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* FERNDALE, Wash. (1/14/09)--A man who slashed a woman’s throat outside an ATM at a credit union branch July 28 was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday. Joseph Ryan Smith, 20, pleaded guilty to first-degree assault with a deadly weapon--a box cutter. Samantha Shields, 25, of Ferndale, was withdrawing money from the Ferndale branch of Bellingham, Wash.-based Whatcom Educational CU, when the attack occurred. She suffered several cuts on her neck and jaw that required more than 50 stitches. Employees in the credit union heard Shields’ screams and chased the assailant away. Smith was arrested an hour later. Shields testified that if it had not been for the credit union’s employees, Smith would have killed her (The Bellingham Herald Jan. 12) … * VANCOUVER, Wash. (1/14/09)--Police in Vancouver say the same man may be responsible for robbing Vancouver-based IQ CU twice in six days. The robberies occurred Monday and the previous Wednesday, Jan. 7. In Monday’s robbery a gunman wearing a blue flannel shirt over two hooded sweatshirts with a hood pulled over his head robbed the credit union, then fled on foot. He put the money in a plastic bag. Last week’s robbery suspect wore blue jeans, a black hooded sweatshirt with a black hooded jacket that had a hood pulled over his head. The jacket had a Nike logo and the word “Nike” in white lettering (kptv.com Jan. 13) … * HIGHSTOWN, N.J. (1/14/09)--The New Jersey Credit Union League has announced it has teamed up with REAL Solutions for Low Wealth Households, the program from the National Credit Union Foundation (The Weekly Exchange Jan. 5). The New Jersey Credit Union Foundation provided the financial support to bring the program to the state. The league will provide staffing support and oversee the program. REAL Solutions initially will be available to about 20 credit unions, at no cost to participate … * RALEIGH, N.C. (1/14/09)--State Employees’ CU (SECU) based in Raleigh has launched Mobile Access so members can securely view and manage their accounts from a Web-enabled cell phone and more than 13,000 different types of mobile devices. Using their mobile device’s Web browser, SECU members can log in to secure Mobile Access from the credit union’s website,www.ncsecu.org, and check account balances, view transactions, transfer funds between SECU accounts and pay bills with BillPay. They can locate any of the credit union’s 223 branches and more than 1,000 Cash Points ATMs with an enhanced Google Maps feature (The Weekly Update Jan. 9) …


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