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SUSPECT SOUGHT: Wendy’s Armed Robbery

Des Moines police are looking for the robber of a fast food restaurant.

Police say the suspect robbed the Wendy’s on Merle Hay Road around 5:00 p.m. Sunday.

Workers tell police the man had a weapon and asked for the money quietly. They say he then ran across the street and jumped into a truck.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says there’s no danger to people in the neighborhoods around the store.

“No one at anyplace is expecting to get robbed like this but I feel at this time everyone is safe in the area. It`s one of those situations that it`s very dynamic at the time that it happens but I don`t think anyone was in any danger at the time. Hopefully we`ll be able to get some leads off of this and hopefully get this gentleman into custody,” says Sgt. Brent Long with the Des Moines Police Department.

Police say the suspect is a white male about six-feet tall and 180 pounds.

MOONLIGHT CLASSIC: Riders Raising Money

It will be the biggest full moon of the year Saturday. That makes it the perfect night for a moonlight bicycle ride through Des Moines.

Orchard Place is holding its second annual Moonlight Classic Saturday.

The ride starts at El Bait Shop in Des Moines from 9:30 p.m. From there you’ll go on a ten mile ride through several Des Moines streets.

Around 750 riders are expected to take part.

Bikers can register at the starting line tomorrow night for $35. All proceeds go to Orchard Place.

STREET EVENT: Welcome Back To Walnut Street

A special event in downtown Des Moines aims to give visitors a glimpse of the future.

Welcome to Walnut Street ran from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. It’ll be back on Saturday from 3-9 p.m.

There’s live music, performers and plenty of food.

The street has been earmarked for a major makeover. It’s been left empty since the dart transit mall moved out.

“Next year we are hoping to rebuild three blocks after we’ve rebuilt it,” explains CEO of the Downtown Community Alliance, Glenn Lyons.

Welcome to Walnut Street will also run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on three other Fridays including July 19th, August 16th and September 13th.

ROBBERY SUSPECT: Police Seeking Help

Des Moines police are releasing images of a possible suspect in the robbery of a Tobacco Outlet Thursday.

Police say they obtained the photos of the suspect from a different business Friday. They were unable to obtain surveillance footage from the robbery on Thursday because the two suspects took off with the surveillance system as well as cash, lottery tickets, and cigarettes.

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AMERICORPS GRANT: Des Moines Schools Benefit

Des Moines public schools are about to get a big boost in a tutoring help for students.

The Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service voted to award $6 million in AmeriCorps state grants to support the placement of more than 650 AmeriCorps members across the state.

About $900,000 of that was awarded to the Des Moines Public School District.

With this grant award, 68 AmeriCorps members will be placed in 49 schools across the district to increase academic performance and student engagement through math and literacy tutoring in elementary schools, career-focused mentoring in middle school, service-learning opportunities in international baccalaureate schools, and volunteer programs.

SEXUAL EXPLOITATION: Ankeny Man Charged

An Ankeny man was arrested Tuesday for possessing and distributing obscene material of a minor over the internet.

Police searched 48-year-old Paul Hildreth’s home and confiscated his computer. Investigators then discovered images and videos of minors engaging in sexual acts.

Hildreth has been charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and dissemination of obscene material of a minor.

He has been released from the Polk County jail on a $60,000 bond.

If you have any more information in the case, contact the Pleasant Hill police department.

FIRST DAY: Reno Memorial Dog Park Opens

The evening’s warm, dry weather made for a great opening night for Des Moines’ newest dog park.

The Reno Memorial Dog Park opened to pets and owners for the first time Thursday.

The three-and-a-half acre fenced in park has plenty of room for dogs to run and shade for owners to relax in.

The park is located at 3533 E. Douglas Avenue. You must have a dog park permit to use the facility.

It’s open every day from 6 a.m. until sunset.