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Man charged with trying to start fire at Eller Avenue house

Ferry-Fillmore District police lodged three charges against a man early Saturday after he allegedly tried to set fire to the living room rug in a house on Eller Avenue.

Michael W. Midgett Jr., 22, of Watson Street, was charged with fifth-degree arson, fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree harassment.

Officers said Midgett used a lighter to leave burn marks on the rug about 11:45 p.m. Friday and allegedly threatened to break the windows and burn the house down.