In brief: Man charged in 1985 murder

Los Angeles – A mystery man who calls himself Clark Rockefeller was charged Tuesday with murder in the disappearance of a Southern California man more than 25 years ago, the Los Angeles district attorney’s office said.

Christian Gerhartsreiter became notorious after his arrest several years ago in Baltimore when he spun elaborate tales about his past and claimed to be a member of the storied Rockefeller family. He was charged Tuesday with killing 27-year-old John Sohus in 1985 when he was living at the home of Sohus’ mother in San Marino, a wealthy Los Angeles suburb, the district attorney’s office said.

Sohus’ body was unearthed from the backyard of the house in 1994. An investigation determined he was killed by blunt force trauma to the head. Sohus’ wife, Linda, is still missing.

Gerhartsreiter was convicted in the kidnapping of his 7-year-old daughter. He’s serving a four- to five-year sentence in a Massachusetts prison.

Union supporters in protest charged

Nashville, Tenn. – Troopers forcibly carried out seven union supporters from the Tennessee’s legislative office complex on Tuesday after their protest disrupted a Senate committee hearing.

The disruption occurred after hundreds of labor supporters gathered for a midday protest near the Capitol to denounce a bill to strip teachers of their collective bargaining rights. The seven arrested were among those who stood up during the hearing and began chants about “union busting” by the Legislature.

Most demonstrators left the hearing room after a half-hour, but a small group tried to lock arms to keep from being removed.

They were arrested and faced charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.


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