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Archive for: December 2014

E. Bernice “Bunny” Wilson

E. Bernice "Bunny" Wilson MooreE. Bernice “Bunny” Wilson Moore was born in Baltimore, MD on May 27, 1955 and died after a brief battle with cancer on Nov. 21, 2014.

Bunny was preceded in death by her mother Daisy Wilson. her father Jim Wilson, her brother Francis James Wilson 3rd, her step mother Judith “Judy” B. Wilson, and her son Robert Lee Moore, Jr.

Bernice is survived by her husband Robert “Bob” Moore, her daughter Michelle Elaine Alzoubi and her son Michael Steven Moore along with five grandchildren, two great grandchildren, her brother Marc Francis Wilson and three nieces and their children.

She enjoyed reading and worked at the Kansas City public library over 10 years.

She also worked as a property manager in Kansas City and in Las Vegas, and an office manager for ServiceMaster in OKC.

Bernice loved working with beads and making jewelry for most of her life and sharing her love of the art by teaching others. She opened her own business, Bunny’s Beads and Crystal Creations in 2007. She was also a member of Mensa.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 12 p.m., Jan. 3, 2015 at Chester’s Party Barn, Piedmont, OK. Address 5201 Cimarron Road Northwest, Piedmont, OK. Phone number (405) 373-1595.

Suspects flee on foot following police chase

Roger Pugh

“I can say with some degree of certainty that the public is safe and has no reason to expect danger,” Piedmont police chief Scott Singer said Wednesday in response to the Tuesday evening police chase that ended with the suspect fleeing the scene on foot.

Singer said police believe the suspect has left the area and he believes an arrest will soon be made.

“Information we have gained so far should lead us to a fruitful conclusion,” Singer said. “We are gaining ground  with the investigation,” he added.

The chase began Tuesday as a traffic stop on NW 206th, near Piedmont Rd. Singer said the car carrying  three people pulled into a private drive and when the officer asked the driver if they lived there, the driver said they did not. The officer later was interviewing two of the people in the car, outside of their vehicle. It was then when the remaining passenger jumped into the driver’s seat from the back seat and fled in the vehicle.

Since the officer had no apparent legal reason to hold the two he was interviewing, he opted to pursue the fleeing vehicle, leaving the pair at the original scene.

“People don’t run without a reason,” Singer noted.

The chase continued north on Piedmont Rd., and when the fleeing suspect hit a dead end at Waterloo Rd. in far north Piedmont, the driver drove into the field  and fled on foot.

The chief said today it appears the car involved in the stop and chase was a stolen vehicle.

Singer said scenes shown on television news last night of police surrounding the car with weapons drawn was simply backup officers using extreme precaution as they gained control of the scene and the car invovled in the chase.

“In light of recent police killings and not yet knowing if the suspect was in the car or still nearby, they were just taking steps to ensure their safety,” Singer explained.

Brandon named Michele Smith Award winner

OKLAHOMA CITY  — Piedmont High School softball standout Michelle Brandon was named today as one of the winners of the Michele Smith Outstanding Student Athlete Award, organizers of the Warren Spahn Award Gala announced.

“This is such a great honor,” Brandon said. “This has been the best senior season I could’ve ever asked for, and it’s all because of my teammates, coaches, family and friends. I can’t thank them enough.”

The Michele Smith Awards, sponsored by the Oklahoma Public School Resource Center, are presented annually to the state’s top high school softball players and coaches. The Michele Smith Award is named for former Olympic pitcher and Oklahoma State University All-American Michele Smith. A two-time United States Olympic Committee Sportswoman of the Year, Smith is a member of the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. Read more →

Lopez makes unorthodox style work

Blake Colston

Michael Lopez’s style on the mat can be best described as unorthodox.

A two-time state qualifier for Piedmont at 126 pounds, Lopez often finds himself in precarious, dangerous looking positions only to escape and come out the better for it.

It’s something that Piedmont head coach Erik Ford says is both impressive and nerve-racking at the same time.

