Snohomish Co. deputy accused of theft is fired

EVERETT, Wash. - A Snohomish County sheriff's deputy has been fired after he was accused of theft, burglary and malicious mischief.

A sheriff's office spokesperson said James E. Hager, 43, was fired Jan. 2 for violating department policies. He had been a deputy for six years.

He was charged in November in the theft of a wood stove, cedar flooring and other items taken from a vacation property near Skykomish. He was off-duty at the time.

Hager pleaded not guilty and has a court hearing scheduled in April.

An internal investigation determined that Hager had violated department policies, and he was subsequently fired.