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Maryann Vernier was allegedly carrying a barbecue-style lighter when the incident began Sept. 27, police say.

MCSO PHOTO - Maryann VernierPortland police have arrested a woman after she allegedly began chasing young people away from their school bus stop.

East Precinct officers say the incident happened around 7:54 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 27 near the corner of Southeast 122nd Avenue and Boise Street.

Two officers in a patrol car were dispatched and located the suspect and tried to talk with her, authorities report.

"She briefly ran from them but was quickly arrested," according to a news release. Officers also interviewed one middle school aged student, and think there were others in the area that had fled the scene. No injuries were reported.

Officers arrested 31-year-old Portland woman Maryann Rose Vernier and charged her with second-degree disorderly conduct. Police say her last name is Vernieri, while jailers lodged her under the name Vernier.

Vernier was allegedly armed with a "barbecue style" lighter. She remains behind bars at the downtown jail at this time.


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