Charges Filed Against Reporter
UPDATE: UPDATE: The Benton County Prosecutors office has charged Tieja MacLaughlin with one count of felony harassment with domestic violence for threatening the Tri-City Americans Jackson Playfair. Bail is set at $50,000 and MacLaughlin will be in court tomorrow at 1PM for arraignment
ORIGINAL STORY POSTED JANUARY 22ND:
A 25 year old WHL reporter is in the Benton County jail after allegedly making threats against the Tri-City Americans Jackson Playfair.
Court documents show that Tieja MacLaughlin, who has worked for The Daily Courier and Castanet Media in British Columbia, made the threats after finding out last Friday night that Playfair, 19, was seeing someone else. The documents show that she told him during a phone conversation that he would "be dead by the end of the night."
Kennewick police say that after Playfair told them that MacLaughlin had threatened him, they met with her and she promised not to contact him anymore. When she did so again via text, police had Playfair respond by telling MacLaughlin he would meet her. Officers did so instead and arrested MacLaughlin, who is being held on a 72 hour investigative hold for felony threats without bail in the Benton County jail. That hold ends tomorrow morning. No charges have been filed, and the Benton County prosecutor's office is now seeking additional information from Playfair and the Kennewick police department.
Tri-City Americans general manager Bob Tory tells Your Local ABC that the team will not make a comment on the situation but that "our players' safety is our top priority".