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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. 

Zak Failla's Contributions

  1. New Flu Warnings Issued Amid Nationwide Fatalities

    New Flu Warnings Issued Amid Nationwide Fatalities

    As the death toll continues to rise nationwide, area residents are being urged by health officials to take action against the flu to protect themselves and the people around them.Influenza activity has been rampant throughout the country, with more than 60,000 confirmed cases during the season, according to the CDC. In the first week of the year alone, there were 11,718 confirmed cases ...

  2. Danbury Man Repeatedly Punched Pregnant Woman In Face, Stomach, Police Say

    Danbury Man Repeatedly Punched Pregnant Woman In Face, Stomach, Police Say

    A 35-year-old man was taken into custody on Thursday night after he allegedly struck a pregnant woman multiple times in a car she was driving in Southeast, state police said.Shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Thursday night, a pregnant woman drove into the parking lot of the New York State Police barracks in Brewster to report a crime in progress.After taking the pregnant woman into custody, ...

  3. Romaine Lettuce Scare Is Over, Centers For Disease Control Says

    Romaine Lettuce Scare Is Over, Centers For Disease Control Says

    The E. coli outbreak that was linked to romaine lettuce in the Hudson Valley appears to be over, according to the Centers for Disease Control.Over the past few months, several people in the United States and Canada have fallen ill from a strain of E. coli bacteria that is believed to have originated from romaine lettuce that has been recently sold.According to the Centers for Disease ...

  4. Three From Danbury Among 13 Nabbed For DWI In NY

    Three From Danbury Among 13 Nabbed For DWI In NY

    More than a dozen impaired drivers were busted by state police in Putnam County over the weekend as law enforcement officials continue their crackdown on intoxicated drivers in the Hudson Valley.Since the holiday season, New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies were “out in full force” to curtail impaired drivers in the region.Among those arrested include:Friday, Jan. ...

  5. Nor'easter Approaching Area Reaches 'Bomb Cyclone' Status

    Nor'easter Approaching Area Reaches 'Bomb Cyclone' Status

    While the East Coast gears up for the rapidly approaching Nor'easter that’s expected to pummel the area overnight, locals can also expect to experience another weather phenomenon known as a “bomb cyclone.”The National Weather Service has predicted that the region may see anywhere from 2 to 4 inches of snow, with the storm expected to hit the area beginning around 1 a.m. on Thursday ...

  6. I-84 Stop Results In DWI, Drug Charges For Danbury, Brookfield Men

    I-84 Stop Results In DWI, Drug Charges For Danbury, Brookfield Men

    A routine traffic stop of a drunken driver led to drug charges for his passenger in Putnam County after he threatened state police over the weekend.New York State Police troopers conducted a traffic stop at 2:15 a.m. Saturday after spotting 35-year-old Noval Baez of Danbury make vehicle and traffic violations while driving on I-84 in Southeast.During the stop, troopers said that Baez ...

  7. Save The Dates: Here Are Gridlock Alert Days For Rest Of Holiday Season

    Save The Dates: Here Are Gridlock Alert Days For Rest Of Holiday Season

    With the holidays nearly here, the New York City Department of Transportation is encouraging area residents to utilize public transportation whenever possible.Each year, the NYC DOT designates Gridlock Alert Days, which mark some of the busiest traffic and travel days on the calendar. As such, the DOT is encouraging residents that are heading to work, shop or otherwise to “consider ...

  8. Woman Pleads Guilty To DWI Crash That Killed Brookfield Native, 21

    Woman Pleads Guilty To DWI Crash That Killed Brookfield Native, 21

    A 25-year-old Westchester woman has pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter for driving drunk and killing a 21-year-old Manhattanville College student last year.Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr. announced on Wednesday that Emma Fox of Rye has pleaded guilty to a felony count of vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated for her role in the death of ...

  9. Ridgefield 22-Year-Old Passed Out Behind Wheel Had Loaded Gun, Police Say

    Ridgefield 22-Year-Old Passed Out Behind Wheel Had Loaded Gun, Police Say

    A 22-year-old who was found asleep at the wheel by police is facing multiple charges after attempting to resist arrest while in possession of an illegal, loaded handgun and drugs in Putnam County.New York State Police troopers on patrol in Southeast found Ridgefield, Conn., resident Peter Shirvell unconscious on Route 6 at the intersection of Starr Ridge near the entrance of the Shell ...

  10. Body Of Missing Diver Found In Flooded Mine In Southeast

    Body Of Missing Diver Found In Flooded Mine In Southeast

    The body of a scuba diver who went missing at a Putnam County mine has been recovered, according to the Putnam County Sheriff's office.Putnam County Sheriff Donald Smith said that his department began its search Sunday afternoon when a man was reported missing after going diving at the Tilly Foster Mine — also known as Simon’s Quarry — in Southeast.Smith said that Jersey City, N.J., ...

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