Chimacum: Band teacher to plead in theft case today

A Chimacum High School band instructor will be arraigned today, Friday, for allegedly stealing and gambling away $4,000 in band money.

David Ralph Jones, 46, of Port Hadlock, is expected to enter a plea during the 8:30 a.m. hearing before Jefferson County Superior Court Judge Thomas Majhan.

The hearing will be in the Jefferson County Courthouse, 1820 Jefferson St., Port Townsend.

Jones was arrested last week after he allegedly confessed to gambling away $4,000 he allegedly took from a fund which would have paid for a band trip to Italy next year, officials said.

Jones posted $5,000 cash bail last Friday, but is prohibited from traveling out of Jefferson or Island counties.

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