Utility owner threatened to cut throat of Florence town manager, police were told

George Johnson, owner of Johnson Utilities
/Howard Fischer / Capitol Media Services 2017

By Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services 

The Florence town manager told police that the owner of Johnson Utilities threatened last year to cut his throat.

Documents released Thursday show that Town Manager Brent Billingsley was documenting utility company trucks leaking possibly contaminated materials on Diversion Dam Road. Billingsley said lab results showed the spillage had “identical bacteria components to raw sewage.”

What followed, the police report says, was Billingsley getting an expletive-filled call from George Johnson saying he was going to cut his throat.

Johnson denied any such conversation.

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