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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. Nissan Recalls 105K Cars Over Air Bags That Could Explode

    Nissan Recalls 105K Cars Over Air Bags That Could Explode

    Nissan is recalling more than 100,000 cars that may contain airbag inflators that could potentially explode and send shrapnel at the driver and passengers.The recall comes as part of a coordinated recall of Takata airbag products in tens of millions of vehicles. Long-term exposure to high heat and humidity can cause the bags to explode, and have caused injuries and death, according to ...

  2. Wanted Man Busted In Westchester Violating Order Of Protection

    Wanted Man Busted In Westchester Violating Order Of Protection

    A wanted man is back in hot water with law enforcement after allegedly violating a court-ordered Violation of Protection in Mount Kisco.Westchester County Police officers responded to a Maple Avenue home at approximately 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning, where they found Wilmer Castro, 33, at home with a person who has an order of protection against him.Police proceeded to arrest Castro on ...

  3. Ardsley Mom Sentenced For Cancer Scam

    Ardsley Mom Sentenced For Cancer Scam

    The woman who admitted to defrauding donors out of more than $50,000 by misrepresenting the fact that she had terminal cancer has been sentenced.Vedoutie Hoobraj of Ardsley - also known as Shivonie Deokaran - was sentenced on Friday in White Plains Federal Court to two years in federal prison. She faced up to 20 years behind bars.Hoobraj pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud earlier ...

  4. Celebrity Couple Justin Bieber, Hailey Baldwin Spotted In Hudson Valley

    Celebrity Couple Justin Bieber, Hailey Baldwin Spotted In Hudson Valley

    Did you see them?Newly engaged Justin Bieber and Rockland County’s Hailey Baldwin took a tour of a popular Hudson Valley locale.Bieber and Baldwin - a model who grew up in Upper Grandview - were spotted in Orange County in New Windsor on Wednesday, making the rounds at Nature Pantry to do some shopping. The two announced their engagement over the weekend.The daughter of actor Stephen ...

  5. Cuomo Cronies Found Guilty In Bid-Rigging Scheme Trial

    Cuomo Cronies Found Guilty In Bid-Rigging Scheme Trial

    The former president of SUNY Polytechnic Institute and three real estate developers and close confidants of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo have been found guilty on fraud and conspiracy charges in connection to rigging bids regarding the Buffalo Billion construction project, which is worth hundreds of millions of dollars.Alain Kaloyeros, a former member of the Cuomo administration, was ...

  6. Westchester Woman Accused Of Hiding Mother's Death, Stealing $60K Pension

    Westchester Woman Accused Of Hiding Mother's Death, Stealing $60K Pension

    A Westchester woman has been busted for allegedly concealing her mother’s death in an effort to collect tens of thousands of dollars from her pension.Mount Vernon resident Rochelle Rose, 40, was arrested this week for allegedly collecting $60,285 in pension payments from her dead mother. That stolen money was then used for personal expenses such as cellphone bills, a car loan, insurance ...

  7. Alert Issued For Fox Sightings In Westchester

    Alert Issued For Fox Sightings In Westchester

    There has been a series of fox sightings in the area, leading to concerns for certain residents who spotted the animals.The Eastchester Police Department issued an alert this week following several reported sightings in the north end of town. Citing their close proximity to several wooded areas, police said that “our town is subject to occasional sightings of wildlife that may seem ...

  8. Employee From Greenburgh Dealer Sentenced In $231K Car Part Scam

    Employee From Greenburgh Dealer Sentenced In $231K Car Part Scam

    A former employee of a Westchester auto dealership is going to spend a year behind bars after concocting an elaborate scheme to defraud his employer by stealing auto parts and selling them off for a profit online.Poughquag resident John Labarbera, 50, has been sentenced to a year in Westchester County Jail and must pay back more than $225,000 after pleading guilty to a grand larceny ...

  9. Rally Organized In Westchester For Mother Facing Separation From Family

    Rally Organized In Westchester For Mother Facing Separation From Family

    There will be a rally in Westchester for a Guatemalan mother who took sanctuary in a New York City church and faces separation from her family.Debora Barrios-Vasquez, 32, fled Guatemala in 2005 and has lived in Mamaroneck for years with her two young children, who are both United States citizens. She is now facing deportation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement after taking sanctuary ...

  10. Westchester Woman Who Faked Cancer Diagnosis In $50K Fraud To Be Sentenced

    Westchester Woman Who Faked Cancer Diagnosis In $50K Fraud To Be Sentenced

    The woman who admitted to defrauding donors out of more than $50,000 by misrepresenting the fact that she had terminal cancer is scheduled to be sentenced this week.Vedoutie Hoorbraj of Ardsley - also known as Shivonie Deokaran - is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday. She faces up to 20 years behind bars, though a lighter sentence is expected.Hoorbraj after pleading guilty to one count ...

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