NEW VIENNA, IA (IRN) – A family in Dubuque County has been displaced after their home caught fire Thursday morning. First responders were called to the fire in New Vienna, north of Dyersville, at about 7:00 a.m. The two people and the family dog made it out of the home without injury. The fire was reportedly caused by a wood burning stove.
WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – A Wisconsin man accused of killing his girlfriend and trying to kill his teenage daughter in a double shooting in Milwaukee has been arrested following an hourslong standoff in Iowa. Simone Hughes, 47, of Milwaukee, was arrested Wednesday morning at a Waterloo home after he held officers at bay for eight hours in sub-zero temperatures.
MONROE COUNTY, IA (IRN) – An Iowa woman has died after her car was hit by an Amtrak passenger train. The crash occurred about 7 miles northeast of Albia. 58-year-old Melinda Stewart of Albia was pronounced dead at the scene. This is the second time in three months that an Amtrak train has collided with a vehicle crossing the tracks in the same area. Back in October, a train hit a garbage truck.
MASON CITY, IA (IRN) – A Cerro Gordo County woman was sentenced for stealing from a church. Clarissa Marie Krominga, 34, of Mason City, pleaded guilty to third-degree theft and was ordered to spend two days in jail. She was accused of stealing a $235 check from an office at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in September.
IOWA (IRN) – A new study ranks Iowa as the best place in the nation for drivers. The study compared all 50 states across 31 key indicators of a positive commute, looking at things like traffic, gas prices, and the number of car washes per capita. Oklahoma was ranked the second-best, with Kansas and North Carolina behind them. The worst place for drivers? Hawaii.