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CU System briefs (07/29/2008)
* WEST JORDAN, Utah (7/30/08)--A Utah man has been charged with making a bomb threat against a credit union and claiming a sniper was waiting across the street. The man, who wasn't identified, allegedly called Cyprus FCU, West Jordan, and threatened the bomb if he did not get $100,000. The call was traced to a pay phone, where an officer saw the man handle the phone and then drive away. He is charged with aggravated robbery and terroristic threat (The Salt Lake Tribune July 29) … * TYLER, Texas (7/30/08)--A bomb threat that stopped business for 90 minutes at four branches of Kelly Community FCU, was deemed a hoax after no explosive device was found. The incident occurred Friday at about 12:30 p.m. when a caller called the credit union's main number and said there was a bomb in the credit union. A search of the branches found no device at the Tyler, Texas-based credit union ( July 29) … * KERMIT, Texas (7/30/08)--Winkler County CU President/CEO Devora Mitchell was appointed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry to the governing board of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs' Manufactured Housing Division. The board sets policy for the division and addresses issues related to the manufactured housing industry. Mitchell is a member of the board of the Permian Chapter of Credit Unions and has served on numerous committees for the Texas Credit Union League. She replaces Valeri Stiers Malone. The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Texas Senate (US Fed News July 21) … * BREA, Calif. (7/30/08)--Evangelical Christian CU (ECCU) has revised its website,, from a portal to find information to a relationship-based resource for ministries. The site aims to be members' "ministry banking resource" and includes white papers, resource events and case studies to support, educate and encourage ministries, the $1 billion asset credit union said … * HARRISBURG, Pa. (7/30/08)--Adam Gertler, a Philadelphia actor who appeared earlier this year in a television commercial for Bucks First FCU, Bristol, Pa., was named runner-up to Aaron McCargo of Camden, N.J., in the reality show, "TV's Next Food Network Star." Gertler spent nine weeks on the show. He can be seen in Bucks First FCU's commercial on You Tube … * RIVERSIDE, Calif. (7/30/08)--Altura CU was among the sponsors of a Riverside, Calif., appearance of the 2008 USA Olympic Synchronized Swim Team July 12 in one of the team's last performances before heading to Beijing for the Summer Olympic Games. The team performed all four routines that it will present in the Olympic events for a large crowd of local well-wishers. Two Riverside swimmers are members of the Olympic team: Brooke Abel and Meghan Kinney, who is a team alternate. Altura is a $1 billion asset, Riverside, Calif.-based credit union …


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