WASHOUGAL — Police are investigating a claim by a former city councilman that he received a death threat from a one-time employee.
The former councilman, Claude Earl Rorabaugh, said the threat came in a July 16 e-mail message. He told investigators the threat came from a former employee at a Seattle radio station where Rorabaugh was a manager.
Rorabaugh, 47, resigned from the city council June 5, saying he could no longer put up with harassing phone messages and e-mails from opponents of a proposed gambling casino that Rorabaugh had defended.
He said he now believes the former radio station employee — not the casino opponents — was responsible for the harassment.
"He mimics voices quite well and has represented himself as me," Rorabaugh wrote of the former employee.
Washougal Police Sgt. Kim Miller said authorities are investigating possible charges of misdemeanor or felony harassment.
Renton-based Silver Dollar Casino is proposing to build two cardrooms, a hotel and two restaurants here. The plan has drawn dozens of gambling opponents to meetings where it has been discussed.
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