Charge dropped against R&B singer Wayna

Vocalist avoids felony

HOUSTON -- A judge has dismissed a charge against Grammy-nominated singer Wayna after she was arrested at a Houston airport for trying to bring a collapsible police baton through security.

Wayna was charged with possession of a prohibited weapon Wednesday. The third-degree felony was dropped Friday. Wayna, who did not attend the hearing, uses the baton as a prop while performing.

Houston police said Thursday that security guards at Bush International Airport discovered the 24-inch baton in her carry-on bag.

Wayna released her second album, "Higher Ground," in 2008. One song on the album is "Billy Club," a ballad about police abuse. She twirls and points the baton when performing it live.