It’s been 14 years since Ohio raised the rate of tax on motor fuel.,Hearings today, Wednesday and Thursday are before the House Finance Committee on the fiscal year 2020-2021 transportation budget, House Bill 62 and the proposal to raise Ohio’s motor fuel tax by 18 cents.,The last time the motor fuel tax was raised was in 2005, according to the Greater Ohio Policy Center, when the Ohio legislature increased the rate by 2 cents per gallon from 26 cents per gallon to the current 28 cents per gallon.,If Ohio legislators were to pass the increase in March, Pennsylvania would still keep the highest motor fuel tax rate of states bordering Ohio.,The Ohio Municipal League, County Commissioners Association of Ohio and the Ohio Township Association have all released positions in support of the tax increase in the last week.

— An officer responded to a two-vehicle crash on North Lincoln Avenue at East State Street at 1:51 p.m. Thursday in which a southbound vehicle struck the rear of another vehicle stopped at the traffic light.,— Police responded to a 2800 block East State Street business at 5:57 p.m. Thursday in reference to an irate customer and found a woman who admitted yelling at an employee regarding service to her mother.,— Officers responded to a 100 block North Ellsworth Avenue business at 6:04 p.m. Thursday in reference to a possible domestic dispute between a man and woman and found both individuals outside the business.,— Ruth A. Evans, 76, Salem, was cited for failure to control following a two-vehicle crash on South Broadway Avenue near East Wilson Street at 8:44 p.m. Thursday in which she was northbound and struck a legally parked vehicle.,— At approximately 8:22 a.m. Dec. 29, officers responded to the 200 block of Glenwood Avenue in East Palestine to assist the East Palestine Police Department with a domestic dispute complaint.

Paul and Florence Freeman are in the early stages of dementia.,PD)

UPDATE: Fairfield Township Police say the couple returned home safely overnight.,FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKRC) - An alert has been issued for a couple missing out of Fairfield Township.,Paul and Florence Freeman both have the early stages of dementia.,Call Fairfield Township Police or 911 with any information. read more

NEAR SAN FRANCISCO (CBSLA) – A manhunt is underway for an inmate who escaped from San Quentin State Prison Wednesday night north of San Francisco and may have committed a carjacking.,Shalom Mendoza, 21, was discovered missing just after 9:30 p.m. Wednesday during a prison roll count, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.,(California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)

Mendoza is then suspected to have carjacked a Toyota RAV4 from a woman in the parking lot of a Home Depot in nearby San Rafael, about 1 ½ miles from the prison, according to CBS San Francisco.,He was transferred to San Quentin in April, CBS SF reports.,San Quentin, California’s oldest prison, houses about 4,200 inmates. read more

No one has heard from Kris Markle since he was last seen at Bootleggers Bar and Grill in Fort Dodge that Wednesday night, and some of his family from Washington have been in the area to help with the search.,There were about 50 people here for the search party, Kim Markle said, with help from drones and a helicopter.,Kris Markle’s stepfather, Randy Milliken, of Otho, has also been searching as much as possible.,Kim Markle and Oestreich will have to return to Washington soon.,Kris Markle, Otho, was last seen leaving Bootleggers Bar and Grill in Fort Dodge the night of Wednesday, Dec. 5.