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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. Westchester Beaches May Be Impacted After Raw Sewage Was Discharged Into Croton River

    Westchester Beaches May Be Impacted After Raw Sewage Was Discharged Into Croton River

    There may have been an environmental impact to beaches in Cortlandt after more than 50,000 gallons of untreated sewage were dumped into the Croton River on Wednesday in Ossining.Officials in Croton-on-Hudson sent an email to local residents on Thursday afternoon, alerting that an estimated 57,000 gallons of sewage into the river. The spill was first reported at approximately 12:45 p.m. ...

  2. Chemical In Some Breakfast Cereals Could Cause Cancer

    Chemical In Some Breakfast Cereals Could Cause Cancer

    Select oat cereals, granola and other food products may contain a pesticide that could cause cancer, according to a report released by the Environmental Working Group.Glyphosate, an herbicide linked to cancer by scientists in California and the World Health Organization was found in 43 of 45 samples of oat products in an independent test commissioned by the organization.According to the ...

  3. New State Law Bans Children From Using Indoor Tanning Facilities Effective Immediately

    New State Law Bans Children From Using Indoor Tanning Facilities Effective Immediately

    Teenagers looking to get tan in New York are going to have to do it the old-fashioned way and lay out in the sun.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday that he has signed legislation that will prohibit children under the age of 18 from using indoor tanning facilities, effective immediately."It is indisputable that tanning devices and UV exposure place users at the highest ...

  4. Westchester Emergency Medical Workers Featured On New TV Series By 'Law & Order' Creator

    Westchester Emergency Medical Workers Featured On New TV Series By 'Law & Order' Creator

    Paramedics in Westchester will take center stage when A&E Network premieres “Nightwatch Nation” on Thursday night.Producer Dick Wolf of "Law & Order" fame, has created his latest show, an expansion of the “Nightwatch” program, which will follow EMTs in four cities - including Yonkers - as they “risk their lives to work the busiest and most unnerving shift of the day, ...

  5. Weeklong Lane Closures Scheduled During Route 100 Road Work

    Weeklong Lane Closures Scheduled During Route 100 Road Work

    Weekday lane closures may lead to delays in Westchester for motorists traveling on Central Avenue.The New York State Department of Transportation announced that from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning Tuesday, Aug. 21, there will be southbound lane closures on Route 100 (Central Avenue) between I-87 and Tuckahoe Road in Yonkers, as crews continue maintenance work in the area.Those closures are ...

  6. Mechanical Failure Causes Thousands Of Gallons Of Raw Sewage To Flow Into Croton River

    Mechanical Failure Causes Thousands Of Gallons Of Raw Sewage To Flow Into Croton River

    A mechanical failure at a Westchester pump station led to thousands of gallons of untreated sewage to get dumped into the Croton River.The Ossining Sanitation and Recycling Department issued a notification on Wednesday, when an estimated 300 gallons of waste was dumped into the river per minute. The discharge was reported at 12:45 p.m. and was ongoing as of 2:30 p.m. in the ...

  7. Pair Charged With Carjacking, Pistol-Whipping Driver In Westchester

    Pair Charged With Carjacking, Pistol-Whipping Driver In Westchester

    Two men are facing life in prison for allegedly pistol-whipping a driver, firing shots toward him and attempting to carjack him in Westchester.Chester Brown and Travis Sinclair were charged in federal court in White Plains on Wednesday, for the carjacking, in which they allegedly attacked the driver and fired shots at him when he attempted to run away.According to the complaint, on July ...

  8. Police Nab Suspected Drug Dealer Making Bank Deposit In Area

    Police Nab Suspected Drug Dealer Making Bank Deposit In Area

    A crackdown on suspected drug dealers in the area resulted in a new arrest of a dealer making a bank deposit in Danbury.For the second time this week, the Danbury Police Department’s Special Investigations Division executed a search and seizure warrant, which led to the arrest of two men in Danbury.Danbury resident Cristopher Marcos, 22, who was the focus of a weekslong investigation ...

  9. Man With False Visas Attempted To Steal Package From Westchester Gas Station, Police Say

    Man With False Visas Attempted To Steal Package From Westchester Gas Station, Police Say

    A man without a known address who was in possession of fraudulent U.S. Government Visa cards is behind bars after being busted attempting to steal a package from a Scarsdale gas station after having it re-routed.Members of the Scarsdale Police Department were dispatched to the Scarsdale Shell gas station on Scarsdale Avenue on Monday, Aug. 6, when 27-year-old Kaspars Giberts attempted ...

  10. Stolen Handgun, Drugs Seized From Man Going 84 MPH On I-84, Police Say

    Stolen Handgun, Drugs Seized From Man Going 84 MPH On I-84, Police Say

    Connecticut State Police troopers recovered a stolen handgun and busted a man in possession of crack cocaine and other drugs during a speeding stop on I-84.Troopers conducting an enforcement detail on I-84 near exit 66 in Vernon stopped a vehicle when it was clocked going 84 mph on the interstate. During the subsequent stop, while talking to the occupants of the car, police said that ...

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