WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – Waterloo police are investigating shots fired on Christmas night. KWWL-TV reports police responded around midnight to a report of gunfire on a residential street. When they arrived, they found a bullet hole through a porch window with several shell casings nearby. No one was hurt and no arrests have been made.
FORT DODGE, IA (IRN) – A Christmas morning crash has left six people in the hospital. The Iowa State Highway Patrol reports a Jeep driven by 20-year-old Ruth Tomlinson of Fort Dodge was traveling east near Fort Dodge when it drifted across the centerline and struck an oncoming truck driven by 28-year-old Justin Henry of Webster City. A passenger of Tomlinson and Henry’s three small children were also injured.
SPENCER, IA (IRN) – Authorities have released the name of a woman whose body was found inside a trailer home that caught fire earlier this month in Spencer. KWWL-TV reports the body has been identified as 44-year-old Julie Bennett. Authorities say a space heater ignited combustible materials that caused the afternoon fire. Bennett’s body was found after the blaze was extinguished. No foul play is suspected.
IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – An Iowa City man faces multiple charges in connection with a series of burglaries, according to KCRG-TV. 20-year-old Jerome Brooks was involved in five car burglaries and one home burglary early Thursday morning. Iowa City police caught him carrying a missing TV down a sidewalk. Other stolen items were recovered, as were drugs. Brooks is in jail.
IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – A University of Iowa student is breaking gender barriers in the Iowa National Guard. WHO-TV reports 20-year-old Megan Reaska enlisted earlier this week. She’s the first female to enlist in the Iowa Guard as a combat engineer. Earlier this month the Secretary of Defense announced all military positions will be open to women without exception. About 10 percent of positions were previously closed to women. The change becomes official the first of January.