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WILD IDEA: Soldier’s Surprise Proposal At Hockey Game

An Iowa soldier who has a knack for surprises pulled off another one Friday night.

Dylan Martin was honored as the “Hero of the Game” at Wells Fargo Arena during an Iowa Wild game.

When it came time to recognize him, he got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend.

Last fall Channel 13 was there when Dylan surprised his little brother at school after returning home from a tour overseas.

HOMELESS HELP: ‘Ellen’ Surprises DM Pizzeria Owner, Again

Another trip to the Ellen show netted another big donation for a Des Moines restaurant owner Friday.

For the second time in two weeks, Derrick Walton was a guest on Ellen. Walton owns Rock Power Pizza on Southwest 9th Street.

The former homeless man opens the restaurant on Monday nights only to the homeless to feed them for free.

Last week Ellen gave Walton a check for $10,000 to continue his crusade. Today, JC Penney had a pair of surprises for him.

COOKING CLASS: Young Moms Learn Basics

Putting a nutritious meal on the table every night can stressful, especially for busy young parents. One group of moms got a lesson about an important tool in the kitchen.

Raelynn Wheeler says, “We’re here for a cooking class.”

She goes on to say, “I’m excited. I can cook some, but not a whole lot, so I’m interested to see what happens today.”

Wheeler has a three year old and an eight week old at home, along with a new fiance. She says, “I got engaged on my 21st birthday, which was three days ago.”

Wheeler is part of the Young Women’s Resource Center. The group helps girls 10 to 21 build life skills. The Kitchen Collage invited young moms from the center to a basic knife skills class at the East Village business.

WASIKE BEATING: Teen Changes Plea To Guilty

A teenager accused in a brutal Des Moines carjacking has changed his plea to guilty.

Court records show 16-year-old Leshaun Murray had a plea hearing earlier this week. His trial was scheduled to begin Monday.

Investigators say Murray along with two other teens severely beat Mike Wasike in a carjacking last year. He suffered a fractured skull and brain damage and has been in therapy ever since.

Murray is charged with two counts of first degree robbery. He will be sentenced in June.

Terrence Cheeks, 17, will stand trial later this month. Kenneth Barry, 17, is scheduled to go to court in May.

CAR DITCHED: Driver Arrested Day After Chase

Officers have arrested the man involved in a two county chase.

Police say 30-year-old Derek Rupe was behind the wheel. The Fifth Judicial District warrant squad picked him up in Des Moines on Friday.

Rupe has a history of dangerous driving and does not have a valid driver’s license. Rupe also faces charges for drug possession and assault with a deadly weapon. Witnesses told police Rupe hit a man with his car and took off April 1st.

The chase started in Warren County but ended with the suspect driving into Blank Golf Course while customers were golfing.

No one was injured.

Aside from a broken fence, authorities say the course is in decent shape.

EASTER EGGS: Des Moines Church Hosts Hunt

This weekend, many Iowa kids will be on the hunt for Easter eggs.

One of the local hunts is organized by Debra Heights Wesleyan Church in Des Moines. It’s designed for toddlers to fifth graders.

The church wanted to get more involved in the community, so they partnered with the Lower Beaver Neighborhood Association to hold the Easter egg hunt.

Church members have filled more than 5,000 plastic eggs with candy, toys, stickers, and temporary tattoos.

Lead pastor Jeremey Geerdes says they’ve been preparing for this event, since last Easter.

“We started asking our church members to collect the eggs last year. So when they went on clearance last year, we’d be able to get a pile of eggs. And the church has really jumped at it and really had a good time with it. We’ve had party to fill the eggs and its’ just been a blast,” says Geerdes.

SHOOTING CASE: Des Moines Man Shot In Neck

Des Moines police are investigating an early Friday morning shooting.

Police were called to an apartment building at 2805 30th Street just before 6:00 a.m. Twenty-seven-year-old Kazmond Mead told officers he was outside of the building when he heard a gunshot and felt a hot sensation on his neck.

A woman living in the apartment told police she knew he was shot, but didn’t see blood when he came inside, so she didn’t think it was a big deal.

Mead told officers he was shot around 2:00 a.m., but he passed out before he could call police. Paramedics took Mead to the hospital, his condition is not known.

Officers found two bullet holes in the building, but have not announced any suspects or arrests in the case.