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Jesup library book theft case dismissed

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INDEPENDENCE (KWWL) - A theft charge has been dismissed against an Independence woman who failed to return an overdue book to the Jesup Public Library.

Shelly Koontz was charged Jan. 22 with fifth-degree theft and jailed for not returning "The Freedom Writers Diary," a book valued at $13.95 that she checked out last April. She was released after posting $250 bond.

Her attorney, James Peters, says the case was dismissed Thursday after Koontz agreed to pay the library a $13.95 fine, return the book and pay about $50 in court costs.

Buchanan County Attorney Allan Vander Hart says a library complaint led to the arrest.

A woman who answered the library telephone hung up when asked if anyone could comment.

A number listed for Shelly Koontz was disconnected.

Online Executive Producer Nate Leding

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