CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Courage Fund, set up to help kidnapping victims Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus, Amanda Berry and her daughter, has topped $750,000 and the pot keeps growing.
Panini's in Brunswick and Kent donated 100 percent of their Tuesday profits to the fund.
"We felt it was important to give the women something to get their lives started," said George Gox from Panini's.
On June 11, Quaker Steak and Lube will donate 10 percent of proceeds at five locations, including Medina Township, Valley View, Sheffield, Lakewood and Vermilion
Jones Day attorney Jim Wooley has been in contact with all of the women who escaped alleged Cleveland kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro's house and said the women are extremely thankful for the support.
Chris Kelley, partner in charge of Jones Day, said the women are able to use the funds now while planning for their future.
"Consistent with the wishes of the survivors, the money is going to meet immediate needs," Wooley explained.
"A hundred percent of the funds are making their way to the survivors currently or going into trusts that are going to be set up," Kelly added.
Jones Day is offering free financial guidance for the fund that directly benefits the women and Berry's daughter.
On May 6, the trio of women escaped Castro's house and called 911. Shortly thereafter, Castro was arrested and charged with the crimes. He remains jailed on $8 million bond.
A local woman remembers her own ordeal after watching Michelle Knight speak on a national TV program.
Cleveland-area residents reacted to Michelle Knight's first interview since she escaped from Ariel Castro's home, where she was held in captivity for 11 years.
Michelle Knight, who was held captive by Ariel Castro for 11 years, revealed details of what happened to her inside the convicted rapist and kidnapper's home in a national TV interview with Dr. Phil Tuesday.
An Ohio prison guard has resigned after an investigation about falsification of logs documenting checks on a death row inmate who later committed suicide.
Ohio's prison system has faced a glut of bad news in recent months, from inmate suicides to four homicides in a single prison in about a year, but long-term population growth trends are causing officials the most headaches.
Mary Jordan, a reporter for the Washington Post, will write a book for Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus about the horrors that happened inside the house on Seymour Avenue.
There are 238 sex offenders who live within a two-mile radius of the former home of late convicted kidnapper Ariel Castro, according to a public records search.
The warden will move from Correctional Reception Center south of Columbus to the same job at Madison Correctional Institution.
An Ohio bill to provide cash reparations and other assistance to the three women held captive in a Cleveland home passed the House Wednesday.