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      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.
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