Officers searching for Apple Grove man

Beth Sergent - [email protected]

POINT PLEASANT — Officers with Mason County Home Confinement are looking for an Apple Grove man who has gone missing.

Officers have been unable to locate Joshua D. Stark, 31, since June 9.

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.

Then, on June 9, a home confinement violation report was filed in circuit court when Stark went missing. A motion for the second technical violation of his home confinement was filed July 22.

When Stark is found, he will also be charged with grand larceny for the disappearance of 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.

Right now, 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.

If anyone knows the whereabouts of Stark, call home confinement officers at 304-675-7093.

Beth Sergent

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Reach Beth Sergent at [email protected] or on Twitter @BSergentWrites.

Reach Beth Sergent at [email protected] or on Twitter @BSergentWrites.