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by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Staff reporter
Graduation season road blocks start on Monday
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Staff reporter
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Fireman faces charges in the death of his son
“The American Samoa Community College, Division of Community & Natural Resources   (CNR) of the 4-H Youth Development Program offers it’s project called “Tie Dye “ a “Hands-On” project with Matafao “Marlins” Elementary School Level-4. The main focus of this project is give them a new life experience and it links to the Math and Art Curriculum*.(Pictured are; Miss Irene Su’a-Fa’atupuinati, Taumaloto Moliga, Feagia’i Mauigoa (L-4 Instructors) and the Level-4 Students background with their **Tie Dye Shirts)* Tie Dye is a technique for dying natural fabrics that results in interesting, colorful patterns. The technique involves crumpling, pleating of folding the fabric into various patterns then tying it with string, hence the mane. The tied fabric is dipped into vats of dye, then wrung out and rinsed. Tied areas accept dye unevenly amidst the folds, creating varied patterns in the finished product. The tie dye fabric whether it be wrapped around fabric or a t-shirt is promoted as an entrepreneur project because of the popularity of the style on the island. The 4-H members are taught how to mix the dyes, the many folding of the fabrics to produce multiple patterns, methods on maintaining or preventing the fabric from loss of color, and how to market these fabrics to earn an income. [courtesy photo]
A local firefighter is facing charges of manslaughter and homicide by vehicle, in connection with the death of his one year old son two years ago. Juliano Tavale a fireman with the local Fire Department made his initial appearance in District Court yesterday morning, after Criminal Investigation Division detectives with the Department of Public Safety, served him with an arrest warrant. Manslaughter is a class C felony carries a jail term of up to seven years, a fine of up to $5,000, or both. Homicide by vehicle count is punishable up to five years in jail, a fine up to $5,000 or both. According to the government’s case, CID Captain Lavata’i Ta’ase Sagapolutele received a written report from LBJ Emergency Room’s Dr James Marone, regarding a suspected case of child abuse. Captain Latava’i assigned a detective to this case on July 30, 2010. Court documents cite Dr Marone’s report as saying that a one year old child was checked into the LBJ hospital on July 25, 2010 at about 6pm almost totally unresponsive and barely breathing. Dr Maroney’s report alleges the victim had several bruises on his upper body and legs.
Tavale told Dr Marone his son fell off a wooden chair but that he cried and acted normal again, however there was a bump on the back of his head. Dr Maroney’s report goes on to say Tavale said that later the same evening, he and his son were in a pickup truck when the victim fell again and hit his head on the dash board and passed out. Court documents say the one year old was placed on life support and died the next day. According to court documents, the investigating officer interviewed the victim’s mother, who said Tavale took their son but later received a distress call from Tavale that he’s taking their son to the hospital. The victim’s mother told police Tavale said to her while they were on the road, the victim was crying and tried to climb on the defendant’s left arm while he was driving. It’s alleged that when Tavale tried to make the victim sit in the car seat, the victim fell and hit his head on the dashboard and was unconscious. According to the government’s case, the investigating detective attended the autopsy performed on the victim by Dr Ivy Clemente and saw several bruises on the victim’s head. According to Dr Clemente’s autopsy report, the
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The Department of Public Safety’s annual graduation season road blocks kicks off this coming Monday, May 21, 2012. DPS Traffic Division Commander, Lieutenant Ta’aloloioufaiva John Cendrowski said these road blocks coincide with the “Click It or Ticket” campaign which will also get underway the same day. Ta’aloloioufaiva explained the road block sites will vary, depending on the location of the school that is holding their graduation ceremony. The road blocks will be held near the area where each school holds their graduation. Ta’aloloioufaiva is appealing to the public, especially parents, to be mindful during graduation season of our children who will be graduating and who will most likely be heading to parties, so please make sure they do not drink alcohol and get behind the wheel. “It’s our job as parents make sure that our children know how dangerous it is to drink alcohol and drive,” cautioned Ta’aloloioufaiva. He is also appealing to the public to appoint a designated driver. “When you are behind the wheel and you’re intoxicated you place everyone on the road at risk, you may not think that, but that is definitely the case”. Ta’aloloioufaiva told Samoa News the “Click It or Ticket” national campaign is coordinated annually by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to promote the proper use of seat belts. This year’s campaign starts May 21 through to June 3, 2012. He said police officers will conduct intensive, high-visibility enforcement of seat belt laws, during both daytime and nighttime hours. During the day, police officers will be looking at child restraint violators, occupant safety on vehicles, also people riding on the bed box of the vehicle, children who are unsupervised while in the bed of the vehicle, speed violators, seat-belt violators and those caught driving under the influence of alcohol will not be tolerated. Starting next week Monday officers are going to be increasing patrols, specifically focusing on seat belt use and police are warning motorists to buckle up. They are also enforcing the law which prohibits high density headlights on vehicles. He added that traffic officers are on the lookout, not only for DUI offenders, speed violators but also vehicles with high density lights. Ta’aloloioufaiva said police officers have issued multiple traffic citations under this new law and will continue to do so. He added that police officers are mainly looking at the year the vehicle was made. He said there are newer vehicle models which have high density lights installed by the manufacturer and these vehicles they can do nothing about. “However the law prohibits any additional lights on, around or under a vehicle and any color headlights are a violation”.
