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Man jailed for threatening state employees

SPARTANBURG (AP) — A 66-year-old Duncan man has been charged with threatening state employees over the telephone.

The State Law Enforcement Division says Russell Clark Johnson was arrested Thursday and charged with threatening the life of a public employee and unlawful use of a telephone.

Investigators say Johnson on April 2 threatened to hurt employees at the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff. That agency represents the public interest in utility regulation for electric, natural gas, telecommunications, transportation and wastewater before various departments including the state Public Service Commission and the Legislature.

Authorities did not say what led to the alleged threat. Johnson was jailed awaiting a bond hearing, and it wasn’t known if he had an attorney.


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