BRUCE PETERSON, chief executive officer of State Bank of Cokato, Minn., traded places with an elderly woman taken hostage during a bank robbery on Aug. 16. Mr. Peterson offered his station wagon as a getaway car, then escaped at a traffic life. DIAMOND TOOL & FASTENERS, an industrial supply company, saved the day on Saturday, June 1 by rescuing a 3-year-old-boy from a vault at Midland Bank in Philadelphia. The time lock was set to open Monday morning, with only enough oxygen to last seven hours. A bank manager had unknowingly locked the vault after the child had wandered inside.

M. ELIZABETH BRODERICK - known as the Lien Queen - was indicted on charges of mail fraud, counterfeiting, obstruction of justice, and conspiracy. She earned her nickname by instructing borrowers to file liens against judges who attempt to foreclose on their homes.

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