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Nu’uuli rugby player Wells set to be sentenced next month
by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
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Pene Allardice Wells, one of the five Nu’uuli rugby players charged in last year’s beating of a Samoa based referee, will be sentenced June 15, after entering a guilty plea yesterday in the High Court, under a plea agreement with prosecutors. Wells, 20, was initially charged with assault in the first degree, a felony, and public peace disturbance, a misdemeanor in the assault of Ponifasio Vasa, who suffered bruises on his body, a concussion and a fractured nose and was admitted to the hospital, according to court documents, adding that the assault occurred during a July 23, 2011, rugby shield match at the Veterans Memorial Stadium. At yesterday’s pretrial conference hearing, both sides presented the court with a plea agreement in which the first degree assault was amended to second degree assault, which is still a felony, punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $5,000 or both. Wells pled guilty to the amended charge while the misdemeanor charge was dismissed, according to the plea agreement which also states that both parties recommend that the defendant be sentenced to time already served during pre-trial conference and he be placed on probation. The final sentencing decision rests with the court. When questioned by Chief Justice Michael Kruse, the defendant acknowledged the government has sufficient evidence to convict him if the case goes to trial and that he has fully discussed matters pertaining to the plea agreement with his attorney, Assistant Public Defender Michael White. Kruse then asked Assistant Attorney Cecilia Reyna to proffer for the court what evidence the government would provide if the case goes to trial, to which the prosecutor replied the government “has a number of witnesses” who will testify that Wells hit the referee “several times” while the referee was on the ground. Because of the assault, the referee suffered serious injuries — which are consistent with the assault, such as a broken nose, she added. According to court documents, witnesses told police they saw Wells and another Nu’uuli rugby player (who is awaiting sentencing) “kicking and stomping Ponifasio’s facial area and chest repeatedly before a crowd of Nu’uuli players came upon him (Ponifasio), repeatedly kicking and stomping him.”
Kruse, flanked on the bench by Chief Associate Judge Logoai Siaki and Associate Judge Fa’amausili Fa’asua Pomele, told the defendant and attorneys that the court accepts the plea agreement and the defendant’s guilty plea to the amended count. Kruse ordered a pre sentence report and the defendant was remanded back into custody as he has been unable to post bail since he was arrested Aug. 1 of last year. Other defendants in the assault of the referee have either had their cases adjudicated or will be sentenced soon, after reaching plea agreements with the government. Reach the reporter at fili@samoanews.com
Boy Scout Troop 295 from Faleniu, last Saturday at Utulei Beach Park, during the first day of the Ocean Week (Our Island’s Ocean Is Life), that included learning booths about ocean conservation, games, food and a Tae Bo exercise routine in which the troop participated. [photo: Jeff Hayner]
“Amerika Samoa e, puipui lo tatou atunu’u ne’i saosaofia ma avea ai lou pale. E utiuti lou tofi (laueleele) i avea.”
