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* TROY, Mich. (12/13/07)--Fourteen Detroit area credit unions and banks put competition aside to help the Gleaners Community Food Bank overcome a shortfall in donations. Together, the financial institutions are offering more than 226 branches to collect donations during December. Their goal is to raise $500,000 to help fight hunger in southeastern Michigan. Credit unions participating include: Bi County PTC FCU, Detroit Edison CU, FME FCU, Lakes Community CU, Michigan Catholic CU, Oakland Catholic CU, Northwood CU, Oakland County CU, and Peoples Trust CU (PRNewswire Dec. 10) … * DOVER, Del. (12/13/07)--Dover FCU recently held the official grand opening of its new corporate center, located in a remodeled call center building on the shores of Silver Lake. Dover FCU is the Delaware's largest credit union, with $220 million in assets. The corporate center is the cornerstone to expanding beyond the current 35,500 members, said Russell L. McCready, board chairman. Dover FCU was formed by civilian workers at Dover Air Force Base, and now serves companies in Delaware and Maryland, along with the military and their families from the base and the Dover Air National Guard. The credit union plans to open locations in Milford, Camden, and New Castle, Del., in the next few years. Attending the grand opening were (from left): David Clendaniel, president/CEO; Delaware State Rep. Nancy Wagner; McCready; Martin Talmud, Dover FCU board member; and Col. Randal L. Bright, Commander 512th Airlift Wing. (Photo provided by Dover FCU) … * FORT WORTH, Texas (12/13/07)--American Airlines FCU in Forth Worth has given away another new vehicle to a credit union member as part of the 2007 Road to Success Sweepstakes, which ended Nov. 30. Spencer Deaton, 23, was the final grand prize winner--the fifth winner since the sweepstakes began--of a 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser. Deaton opened his account at the credit union as a teenager and attended a local college with an education loan from the credit union. He entered the contest for the vehicle online at the urging of his father, another credit union member. From left are: American Airlines FCU CEO John Tippets, and the Deaton family: Drew, Spencer, Charlene and Fulton Deaton. (Photo provided by American Airlines FCU) … * WINNIPEG, Manitoba (12/13/07)--Emelda Marie Cuddy, a former budding pop star known as Marie Reimer, has been charged with robbing six Winnipeg credit unions. Cuddy, 24, a native of Belize, was at one time about to release a CD (National Post Dec. 12). Police said more than $35,000 was stolen from six Winnipeg credit unions between July and December. In the robberies, the suspect concealed her face and wielded a weapon on two occasions. Cuddy was arrested Dec. 7, as she attempted to cross the border into the U.S. She faces charges of four counts of robbery, two counts of robbery with a weapon, and six counts of wearing a disguise to commit a crime … * HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (12/13/07)--Juackine Wilson, 37, of Akron, Ohio, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for robbing the Wright-Patt CU branch in Huber Heights on Aug. 25, 2003. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rose handed down the sentence Nov. 30. In August, Wilson pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery. In the robbery, he demanded the teller empty both credit union cash drawers, said the U.S. Department of Justice (State News Service Dec. 3). No weapon was used in the heist. Wilson also was ordered to pay restitution to the credit union. He will serve three years of supervised release at the conclusion of his 10-year prison term …


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