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Kelowna reporter pleads not guilty

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Tieja MacLaughlin has pled not guilty to charges of harassment and domestic violence in connection with alleged death threats made to her boyfriend - Tri-City Americans' hockey player Jackson Playfair.

Dressed in a black Department of Corrections shirt and wearing handcuffs, MacLaughlin entered the plea in a Kennewick, WA courtroom Friday afternoon.

The judge freed MacLaughlin on $10,000 bail with conditions that she surrender her passport and remain in Benton and Franklin Counties.

She has signed a no contact order agreement as a condition of her bail.

MacLaughlin is scheduled to appear in court again on Feb 12.

A trial is scheduled to begin March 10.

Benton County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Brendan Siefken presented an affidavit formally charging MacLaughlin with felony harassment and domestic violence.

She has spent the last six days in jail after her arrest at a Motel 6 in Kennewick last Saturday.

MacLaughlin, a freelance news/sports reporter for a number of media outlets in Kelowna, made headlines around the world this week when it was revealed she had been arrested in a Kennewick hotel room after allegedly making death threats to her boyfriend Jackson Playfair.

MacLaughlin was a host for Shaw TV, a sports reporter with The Kelowna Daily Courier, and until recently, a reporter with Castanet.


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