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Las Vegas man accused of threatening church headquarters in Salt Lake

Dec 21, 2021, 7:58 AM
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The Church Office Bulding of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Salt Lake City August 11, 2021. (Colby Walker KSL NewsRadio)
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SALT LAKE CITY — A recorded phone call to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints resulted in charges against a Las Vegas man. 

According to arrest documents obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Isaac Hearne, an eye doctor who lost his license to practice medicine in 2019, identified himself by name in a call to church headquarters in Salt Lake City on Dec. 13. 

Police accused Hearne of threatening to “kill everyone in that (expletive) building,” the Review-Journal reported. In addition, police also accused Hearne of threatening to kill the person who took the phone call. 

Court records show Hearne was released on electronic monitoring under the conditions that he does not contact any Latter-day Saints church locations, including by telephone. He will appear again before a judge on Thursday. 

Family members told police Hearne, a former Latter-day Saint, became increasingly angry because church officials would not refund his past donations. A family member said he suffered from mental health issues but refused treatment. Witnesses also told police Hearne lost his medical license in the midst of a narcotics probe. 

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