🍼 Baby Formula Hero + Teacher puts a boy in a closet + Tree Crime


babies need to eat, and Dr. Jessica Madden doesn’t just sit idly by and wring her hands. She rolled up her sleeves and did something to help. In Shaker Heights, a mother absolutely wouldn’t let a teacher off the hook put her boy in a closet. No sir! Would you believe a 200 year old tree could turn two people into convicted criminals? We have these stories and more.

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1) A local doctor creates a Cleveland-area formula swap to help moms in need

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Dr Jessica Madden operates an infant formula exchange in the Cleveland area to help mothers in need. She is a pediatrician and lactation consultant at Primrose Newborn Care. While shopping recently, she noticed the bare shelves in the baby aisle.

  • “Uh, that’s a huge problem,” Madden said, then she started networking with friends.
  • Since Thursday, more than 300 cans of infant formula were collected and distributed.
  • If you have formula to donate, click here to fill out Madden’s form.
  • If you need a formula, fill out this form.

3WKYC News

  • Questions and answers about formula milk: Can parents prepare homemade formula safely? Is it OK to dilute the formula? Julie Washington tells parents what they need to know to safely navigate formula shortages (cleveland.com)

2) A parent recorded a video at his child’s Shaker Heights school after hearing a teacher put his son in a closet as punishment. Christin Imani Mays walked into her son’s second grade classroom at Mercer Elementary School in Shaker Heights and asked the kids if the teacher made her son stand in the closet. The children answered in chorus: “yes, yes”.

  • “Sir, did you put my son in a closet?” Don’t lie to me.
  • The professor tried to defend himself. “He was making noise and he wouldn’t stop.”

See the video on Fox 8 News

(Photo courtesy of Metroparks)

3) A brother and sister in Strongsville who didn’t like a 200-year-old black walnut tree near their property now have criminal records for cutting down the large tree. The tree was on the Cleveland Metroparks Mill Stream Run Preserve, but Todd Jones, 57, and Laurel Hoffman, 54, told a logger the tree was on their property.

  • After having the black walnut tree felled, they sold the wood for $2,000. Metroparks estimated the value of the tree and the damage to the nearby area at over $128,000.
  • Jones and Hoffman were sentenced to six months in prison and ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution. The prison sentence was suspended.


4) A 74-year-old woman who owned a Strongsville adoption agency will spend three months in jail for lying to US and Polish authorities regarding the adoption of a 5-year-old girl from Poland, whose caregiver then violently raped her.

  • After spending time behind bars, Marguerite Colewhich owned European Adoption Consultants, will spend a year under house arrest and pay a $7,500 fine.
  • Cole apologized to the judge: “I’m really sorry for what happened, but I worked for 24 years to help 8,000 families. Children were the joy of my life.”


Lynne Komar

5) Mom disappeared in Parma: Police are looking for a 52-year-old woman who has been missing since Monday May 16. Lynne Komar is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and 130 pounds. She has shoulder-length blonde hair, hazel eyes, and a heart-shaped tattoo on her left wrist. Komar spoke with his adult son by phone on Monday. She has not been seen or heard from since.

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5 titles you need to see today

  • Cleveland Public Power for years would disconnect service for people who had not paid their bill and refused to tell them that they had the right to appeal under the law. Out of 80,000 customers, only one person had appealed. Now the power company is putting in place a legally required appeal process. (cleveland.com)
  • Jarvis Landry turned down opportunity to return to Cleveland Browns (3News WKYC)
  • Cuyahoga County is asking for ideas for COVID-19 Memorial (cleveland.com)
  • Medical Mutual appeals to Cleveland Clinic management become the new CEO (cleveland.com)
  • José Ramirez of the Guardians directed for x-rays on right leg; Terry Francona miss Friday’s game against Detroit (cleveland.com)

3 things to do

  • Catch “American Moor” at Karamu House. A black actor auditions for Othello and is challenged by the director, who is white. Shows are Friday, Saturday and Sunday and next weekend, May 27-29. Learn more at karamuhouse.org
  • A bubble dance party and other bubble-themed games, performances and entertainment will take place in Tower City on Saturday, May 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn more at towercitycenter.com (You had me at bubble dance party)
  • Tori Amos performs Sunday, May 22, 7 p.m., at the KeyBank State Theater. Since releasing her career-defining debut solo album, Little Earthquakes, and her #1 album Under The Pink, Tori Amos has been one of the music industry’s most enduring and resourceful artists. Buy your tickets here

It’s Edna. How to say no to these eyes?

Adopt from Cleveland area shelters: These local animals are looking for their forever homes. Meet Edna, Wickett, Abuela, Brando and more.

The time of the crime

  • Suspect convicted of incident with Jewish couple at Palestinian rally in Crocker Park (Cleveland 19 News)
  • Body recovered from Lake Erie near Vermilion (News 5 Cleveland WEWS)
  • Cleveland man arrested and charged with felony assault after allegedly attacking a man in central Ohio with a hatchet (WTAP)

Cleveland goes social

  • Here is an Instagram video of Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson sinking a putt in the Bahamas while traveling with his teammates. Hopefully he’s as accurate when throwing passes in the winter with the wind blowing off Lake Erie.
  • The Browns Instagram posted a throwback photo for #TDThursdays of the winner of Brian Sipe’s overtime game against the Chargers in 1983.
  • The Cleveland Zoo recently welcomed three mini Nubian goats to the Australian Zoo Adventure! They are easy to identify as Nigerian dwarf goats because of their long droopy ears! Check out the photos on Facebook
  • The Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame hosts a virtual interview at 7 p.m. Friday on YouTube with Michelle Phillips of Mamas & The Papas. The Rock Hall Director of Education will meet with Phillips to discuss his life and career, as well as his original works. Find out more via Facebook

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