* PITTSBURGH, Pa. 10/5/10)--Curtis James Porter, 46, of Ambridge, Pa., has pleaded guilty in a U.S. District Court to a Sept. 26, 2008, robbery of Friendly CU, Aliquippa, Pa. (7thspace
Oct. 2). He faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 or both. Porter allegedly entered the bank, leaned over the teller's window and threatened, "Give me the money or I'll kill you." He fled with $9,600 but was caught outside by police officers alerted by credit union members who observed the robbery in progress and stayed on the phone with 911 until Porter was apprehended. The money was recovered. Sentencing was set for Jan. 28 ... * BEAVERTON, Ore. (10/5/10)--Three Oregon credit unions were recognized as "Top Employers" by Oregon Business Magazine
, according to the Credit Union Association of Oregon. Providence FCU, Milwaukie, was the No. 1 non-profit organization in the state to work for in the 10-24 employees category. The competition involved more than 150 non-profit organizations in the state. Valley Health and Postal Employees CU, Salem, finished 14th in the small employers' competition. Oregonians CU, Milwaukie, ranked sixth among large employers, defined as having 75 or more employees ... * HARRISBURG, Pa. (10/5/10)--Citadel FCU honored U.S. Rep. Jim
Gerlach(R-Pa.) during a breakfast Sept. 28 and thanked him for his support of credit unions, according to the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (Life is a Highway
Oct. 4). Here, Gerlach, center right, is shown with members of the host committee. The committee included: Jeff March, Kevin Quinn, Mike Schnably, Maria Steffy, Rosemary Helm and Tim Greim, all from Citadel; Rick Stipa, TruMark Financial CU; John Faust, Diamond CU; Rick Wargo, PCUA; John Rothwell, Rothwell Document Solutions; and Christopher Pippett, Fox Rothschild. Citadel is a $1.5 billion asset credit union located in Thorndale, Pa. (Photo provided by the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association) ...