Deputy arrest leaves Coupeville with 1 officer
COUPEVILLE, Wash. (AP) - Following Friday's arrest of a deputy town marshal, the Island County community of Coupeville has been left with only one working police officer - for a week at least.
The Everett Herald reports that 44-year-old Hodges Gowdey III was arrested on suspicion of felony unlawful imprisonment and domestic violence harassment. Bail was set at $30,000. The criminal allegations came to light when Gowdey applied to work with the Island County Sheriff's office, which is set to absorb the Coupeville Marshal's Office in a couple of weeks.
In 2012, the Coupeville Marshal's office lost three of its four officers. Since then the community of 1,840 has relied on the sheriff's office.
Coupeville Marshal Lance Davenport, the last officer left, says the marshal's office had two reserve deputy marshals who were working nearly full-time but they left in January.