Aumua Amata’s Genealogy
Get To Know Her
Her PARENTS: Nora Poepoe m. Tali Gov. Pita Tali Filiga Coleman of Pago Pago. (Tali Pita’s brother Tagoilelagi Loleni held the Tagoilelagi title in Vatia for one year. Tali Pita’s sister Sinaitaaga Mabel Coleman-Reid, the first ever popularly elected female faipule to the fono, held the Sinaitaaga title in Vatia. Later, as Tali Mabel, she held that Pago Pago Title until her death in 1969.) Her GRANDPARENTS: “Dyke” Coleman m. Amataupuilevasegaotupu Tagoilelagi Tu’i Aumua (1889-1955) of Pago Pago. Her GREAT GRANDPARENTS: Legaloimoe Taumulioali’i Asuega Pulu of Pago Pago m. Tagoilelagi Tu’i Aumua (1863-1918) of Vatia, Aasu and Fagasa.
Her Great Grandma Legaloimoe Taumulioali’i’s side: Her Great Grandpa Tagoilelagi Tu’i Aumua’s side:
Her Great Great Grandparents: Pulu* of Pago Pago and Manu’a m. Her Great Great Grandparents: Tagoilelagi Isaako (1837) of Eseta Asuega Aumalaga of Pago Pago (Their issue: 4 boys: Fiatele, Vatia m. Talaleomalie, daughter of Tupuola Toligaulu of Moeva, Tuivai’ula, Tu’ugasala; 4 girls: Saitofi, Taliloa, Taumulioali’i, Fagasa. (Tupuola’s mother was the daughter of Lea’e from Uisaina). (*Pulu’s Great Grandfather: Tuimanu’a Pulu Fa’asoasoa). Aasu.) Her Great Great Great Grandparents: Manuosofusi m. Asuega Aumalaga of Pago Pago Her Great Great Great Great Grandparents: Fanene Fogatau m. Manu Seigafo of Faleniu Her Great Great Great Great Great Grandparents: Fanene Utupaopao of Pago Pago m. Manu Savea of Faleniu Her Great Great Great Great Great Great Grandparents: Fanene Lefuaimamao of Pago Pago m. daughter of Ai’i of Taputimu Her Great Great Great Grandparents: Tagoilelagi Timualetogo (1811) of Vatia m. Otaotaolepua, daughter of Tali of Pago Pago Her Great Great Great Great Grandparents: Ulualofaiga Mata’ituliali’i of Fagaloa m. Sina’ita’aga Naipua (1785) of Vatia Her Great Great Great Great Great Grandparents: Tagoilelagi Vaiga (1759) of Vatia m. Naipua, daughter of Tela of Afono Her Great Great Great Great Great Great Grandparents: Te’ameaimatautusa, daughter of Vaoiailevaga m. Tagoilelagi Sulufaiga (1733) of Vatia Her Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Grandparents: Tagoilelagi Uitualagi (1707) of Vatia (founder of male line) m. Fogatuli, daughter of Fepulea’i of Utumea. (Their issue: Tuiasosopo, Falemalama, Sa’asa’a, Nimonimo, Sulufa’iga, Sinamalesau, Sinaalemalaga). Tagoilelagi Uitualagi’s sister Silaulelei, foundress of female line, m. Tuitele Vaema of Leone Her Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Grandparents: Lafalafa, daughter of Tafua of Ale’ipata m. Tagomailelagi (1671) of Vatia (who was later called Tagoilelagi). Tagomailelagi was the son of Tagaloalagi (1650) known as the Great Warrior and Founder of the Title. Tagomailelagi’s brother was Saufaiga. Tagomailelagi’s sister Sina’ita’aga became Gaoteote Sina’ita’aga, the very first holder of the Gaoteote title in Vatia.
