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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. Science Classroom Smell Forces Evacuation At Pleasantville High School

    Science Classroom Smell Forces Evacuation At Pleasantville High School

    Pleasantville High School was evacuated out of precaution on Friday morning due to an unusual smell in one of the science labs. School officials notified parents of the evacuation at approximately 9:30 a.m., transporting them temporarily to the Pleasantville Middle School.Emergency crews were called to the school and gave the “all clear” less than an hour later, allowing the students to ...

  2. Construction To Start On Complex With 36 Luxury Apartments In Harrison

    Construction To Start On Complex With 36 Luxury Apartments In Harrison

    A defunct movie theater in Westchester will soon be revitalized by three dozen luxury apartments, a cafe and several refurbished stores.Developers have broken ground at the Harrison Playhouse Lofts in downtown Harrison, which is an adaptive reuse of the old Harrison movie theater that has been closed for over a dozen years. The project is a mixed-use, transit-oriented development that ...

  3. 'Persistent Violent Felony Offender' Guilty Of Assaulting Man In Westchester

    'Persistent Violent Felony Offender' Guilty Of Assaulting Man In Westchester

    A “persistent violent felony offender” already facing two life sentences has been found guilty of beating an older man and stealing his wallet in Westchester.Coty Highsmith of Yonkers was found guilty by a jury of robbery and assault for the beating of a man in his 60s in a city apartment in November. The trial took nine days.On Nov. 28 last year, Highsmith followed the man into a ...

  4. Three Men Charged For Roles In Monthlong Westchester Burglary Spree

    Three Men Charged For Roles In Monthlong Westchester Burglary Spree

    Three men are facing a host of charges for a monthlong burglary ring that spread throughout Westchester.Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr., announced on Friday that  Valhalla resident Christian Rosa and White Plains resident Damien Williams have been arranged in Westchester County Court in connection to a string of burglaries in the area that were reported ...

  5. Woman, 20, Caught With Liquid Codeine, Fake License In I-87 Stop, Police Say

    Woman, 20, Caught With Liquid Codeine, Fake License In I-87 Stop, Police Say

    A traffic stop on I-87 led to the arrest of a passenger who was in possession of more than two ounces of codeine and a fake ID, police said.New York State Police troopers stopped a vehicle on I-87 in Woodbury at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Friday morning, when the driver committed a traffic violation. During the subsequent traffic stop, troopers said that probable cause to search the ...

  6. Police Investigating $11,000 In Checks Missing From Car In Westchester

    Police Investigating $11,000 In Checks Missing From Car In Westchester

    A man in Scarsdale is minus more than $10,000 in checks that went missing from the center console of his vehicle, police said.Investigators from the Scarsdale Police Department received a report from a Sherman Street resident on Oct. 9, who stated that between 10 and 15 bank checks that were written to him were missing from his 2010 Toyota.The man said that he last saw the checks at ...

  7. Teen In Westchester Domestic Dispute Violates Protection Order, Police Say

    Teen In Westchester Domestic Dispute Violates Protection Order, Police Say

    A late-night domestic incident turned violent in Northern Westchester when a teenager began punching walls and made sure his victim couldn’t call for help, police said.New York State Police troopers were dispatched to a Lexington Avenue home in Cortlandt shortly after midnight on Monday, Oct. 15, where there was a report of a domestic dispute that potentially turned physical.Police said ...

  8. Two Admit To Complex Scheme To Steal Luxury Cars Throughout Westchester

    Two Admit To Complex Scheme To Steal Luxury Cars Throughout Westchester

    A pair of men have admitted to their roles in a “complex identity fraud scheme” that allowed them to fraudulently “purchase” and possess high-end vehicles from car dealerships throughout Westchester.Bronx residents Jankley Hidalgo, 29 and Jonathan Sevilla, 34, pleaded guilty to one count each of first-degree identity theft, felonies, for the theft of a Lexus from Ray Catena Lexus of ...

  9. Wanted: 'Armed, Dangerous' Suspect In Westchester Assault On The Run

    Wanted: 'Armed, Dangerous' Suspect In Westchester Assault On The Run

    Have you seen him?New York State Police investigators are attempting to track down a wanted 27-year-old man who is potentially armed and dangerous.An alert was issued for Erick Grigoroff, who is wanted by the New York State Police and the town of Cortlandt Court for allegedly assaulting several people and causing injuries with a knife. He’s wanted on charges that include assault and ...

  10. Hutchinson River Parkway Stretch Will Be Closed Over Four-Day Period

    Hutchinson River Parkway Stretch Will Be Closed Over Four-Day Period

    The planned closure of a stretch of the Hutchinson River Parkway that had to be postponed has been rescheduled in Westchester.Last month, the New York State Department of Transportation announced plans for a closure of the parkway on the final weekend of September as part of an ongoing bridge replacement near the Pelham and Mount Vernon border.But the work was postponed and now, the ...

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