Unreturned library book leads to woman's arrest

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa woman has been arrested
because failed to return a library book.
Thirty-nine-year-old Shelly Koontz was arrested Thursday night
on a fifth-degree theft charge. She is accused of keeping "The
Freedom Writers Diary," which she checked out from the public
library in nearby Jesup in April.
Police say the book - which is about a high school teacher's
effort to inspire students to write - is valued at $13.95.
Court records show library employees tried repeatedly to contact
Koontz by phone and mail. A police officer even visited her home
last September.
Officials at the Buchanan County jail say Koontz was released
after posting $250 bond. No telephone listing for Koontz could be
found in the Independence area.


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