Residential fire call leads to arson arrest

A Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office deputy responding to reports of a residential fire in the Hardin community at 1 a.m. Friday morning arrested a man for arson shortly thereafter.

JCSO Captain John McNeil reported that the deputy spoke with a Hardin Fire Department firefighter shortly after his arrival at the fire on Hillcrest Road who told him that arson was suspected.

Residents of the home reported that Stacy Farley, 57, who was the ex-boyfriend of a woman who lived at the residence with her boyfriend, her son and his wife, had been harassing her and was upset that she had a new boyfriend staying with her.

The new boyfriend reported to deputies that the fire appeared to have started directly under his bedroom and suspected that Farley was involved. Deputies found a lighter on the ground ten feet from the residence.

Deputies were told that Farley had been seen near the house earlier in the day and were given a description of the vehicle he was driving.

Farley’s vehicle was spotted on Dollarway Road at 2:15 a.m. and was taken into custody after he was pulled over by a deputy.

During a court hearing Friday Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 cash only bond for Farley after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with arson.

Bridgforth appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Farley and told him to come back to court August 17.