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“The BurdeNs of Life”
“If you want others to be happy, practice Compassion. If you want to be happy, practice Compassion.” “There is neither greater joy nor greater reward than to make a fundamental difference in someone’s life.” As we well know, the burdens of life can be somewhat depressing from time to time. Such as recovering from a NDE. Time sets us apart from the good times, and regulates the bad. This is what makes life bearable fans. No need to rush out and commit “Hari Kari” just yet. Give it time, and things “WILL” get worse. And this is what is on Hawkeye’s mind on this beautiful Saturday Morning in Wonderland. Hawkeye is assuming that we all had a nice Mothers Day with friends and family. Hawkeye can well imagine that there was a whole bunch of smiling Mothers out there in our close knit society last Sunday. Hawkeye and Sweet Leanor hereby wish all Mothers a belated Happy Mommas day! Hawkeye hails the organizers of the fishing tourney and its huge success. It would seem that all went well and we could certainly tell by the smiles on the faces of the many Anglers who came back from the seas with their huge catch. Malo to the Tourney organizers and all who participated. Such are the great Campaigns coming to life in Wonderland. Hawkeye cannot help but wonder what Howard Dean was doing in Wonderland a couple of years ago? Wonder who was really responsible for getting FNC cut from the airwaves of Hooterville? Fox news reckons it weren’t them! Perhaps Hawkeye’s old friend from way down yonder in the great stete (State) of Mississippi would share a word or two on the subject. Hawkeye’s friend is shy, so Hawk will suppress his name. {And His Initials!} On a positive note, Hawkeye and Sweet Leanor were paying a visit to the Local Treasury Department the other day. Hawkeye will certainly hand it to the Treasurer and his staff for their efficiency and good manners. This is certainly a switch from when Hawkeye used to go there years ago. So a few kind words to the Treasurer, and his crew for their exhibition of professionalism, and politeness! “Malo Lava” from yours truly, Hawkeye. It always makes a Homo-sapien feel better when he or she comes away from an experience with a happy face. Hawkeye has always been a Happy Homo.. When he was a little boy growing up in the backwoods of South Eastern Pennsylvania, he learned real quick that we are derivatives of Hunters/Gatherers. Hawkeye was definitely a part of that era: While the rest of the clan did the hunting, Hawkeye did the gathering, as in Gather the firewood every evening or get you’re a%s beat, or freeze to death! Hawkeye learned just what it was like to go without meat, as he flat out refused to eat that old greasy Possum! On the other hand, Hawkeye’s old dead redneck daddy came from the sticks of southern Virginia, and before that the Coal Mines of West Virginia. He knew what it was like to go “WOF.” (With Out Food) Hawkeye used to go Frog Giggin in the evenings. He knew just where all the good “Bull Frog” ponds were. Not only did he get to Gig the Frogs, of which some could reach two feet limb to limb, but he was always nominated to clean the Frogs. If he was lucky, there was a Frog-leg or two left for him. Most often not! Hawkeye was trying to think of one happy time from his childhood, while growing up in Delta Pennsylvania. The only thing to date has been when he left Delta to join the Navy. Hawkeye was a volunteer at the beginning of the Viet Nam conflict. Nevertheless, this made him happy. This , of course was after the incident with Hawkeye’s Blue Eyed Chicken. Hawkeye was talking with one of the many tourists that have been turning up in Hooterville. We will never Guess what he suggested to Hawkeye: A Shoreline Railway! This is something that has been on Hawkeye’s Drawing Board for years, but unfortunately, it is not about to happen in Hawkeye’s lifetime. Perhaps when Pigs learn how to fly, or Chickens learn how to break dance! Speaking of which: Break Dancing has quite a history. It was invented by a guy in the Bronx attempting to steal spinner Hubcaps off of a moving Cadillac! Break-dancing is somewhat slower in Hooterville due to the speed limits.. Humm Speaking of the burdens of life, how would one wish to make a living break-dancing “OR” Thieving Hubcaps off of a moving Caddy? Hawkeye’s Cousin once told him: “Hawkie,” Crime does not pay: {This was right after he had finished an 18 month stretch in the local Penitentiary! {For Burning down his father’s Barn!} Hawkeye would rather have his meat-house burned down than to have his Dairy Barn burned right in the middle of winter! It is hard to get the Holstein Cows to stand still for milking when they are standing “Bag Deep” in a snow Drift! Over. Everyone remember to take care of the old folks and keep the chickens choked! Love from Hawk & Leanor.
