Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Paul CollinsU.S. Marshals have apprehended a 62-year-old Centereach man wanted for alleged sex crimes against children in Massachusetts dating back more than 30 years ago, Suffolk County police said.Paul Collins was arrested at his Pleasant Avenue home and charged with rape of a child by force, indecent assault and battery of a child under the age of 14 and open and gross lewdness.Collins was arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip over the weekend before Arlington Police Department investigators took him back to Massachusetts, where he will face the charges, authorities said.Collins was a swim coach and the Aquatics Director for the Arlington Boys and Girls Club between 1978 to 1980 when he met the four boys he is accused of victimizing, police said.WCVB-TV in Boston reports that Collins in the second suspect to face such allegations in the three months since victims began coming forward.Special Victims Section detectives are investigating if Collins, who lived in Suffolk for nearly a decade, committed similar crimes on Long Island and are asking anyone with information about him and possible victims to call investigators at 631-852-6184 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
DES MOINES — A bill has been introduced in the Iowa House in response to the recent case of more than 2400 fetal remains found in the garage and vehicle of an Indiana doctor who performed abortions.Tom Chapman of the Iowa Catholic Conference says burying the dead respectfully is important to the Catholic Church. “Whether people oppose or support abortion, I think the least we can do is ensure that all human remains, including the bodily remains of all unborn children, are treated with dignity and respect,” Chapman said, “and I think this bill helps do that.”If the bill becomes law as currently written, the CEO of a medical facility must ask women who have a miscarriage, abortion or stillbirth to choose burial or cremation for the remains.Daniel Zeno, a lobbyist for the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, says medical facilities already have trained staff ask these kinds of questions.“One of the things that happens in this bill is it deletes the word ‘fetus’ and replaces it with ‘bodily remains,’” Zeno says. “This is part of a bigger effort to define what life is.”Connie Ryan of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa says she had a miscarriage and could not have coped with the decisions this bill forces on a woman who has lost a pregnancy.“All I wanted to do was go home and be in my bed and I did and I stayed there for three days,” Ryan says.Representative Robert Bacon, a Republican from Slater, is a funeral director who supports the bill.“This is a human life that we’re talking about and the remains on this we need to treat with respect and care and we also need to care for everyone involved in this,” Bacon says.Bacon and another Republican on a House subcommittee have voted to advance the bill. It’s now eligible for consideration in the House Human Resources Committee.