It looks as if Amy Larson will not be returning to a Napa courtroom to defend herself against charges of vandalism stemming from her arrest Sept. 11 after chalking slogans on the First Street Bridge.
The case against Larson has been dismissed, according to the Napa County District Attorney's Office.
Larson's arrest on suspicion of felony vandalism touched off a firestorm of comment on Napa Valley Patch, Alex Jones's national radio and video programs and other media.
Larson, who was unavailable for comment Friday, had insisted she was arrested because she wouldn't fully identify herself to police who questioned her after she was reported to be writing on the bridge.
While the district attorney's office will not pursue the case, which had been reduced to a misdemeanor by the time Larson was arraigned Wednesday, Napa Police Capt. Jeff Troendly said police still believe she is the person responsible for widespread chalk writing in Napa, which had to be cleaned up at city expense.
Although the DA's office has declined to prosecute, city officials could still pursue a civil legal action against Larson to recover the costs of the cleanup.
Troendly warned that those who vandalize property, regardless of their medium or its message, "may be held accountable" by authorities.
"We don't want people doing this," he said.
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