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* ANCHORAGE, Alaska, and APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (9/21/09)--High Desert FCU, Apple Valley, Calif., is now part of Anchorage-based Alaska USA FCU, officials said Thursday. NCUA put High Desert FCU, which had been hit by home-construction losses, into conservatorship in October. Alaska USA FCU completed a purchase and assumption of High Desert FCU on July 1. No employees have been laid off, and the takeover has added services such as consumer loan options for recreational vehicles. Commercial loans won't be offered, spokesman Dan McCue told Daily Press (Sept. 18). The combined credit union is focusing on High Desert members and working to continue business as usual … * GREENSBORO, N.C. (9/21/09)--Team Little Guy, a group of credit union cyclists in North Carolina, will mount their bikes this weekend for a 170-mile Tour to Tanglewood to raise funds for the Warriors Hope and Care Center. The rehabilitative center is a project of Hope for the Warriors, which assists Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who have lost limbs. The group will participate in biking and running events throughout the year to raise $100,000 by June 30. The final ride will be the Ride for the Warriors, which begins June 17 at Ft. Bragg, according to the North Carolina Credit Union League's Weekly Update Sept. 18. During the past two years, the team ran 208 miles and raised more than $145,000 for the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation's Micro Community Grant program … * NEW ORLEANS (9/21/09)--Phishing attacks are being reported by Homeland FCU and Parish Employees FCU, both located in the New Orleans area, according to the Louisiana Credit Union League (LCUL). Members and nonmembers report receiving text messages that inform them that their accounts are experiencing suspicious activity, have negative balances, or have been closed. The text-message recipients are told to call a toll free number or visit a website to check the status of their accounts. The calls are not from a legitimate source, and individuals should never provide their personal private information on the phone or the Internet, LCUL said. Those receiving the text messages should contact the Federal Trade Commission, the league added (LCUL’s eNews Sept. 16) … * NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (9/21/09)--Charges have been dismissed against a man accused of robbing Virginia Educators’ CU, Newport News, Va., in May. A second look at the case by a police detective resulted in Perez Perado Thomas Jr. 25, being “totally exonerated” in late August, said Thomas’ attorney, Robert W. Lawrence. Thomas looks nearly identical to the man who robbed the credit union. Also, calls were made from Thomas’ cell phone near the vicinity of the bank at the time of the robbery, Lawrence said. However, a more detailed examination of surveillance photos by Detective A.J. Matthews determined that Thomas was not the robber because Thomas’ hairline and eyebrows did not match the robber’s, and Thomas is shorter than the robber, Lawrence said (Daily Press Sept. 18) … * MACON, Ga. (9/21/09)--A Macon, Ga., man was convicted Thursday for helping rob a credit union of roughly $200,000. Merkuri Stanback and two others allegedly walked into a Macon branch of Park Community FCU, based in Louisville, Ky., on Dec. 28, 2007, with firearms (Macon Telegraph Sept. 18). They restrained employees, ransacked the teller area, and took $198,439--but dropped $49,000 when leaving. Stanback was found guilty of armed robbery and weapons charges. He could face a life sentence for one charge, 25 years for the robbery and 10 years for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon ... * BEAVERTON, Ore. (9/21/09)--The Credit Union Association of Oregon’s (CUAO) primary Twitter feed will go live as the Oregon delegation hikes Capitol Hill Tuesday through Thursday, said CUAO. The username is CUAOregon. The delegates will “tweet” as they meet with legislators and network with other credit union delegations in Washington, D.C. ...


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