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* WEST ALLIS, Wis. (9/22/09)--A member of Guardian CU in West Allis, Wis., tackled an attempted robber at the credit union Sept. 15 (FOX 21 Sept. 21). The member said he feared for his wife’s safety. Senister Smith, 23, was arrested by police and charged with armed bank robbery. To watch a video of the incident, use the link ... * SEATTLE (9/22/09)--A man accused of robbing 17 financial institutions this summer has been caught by police. Quincy Quinn, 36, was arrested Friday and is being held on a $750,000 bail for 17 counts of bank robbery (Seattle Times Sept. 16). A second suspect who robbed the financial institutions with Quinn has yet to be identified. Three credit unions were included in the robberies--Seattle Metropolitan CU, Tukwila, on June 1; Group Health CU, Seattle, Sept. 3.; and Alaska USA FCU, Shoreline, Wash., on Thursday ... * SAGINAW, Mich. (9/22/09)--A Saginaw, Mich., credit union is one of several area financial institutions open for business on Sundays to help members who cannot do their banking during the rest of the week. The institutions hope to draw in customers from the surrounding area, according to one bank executive. Team One CU, a $297.3 million asset credit union, is among the financial institutions staying open all week. Team One has three branches inside Wal-Mart stores in Bay City, Clio and Grand Blanc, Mich., that are open noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Employees are on hand to help open accounts, take loan applications and provide regular banking services. “The nature of Wal-Mart is that it is open 24 hours, seven days a week, “ said Jenney Robishaw, Team One marketing specialist. “For us not to be open on Sundays, when a lot of people do their shopping, doesn’t make sense,” she added (Mid-Michigan Business Sept. 20) … * HARRISBURG, Pa. (9/22/09)--Edward C. Ward Jr., board secretary of Norristown Bell CU, Blue Bell, Pa., died Sept. 17, according to the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (Life is a Highway Sept. 21). Ward was active in the community, serving on the Norristown School Board and was president of the Joint Operating Committee at the Center of Technical Studies …

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