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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. New Principal Named At Seven Bridges Middle School

    New Principal Named At Seven Bridges Middle School

    Following a lengthy nationwide search, the Chappaqua Board of Education has tapped a well-traveled, veteran educator to take over the helm at Seven Bridges Middle School.The Board announced on Thursday, Nov. 15 that Joe Mazza, who it says has 19 years of “rich and meaningful experiences,” will take over as principal at the middle school, effective as of Monday, Dec. 10.According to ...

  2. Embattled Mount Vernon Mayor Hospitalized With Flu

    Embattled Mount Vernon Mayor Hospitalized With Flu

    Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas is urging area residents to get their flu shots after he was briefly hospitalized with the virus and has since returned home.Thomas, who has been in the news in recent weeks as he battles felony charges alleging he illegally used campaign funds, announced on Twitter at approximately 11 p.m. on Wednesday morning that he was treated for the flu.“Mayor ...

  3. Convicted Drug Dealer From Westchester Gets 24-Year Sentence

    Convicted Drug Dealer From Westchester Gets 24-Year Sentence

    A convicted felon with six previous convictions is heading back behind bars for selling cocaine throughout Putnam County.Peekskill resident Omar Miles has been sentenced to 24 years in state prison after being found guilty in September of three counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance. He had faced 36 years in prison.While on ...

  4. Genovese Crime Family Member From Westchester Destroys Evidence, Obstructs Justice, Feds Say

    Genovese Crime Family Member From Westchester Destroys Evidence, Obstructs Justice, Feds Say

    A member of the Genevose Crime Family of La Cosa Nostra already charged with the stabbing death of a Westchester man is now facing new charges for destroying evidence and obstructing justice, prosecutors announced.John Tortora Jr., known as "Johnny T," was arrested in August by FBI agents and Yonkers Police in connection with the 1997 death of 29-year-old Richard Ortiz in ...

  5. SUV Driver In Wrong-Way Westchester Crash Involving Family Of Six Faces Multiple Felony Charges

    SUV Driver In Wrong-Way Westchester Crash Involving Family Of Six Faces Multiple Felony Charges

    The 35-year-old man who injured a family of six after slamming his SUV into their car driving the wrong way on the Bronx River Parkway in February has been arraigned in Westchester County Court.Manhattan resident Diego Caceres was arraigned on Wednesday, Nov. 14, stemming from the head-on collision on the parkway in Yonkers that left several people hospitalized.Caceres was indicted by a ...

  6. Man Charged With Murdering Woman At Historic Armory In Westchester

    Man Charged With Murdering Woman At Historic Armory In Westchester

    A 28-year-old man is facing life in prison for allegedly killing a homeless woman whose body was found outside the former historic Armory building on Main Street in New Rochelle.Jose Olmos, who is homeless, was arraigned this week on murder charges for allegedly beating Nurten Jeljuk on Friday, July 27. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison ...

  7. Former Head Cook At Bedford Hills Correctional Facility Admits To Committing Sexual Act

    Former Head Cook At Bedford Hills Correctional Facility Admits To Committing Sexual Act

    A former head cook at the Taconic Correctional Facility in Bedford Hills has admitted to sexually abusing an inmate at the complex.Garth Trail, 62, has pleaded guilty to one felony count of criminal sexual acts in Westchester County Court for engaging in a sexual act with an inmate on Sept. 27 last year.Trail admitted to having sexual contact with the inmate in the kitchen area of the ...

  8. Opening Date Set For New Whole Foods In Westchester

    Opening Date Set For New Whole Foods In Westchester

    The area's newest Whole Foods store will be opening just in time for the holidays.The 40,000-square-foot location is set to open at Chappaqua Crossing on Wednesday, Dec. 12, complete with a grand opening complete with complimentary coffee on North Bedford Road.“We are excited to be part of the greater Chappaqua and Northern Westchester community,”  Alex Saa, the store team leader, ...

  9. TV Director From Northern Westchester Scheduled To Appear In Court For Spying On Teen Nanny

    TV Director From Northern Westchester Scheduled To Appear In Court For Spying On Teen Nanny

    A former television director is scheduled to appear in court this week to allow a judge to determine his “risk” of sexually offending after pleading guilty to spying on his teenage nanny in his Northern Westchester home.Daniel Switzen, who worked at CNBC and has a home in Pleasantville, is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday for his SORA hearing, after being sentenced to five years ...

  10. Sound The Alarm: Crashes Spike When Daylight Saving Ends, AAA Says

    Sound The Alarm: Crashes Spike When Daylight Saving Ends, AAA Says

    While many were glad to get an extra hour of sleep due to the end of Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, AAA is cautioning that commuters need to be wary of drowsy driving due to the clock shift.Between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. during the evening commute, when the sky turns to twilight, crashes spike by 45 percent in the region, according to AAA, citing the end of Daylight Saving Time.“Even though ...

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