APPLE GROVE — An Apple Grove man who had gone missing from the Mason County Home Confinement program in June has been apprehended.
Joshua D. Stark, 31, was arrested by deputies with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department on Aug. 10 and has been charged with escape. He is currently being housed in the Western Regional Jail on a $100,000 bond set in Mason County Magistrate Court by Magistrate Cheryl Miller Ross.
Back on June 9, a home confinement violation report was filed in Mason County Circuit Court when Stark went missing with home confinement personnel unable to locate him. A motion for the second technical violation of his home confinement was filed July 22. According to a home confinement officer, Stark was picked up on Aug. 10 in Mason County, nearly two months after he disappeared.
Back in June, Stark disappeared along with the GPS device placed with him to pinpoint his location while in the program, according to the home confinement office. These devices can run around $1,100 each. According to the home confinement office, this device was recovered along with Stark so he will not be facing a grand larceny charge as originally reported in relation to the device going missing.
According to records in Mason County Circuit Court, Stark had been indicted by the January 2011 term of the grand jury for four counts of delivery of a controlled substance. In July 2011, he entered a plea of guilty to one count of delivery of a controlled substance with the other counts in the indictment being dismissed.
He was sentenced to one to 15 years in jail, but that sentence was suspended and he was placed on probation for three years with certain terms and conditions. He was later placed in the home confinement program after a parole violation, according to court records.
Home confinement, which is a division of the Mason County Sheriff’s Department and is also responsible for courthouse security, has around 27 people it monitors in the program. Those in the program have strict guidelines which they must adhere to in relation to the specific terms of their sentence.
In other unrelated news from the Mason County Sheriff’s Department, James H. Moore, 32, Gallipolis Ferry, was picked up on a fugitive from justice warrant out of Gallia County, Ohio on Aug. 12. He is currently being housed in the Western Regional Jail on a $75,000 bond set in Mason County Magistrate Court.
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