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Robocall may have prompted death threat

Robocalls may be annoying, particularly during campaign season, but for Rep. Kevin Parker, one apparently prompted a death threat.

The Spokane Republican contacted the Washington State Patrol this week after someone left a message on  his office voice mail with graphic threats to him and his family. The patrol handles security for legislators, and they brought in Spokane police detectives, who tracked down the caller, interviewed then arrested him.

Here's the kicker: This wasn't a campaign robocall. According to the police affidavit it was the far more innocuous type, a simple invitation to a town hall meeting. From January. The Airway Heights man  apparently had kept it on his machine and over time he became angrier and angrier until he decided to call back.

For more information, check out Reporter Kip Hill's story by clicking here.

Parker said the incident raises questions about untreated mental health problems in the community.

"Mental illness is far more prevalent than people think," he said today. As many as one person in four may deal with someone who has a mental health problem in their family. "I'm hoping this individual gets help while he's in custody."

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Jim Camden
Jim Camden is the Olympia bureau chief, covering the Legislature and state government. He also is a political columnist and blogger for Spin Control.

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