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Sex offender accused of trying to entice girl

A Sweet Avenue man who is listed as a Level 2 sex offender was arrested Thursday evening after allegedly attempting to lure a 12-year-old girl out of a house during a Halloween party late Wednesday, Buffalo police reported.

Hushane Betts, 34, was charged with harassment, endangering the welfare of a child and three felonies related to allegedly failing to register, verify his address or have a photograph taken as a sex offender.


Grand jury indicts man in '03 warehouse fire

A Progressive Avenue man was indicted by a federal grand jury on arson charges Friday in connection with a huge fire at a Black Rock warehouse April 15, 2003.

Richard Toczek, 40, was charged with felony counts of arson and conspiracy related to the three-alarm fire at a warehouse at 260 Chandler St.

The U.S. Attorney's office said Toczek was charged after a lengthy investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and members of the Buffalo Fire Marshals office.

Police believe the warehouse fire, which caused at least $250,000 in damage, was ignited to cover evidence of a burglary.

Toczek, who has worked as a laborer, also was recently charged by the Erie County district attorney's office with an arson on Austin Street, prosecutors said.

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