state-of-the-art technology to crack down on underage drinking and the use of fake IDs.” The technology, which was developed by a New ...

  5. Yankees Legend Mariano Rivera Makes Surprise Appearance At Westchester National Night Out Event

    Yankees Legend Mariano Rivera Makes Surprise Appearance At Westchester National Night Out Event

    National Night Out was a Hall of Fame event in New Rochelle this week, as Mariano Rivera made a special guest appearance.Attendees received a surprise on Tuesday afternoon when they went to fetch a sausage outside the New Rochelle Police Department, as the Yankee legend was behind the grill. Rivera was sporting a t-shirt representing his wife’s church, Refugio de Esperanza, which is ...

  6. State Trooper Injured After Cruiser Overturns In Route 9 Crash

    State Trooper Injured After Cruiser Overturns In Route 9 Crash

    A New York State Police trooper suffered injuries after being involved in a one-car crash in the Hudson Valley.New York State Police in Livingston are investigating the crash, which took place in a patrol vehicle being driven by trooper Theresa Filippini at approximately 11:15 p.m. on Tuesday night on Route 9 in Stockport in Columbia County.Investigators said that Filippini was driving ...

  7. Man Sentenced For Fatal Stabbing Of Co-Worker At Westchester Restaurant

    Man Sentenced For Fatal Stabbing Of Co-Worker At Westchester Restaurant

    A 23-year-old man will spend more than a decade in prison after pleading guilty to fatally stabbing his co-worker at a Westchester restaurant.Queens resident Francisco Smile Nicasio-Ramirez has been sentenced to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon dating back to an incident at the Dia and Noche restaurant on McLean ...

  8. Man Interfered With Responders Attempting To Revive Unconscious Victim At JV Mall, Police Say

    Man Interfered With Responders Attempting To Revive Unconscious Victim At JV Mall, Police Say

    A Putnam County man had to by “physically subdued” as he allegedly tried to interfere with first responders attempting to save the life of a person who was found unconscious in the Jefferson Valley Mall in Westchester.Members of the Yorktown Police Department, Lake Mohegan Fire Department and Mohegan Volunteer Ambulance Corps. were dispatched to Macy’s at the mall in Yorktown Heights, ...

  9. Westchester High School Principal Out After Attempting To Rescind Resignation

    Westchester High School Principal Out After Attempting To Rescind Resignation

    Former New Rochelle High School Principal Reggie Richardson has officially lost two jobs in less than a month.Richardson is leaving the district, and the Board of Education announced that Assistant Principal Joseph Starvaggi would take over on as principal an interim basis on Tuesday. Camille Edwards-Thomas has been named as Starvaggi’s replacement.Last month, Richardson announced his ...

  10. Shrub Oak Man Second Suspect Charged In Fatal Peekskill Shooting

    Shrub Oak Man Second Suspect Charged In Fatal Peekskill Shooting

    A second man has been implicated in the fatal shooting of a man in Northern Westchester last month, authorities announced on Wednesday.Shrub Oak resident Sean Deleon, 23, was arrested by the Peekskill Police Department and charged with second-degree murder for his alleged role into the shooting of 22-year-old Khalil Lyons in Peekskill on July 13. On July 27, a Peekskill ...

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