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CU System Briefs (12/19/2013)
  • FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (12/19/13)--The Northwest Credit Union Association has set Feb. 6 as its Credit Union Day in the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., where Washington's credit union advocates will "hike the hill" in small groups to share the credit union story with state lawmakers. "Our goal is to have every legislator--there are 147 of them--meet with a credit union representative in their district," said Mark Minickiello, NWCUA's vice president for legislative affairs (Anthem Dec. 17). The free event starts at 10 a.m. and will finish at 4 p.m. "Credit Union Day is a great way to educate our state legislature about credit unions and how the bills they'll be working on could impact service to members," Minickiello added ...
  • COLUMBIA, Mo. (12/19/13)--A St. Louis man on parole for second-degree murder was sentenced to 28 years in prison for holdups at two credit unions in Columbia, Mo. Hillary Miller, 41, pleaded guilty to robbery of Academic Employees CU in June 2012 and Columbia Municipal CU in July of 2012. He was sentenced to 14 years for each robbery.  At the time of the robberies, Miller was on parole from a 30-year sentence for second-degree murder, robbery and armed  criminal action at the time of the robberies (Associated Press Newswires Dec. 17) ...
  • PORTLAND, Maine (12/19/13)--Brianne Mone, 27, of Dover, N.H., pleaded guilty Dec. 12 in a Portland, Maine, U.S. District Court to participating in credit union and bank robberies in New Hampshire and Maine (New Hampshire Union Leader Dec. 13). Mone allegedly served as the getaway vehicle driver for the Oct. 26 robbery of the Sanford, Maine, branch of Biddeford-based Ocean Communities FCU and an Aug.  21 robbery of a Citizens Bank branch in Somersworth, N.H.  Daniel Barry, 38, of Pembroke, N.H., and Marvin Eugene Ansteth Jr., 40, of Somersworth, N.H., also were arrested for the credit union robbery and a robbery of Kennebunk Savings Bank (ExeterPatch.com Nov. 20) ...
  • ELMIRA, N.Y. (12/19/13)--For the sixth year, the Small Business Administration has named Corning (N.Y.) CU as the top lender among small community lenders in the Southern Tier.  The $1 billion asset Corning had the highest approved SBA 7(a) loan rate in its category, with $1.9 million in approved loans--an increase of 39.6% from 2012. "Small business owners are the engine that drives our local economy, and since 2006, CCU has helped to provide our business members with access to the capital they need," said Ted Goldwyn, Corning's director of business services, in an announcement on Corning's website. "Everyone benefits when we can take steps to support the growth and success of the community we serve" ...


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