Update: Dance Studio Owner Pleads Not Guilty In Court
A Huntsville business owner appeared in court Friday, as part of an ongoing neighborhood controversy involving parking spaces outside her dance studio.
Ann Brown, 67, pleaded not guilty to a disorderly conduct charge. She owns Ann’s School of Dance on Whitesburg Drive.
Neighbors and other business owners say parents picking up dance students constantly cause a big traffic problem because Ann’s doesn’t have enough parking.
The owner of Alabama Urgent Care claims Brown confronted her and used a string of profanities.
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Huntsville Police arrested the owner of a popular dance studio on Thursday, the latest incident in an ongoing feud over parking in the Mayfair neighborhood.
67-year-old Ann Brown was taken into custody around 9:30 a.m. Thursday and charged with disorderly conduct. Brown is the owner of Ann’s Dance Studio on Whitesburg Drive, which has received several complaints from residents who live near it in the last few months.
The arrest stemmed from an early April incident when Brown allegedly stormed onto the property of a neighboring business and unleashed a profanity-laced tirade against its owner. Alabama Urgent Care owner Melissa Anderson told police that dance studio students had ignored repeated requests not to park their vehicles in her lot, which led her to call a towing company. Anderson claims Brown tried to harass her and the tow truck drivers after the towing process began. The Huntsville Times reports that the entire incident was captured on smartphone video.
Melissa Anderson was not available to talk on camera, but did release a statement via e-mail.
“Despite written and verbal trespass warnings, Ann continues to come onto my property,” Anderson’s statement read. “Her verbal and physical intimidation of the Mayfair neighborhood, the private homeowners and businesses will stop. Our businesses and homes are not here for her disposal and parking.”
Anderson and Mayfair residents both say that dance studio patrons are simply parking wherever they feel like since the studio’s parking lot is not big enough to accomodate daily traffic. Ann Brown was not available to talk on camera, but denied all of the allegations in a phone call to our station.
Brown bonded out of jail shortly after her arrest, and is scheduled to be in Huntsville Municipal Court on Friday morning.