Ex-doctor accused of terrorist threat against Mormon church

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former doctor whose medical license was revoked in 2019 has been accused in Las Vegas of making a false terrorist threat against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City.

Isaac Hearne, 55, of Las Vegas, was arrested last week after a recorded telephone call to church headquarters Dec. 13 from a man who identified himself as Hearne and threatened to kill everyone in the building, according to a Las Vegas police report cited by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Police said the church reported receiving prior calls from a caller identified as Hearne.

Witnesses told police that Hearne is a former eye doctor from Reno and a family member said Hearn is a former church member ``frustrated and angry'' that previous donations were not refunded.

Police said Hearne acknowledged calling the church and told police he blamed the church for professional and financial ``calamities'' in his life.

Court records showed that Hearne appeared Thursday on a felony terrorism charge before a Las Vegas judge who ordered his release from jail on high-level electronic monitoring and ordered him to stay away from Mormon churches.

The record did not reflect if Hearne has a lawyer pending his next court appearance on Thursday.