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CU System briefs (11/20/2007)
* DENVER (11/21/07)--Police arrested a third individual in connection with the murder of Heather Garraus, a former employee of Colorado State Employees CU's Greeley branch. Michelle Dawn Moore, 26, was charged Tuesday with conspiracy and criminal attempt to commit murder (TheDenverChannel.com Nov. 20). Moore, a friend of Shawna Nelson, who is accused of killing Garraus outside the credit union branch in January, originally testified that Nelson told her she planned to kill Garraus. However, Moore later changed her story. Nelson was arrested in January, and later admitted to police that she was romantically involved with Garraus’ husband, Ignacio. Nelson’s husband, Ken, also was arrested and charged as an accomplice. Both Ken Nelson and Ignacio Garraus left their law-enforcement jobs and moved out of state … * BURNSVILLE, Minn. (11/21/07)--For the second year, US FCU staff surpassed the $18,000 mark for its annual drive for Combined Federal Campaign for national and local charities. This year, the month-long campaign involved stuffing a foiled "CFC: El Grande burrito" (shown here with staff) with contributions. Staff could choose a variety of individual and group "ingredients" or pledging options to bulk up the burrito. US FCU matched the funds raised and exceeded the corporate goal of more than $18,116. More than $5,600 will go to the credit union's designated charity, the Children's Miracle Network. (Photo provided by US FCU) … * HARRISBURG, Pa. (11/21/07)--Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation Executive Director Joe Wambach and Maureen Mealy, compliance and operations officer with the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA), attended the "Little Rock Nine" 50th Anniversary symposium Nov. 12 in Lancaster, Pa. (Life is a Highway Nov. 20). Mealy's son, Todd Mealy, educator and director of the Unheralded Heroes Project providing race relations education, organized the event. There, Wambach discussed PCUA's financial literacy program with 400 students, teachers and community members. The Little Rock Nine were African-American students who defied segregationists in 1957 by enrolling at an all-white high school in Arkansas, a pivotal event in the civil rights movement. From left are Wambach, Mealy, and Dr. Terrence Roberts, speaker and member of the Little Rock Nine. (Photo provided by the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association) … * MADISON, Wis. (11/21/07)--Youth-chartered STAR CU has launched a website that allows members to gain account access on the Web and learn more about the credit union. It also plans to provide financial education materials, according to the Wisconsin Credit Union League (The League News Nov. 19). STAR CU, based in Madison, Wis., includes past or current members and staff of the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, plus staff of its co-founders, Great Wisconsin and Summit CUs. It is located in a low- to moderate-income neighborhood and works to teach kids the value of saving and stresses payday lending alternatives …


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