A Martin County, Kentucky man was arraigned last week and charged with grand larceny after having allegedly stolen a lawn mower in early March that belonged to Kermit Mayor Charles Sparks.

According to the criminal complaint, on March 7, 2021, Michael C. Farley, 25, of Lovely, broke into the Kermit sewer plant and took the John Deere 110 mower without Sparks’ knowledge or consent.

The lawn mower, which police said was in Farley’s possession when officers found and confronted him, was valued at $2,100.

Magistrate Dave Justice arraigned Farley.

The investigating and arresting officers were MCSD Deputies J. W. Muncy and E. Williams.

Also arraigned were:

Anthony Marcum, 30, of Williamson, possession of a controlled substance and trespassing.

Billie Ann Franklin, 65, of Hampden, cruelty to animals and improper disposal of carcass.

Arlene Renee Helvey, 35, of Williamson, leaving the scene of an accident (property damage), DUI, no insurance, and possession of a controlled substance.

Houston Blankenship, 25, of North Matewan, domestic assault and domestic battery.

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