Woman faces DUI, other charges

A Casper woman pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence Tuesday afternoon after being charged with her second DUI and five other crimes.

Police pulled over Pamela Chorniak late Wednesday night after they say she ran a red light at Collins Drive and Poplar Street, stopped in the intersection, and backed her car. When police tried to pull her over, she turned north onto Poplar and was forced to stop by two other officers, according to an affidavit.

The front bumper was hanging and the vehicle appeared to have been in an accident, and the driver also failed a field sobriety test, the affidavit said.

A pipe found by police in Chorniak's vehicle and residue in the pipe tested "presumptive positive" for marijuana, according to the affidavit.

She was charged with DWUI, leaving the scene of an accident, running a red light, eluding police, not having proof of insurance and possession of marijuana.

Judge Michael Huber set Chorniak's bond at $750.

Students prepare for concert

Natrona County School District fifth- and sixth-graders will participate in the 20th annual All-City Orff Concert at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Kelly Walsh High School gym.

The concert takes place in March in celebration of Music In Our Schools Month. Approximately 296 students, who prepare for the concert in their general music classes, will participate.

Admission is $1 at the door.

Kamp will speak on feminism

UW Faculty Senate Speaker Marianne Kamp will deliver a lecture titled "Who Needs Feminism Anyway? Russia and Gender Rights" at 2 p.m. March 31 in the Strausner Student Center Room 217 on the Casper College Campus.

Kamp's presentation, which is sponsored by the University of Wyoming/Casper College Center will explore the history of Russian feminism, beginning with the USSR's Communist Party. She will also discuss the cultural backlash of the 1980s.

For more information about this event, contact the UW/CC Center at (307) 268-2713.

Police seek community help

Casper police are asking anyone with a disability to fill out "disability indicator forms" to help make the city's 911 service more efficient.

The voluntary, one-page form gives dispatchers information about a person's disabilities that may affect communication.

The form is part of a three-phased projected, dubbed "Project 911," that aims to enhance the city's 911 service to residents with disabilities. The forms are the first phase, and allow anyone with disabilities to indicate their preferred means of communication.

The second part of the plan allows deaf residents to contact the dispatch center using text messages if speaking or hearing is difficult. Joe Wistisen, a dispatcher and the project coordinator, declined to release the phone number but said police are working with local service agencies to provide the number to anyone with a disability.

"We want to avoid prank texts and people abusing the system that was designed for one type of people," Wistisen said.

The third part of the plan is a community outreach effort that will begin this summer, Wistisen said.

The forms are available online at the city of Casper's Web site or Natrona County's Web site. Paper forms are also available at the Hall of Justice, across from Casper City Hall.

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