“He gets into positions that you think he’s not going to get out of,” Ford said. “A lot of time we’ll be coaching from the bench saying, no, no, no, then good, good. He’s one of those kids that puts himself in those weird predicaments.”

Just this past weekend at the Deer Creek Invitational Lopez found himself in such a situation against a state qualifier from Moore. The Lion wrestler got in a good position for a takedown that could’ve swung the match his way. With seemingly no avenue to an advantage, Lopez went to work. Read more →

Piedmont sweeps Noble on the hardwood

Blake Colston/Gazette
Piedmont’s Mina Iyaye battles for a rebound Friday night against Noble.

Blake Colston

After navigating a brutal foursome of games the last week and a half, the fourth-ranked Piedmont Lady Wildcats took a breath Friday night against a struggling Noble squad.

Bre Reid put in a game-high 22 points and everyone the Wildcats dressed, played in Piedmont’s 78-30 win over the Lady Bears at Collett Fieldhouse.

“In games like that you could come out flat and not ready to play, but the girls were intense from the start,” Piedmont head coach Jamie Hill said. “Everyone came to play. You value games like this.”

The ‘Cats (7-1) wasted little time taking control, racing out to a 25-5 lead after a quarter and extending the lead to 45-11 by half. All five of Piedmont’s starters scored in the game, and reserves McKenna Kirkpatrick, Kelli Patterson and Hannah Reasoner, all of which will be counted on this season, continued to mesh with the starting five. Read more →

6A No. 4 Millers take down Piedmont 62-12

By Blake Colston

Blake Colston/Gazette
Piedmont’s Brody Largent pinned his opponent Tuesday night in Yukon.

YUKON –– Piedmont head wrestling coach Erik Ford can deal with early season losses to highly ranked teams. But non-competitive efforts won’t fly with Ford.

A lack of competitiveness was the source of Ford’s frustration after the Wildcats 62-12 loss at Class 6A No. 4 Yukon Tuesday night.

“I didn’t feel like we had a lot of fight to us tonight,” Ford said. “Yukon is tough and I expect them to do a lot of good things this year, but there were a lot of matches that I felt like we could’ve kept closer.”

Ford admitted a victory Tuesday night was unlikely, but was disappointed by the number of pins the Millers earned.  The Wildcats were pinned at 106, 138, 145, 152, 160 and 182 and lost by technical fall at 120.

“A couple of the matches we were just overmatched, but you’ve got to go out and do a job for your team,” Ford said. “And that means staying in good position and not falling to your back and giving up big points.” Read more →

Piedmont falls to Edmond North at Edmond Open

Blake Colston/Gazette
Piedmont’s Adokiye Iyaye drives past Edmond North’s Mason Turner Friday at Edmond Santa Fe.

Blake Colston

Class 6A No. 14 Edmond North started Friday’s consolation round game of the Edmond Open red hot.

Even though the Huskies didn’t keep up their torrid pace, they still made a season-high 11 three-pointers in a 78-48 win over Piedmont at Edmond Santa Fe High School. Tyson Anderson led North with 15 points and hit a pair of the Huskies’ six first-quarter treys.

“Oh my gosh, they shot it extremely well,” Piedmont head coach Troy Lallemand said. “The first half and especially the first quarter and the first part of the second quarter, that was all them, they were just hitting.”

Piedmont (0-5) opened the game in a man-to-man defense, switched to zone then back to man, but it made little difference to North. The Huskies (1-3) scored 24 points in the first quarter and 22 more in the second behind nine first-half threes.  Read more →

Top-ranked Tuttle wrestling downs No. 6 Piedmont

Blake Colston/Gazette
Piedmont’s Francisco Lopez tries to pin Tuttle’s Dante Farmer Thursday night in Piedmont.

Blake Colston

Ranked in the top 20 nationally by multiple wrestling publications and No. 1 in Class 4A, the Tuttle Tigers came to Piedmont with a superb reputation.

Their performance Thursday night against Class 5A No. 6 Piedmont did nothing to hurt that. The Tigers earned four pins and lost just three matches while coasting to a 52-12 dual victory over the Wildcats.

