* BOISE, Idaho (5/25/10)--An Idaho man pleaded guilty to three counts of bank robbery and is headed to prison (Associated Press
May 21). Russell Lee Brumbaugh, 46, said he robbed three financial institutions, including Idaho Advantage CU, Boise, in November and Payette River Community CU, Horseshoe Bend, on Feb. 3. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years, a fine of up to $250,000 and maximum supervised release of three years ... * WASHINGTON (5/25/10)--Leon Stanford, 42, has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for taking $920 in cash from Choice One Community FCU, Wilkes Barre, Pa., on July 23, 2008. Stanford pleaded guilty to the robbery. He is accused of handing a teller a note demanding money and claiming he had a bomb. Stanford was indicted by a federal grand jury in August 2008, and was ordered to serve three years of supervised release after his release in prison. He also was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment and restitution in the amount of $920 (Targeted News Service
May 21) ... * NEWARK, Ohio (5/25/10)--Two Ohio credit unions joined forces to bring Mad City Money, a program that puts financial education into
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action, to several school districts, including Newark, Johnstown, CTEC, Granville Christian and Spring Hills Homeschool Group. Fibergas FCU, a $116 million asset credit union based in Newark, and Harvest FCU, a $23 million asset credit union based in Heath, provided the program. Here, Spring Hills Homeschool Group students receive training on how to write checks. They were given an occupation, an income, a child, and some debt. They visit "merchants" around the city to buy the house, clothes, food, car and more that they can afford. "Our reality day has proved to be very successful with each school district, and we are especially proud to have a new niche of students with the homeschoolers," said Shani Smith-Reed, vice president, marketing of Fiberglas FCU. (Photo provided by Fiberglas FCU and Harvest FCU) ... * DOVER, Del. (5/25/10)--Dover (Del.) FCU has been recognized as the first credit union in Delaware to grow past the $300 asset milestone, according to the credit union. The growth is a sign of confidence that more than 36,000 members have in the credit union's strength and ability to meet their financial needs in a time of economic uncertainty, the credit union said. "For more than 50 years our members have trusted us to provide smart financial solutions and that confidence has allowed the organization to truly excel even during tough times," said David Clendaniel, president/CEO. "And we are proud to say that this growth has been without a single penny of TARP (Troubled Assets Relief Program) funding," he added ... * HARRISBURG, Pa. (5/25/10)--Frank Wielga, 75, former credit union leader and Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA) employee, died Saturday, PCUA said (Life is a Highway
May 24). Wielga was hired in the 1960s as an administrative assistant by Mike Judge, managing director of the Pennsylvania Credit Union League (now PCUA). Wielga served as manager and assistant treasurer of Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) VA Employees FCU. He designed a Credit Union Profile Analysis form that was later made available through CUNA Supply, and was still in use in the mid-1980s. Wielga left the league for a senior staff position with Philadelphia City Employees FCU. He went on to become manager of Pennsylvania State Employees CU in Harrisburg. In 1983, Wielga was honored with the William W. Pratt Memorial Award as Credit Union Professional of the Year ... * TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (5/25/10)--Clara H. Adams, 84, a co-founder of the Department of Highway Safety CU in Tallahassee, Fla., died Friday. She retired in 1966 after merging the Department of Highway Safety CU with Motor Vehicles and creating the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles CU. In March 2008, the credit union merged with First Florida CU in Jacksonville, Fla. (Tallahassee Democrat
May 24) ...