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* WORCESTER, Mass. (10/19/11)--Police have arrested a suspect in the robbery of two credit unions in Auburn and Worcester, Mass., last weekend after the suspect left behind a big clue: a deposit slip with his name, Social Security number and signature. Scott C. Sampson, 37, of Dudley, Mass., was arrested for armed robbery related to the Friday night holdup of a Digital FCU branch in Worcester and the Saturday morning robbery of Webster First FCU, Auburn. Police said Sampson allegedly entered Digital FCU after 6 p.m. Friday and handed the teller two bank slips, one with a note indicating he had a gun and the other with the identity information. He demanded money and fled with about $1,000. The second holdup occurred at about 10 a.m. Saturday. Police located a 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee with Connecticut license plates allegedly connected to the robberies and found it was registered to Sampson's girlfriend (Worcester Telegram Oct. 17) … * MASSILLON, Ohio (10/19/11)--Massillon (Ohio) Area CU has changed its name to Friends and Family CU, announced the $52 million asset credit union (The Repository Oct. 18). The name change is not the result of a merger. Instead, the credit union has widened its field of membership from serving Massillon school employees to serving anyone who lives, works, worships or goes to school in Stark County, CEO Nicholas Langenfeld told the newspaper. The credit union plans to break ground on a new branch before the end of 2011 … * FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (10/19/11)--Funeral services for Roland E. Klar Jr., were held Monday, according to the Texas Credit Union League (LoneStar Leaguer Oct. 18). Klar served on the Texas Transportation FCU board and as its former chairman and treasurer. He was a volunteer for more than 50 years. He also served on the board of directors of the Texas league from 1978 to 1980, representing San Antonio credit unions. He was president of the Alamo Chapter of Credit Unions from 1975 to 1977, was as a volunteer leader of the State Employees CU Association from 1970 to 2008, and was employed by the Texas Department of Transportation for 40 years before he retired … * FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (10/19/11)--Sylvia Vaught, former president/CEO of Enron FCU (now Star Trust FCU), has died, the Texas Credit Union League reported. Vaught served on the league's board from 1993 to 1997 and was a TCUL advisory director from 1990 to 1993, representing Houston area credit unions. She began her career at the credit union in 1979 (LoneStar Leaguer Oct. 18). Vaught served on numerous league committees and in leadership positions with the Houston Chapter of the Credit Union Managers Association of Southeast Texas. In 2005, Vaught was inducted into the Texas Credit Union Hall of Fame. Funeral arrangements are pending …


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