Authorities change their tune after arresting opera singer

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Authorities in Virginia have changed their tune after looking into the case of an opera singer who was arrested for making too much noise.

News outlets say the Commonwealth’s Attorney in Virginia dropped a noise violation charge against Krista Clouse for singing on a street corner on Friday in Alexandria to raise money to support her family.

But Clouse struck a wrong note with police. They took issue with a speaker she was using and said she needed a $20 permit to use an amplifier. Reports say she was given verbal warnings and then arrested.

The Commonwealth’s Attorney then determined police failed to first issue Clouse a civil notice of violation.

Clouse was released from jail on Saturday. City Manager Mark Jinks has publicly apologized to her.

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