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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. Fairfield County Man Sentenced For Months-Long Bank Robbery Spree

    Fairfield County Man Sentenced For Months-Long Bank Robbery Spree

    A Fairfield County man who threatened to kill bank employees during an armed robbery and later engaged in a standoff with police has been sentenced to nearly a decade behind bars following his seven-month crime spree.Bryce Alexander Laister, 26, formerly of Bridgeport and Stratford, has been sentenced to 107 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, after he ...

  2. Citizen Of Mexico Pleads Guilty to Third Illegal Reentry Offense In CT

    Citizen Of Mexico Pleads Guilty to Third Illegal Reentry Offense In CT

    A Mexican national with a long rap sheet has pleaded guilty in Connecticut to illegally re-entering the country after being deported twice, violating the conditions of his supervised release for a prior conviction for the same offense.Jose Del Carmen Hernandez Hernandez, 41, has pleaded guilty to one count of illegally reentering the United States after being deported. He has never held ...

  3. Know Him? Police Seek To ID Suspect After Car Burglarized At LA Fitness

    Know Him? Police Seek To ID Suspect After Car Burglarized At LA Fitness

    Recognize him?Police in Norwalk are seeking the public’s assistance as they attempt to track down a suspect who allegedly broke into a car parked at LA Fitness on Main Avenue.Investigators released surveillance photos of the suspect and the burglarized vehicle. They are attempting to identify the suspect and owner of the vehicle. Anyone with information regarding the incident has been ...

  4. Man Sentenced For Distributing Heroin To Danbury Overdose Victim

    Man Sentenced For Distributing Heroin To Danbury Overdose Victim

    A drug dealer is behind bars for supplying heroin that led to an overdose in Fairfield County.Waterbury resident Andre Reed, 26, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing heroin to a female Danbury overdose victim. The arrest comes as part of a statewide initiative targeting drug dealers who distribute heroin, fentanyl and ...

  5. Easton Man With Bottles Of Vodka In Car Was Under Influence, Westport Police Say

    Easton Man With Bottles Of Vodka In Car Was Under Influence, Westport Police Say

    A Fairfield County man was busted for driving while intoxicated after he was pulled over with an empty bottle of vodka in his backseat during the middle of the day, police said.Police in Westport stopped Easton resident John Finneran at approximately noon on Aug. 2, when officers received a report of a man driving erratically on Main Street. Officers eventually tracked down the car and ...

  6. $50K Reward Offered On Anniversary Of Killing Woman, Man In Fairfield County

    $50K Reward Offered On Anniversary Of Killing Woman, Man In Fairfield County

    Police have offered a $50,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the murder of a woman and man both in their 20s in Fairfield County nearly a decade ago.Monday marks the seven-year anniversary of the murder of Rickita Smalls and Iroquois Alston, who were fatally shot on Aug. 6, 2011 on Avenue B in Norwalk. The ...

  7. Motorist Driving Nearly 100 MPH Among 88 Ticketed In Latest I-684 Detail

    Motorist Driving Nearly 100 MPH Among 88 Ticketed In Latest I-684 Detail

    A motorist was busted driving nearly 100 mph in the rain on Wednesday, during a special police detail on I-684 in Westchester.New York State Police troopers dished out dozens of tickets in Bedford, including 67 for speeding during the detail. One motorist was clocked going 99 mph on I-684 during the storms that hit the area.In total, 88 summons were issued. The latest detail comes on ...

  8. Aw, Shucks: Oyster Found In Hudson River Described As 'Largest Ever'

    Aw, Shucks: Oyster Found In Hudson River Described As 'Largest Ever'

    Just in time for National Oyster Day on Sunday, Aug. 5 comes word that a massive oyster “the size of a small shoe” was picked up under a pier in the Hudson River.The River Project, an organization that works to provide the Hudson River, posted a picture of a 22-centimeter oyster, which was found by a construction worker working on Pier 40 near the Hudson River Park.On Facebook, the ...

  9. Video: Deer In Distress Freed From Fence In Newtown

    Video: Deer In Distress Freed From Fence In Newtown

    Oh, deer.Officers from the Newtown Police Department rescued a deer that found itself in a precarious position this week.On Monday, July 30, Officer Timothy Schoen was called to a local property, where there was a report of a “deer in distress.” The deer had caught one of its hind legs tangled in a fence and couldn’t get loose.Schoen, without formal training of helping animals out of ...

  10. Week-Long Ramp Closures Scheduled For I-684, I-84

    Week-Long Ramp Closures Scheduled For I-684, I-84

    There will be overnight ramp closures on I-84 and I-684 for nearly a week as crews continue a pavement construction project in the area.The New York State Department of Transportation announced that beginning on Monday, Aug. 6, there will be overnight closures of ramps on the interstates in Southeast. The closures are expected to last until Friday, Aug. 10.From 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on ...

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