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THERMOPOLIS – On Thursday, Nov. 19, Hot Springs County Sheriff Jerimie Kraushaar received a call directly from County Health Officer Dr. Vernon Miller.

Miller informed the sheriff that he received a threatening message by voicemail and played the message for him. The recording was an adult male who allegedly intended to cause harm to Dr. Miller because of his health orders to the county mandating citizens wear masks.

Deputy Casey Freund went to Dr. Miller and recovered the voicemail audio. The county was able to call the person who left the message and did some investigation. They found out the person was Conner Fairbairn, 27, who admitted to leaving the message.

Fairbairn was a recent resident of Colorado who came to Wyoming because he wanted to be free from COVID regulations there.

Fairbairn was arrested with a charge of making terroristic threats. However, those charges were later downgraded to telephonic threats.

Judge Edward Luhm saw Fairbairn, gave him a bond, and Fairbairn posted bail at $2,000.

Extra patrol was given to Dr. Miller and his office was temporarily shut down.

In the voicemail, Fairbairn said he was afraid the orders would shut the area down for one to two more months.

His voicemail message is as follows: “Well, Dr. Miller, you got some nuts facing off this godd--n town. You know one of these f---ing days you’re going to pay for this. One man deciding what an entire town does. Well, there was no vote and you’re not my f---ing representative. You SOB, you better watch yourself.”

via the Wyoming News Exchange

Managing Editor Rebecca Huntington has worked for newspapers across the West. She hosts a rescue podcast, The Fine Line. Her family minivan doubles as her not-so-high-tech recording studio.

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