Former deputy marshal pleads guilty to disorderly conduct

COUPEVILLE — A former Coupeville deputy marshal has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for yelling at his ex-girlfriend outside the police station in 2007. He will avoid jail time and additional charges if he follows court orders.

Hodges Gowdey III, 44, initially was charged with domestic- violence unlawful imprisonment and tampering with a witness.

Investigators alleged that after the argument at the police station, Gowdey followed the woman, pulled her over and handcuffed her on the side of the road. He also was accused of telling the woman not to talk about what happened.

The allegations came to light in 2014 as the Coupeville Marshal’s Office was dissolved and merged into the Island County Sheriff’s Office.

Gowdey had applied for a job at the sheriff’s office, and a background check turned up questions about domestic violence, court papers show. Gowdey had worked for the town of Coupeville for more than a dozen years.

He was placed on leave after his arrest. He was not hired by the sheriff’s office.

Gowdey’s employment with the town of Coupeville ended March 1, according to the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. Gowdey’s certification as a peace officer lapses if he does not work as a full-time police officer again within two years.

Gowdey was ordered to pay nearly $1,500 in restitution.

The court will consider dismissing the case in February if Gowdey does not violate court orders, including a ban on contacting his ex-girlfriend.

Court records also show Gowdey was charged and acquitted of domestic violence 15 years ago in Issaquah.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com.

More in Local News

Outgoing councilwoman honored by Marysville Fire District

The Marysville Fire District in December honored outgoing City Councilwoman Donna Wright… Continue reading

Everett district relents on eminent domain moving expenses

Homeowners near Bothell still must be out by April to make way for a planned new high school.

Their grown children died, but state law won’t let them sue

Families are seeking a change in the state’s limiting wrongful-death law.

Officials rule train-pedestrian death an accident

The 37-year-old man was trying to move off the tracks when the train hit him, police say.

Ex-Monroe cop re-arrested after losing sex crime case appeal

He was sentenced to 14 months in prison but was free while trying to get his conviction overturned.

Marysville hit-and-run leaves man with broken bones

The state patrol has asked for help solving an increasing number of hit-and-run cases in the state.

Everett man killed at bar had criminal history, gang ties

A bar employee reportedly shot Matalepuna Malu, 29, whose street name was “June Bug.”

2 names released from recent fatal crashes

Both men were killed earlier this month.

Judge: Lawmakers’ emails, texts subject to public disclosure

News organizations had sued to challenge the Legislature’s claim that members were exempt.

Most Read