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* JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (1/14/08)--The ATM card of a murdered pregnant Marine, whose disappearance last month received national attention, was used at a Marine FCU ATM by a man who attempted to cover the surveillance camera with a rag while withdrawing funds from her account, said police working on the case (CNN.com Jan. 11). Investigators announced Friday they had discovered the buried body of Marine Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach, 20, who had been missing since Dec. 14. Someone withdrew funds from her account on Dec. 14, and the suspicious activity at the ATM occurred on Dec. 24 … * ROSEVILLE, Minn. (1/14/08)--An employee was ambushed and pistol whipped during a robbery attempt by two masked men at Teacher FCU in Roseville Thursday morning. The two men hid in the parking lot and when the unidentified employee arrived to open the credit union, they attacked the victim. One suspect took the employee inside while the other entered the employee's car and waited. When the armed robber inside learned the employee wasn't authorized to open the vault, he struck the employee in the head several times with the barrel of the gun. The victim's head injury required medical attention. The robbers left in the stolen getaway car without any money. The hijacked car was found abandoned about 20 minutes later Star Tribune and TwinCities.com Jan. 10) … * PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (1/14/08)--Florida Aircraft FCU announced it will ground its name and become Velocity Community CU, effective Jan. 28. Florida Aircraft FCU was founded in 1958 to serve employees and family members of Pratt & Whitney Aircraft. It has grown to 24,500 members and more than $230 million in assets. The Velocity logo is a stylized V-Wing, emphasizing looking forward approach while recalling its aviation heritage … * RANTOUL, Ill. (1/14/08)--Credit Union 1 was held up Wednesday morning by one of two men who took a taxi to the robbery, then tried to use the loot to buy a new car. The taxi driver waited while one man robbed the credit union. After the heist, the taxi took the two to a nearby car dealership. Police arrested the men while they were trying to buy a car. Virgil D. Richmond, 19, will be charged for felony robbery and burglary. An unidentified 51-year-old man living at the same address as Richmond was detained but released without being charged. The cab driver said he received an unusually large fare for the cab drive (The News-Gazette Jan. 10) … * UTICA, N.Y. (1/14/08)--The Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the suspect in a lunch-hour robbery of the Utica branch of New Hartford, N.Y.-based GPO FCU Thursday morning. The suspect, a heavyset man carrying a dark-colored handgun, fled the scene on foot or in a vehicle. No one was hurt. An undetermined amount was taken (UticaOD.com Jan. 10) …


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