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  • CONYERS, Ga. (2/11/13)--Three men, two of whom were specialists with the Georgia Army National Guard at the time, were sentenced to more than 30 years each in prison for the Dec. 23, 2010, robbery of Atlanta-based Georgia's Own CU's branch in Conyers. Sean Jamarko Foster of Stone Mountain was sentenced to 30 years, with the first 10 served in confinement. Menshack Jah Nyepah of Decatur received a 50 year sentence and will serve 25 years. Jamelle Lloyd Francis, Grayson, was sentenced to 40 years and ordered to serve 18. They were charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault and false imprisonment.  The incident occurred at about 12:30 p.m. when the credit union was full of members. The robbers pointed guns at members, including one child, and forced them to get face down on the floor. Foster, who allegedly was the getaway driver, was late picking up the other two after the robbery. A couple driving in the area noticed two men wearing black masks and carrying a trash bag get into the car. The couple called police and followed the car until police arrived. Francis later allegedly entered a home and called 911 to report his car had been hijacked. The three pleaded guilty (Rockdale Citizen Feb. 6) …
  • JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (2/11/13)--Arkansas FCU employees and members raised $70,560 for Arkansas Children's Hospital and combined it with a $10,000 matching donation from CO-OP Network. When the credit union presented a check this month, it brought its total of funds donated to the hospital since 1998 to more than $680,000. Arkansas Federal's contributions over the past four years alone helped fund the ENT Clinic Waiting Room. The year's fundraising events included the Seventh Annual Arkansas Federal Golf Classic; Painting with a Purpose, a sponsored painting class with a fundraising twist; candy and cardstock sales; and several Bunko Bash events, featuring games and a silent auction. Arkansas Children's Hospital is the only pediatric medical center in Arkansas and one of the largest in the U.S., serving children from birth to age 21. CO-OP, the nation's largest credit union-owned electronic funds transfer network and processor, has a Miracle Match program, which encourages credit unions across the U.S. to raise funds for their local Children's Miracle Network (CMN) hospitals, like the one in Arkansas. CMN Hospitals is a national organization dedicated to helping raise awareness and funds for its 70 member hospitals. In the photo, Arkansas Children's Hospital Foundation President Fred Scarborough (second from left) accepts Arkansas Federal's donation from (from left) AFCU President/CEO Larry Biernacki and board members Garold White and Phillip Boudreaux (Photo provided by Arkansas FCU) …
  • COLUMBUS, Ohio (2/11/13)--Dave Shoup, leader of the compliance and information team at the Ohio Credit Union League, will retire April 5 after 27 years of service to Ohio's credit unions, announced the league (eLumination Newsletter Feb. 6). He began as a field consultant for the Texas Credit Union League and served as director of services at the Colorado Credit Union League before returning to his native Ohio. As an architect of InfoSight in 2003, Shoup was responsible for the online tool used by credit unions throughout the country …
  • FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (2/11/13)--Chocolate Bayou Community FCU, a $92 million asset credit union based in Alvin, Texas, hosted a meet and greet with newly elected U.S. Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas) on Jan. 31, according to the Texas Credit Union League (LoneStar Leaguer Feb. 7). Alvin residents packed the credit union's lobby to meet the congressman, who represents Congressional District 4. Shown at the event are, from left, Rep. Weber, and local residents and longtime Chocolate Bayou members Larry and Nancy Phillips. (Photo provided by the Texas Credit Union League)…


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