SCHOOL CLOSINGS AND DELAYS

Inmate Escapes During Animal Shelter Work

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Tasha CharltonGRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — An inmate on release from jail for a work assignment at the Kent County Animal Shelter is believed to have fled.

Tasha Charlton, 41, is considered a low-risk inmate, which according to officials is why she was allowed to work at the facility.

She arrived at the animal shelter, 740 Fuller Ave NE, at 7:25 a.m. Wednesday and immediately asked to use the restroom, according to a release.

When she didn’t return more than 30 minutes later, she was reported as a walk away.

Charlton was sentenced Oct. 8 for using a false identity to obtain prescriptions from local hospitals.  She would have been released Feb. 1, 2014, but now faces new charges for this incident.

She is 4 feet 9 inches tall and 149 lbs.  Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact Kent County Sheriff’s Department at 616-336-3113 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.

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