Man Charged with Threats on a Deputy

 The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office yesterday arrested a Greenwood man in connection with alleged phone calls last Wednesday, including alleged threats made to a Deputy Sheriff. 33-year-old Joseph Mark Smith Jr. of 428 East Durst Street, Greenwood is charged with Threatening the Life of a Public Official, with three counts of Unlawful Use of a Telephone, and with a Drug Possession. He is accused of delivering an electronic threat to a Public Official who was on North Main in Cross Hill on March 27th, the message allegedly threatening the life or serious bodily injury to a Laurens County Deputy. Joseph Smith is accused of making profane, obscene and vulgar phone calls to another victim on North Main Street, Cross Hill March that same date, and to still another victim on Billy Leopard road on the 27th. He is also charged with making a profane, obscene, vulgar call to another Sheriff’s Office on March 28th. He’s also accused of having simple possession of marijuana on Billy Leopard Road, Cross Hill on March 27th. Warrants indicate that Smith had a previous address on Harris Springs Road, Cross Hill. Joseph Mark Smith Jr. was being held in the Johnson Detention Center overnight, pending arraignment on the charges.