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January 06, 2000

A motorcyclist reached speeds of 120 mph while allegedly trying to elude a traffic stop on Interstate 70 Wednesday night finally pulled over in Frederick County, Washington County Sheriff's deputies said.

Vincent Andrew Baxter, 21, of 5718 Kenfield Lane, Upper Marlboro, has been charged with speeding 120 mph in a 65 mph zone, reckless driving, fleeing and eluding, and operating a motorcycle with improper class license, according to Deputy Jeff Cooper.

Baxter, who was still in the custody of Maryland State Police in Frederick this morning, is facing similar charges in that county.

The incident began at 8:19 p.m. when Cooper attempted to stop Baxter on eastbound I-70 at U.S. 40 because of speeding. Instead of pulling over then, Baxter accelerated to 120 mph and proceeded into Frederick County, deputies said.


MSP troopers and helicopter and Frederick County Sheriff's deputies joined in the chase which was still in excess of 120 mph, deputies said.

The chase ended when Baxter pulled over onto the I-70 shoulder just west of the U.S. 15/340 ramp, deputies said.

A man and woman walking on East Avenue Wednesday morning were attacked, beaten and robbed of $2,800 in gold chains they were wearing, Hagerstown City Police said.

Unreported until Wednesday evening, police did not identify the victims who said they were walking in the first block of East Avenue at 3:30 a.m. when they were attacked by three black men.

The male victim, 22, was treated at Washington County Hospital for cuts that required treatment by a plastic surgeon, police said. The 20-year-old woman was not hospitalized, police said.

Police ask that anyone having information contact the investigating officer, Off. Shane Blankenship, at 301-790-3700.

Area police handled a number of calls Wednesday.

A burglary at 901 Potomac Ave. resulted in a broken window but nothing taken, Hagerstown City Police said.

- A thief also got nothing breaking into a 1989 Acura parked at 200 N. Locust St. Unfortunately, the owner got a $200 broken window, city police said.

- Two vehicles were spraypainted - a 1986 Chrysler Laser painted orange at 823 S. Potomac St., and another unidentified vehicle with white paint at 117 S. Mont Valla Ave., city police said.

- Washington County Sheriff's deputies reported checking into the theft of 20 CDs and a radar detector, valued at $350, from a vehicle parked at 11823 Pheasant Trail.

FALLING WATERS, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department and West Virginia State Police on Wednesday were investigating two armed robberies of convenience stores that occurred within a five-hour period in the Falling Waters-Marlowe area, but they said they were unsure if they were connected.

The robber in Tuesday's 7:40 p.m. armed robbery at Lynn's Convenience Store along Grade Road was described as a white man, age 19 to 21, weighing 165 to 170 pounds and standing about 5-foot-7 or 5-foot-8, said Lt. Kenny Lemaster. He was wearing a black ski mask.

The man brandished an automatic handgun, demanded money and ran away with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

A Martinsburg City Police dog picked up his trail from the convenience store to a parking lot for an apartment complex behind the store, Lemaster said.

Two clerks were in the room where the robbery occurred, Lemaster said. No one was injured, he said.

Lemaster said he didn't know if the robbery was connected to one at the 7-Eleven in Marlowe at 12:14 a.m. Wednesday.

State police, who were investigating the 7-Eleven robbery, had no further information.

Anyone with information about the robberies may call Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 1-304-267-4999.

A 22-year-old man struck by a car Tuesday night on Halfway Boulevard behind Shoney's remained in serious condition today at Washington County Hospital, a hospital spokesman said this morning.

Thomas Lynn Kegarise, no address available, had apparently tried to run across the eastbound lane of Halfway Boulevard when he was hit, according to company spokesman Alan Matheny.

The driver of the car wasn't hurt. Washington County Sheriff's deputies are continuing their investigation.

HALFWAY - Firefighters from the Volunteer Fire Department of Halfway were called when the engine of a 1987 Chrysler New Yorker caught on fire at 17908 Clubhouse Drive Wednesday.

The 2:49 p.m. fire was quickly extinguished and the driver got out safely, Halfway spokesman Alan Matheny said.

Damages was estimated at $2,500.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police said a Chambersburg man was charged Wednesday with attempted robbery in the bungled holdup of a convenience store in November.

Ryan Michael North, 22, of 2955 Jefferson St., was also charged with attempted theft in connection with the Nov. 15 incident at Blue Chip Mini Market, 2324 Philadelphia Ave., according to the affidavit of probable cause.

At 5:15 p.m. on Nov. 15, a man entered the store armed with a BB gun and demanded money from a store employee. When the clerk refused, the man ran, according to the affidavit.

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