Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Woman caught after escaping

The Associated Press

SOMERSET - A woman charged with attempting to kill her ex-husband by feeding him rat poison and sleeping pills was caught Tuesday morning after escaping from police Sunday, Pulaski County Jailer Mike Harris said.

Melinda Shaffer, 27, of Jamestown fled from an officer who was escorting her from the Lake Cumberland Regional Medical Center in Somerset about 6:15 p.m. Sunday, Harris said.

Shaffer, who was arrested July 31 in Russell County on charges of attempting to poison her former husband, Joseph, had been to the emergency room of the hospital, Harris said.

The Pulaski County jail officer escorting Shaffer was not armed, and Shaffer ran from her as the two women exited the emergency room, Harris said.

Law enforcement officials searched Jamestown and Columbia, where her new husband lives, throughout Sunday night.

Shaffer was located in Columbia Tuesday morning. She was taken into custody after she surrendered to police.

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