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* QUEENS, N.Y. (5/19/09)--New York police divers fished four stolen ATMs--part of a chain of "smash and grabs" where thieves used heavy equipment to steal the machines--out of a creek in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Friday. Valentin Garcia, 34, who has 24 prior arrests, was charged with grand larceny of a car, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal mischief. He is accused of ramming a stolen van into the ATMs, then hauling them away and stealing cash. Some machines had as much as $12,000. Garcia was arrested April 21 when police received a call about someone attempting to dislodge an ATM on the Lower East Side. He was captured when he jumped into the East River. He was released on bail April 28, only to be arrested again pril 29 for a March heist. Garcia is charged with stealing three machines throughout Manhattan in December, March and April ( May 16 and May 15) … * ANNAPOLIS, Md. (5/19/09)--Credit unions and the Maryland and
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District of Columbia Credit Union Association (MDDCCUA) were in attendance when Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signed Senate Bill 500 into law May 11 (FOCUS Newsletter May 18). The law requires the Prince George's County Board of Education to develop and implement a pilot program in three county high schools that includes a semester-long elective course in financial literacy. Seated from left: Senate President Mike Miller, Gov. O'Malley, and Speaker of the House of Delegates Michael Busch. Standing, from left, are Denise Tyler; Sen. Anthony Muse; Kalimah Matthews of Signal Financial FCU; Chris Conway of Educational Systems FCU, and Brian Tate of MDDCCUA. (Photo provided by the Maryland and District of Columbia Credit Union Association) … * POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (5/19/09)--U.S. Rep Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.) met with financial institution leaders, including Poplar Bluff (Mo.) FCU President Kirk Mondy, while on a visit in the Eighth District May 8 (The Missouri difference May 15). Emerson is the new ranking Republican on the Financial Services Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee. Mondy said he asked Emerson questions related to S 896, the Senate version of the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act. "Specifically, would she support removal of the 'cramdown' provisions that were passed in the House bill? She assured me that 'cramdown' is dead and won't be in the final bill," he said. "I assured her that Missouri credit unions approve the amendments in S 896," Mondy told the Missouri Credit Union Association … * EL PASO, Texas (5/19/09)--Government Employees CU in El Paso is distributing free discount prescription drug cards to people in El Paso, Texas, and the surrounding area. The El Paso Drug Card is a free prescription assistance program to help uninsured and underinsured residents afford prescription medicines. It provides savings of up to 75%, although savings average roughly 30% (El Paso Times May 18) … * RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (5/19/09)--A crew of California credit
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union members and vendors raised a record $8,301.25 for the Richard Myles Johnson (RMJ) Foundation--the state foundation for credit unions in California and Nevada--by participating in the 62nd annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race. From left are Jim Crowley, SWBC; John Willard, Camino CU; Chris Gunnare and Matt Flynn, The Members Group; foundaton board member and skipper of the crew Jim Updike, Honda FCU; Don Gensler, CUNA Mutual Group; Tim Sidely, WesCorp; and Todd Lane, California Center CU. Not pictured was Brian Scott, The Members Group. (Photo provided by the California Credit Union League) …


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