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* CENTRALIA, Wash. (2/9/10)--A suspect in the Jan. 25 attempted robbery of TwinStar CU in Centralia, Wash. says he hid in brush next to the credit union for 12 hours while SWAT teams, believing he was still inside the branch, worked just feet away (The Olympian Feb. 7). According to court documents, Michael Lar allegedly escaped through the same window he'd used to gain access to the building. During the incident, he held a teller hostage with a gun to her head and knife to her throat. At one point he struck her in the head with a pellet gun. When an officer arrived, the teller met him at a door, mouthed "He's got a gun," and pointed to the robber. The officer grabbed the teller and fired two shots, wounding the suspect in the hip and elbow. Police thought the suspect was inside the credit union and attempted to contact him before finally detonating flash grenades. When they entered the credit union, no one was there. Lar was arrested when a taxi driver and hotel employee reported he acted suspiciously and appeared to be injured. He faces robbery, kidnapping and assault charges ... * HARAHAN, La. (2/9/10)--The New Orleans Saints' victory Sunday in the team's first Super Bowl resulted in Harahan, La.-based ASI FCU giving an extra, unofficial holiday to more than 200 employees. "Our staff is our biggest resource, and they deserve to share in this celebration. Morale is important," ASI CEO Mignhon Tourne told the Times-Picayune (via Feb. 8). Early last week, ASI decided it would close all 14 branches on Monday after the Super Bowl. The Saints beat the Indianapolis Colts, 31 to 17 in the 44th bowl game ... * WARMINSTER, Pa. (2/9/10)--For the third year in a row, Freedom CU will sponsor Biz Kid$, the Emmy Award-winning television series underwritten by America's Credit Unions, where kids teach kids about money and entrepreneurship. Freedom will sponsor the program every Sunday morning from March 7 to May 30 on WHYY TV 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET. Freedom is supporting the show because of the program's focus on educating school-aged children about saving, budgeting, investing and giving back to the community. Since 2006, Freedom has provided financial education materials to more than 250 classes, reaching roughly 29,000 students. In 2007, it created the "Voices of Inspiration" Award for Teaching Excellence, which recognizes 23 exemplary educators each year in Montgomery County ...


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