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Baltimore; Delaware; Baltimore; Judge awards $1M for alleged bus sexual abuse ; Crime ring leader gets ; 2 life terms, plus 769 years; Museums celebrate 150 years since ship's journey

Capital - 3/25/2018

Baltimore

Judge awards $1M for alleged bus sexual abuse

BALTIMORE - A judge has awarded the mother of an autistic student more than $1 million in damages for the alleged sexual abuse of her daughter on a bus in 2012.

The judgment was levied against Barber Transportation Inc., which owned and operated the bus that transported the 9-year-old student to a summer program in Baltimore.

The girl's mother alleged that her daughter was on the bus in July 2012 when she was sexually abused over two days by two boys, ages 13 and 14.

Court documents said the girl became agitated and told the boys not to touch her, but they did not listen.

The bus driver and a school bus aide failed to intervene.

Barber Transportation did not respond to requests for comment.

Delaware

Crime ring leader gets

2 life terms, plus 769 years

GEORGETOWN, Del. - The leader of a violent crime ring in Delaware will spend the rest of his life in prison after a judge sentenced him to two life terms, plus 769 years behind bars.

Steven Kellam, of Dover, was convicted last year for his role in a 2014 home invasion robbery in Millsboro. Two people were shot and killed.

Kellam was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder, organized crime, racketeering and multiple other charges.

A Sussex County Superior Court judge on Friday called the 37-year-old Kellam the crime ring's "kingpin" and "puppeteer" before handing down his sentence.

Kellam denied ordering the killings during his sentencing hearing Friday. His attorney said he will file an appeal with the state Supreme Court.

Baltimore

Museums celebrate 150 years since ship's journey

BALTIMORE - On March 23, 1868, a ship carrying 141 passengers arrived in Baltimore from Bremerhaven, Germany, and docked at a newly built pier in Locust Point.

Those in steerage had paid $30 to cross the Atlantic aboard the SS Baltimore. It was about three weeks' pay for a semi-skilled male worker in those days, said Nicholas Fessenden, co-founder of the Baltimore Immigration Museum.

On Saturday, the B&O Railroad Museum and the Baltimore Immigration Museum joined together to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the ship's arrival.

It was the first North German Lloyd steamship to dock in Baltimore. Its passengers were the first of 1.2 million immigrants who would land in the city between then and 1914.

"We're here to celebrate the high tide of immigration, which has made this country great," Fessenden told a group gathered at the B&O Railroad Museum to remember the occasion.

The ship's arrival was the result of an agreement between the B&O Railroad and the North German Lloyd Co. The railroad would build the immigration pier and connect it to its rail system. Lloyd would send a ship of immigrants at least monthly.

Joe Stewart, recording secretary of the Baltimore City Historical Society, called the anniversary "a very special occasion."

"The connection between the ship and the railroad is really significant because it enabled so many people to cross the sea and then cross our country," Stewart said.

 
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