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* GASTONIA, N.C. (11/15/10)--A man has been sentenced to life in prison for scaring to death an elderly woman whose home he hid in after a robbery attempt of a credit union. Larry Whitfield, 22, of Charlotte, N.C. and a co-defendant tried to rob a credit union in Gastonia in September 2009, according to court records. Prosecutors said Whitfield hid in the home of 79-year-old Mary Parnell and made her sit in a chair before he left the house. An autopsy showed she died of a heart attack that police say was prompted by the robbery suspect's presence. Whitfield was sentenced Wednesday in a federal court. He had been convicted of attempted bank robbery, various weapons charges and trying to avoid arrest for attempted bank robbery (Associated Press Newswires Nov. 11) … * MADISON, Wis.(11/15/10)--Michael Kerr, a staffer at Eagle Legacy CU, Arvada, Colo., won a $5,000 grant for his credit union at CUNA Mutual Group's first Online Discovery Conference on Nov. 3. He won the grant by earning points for participating in conference activities, including webinars, chat rooms, exhibit hall booths, message boards and a networking lounge. Kerr plans to donate the $5,000 to the Eagle Legacy Foundation, the credit union's scholarship program. Conference webinars and materials will be available online until Feb. 4. The Discovery Conference will be back in its face-to-face format next summer through CUNA Mutual's collaboration with the Credit Union National Association and its America's Credit Union Conference …

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