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Monday Afternoon News, February 26th


Des Moines Police Say Driver Provided False ID After Hitting Pedestrian

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Des Moines police say a driver accused of hitting and killing a pedestrian provided a false name to officers.
A police news release Monday said officers expect more charges will be leveled against 22-year-old Oleaf Teoh, who they say provided a different name proved false by fingerprint examination.
Police say a man walking west was struck from behind around 9 p.m. Sunday by a sport utility vehicle. The man’s been identified as Des Moines resident Matthew Otto.

Police say Teoh is charged with vehicular homicide while driving under the influence, leaving the accident scene and charged with related crimes. Police say 3-day-old and 6-year-old children were in the SUV when Otto was struck.



Investigators Seize Electronic Equipment From Accused AAU Coach

DELHI, Iowa (AP) – Investigators have seized a trove of electronic devices from a northeastern Iowa cabin owned by a prominent youth basketball coach under investigation for allegedly making videos of naked boys.
Greg Stephen, co-director of the Iowa Barnstormers, left the traveling youth organization Thursday after agents searched his Monticello home.
Newly available documents show agents also searched a cabin in a recreation area near Lake Delhi. Investigators say Stephen occasionally spent weekends there and used it for summertime group gatherings with players.
Agents seized smartphones, tablets, flip phones, hard drives, thumb drives, memory cards and digital video cassettes.
Stephen hasn’t been charged and his father says he’s done nothing wrong.
The searches came after a source gave police a device from Stephen’s home that contained video clips of underage males disrobing in a hotel bathroom.
Several Barnstormers players have gone on to play Division I college basketball.



Mother Accused Of Leaving Children Has Taken Plea Agreement

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa mother accused of leaving her four children home alone to travel to Europe has taken a plea deal.
Johnston resident Erin Macke entered Alford pleas Monday in Polk County District Court to four counts of child endangerment. In exchange prosecutors will drop a charge of making a firearm available to a person under age 21.
In an Alford plea, a person doesn’t admit guilt but acknowledges there is enough evidence for a likely conviction. Her sentencing is scheduled for April 19.
Police were called to her home in September by the children’s father, who said the kids – two age 12, one 7, one 6 – had been left alone. Police say Macke failed to make child care arrangements before leaving Sept. 20 for a 10-day Germany vacation.



Girl Scouts To Sell Part of Campground

EPWORTH, Iowa (AP) – Girl Scouts officials plan to sell part of an eastern Iowa campground in the latest move to reduce property holdings and adjust to changes in demand from the youth it serves.
Stacy Conforti serves as director of property and outdoor program for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. Conforti tells the Telegraph Herald that the group intends to divest between 50 and 90 acres of its 154-acre
Camp Little Cloud property in the Dubuque area.
She says the property is sloping timberland and not integral to the Girl Scouts’ programming. The group spent about $139,000 to keep the property open but the camp recouped only $34,000 in revenue.
Officials are contacting camp neighbors to gauge interest in purchasing the property. The parcel’s location and price haven’t been finalized yet.