Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the PM Co.’s sixth annual Spirit of Giving fundraising event that raised $33,660. The money, $16,830 donations from guests matched 1-1 by the PM Co., will be split by eight charities in the Mid-Ohio Valley. In six years, the Spirit of Giving event has raised more than $130,000 for donations to the Mid-Ohio Valley, said Pat Minnite Sr., founder and president of the PM Co.

UP: To Greta Mooney of Parkersburg who recently won a Kohl’s Dream Receipt in which her entire tab, $134.58, was picked up at the Kohl’s department store in Parkersburg during a recent shopping trip. Mooney, a dog groomer at Pet Supplies Plus in Vienna, is scheduled to donate a kidney to her friend John Wiley of Cleveland on Jan. 8 at the Cleveland Clinic. Mooney was shopping at the time for an outfit to wear to a fundraiser in her honor to help pay her expenses while she recovers from her surgery. We wish her the best and a quick recovery for this selfless act to help her friend. An account has been established at Huntington Bank locations for anyone wanting to donate money to the “Greta Mooney Pay It Forward Benefit Fund” to help her pay bills while off from work.

UP: To Fraternal Order of Police Blennerhassett Lodge 79’s Shop With a Cop event which gives area children the opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts for themselves and their families. This year, 103 children, accompanied by a police officer shopped at the Vienna and south Parkersburg Wal-Mart stores. Lodge President Chris Morehead said the FOP collects donations each year for the program, with support coming from Wal-Mart, along with individuals, organizations and businesses making donations. The program allows at-need children to receive a $100 gift card which they used Sunday to go shopping with the help of a local officer.

UP: To the Marietta Police Department, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol for their work in containing a standoff at a Spring Street home Thursday morning. Officers were called to the home of 53-year-old William Bruce Ransom Jr., who threatened to hurt himself with a gun. Ransom had barricaded himself on the second floor of the home with a shotgun and fired at officers when they attempted to get him to surrender. Police retreated outside and called in the Special Response Team. Ransom fired shots at the officers outside before being overcome by tear gas fired into the home. Taking place in a crowded neighborhood, this could have had tragic consequences. Law enforcement officers did a good job in containing this.