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  • ATLANTA (1/23/12)--A Lithonia, Ga., man was sentenced Wednesday to 22.5 years in prison for the March 9 robbery of Georgia's Own CU by a U.S. District judge in Atlanta. Cepeda Broughton, 41, pleaded guilty in September to charges of armed bank robbery, use of a firearm during a crime of violence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The incident occurred at about 3 p.m. when a robber pulled a member attempting to leave the credit union back inside and ordered the member and four employees into a back room, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's office (7thspace.com Jan. 20). One employee was told to bind the others with duct tape, open the vault and place all the money in a bag. The robber then forced her to go to the teller stations and give him that money.  They returned to the back room and he bound her with duct tape before fleeing with $140,276, said the attorney's office.  The suspect's getaway car was blocked by a police car, but he jumped a curb and allegedly led police on a high speed chase that resulted in multiple accidents and damage to police and citizens' vehicles.  Broughton surrendered to police after running behind an apartment complex …
  • SANTA ROSA, Calif.  (1/23/12)--Redwood CU (RCU) President/CEO Brett Martinez has been named chairman of the board of the Santa Rosa (Calif.) Chamber of Commerce. As chairman, Martinez  will work with the chamber's board and CEO to help support and guide its mission to promote and advocate for local businesses and create a viable, sustainable economy in the region. Martinez has been RCU's president/CEO since 2004. He is active on several non-profit, community and industry boards and committees.  RCU, a $2 billion asset credit union, serves 210,000 members in the North Bay and San Francisco areas with 19 locations …


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