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  • GREAT FALLS, Mont. (4/19/12)--A Montana man was charged Sunday with the multiple thefts of roughly 530 pounds of change, which he allegedly deposited in a credit union and a bank.  Kyle W. Voss, 24, allegedly burglarized the same home four times within a two-week period, from March 30 to April 13, according to court documents (Great Falls Tribune April 17).  The first break-in netted about $3,000 in quarters and half dollars the homeowner had kept in coffee cans, plastic jars and medicine bottles. In the second break-in, nothing was stolen but the burglar had reopened the coins' hiding places. In the third break-in, on April 12, the burglar took a five-gallon bucket filled with pennies and two large glass jars of nickels, worth about $700 and weighing about 260 pounds, and two hand trucks to transport the load down the street.  Voss then allegedly took 120-pound buckets of pennies to deposit in Wells Fargo and Russell Country FCU, Great Falls.  He was caught after the homeowner installed a motion sensing camera that helped in identifying a suspect, said Cascade County Sheriff's office …
  • FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (4/19/12)--Two Texan mayors--from Amarillo and San Antonio-- will join other city officials in the state to sign an International Year of Cooperatives (IYC) proclamation signifying the critical role credit unions play in their communities. The Texas Credit Union League said Amarillo Mayor Paul Harpole is expected to sign the proclamation on May 22 and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro is expected to sign it May 24.  League President/CEO Dick Ensweiler will speak at the Amarillo Chapter meeting May 22 and attend the signing. "The proclamation will help raise awareness and understanding of the cooperative nature of credit unions and what that means to consumers--more personalized service, competitive fees and interest rates, as well as the ability to elect their all-volunteer board of directors--no matter how much they have in checking and savings," Ensweiler said. IYC's theme is "Cooperative Enterprises Build a Better World."  Mayors of eight other cities have signed or will soon sign the proclamation in Corpus Christi, Del Rio, El Paso, Fort Worth, Galveston, Houston, Kingsville and Tyler (LoneStar Leaguer April 13) …
  • HIGHTSTOWN, N.J. (4/19/12)--The New Jersey Credit Union League is going digital with its state awards program this year. It will accept applications only via the Web (e-mail, YouTube video and so one) and will conduct judging for the state awards through an online platform that will ask all credit unions to cast their votes for the best. In the past,  a league awards committee made of up credit union leaders chose the award winners.  This year, each league member credit union will be able to view all materials and cast a vote for the winner.  Deadline for entries is the close of business on July 13 (The Daily Exchange April 18) …
  • HARRISBURG, Pa. (4/19/12)--Pennsylvania credit unions and staff from the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA) met Tuesday with State Rep. Scott Perry (R-York), a candidate for Congress in the 4th District, at PCUA's headquarters. (Life is a Highway April 18). PCUA President/CEO Jim McCormack and the others briefed Perry, a long-time credit union member, on federal issues and legislation of concern to credit unions.  PCUA said Perry expressed sympathy over credit union regulatory concerns and shared his support of the credit union tax exemption and member business lending. Pictured are, from left:  Nate Muniz, PSECU, Harrisburg; Tim Ames, Heritage Valley FCU, York; Perry; Diana Roberts, Hershey FCU, Hummelstown; and PCUA's McCormack.  (Photo provided by the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association) …


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