The score though, wasn’t the most important thing on Piedmont head coach Erik Ford’s mind afterwards. Ford knew his team would be hard-pressed to beat Tuttle, but thought an early season test for a talented squad would be a good thing.

“We had a lot of up and down in that dual. There were three or four matches that could’ve gone either way,” he said. “The team score doesn’t really tell the whole picture, that’s the weird thing about wrestling.”  Read more →

Piedmont falls to PC North 49-42

Blake Colston/Gazette
Piedmont’s Maddie Sperle drives to the basket on Thursday afternoon.

Blake Colston

EDMOND — It was a matchup of front-court size and athleticism, against back-court speed and scoring Thursday in the quarterfinal round of the Edmond Open at Edmond Memorial High School.

Class 6A No. 12 Putnam City North’s size dominated sixth-ranked Piedmont on the boards and rode Nikylla Carter’s game-high 21 points to a 49-42 victory. The Panthers badly out-rebounded the Wildcats, scoring numerous second and third-chance baskets to overcome a 24-23 halftime deficit.

“One of our keys to the game was blocking out and we didn’t do that,” Piedmont head coach Jamie Hill said. “They’re bigger than us, but that’s something we have to learn how to face and overcome.”

At times in the first half and early in the second Piedmont’s guards sliced up the Panthers’ zone pressure. Sophomore Hannah Reasoner’s bucket with 0:02 in the first half sent the ‘Cats to half with momentum and a one-point lead.  Read more →

Firefighters respond to two fire in two days

By Traci Chapman

Piedmont firefighters were busy last week as they responded to two house fires on two consecutive days.

Fire completely destroyed this house in the 7600 block of East Meadows Lane last week. Piedmont firefighters responded to a second fire the next morning on Daisy. (Photo/Bobby Williamson)

The first fire occurred early Dec. 3, when firefighters were called to the 7600 block of High Meadows Lane at 2:02 a.m., Piedmont Fire Chief Andy Logan said. When they arrived at the residence at 2:07 a.m., the second floor of the home was completely on fire.

Residents had escaped the burning structure, but two pets were still inside the home, the chief said. Firefighters were able to locate both pets; one survived the blaze. The intensity of the fire meant it was categorized as defensive, Logan said.

“It was the magnitude of the fire – the roof had already begun to collapse when we arrived,” he said.

It was unclear whether the home’s smoke detectors went off, the chief said.

“Luckily, according to the homeowner, he woke up and noticed a glow from outside,” Logan said. “The family said when they opened the door to exit the house, it was completely engulfed in smoke.”

Although investigators were certain the fire began on the second floor, the exact cause of the blaze was still under investigation, Logan said. What was known was its cause was not suspicious and it was classified as a total loss, with damage topping $300,000, he said.

Early the next morning, firefighters were called to the 5300 block of Daisy.

“At 5:35 a.m. on Dec. 4, we were called – a mother and four daughters were inside the home and woken by the odor of smoke,” Logan said. “They were able to get out and we were able to contain the fire to the living room and master bedroom.”

Despite firefighters’ efforts, total damage to the home was estimated at about $80,000, he said. That fire was still under investigation, and the department was awaiting a report from the Oklahoma Fire Marshal’s Office, the chief said.

While house fires are always difficult, when they occur near the holidays it is always worse, Logan said. He said he would remind residents to be vigilant, especially during cooler weather when fireplaces were in use and Christmas trees and other items were displayed.

“Check your smoke detectors and do al of the precautionary measures you can,” the chief said. “Sometimes you can everything right and it’s just something we can’t foresee or avoid.”

We have a family in need, they lost everything due to a house fire. Please pass this along and help if you can!

Efforts are being made to help the family who lost everything in the Dec. 3 fire. An account has been set up at F&M Bank under “Aber Family” for donations, and clothing and other household items are also needed. In addition to those items, one of the family’s sons lost his saddle, helmet and all his riding equipment, said Summer Riggins, Canadian County Extension Office 4-H coordinator. Donations can be dropped off at the extension office in El Reno or call 262-0155 for more information.



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