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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. Feds Move For Retrial After Sheldon Silver Corruption Conviction Overturned

    Feds Move For Retrial After Sheldon Silver Corruption Conviction Overturned

    A corruption conviction against former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been tossed out by a federal appeals court.Silver was convicted in 2015 for honest services fraud, extortion and bribery, for which he was sentenced to 12 years in prison. According to reports, the decision to overturn the conviction was based, in part, on a Supreme Court decision last year that overturned a ...

  2. Mount Vernon Man Facing Child Murder Charge Appears In Court

    Mount Vernon Man Facing Child Murder Charge Appears In Court

    MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - A man who allegedly beat his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter to death and assaulted her twin sister was back in court on Thursday.Darren Morris, 23, made an appearance in court on Thursday, requesting to be taken out of protective custody. He remains remanded to the Westchester County Jail without bail.Morris allegedly “repeatedly and forcefully striked 2-year-old ...

  3. Westchester's First Semi-Pro Basketball Team Formed In Memory Of Slain Teen

    Westchester's First Semi-Pro Basketball Team Formed In Memory Of Slain Teen

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - Westchester County’s first women’s semi-pro basketball team is being formed in the memory of Shamoya McKenzie, the 13-year-old girls basketball star who was shot and killed in Mount Vernon on New Year’s Eve.Tryouts begin on Wednesday for the Mount Vernon ShamRocks, which are being held at the Boys & Girls Club on South 6th Avenue.The ShamRocks are being ...

  4. Iona Adds Veteran Coach From Baylor To Basketball Staff

    Iona Adds Veteran Coach From Baylor To Basketball Staff

    NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - A veteran coach from a prestigious Division I school is taking his talents to Westchester to join Iona College men’s basketball coach Tim Cluess’ staff.Following eight seasons at Baylor University, Tim Maloney is joining the Gaels for the upcoming basketball season as an assistant coach to Cluess.According to Iona officials, “Maloney's experience and feel for the ...

  5. Minors Can No Longer Play Bingo In New York Under New Law

    Minors Can No Longer Play Bingo In New York Under New Law

    A new state law went into effect on Sunday, banning anyone under the age of 18 from playing Bingo.The New York State Gaming Commission says the law was changed in an effort to bring Bingo’s minimum age in line with other forms of legal gambling, according to WHEC-TV. The change comes in a statewide effort to raise the age to that of legal gambling or lottery games.Minors under the age ...

  6. Two Westchester Men Sentenced For 2016 Ambush Murder

    Two Westchester Men Sentenced For 2016 Ambush Murder

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - A pair of White Plains men have been sentenced to years in state prison after pleading guilty to their roles in a fatal shooting that took the life of a Peekskill man last year.Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr. announced on Wednesday that shooter 22-year-old Aaron George and his getaway driver, Michael Djukic, 21, have been sentenced ...

  7. Police Officer From Westchester Comes To Aid Of Man Involved In Crash

    Police Officer From Westchester Comes To Aid Of Man Involved In Crash

    A police officer from Westchester County helped save the life of a motorcycle crash victim on the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey who suffered leg injuries.Mount Pleasant Police Officer Joseph Aufiero was traveling northbound near midnight on the parkway on Sunday, near exit 161 in Paramus when he encountered the crash victim lying in the roadway.Aufiero, a Westlake High School ...

  8. Man Sentenced In Yonkers Rape, Robbery Spree

    Man Sentenced In Yonkers Rape, Robbery Spree

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - A man has been sentenced to a term between 20 years and life in prison as a violent felony offender following a rape and robbery spree in Westchester County.Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr. announced on Tuesday that 38-year-old Akhim Blount, who is homeless, has been sentenced after pleading guilty to a 13-count indictment stemming ...

  9. Sex Offender Accused Of Raping 13-Year-Old Reports Move In Yonkers

    Sex Offender Accused Of Raping 13-Year-Old Reports Move In Yonkers

    A registered sex offender convicted of raping a13-year-old girl has reported an address change in Westchester County.The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services issued an alert on Tuesday to Westchester residents regarding the residency of 39-year-old James Taylor, who has moved to an apartment on North Broadway in Yonkers.The Division of Criminal Justice Services has ...

  10. Carousel Remains Closed After Fire Breaks Out At Playland

    Carousel Remains Closed After Fire Breaks Out At Playland

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - Officials with Rye Playland are hopeful of repairing the 102-year-old carousel that was damaged by a fire on Sunday.Dozens of riders had to be evacuated from the popular carousel when a fire sparked at approximately 4:15 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at Playland, prompting firefighters from several municipalities to respond to the scene.The carousel suffered water ...

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