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Posted by Andrew Roman on January 25, 2009

Some things in life are no-nos.

Cursing in church falls into that category. Bathing with a plugged-in toaster oven is another. Wearing a vest covered in elk meat while hanging out with starving cougars is probably something to avoid.

And if you live in Independence, Iowa, you best return your library book … or else.


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.

If she had been short the $250, she could have also been assured release by being sent to Guanatanamo Bay.

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