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* BATON ROUGE, La. (1/11/08)--Pelican State CU has bolstered its educational youth accounts to offer rewards for academic excellence, as well as $5,000 in youth scholarships to its youngest members (Louisiana Credit Union League's eNews Jan. 9). The Pelican youth accounts are broken into three clubs that charge no monthly fee and earn high dividends. These accounts are based in financial education and emphasize the importance of savings and schoolwork … * CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (1/11/08)--A federal grand Jury in Las Vegas indicted a 24-year-old Marine Wednesday for allegedly stealing $39,000 from the share accounts of 15 enlisted Marines, while they were deployed in Iraq (Los Angeles Times Jan. 10). Edgar Alejandro Hermosillo allegedly obtained access to the account numbers at Pacific Marine CU while on active duty in Camp Pendleton. Hermosillo is charged with arranging for money to be sent to accounts in New Mexico, Nevada and Texas, using the illegally obtained account numbers, authorities said … * MACON, Ga. (1/11/08)--Police arrested two suspects Wednesday wanted for a Dec. 28 armed robbery at Park Community FCU's Macon, Ga., branch. Authorities arrested the two suspects at a motel in Pensacola, Fla. (The Macon Telegraph Jan. 10). Merkuri Stanback and Camilla Davis face charges of armed robbery, kidnapping and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. The two suspects, along with Frederic Clay, who was previously arrested in Macon, Ga., are accused of taking about $200,000 from the credit union. The robbers tied up credit union employees and customers, keeping them in a room during the robbery … * WINFIELD, Ind. (1/11/08)--Members Advantage CU, Michigan City, Ind., was robbed by two armed men shortly before the credit union closed on Friday. The men entered the credit union wearing ski masks and jumped over a counter toward a teller, according to the credit union’s manager (Post-Tribune Jan. 9). The manager activated a panic alarm and locked herself in a bathroom. The men took an undetermined amount of money from the drawer and vault, and forced the teller into another bathroom until they left. No one was injured. Members Advantage has $60 million in assets ... * CLOQUET, Minn. (1/11/08)--The Members Cooperative CU Board of Directors has named Tammy Heikkinen as president/CEO. She began her position Jan. 1, replacing Del Prevost, who retired in October (Pine Journal Jan. 10). Heikkinen has worked for Members Cooperative for 25 years and currently serves as vice president of operations. She also served as interim CEO during Prevost’s medical leave. Members Cooperative has $237 million in assets ... * LATHAM, N.Y. (1/11/08)--Albert D'Orazio, 74, former board chair of the New York State Credit Union League, died Tuesday in Cheektowaga, N.Y. He was a director from the Buffalo chapter and served as league chair from 1999 to 2001. He was past chairman of the league's Government Affairs and Bylaws Ad-Hoc Committees and a board member of CUC Mortgage Corp. and CUC Management Inc. D'Orazio joined Shredded Wheat FCU in 1952, as a new employee of National Biscuit Co., to get a car loan, and began volunteering at the credit union. In 1963, he helped organize Local 36 AFGM FCU, Cheektowaga, and served as secretary and then treasurer for more than 30 years. "Al was always ready and able to represent the credit unions of New York State when he served as league director and chairman of the board," said league President/CEO William J. Mellin. "He continued that commitment to the credit union movement until he passed." D'Orazio is survived by his wife, Dorothy; sons, Thomas, Daniel and Nicholas; daughter, Tina; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren …


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