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Noon News 10.21.19: Arson Fire Charges, Water Recovery and Rescue and Governors' Conference


A new arson charge has been filed against a volunteer firefighter already facing trial in northwest Iowa.

Buena Vista County court records say 25-year-old Brent Mack is charged with arson and burglary.

His attorney declined to comment today.    

Mack is accused of setting a fire in September of 2017 that gutted three buildings in downtown Newell, where he lives.

Mack is awaiting trial next month in Sac County, where he and two others are accused of setting a corncrib fire in August, just outside of Nemaha.

No one was injured in either blaze.

Part of the case against a former farmhand charged with first-degree murder in the killing of 20-year-old University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts appears to be in jeopardy because an officer failed to properly read him his Miranda rights.

Prosecutors have agreed to exclude at trial some statements that 25-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera made to police.

Court documents filed by prosecutors acknowledge the initial Miranda warning given to Rivera was incomplete because the officer didn’t inform Rivera that anything he said could be used against him in court.

His trail, which already has faced delays is scheduled to start in Woodbury County District Court in February.

The Iowa DNR responded to two water emergencies over the weekend.

On Saturday, a dive team discovered the body of a Nebraska man who died after his kayak capsized in the Desoto Bend National Wildlife Refuge in Harrison County a day earlier.

And, yesterday, a father and son were rescued after their boat took on water in Monona County.  They were duck hunting at the Tieville Bend Wildlife Management Area when it happened.

Governors from all three Siouxland states are in Dakota Dunes this noon hour for the Tri-State Governor’s Conference.

A luncheon is underway at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Event Center.

Attending the conference are Iowa Govenor Kim Reynolds, Nebraska Governor Pete Rickets and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem.