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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. Inmate Caught With 'Improvised Weapon' At Fishkill Correctional Facility

    Inmate Caught With 'Improvised Weapon' At Fishkill Correctional Facility

    An inmate from Northern Westchester at the Fishkill Correctional Facility is facing a new felony charge after being caught by corrections officers with an alleged illegal weapon.A law enforcement investigation into an incident that took place on Dec. 15 last year found that Cortlandt resident Alexander Welch-Vanzile, 22, allegedly was in possession of an improvised weapon made from a ...

  2. Hudson Valley Man Sentenced For Raping 10-Year-Old Girl Faces Deportation

    Hudson Valley Man Sentenced For Raping 10-Year-Old Girl Faces Deportation

    A Hudson Valley man will spend a decade behind bars and is facing deportation after pleading guilty to raping a 10-year-old girl.Highland Mills resident Juan Linares, 20, who had pleaded guilty earlier this year to one felony count of first-degree rape, was sentenced this week to 10 years in prison and 10 years of post-release supervision for his role in sexually assaulting a minor who ...

  3. Man Charged In Hudson Valley With Running $3M Mail Fraud Scheme

    Man Charged In Hudson Valley With Running $3M Mail Fraud Scheme

    A man who allegedly ran a multi-million dollar mail fraud scheme targeting small businesses for the better part of a decade was busted and is facing prison time after being charged in White Plains Federal Court on Wednesday.Geoffrey Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that California resident Mark Mushkin, 52, has been charged with one ...

  4. Man Caught With Counterfeit Money, Illegal Weapon In I-84 Stop

    Man Caught With Counterfeit Money, Illegal Weapon In I-84 Stop

    New York State Police troopers seized more than $5,000 in counterfeit cash, drugs and an illegal weapon during a traffic stop on I-84 in Putnam County.Shortly before 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 12, troopers conducted a traffic stop of Bronx resident Anthony Smith’s 2018 Kia Optima when he committed a vehicle and traffic law violation on the interstate.During the stop, it was determined ...

  5. NRA Rallies Supporters To Fight Cuomo Proposal On Troubled Students

    NRA Rallies Supporters To Fight Cuomo Proposal On Troubled Students

    With elected officials pushing on New York State lawmakers to enact a Red Flag Gun Protection bill allowing educators to prevent potential school shootings by pursuing court intervention, the National Rifle Associate is pushing back.Last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo began his push of an “Extreme Risk Protection Order” bill, which would permit teachers and school administrators to ...

  6. Two Hudson Valley Men Charged In National Crackdown On Online Child Porn

    Two Hudson Valley Men Charged In National Crackdown On Online Child Porn

    Two Hudson Valley men were among nearly 2,500 charged throughout the country as part of Operation “Broken Heart,” which targeted online child sex offenders.The Department of Justice announced the arrest of more than 2,300 suspected online child sex offenders during a three-month, nationwide, operation conducted by Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces. The task forces ...

  7. Dutchess Man, 26, Charged With DWI After Stop In Catskill

    Dutchess Man, 26, Charged With DWI After Stop In Catskill

    A pair of Hudson Valley residents were among several motorists busted in New York for DWI overnight as State and local law enforcement agencies continue their concerted efforts to curtail intoxicated drivers in the region as part of a national crackdown.As part of the STOP-DWI crackdown, New York State Police troopers busted several motorists for driving while intoxicated as they ...

  8. Area Officials Support Bill To Remove Guns From Troubled Students' Homes

    Area Officials Support Bill To Remove Guns From Troubled Students' Homes

    Elected officials continue to call on New York State to enact a Red Flag Gun Protection bill that would make it the first state in the nation to allow teachers and school administrators to prevent potential school shootings by pursuing court intervention.Last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo began his push of an “Extreme Risk Protection Order” bill, which would permit teachers and ...

  9. Dutchess Teacher Indicted On Child Porn Charges Resigns

    Dutchess Teacher Indicted On Child Porn Charges Resigns

    The area elementary school teacher who was indicted by a grand jury on child pornography charges has resigned.Steven Schwartz, 54, was indicted last month on seven counts of possessing a sexual performance by a child, according to the Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office, though the official charge will not be unsealed until Thursday, June 14, officials noted.The Poughkeepsie ...

  10. Teens Become Combative, Physical With Police Breaking Up Party

    Teens Become Combative, Physical With Police Breaking Up Party

    A group of potentially intoxicated teenagers became “combative” with police who attempted to break up a house party in Westchester following multiple noise complaints over the weekend.Shortly before 10:30 p.m. on Saturday night, officers were dispatched to a Berkeley Road home in Scarsdale, following reports of a noise complaint. Upon arrival, officers attempted unsuccessfully to locate ...

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