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Former priest sues for defamation

A Bronx priest, who oversaw fund raising for the archdiocese’s but became disgraced and dismissed after a former student accused him of molestation, is now suing for defamation.

Charles Kavanagh, 73, is suing his former seminary student Daniel Donohue, 46 who was granted a settlement from the New York Archdiocese. In his lawsuit, Donohue said the priest had brought him to a Right to Life rally in Washington and had then molested him in the hotel room.

“When he made this accusation in writing, he made it with malice,” says Kavanagh in the lawsuit. “Any reasonable person would consider a false accusation of such conduct against a holy priest to be outrageous and highly offensive.”

The priest’s suit includes several affidavits including two from former students that state no one was ever taken to rallies. A third affidavit from the former dean of Cathedral Preparatory Seminar that says students were never allowed to attend Right to Life rallies. (NYDailyNews)

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Bronx man faces 30 years in prison

A Bronx man plead guilty in New York federal court Tuesday to transporting an underage girl across state lines where she was forced to perform sexual acts on an NFL star.

Rasheed Davis, 37, plead to one count of inducing the interstate travel of another for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct for financial gain. Davis is said to have transported a runaway 16-year-old girl to the hotel room of Lawrence Taylor, a former linebacker for the New York Giants.

Police pulled over Davis’ car on May 6 at a routine Bronx traffic stop where they found $300 and a note with the address of the Holiday Inn in Montebello. The note also specified the room number.

Police arrested Taylor later that day in the hotel room on charges of third-degree rape and patronizing a prostitute.

Taylor pleaded guilty in January and was sentenced in March to six years’ probation. He also must register on the New York State Sex Offender Registry.

Davis could be behind bars for 30 years and fined up to $250,000. (The Journal News)

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Ex-cop indicted by Bronx grand jury

Eddie Coello, 38, was indicted yesterday by a Bronx grand jury charged with second-degree murder in the slaying of his wife.

The body of Throngs Neck resident, Tina Adovasio, 40, was found three weeks ago in a wooded area.

Adovasio, a mother of four, was trying to leave a failed marriage to Coello, according to officials.

Coello could be setnenced to 25 years in prison if convicted. The ex-NYPD officer is expected to plead not guilty. (AMNY)

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Missing snake joins Twitter

The 20-inch Egyptian Cobra that managed to slither away from the Bronx Zoo’s reptile house and into an undisclosed location is using his free time to join Twitter.

@BronxZoonsCobra has more than 132,000 followers.

While it’s not clear who started the unofficial account, the snake’s feed details the “imaginary travels and disgruntled ramblings” of the Cobra, according to

Tweets include “At Planet Rose in the East Village to get my karaoke on” and “Leaving Wall Street, these guys make my skin crawl.”

The Cobra is only following the feed of one Tweeter, The Bronx Zoo. (WNYC)

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Bronx mother and son caught shoplifting

Carolyn Taylor was arrested Sunday and arraigned Monday after surveillance video shows her giving shoplifting instructions to her 11-year-old son.

Taylor, of the Bronx, was caught on surveillance tape at the Gap on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

The 35-year-old woman has been charged with shoplifting and pickpocketing after showing her son how to steal a purse from an unattended stroller. She is also charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Talyor’s son’s arrest will be handled in Family Court.

According to police, Taylor stole a credit card from the purse and then used it for purchases. She has also been accused to stealing repeatedly from a nearby pharmacy. NY1

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Assemblyman calls for salvia restrictions

Bronx Assemblyman Peter Rivera is calling for legislation to limit sales of salvia, an herb grown in Mexico and often found in head shops that has been blamed for one man’s death earlier in the month.

The father of 21-year-old Ryan Santanna, who fell 15 stories and died on Roosevelt Island after smoking salvia, blames the substance for his son’s death.

Salvia was also featured in a video of Miley Cyrus smoking a bong that went viral.

The New York State Senate passed a measure to block the sale of salvia but now, Rivera hopes for a vote in the Assembly by June. The proposal calls for a limit of sales of salvia to minors, but does not prohibit it completely.

The herb typically sells for $30 to $50. WPIX

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Bus driver speaks out

Ophadell Williams, the driver behind the wheel of the tour bus that crashed killing 15 people in the Bronx, spoke out for the first time Monday.

Outside his house, he told reporters “I’m having a difficult time breathing “and “I’m really hurt by the whole situation.”

The World Wide Tour bus was returning to Chinatown after a trip to a Connecticut casino via the Bronx when it turned on its side and slammed into a highway sign post with such fury it ripped open the the bus’s roof. 18 passengers sustained injuries.

According to his attorney, Williams has had difficulty sleeping. He stated his client did try to help passengers out of the wreckage. NBC New York

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Driving while committing fraud

Three women and five men were arrested Tuesday on several charges after surveillance video shows them staging a three-car crash last June to collect insurance money, police said.

The suspects are now charged with grand larceny, falsifying business records and insurance fraud.

The group was caught by camera’s from NYPD’s Fraudulent Accident Investigation Squad deliberately crashing their cars into each other. The group then proceeded to West 168th Street and Cromwell Ave in the Bronx for a second crash.

Afterward, they called 911 to file a report and sought medical attention. The insurance companies paid out $39,000 for the accidents. PIX

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