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* FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (11/26/08)--A man was seriously hurt after he plunged down a 40-to-50-foot ravine with a stolen Bobcat skid loader and a 3,000-pound ATM stolen from Frontier Community CU in Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Police responded to an alarm at the credit union at 2 a.m. Sunday and found the outdoor ATM had been removed. A trail of debris and tracks led them to the ravine behind the credit union. At the bottom were the skid loader, the ATM, and the 49-year-old suspect trapped inside the Bobcat cage. He was transported to a local hospital then airlifted to a hospital in Kansas City, Kan. His injuries were not life-threatening. The credit union removed the money from the ATM until it could be recovered. Damage estimates were not available (Leavenworth Times Nov. 25 and Kansas City Star Nov. 24) … * TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (11/26/08)--A second suspect was sentenced to a 20-year prison term Monday for the Feb. 21 armed robbery of Score CU, Tallahassee. Jarrod Chavers received the same sentence as another suspect, Dontae Howard, who was sentenced in October. Howard allegedly took control of the credit union lobby at gunpoint and forced the manager to crawl out of her office and lie face down on the ground while Chavers robbed two tellers at gunpoint (Tallahassee Democrat Nov. 25) … * SAN ANTONIO (11/26/08)--Security Service FCU has donated a Ford
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F150 truck to the American Red Cross San Antonio Area Chapter. The $4.652 billion asset credit union is located in San Antonio. The chapter is responsible for providing disaster assistance in 23 counties in South Central Texas. This includes responding to floods, tornadoes and, on a daily basis, fires. The credit union wanted a durable, reliable vehicle to reach those needing assistance. Pictured are Michael L. Bennett, CEO of the American Red Cross San Antonio Area Chapter, and Steven J. Schott, vice president, finance and accounting, Security Service FCU. (Photo provided by Security Service FCU)… * FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (11/26/08)--Larry Strong, CEO of Velocity CU (formerly Austin Municipal CU) in Austin, Texas, died Sunday unexpectedly. Strong served the $425 million asset credit union for more than 30 years, assuming the role of president/CEO in 1988. In January, he stepped down as president but maintained an active role as CEO of the 60-year-old credit union. Services will be held today at 10 a.m. at the Harrell Funeral Home in Austin. He is survived by his wife Vicki Puryear-Strong, two daughters, and three grandsons (LoneStar Leaguer Nov. 25) … * MADISON, Wis. (11/26/08)--Eleanor Rosenberger Jacobs, former assistant managing director of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), died Monday in Madison, Wis., two days before her 96th birthday. In 1966, she joined the Latin American Regional Office of CUNA in Panama. In 1972, she returned to Madison as special assistant in charge of public relations and advertising. Later that year, she was promoted to assistant managing director--the first woman to serve on the seven-person executive team. She received numerous awards for her work and retired from CUNA in 1976. Jacobs continued her association with CUNA by serving on the board of the national Association of Retired Credit Union People and the Herb Wegner Memorial Fund. She is survived by one daughter, three step-grandchildren and four step great-grandchildren …


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