Sportswrap for December 4th, 2007

Tom Brady saves the Pats, hitting Jabar Gaffney with a late TD for a 27-24 comeback victory to improve to 12-0.

Indiana freshman Eric Gordon went to the bench after a hard fall in the first half of the 15th-ranked Hoosiers’ game against Tennessee State on Monday night in the 15th-ranked Hoosiers’ 84-72 victory over Tennessee State.  Gordon was taken for precautionary X-rays and is expected back for Saturday’s game against Kentucky.

The Ball State women’s basketball team returns home tonight for the first time in 17 days as the Cardinals host regional rival Illinois State at 7 p.m.  6:40 pregame live on 1340 A, Radio.

The Men are at Purdue tomorrow night – 6:30 pregame on 104.1 FM.

Girls basketball last night:  Winchester defeated Monroe Central 76-35.
Indiana University has been selected to play in the Insight Bowl. The Hoosiers (7-5, 3-5 Big Ten) will face Oklahoma State (6-6, 4-4 Big 12) on Monday, Dec. 31.   Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. MST/6 p.m. EST in Tempe, Ariz. The game will be played at Sun Devil Stadium (56,000) and will air on the NFL Network.
Pacers host the Suns tonight at 7 p.m. – 6:30 pregame on 1340 AM Radio.
The Indiana Wesleyan University men’s basketball game at Spring Arbor (Mich.) University, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday, has been rescheduled for tonight.

High school boys coverage this week on Radio:
Friday on 1240 AM – Lapel at Highland 7:30pm
Friday on 1340 AM – New Castle at Muncie South 7:45pm
Saturday on 1340 AM – Greenfield at Muncie Central 7:30pm

Purdue Hockey Player Killed in Van Crash

A member of the Purdue University ice hockey club was killed in a van crash on a slick road on Sunday. Dead is Andrew Jackson from Minnesota. Seven other students in the van which crashed were treated and released for their injuries. The accident happened near the town of Wingate, south of West Lafayette.

Walk-Away from Health Care Facility Found After Search

An elderly woman who left a Yorktown medical facility Saturday evening was found near a medical office on Pilgrim Drive. She was found after an extensive search by fire and police agencies. Diana Pottorff walked away from an assisted living facility. She also took a car that was left running in the parking lot. However, the owner of the car is not pressing charges in the case. Volunteers also participated in the search effort.

Marion Parents Meet to Discuss Teacher Reductions

A group of Marion parents conducted a Saturday morning meeting at a fast food restaurant, to discuss the recently announced reduction of teachers in the school system. Superintendent Jeff Hendrix announced the planned reduction of 58 teachers due to budgetary concerns. That would save just over $1 million a year, but the current budgetary deficit is over $5 million. The parents group plans another meeting this coming weekend. It will be held at the Marion Public Library.

Bank Employee Assisted with Robbery

A bank employee has admitted she helped her boyfriend rob a westside Muncie bank branch. Courtney Hart pleaded guilty to false informing. About a year ago, Hart’s boyfriend, Scott Crose, robbed employees at the Mutual Federal Savings Bank on West Jackson Street. They were filling an ATM at the time. Hart indicated at the time that she did not know the robber. However, in court this past week, she changed her story saying she did recognize Crose at the time, but did not know he planned to rob the bank.

Anderson Mayor-Elect Consulting Community on Key Appointments

Mayor-elect Kris Ockomon has appointed a group of community members to review and recommend applicants for the police chief and the fire chief. The interviews are done at The Flagship Enterprise Center. Anderson University and The Flagship also will facilitate training. A board of community members interviewed fire chief applicants this past week. A board, comprised of different people, will interview police chief applicants next week.

Anderson Computer Services Firm Hiring

Affiliated Computer Services will host a job fair on Friday and Saturday to meet its commitment to hire 200 people by the end of December. About 40 people have already been hired throughout the state by Affiliated. By Dec. 31, the company will hire 213 people for the Anderson customer care facility. Jobs will pay an average of $10 per hour and come with a full benefits package. Some full-time and part-time employees will work in-home, said Greg Dodge, vice president of human resources. Employees will start training and operations the first week of January. Business units in the building will include those in health care, government services and the travel industry.

Muncie Man Sentenced for 25th Time

A Muncie man has been sentenced for the 25th time on criminal charges. Larry Leroy Thornburg most recently plead guilty to resisting law enforcement. The charges were related to an altercation with Ball Memorial Hospital police officers on May 24th. Thornburg was sentenced to a three year term with two years suspended by Judge Robert Barnet, Jr. Thornburg has been convicted of resisting law enforcement five times, including twice this year.