Charges dropped against Opera singer arrested for noise violation

ALEXANDRIA, VA (WUSA9) - Charges have been dropped against an Opera singer in Old Town Alexandria after she was arrested for a noise violation Friday night. 

The City of Alexandria also issued an apology to Krista Monique Clouse. 

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On Friday night around 9:45 p.m., Clouse said she was singing near the corner of King and Lee Streets in Old Town when an officer asked her if she had a permit for the speaker. The officer later said he would have to issue a summons if she didn’t turn it off, according to Clouse.

On Wednesday, the Commonwealth's Attorney advised the City of Alexandria that a written order should have been issued first and if the person did not comply with the written order, then a criminal arrest would have been appropriate. 

“I would like to publicly apologize to Ms. Clouse for the way this situation was handled,” said City Manager Mark B. Jinks.  “While we are obligated to enforce certain restrictions, we did not follow the correct procedure in this case.”


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