* SULPHUR, La. (2/12/10)--Access of Louisiana FCU's Sulphur, La. branch was hit twice within 24 hours by thieves, first in a robbery that resulted in a lockdown at a nearby middle school, then by "smash and grab" thieves who failed in their attempt to steal an ATM. The first incident occurred at around 1:46 p.m. Tuesday when a man wearing a hoodie, white mask and sunglasses entered the branch and demanded money. An employee placed an unknown amount and a dye pack in a bag and gave it to the suspect, who fled on foot. Police locked down Maplewood Middle School but lifted the lockdown at 3:25 p.m. Officers remained in the area while children walked home from school. The second incident occurred at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. Police located the credit union's ATM machine about one block from the branch. Information obtained from a surveillance video led to a stolen vehicle. The money was recovered in both incidents, said police (kplctv.com
Feb. 9 and Feb. 10) ... * SAN DIEGO (2/12/10)--San Diego-based Mission FCU has contributed $50,000 to The College of Business Administration at California State University San Marcos, announced the university. The gift is to provide building and program upgrades not supported through state funding. The donation was part of the college's naming opportunity for Markstein Hall. As a result, the hall's classroom 203 has been named after the credit union. Two gift plaques are hung near the entrance of and inside the 23-seat classroom. Mission Fed "was founded by educators nearly 50 years ago, and we continue to be a dedicated community partner who supports the not-for-profit organizations in the areas where our members live and work," said Jeanine Dodman, first vice president, branch network, at the $2 billion asset credit union ... * CHANDLER, Ariz. (2/12/10)--First CU, based in Chandler, Ariz., has
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raised $50,000 in Credit Unions for Kids fund-raising campaign for the 2009 Children's Miracle Network. The money raised by the $400 million asset credit union's members, employees and vendors was donated to Tucson Medical Center's Pediatric Unit and Phoenix Children's Hospital's "One Darn Cool School," an in-hospital K-12 education program for hospitalized patients. First CU participated in CO-OP Financial Services Miracle Match Program, which matched 150% of the money raised. The photo includes the check presentation to staff and patients at the Phoenix hospital. (Photo provided by First CU) ... * ANCHORAGE, Alaska (2/12/10)--An Anchorage man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for robbing a branch of Alaska USA CU of $600 in August. Jarell Paul Arnold, 34, who had pleaded guilty to one count of credit union robbery, was sentenced in a U.S. District Court in Anchorage. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Arnold entered the branch and asked for the balance on his account. The teller asked for his name, account number and ID, which he gave. Arnold then told the teller he had a gun and wanted money. When the robbery occurred, Arnold was on supervised release for a prior robbery conviction (Associated Press Newswires
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