Reporter allegedly threatened to kill junior hockey-playing boyfriend
Tieja MacLaughlin. (Instagram)
A Canadian reporter is being held without bail after allegedly threatening to kill her junior hockey-playing boyfriend.
According to the Tri-City Herald, 25-year-old Tieja MacLaughlin of Kelowna, B.C., is being held in a Kennewick, Wash., jail while Benton County prosecutors review allegations she planned to kill her boyfriend, Tri-City Americans forward Jackson Playfair.
MacLaughlin appeared in court Tuesday after Kennewick police asked her to be held while they investigated the claim. She has not been charged but local cops are looking at her for allegedly making felony threats.
MacLaughlin, a news reporter with Castanet.net and a freelance sports reporter who wrote occasionally for the Kelowna Daily Courier, allegedly drove to Kennewick after finding out on Friday that Playfair, her boyfriend since July, had been with someone else. She called Playfair to let him know she was driving to Kennewick and allegedly told him “he would be dead by the end of the night,” according to the Herald, quoting police and court documents.
Cops talked to MacLaughlin at her hotel in Kennewick, warning her she would be arrested if she contacted Playfair again. MacLaughlin told police she would return to Kelowna but allegedly sent Playfair a text asking him to meet her at the hotel.
Police arrested MacLaughlin Saturday afternoon.
Playfair, the son of former NHLer Jim Playfair and the nephew of Larry Playfair, was traded to the Americans by the Spokane Chiefs on Jan. 10. In 45 games this season, his second in the WHL, he has four goals and two assists.