by Luana Scanlan
One in three people will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime. Three in four families will care for a family member with cancer. This means that if you are sitting in a room with two people, one of you will be diagnosed with cancer in your lifetimes. This means that if four families are sitting in church, at a football game, driving to work, three of those four families will be taking care of a cancer patient at some point in their lives. This means that you, reader, have a very good chance of being a cancer survivor. Today, there are more than 10 million people living with cancer in the United States alone. These individuals are ‘survivors’. Survivorship begins at the moment of diagnosis and continues through the rest of his or her lifetime. Additionally, every person affected by the cancer diagnosis of a family member and loved one is a survivor. This is because cancer significantly changes the lives of those diagnosed, those who provide care, and those who mourn the loss of a cancer patient. From interviews with American Samoan cancer survivors, the N.C.I. funded Community Cancer Network, has identified key challenges faced by cancer survivors in the Territory that are unique to our island and add to the burden of fighting this disease: Lack of comprehensive cancer treatment on-island Lack of an oncologist on-island Lack of available, portable government funded health insurance Lack of a patient navigation system through which patients find and access appropriate cancer care in a timely manner Lack of consistent, timely, available pain management and palliative care Lack of end of life care American Samoa is LACKING these critical components to healthcare, which would measurably improve the chance of survival and quality of life for cancer patients. Now, imagine YOU are one of three people sitting in the room of a doctor’s office waiting for a test result. The statistics show that one of you will receive a diagnosis of cancer. Perhaps not in that moment not with this particular test - but the reality is, there is a very high chance that someday soon it will be YOU. This is an election year and YOU can help ensure that future cancer patients will have the healthcare and assistance needed to survive the diagnosis. YOU can make a difference in the lives of those who became those individuals, sitting in the doctor’s office, waiting for a result. YOU can make a difference in the lives of cancer patients who are facing up to the challenge of living through cancer. How? By bringing to the attention of our gubernatorial candidates the fact that cancer is a huge challenge in American Samoa, one that deserves the attention of our government, healthcare, and community decision makers. There are medical needs which must be addressed now because more people are diagnosed in American Samoa than previous statistics have shown. Cancer must be made a top priority issue. We sometimes forget, but our political leaders are in fact public servants. They are tasked with addressing the issues that their constituents feel are of the greatest importance. Your governor is here to serve you, American Samoa. If quality, timely, consistent healthcare is important to you then it should be important to whomever you vote for in November. Don’t waste your vote by ignoring the issues and simply voting for a campaign slogan or family friend. While your personal health is your personal responsibility, it is an obligation of leadership to ensure you have the tools and resources to be healthy. So, healthcare issues are not confined to the hospital. Vote for someone who will approach the issues holistically. For example, the environment is an important component of healthcare. A clean environment free of diseased dogs, trash, over grown roadsides and unlit streets will make it possible for people to walk, run, and bike to stay active and healthy. An environment that has clean parks with clean bathrooms, safe hiking trails, pedestrian friendly sidewalks, and roads with good drainage will encourage people to get outside for exercise. So a candidate for governor should have a realistic plan to improve the environment in these ways in an effort to reduce obesity and all of the diseases and healthcare problems that the lack of physical activity can create. Finally, get involved: listen to the candidates, find out what they think about healthcare, find out what their plans are, if any, for improving our local environment. If you find a candidate willing to listen, encourage that person to participate in a public debate with other candidates. Debates allow voters to hear what the candidates stand for, what their plans are, how they defend their stance on issues, and how they plan to address the issues that are important to you once they’re in office. It’s an opportunity for candidates to let the voters know who they are. Healthcare issues are not confined to the hospital or your living room. Health is affected by many variables including your environment and the politics which run your government. This election year vote for someone who has the resolve to learn the issues and the commitment to dedicate necessary resources to fix them.
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American Samoa Department of Homeland Security
TERRITORIAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COORDINATING OFFICE
EARTHQUAKE
PREPAREDNESS TIPS
PREPARE
STEP 1:
SURVIVE
STEP 5:
Secure it now!
Reducing and/or eliminating hazards throughout your home, neighborhood, workplace and school can greatly reduce your risk of injury or death following the next earthquake or other disaster. Conduct a “hazard hunt” to help identify and fix things such as unsecured televisions, computers, bookcases, furniture, unstrapped water heaters, etc. Securing these items now will help to protect you tomorrow.
DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON!
Learn what to do during an earthquake, whether you’re at home, at work, at school or just out and about. Taking the proper actions, such as “Drop, Cover, and Hold On”, can save lives and reduce your risk of death or injury. During earthquakes, drop to the floor, take cover under a sturdy desk or table, and hold on to it firmly. Be prepared to move with it until the shaking stops.
STEP 2:
Make a plan!
Planning for an earthquake, terrorist attack, or other emergency is not much different from planning for a party or vacation. Make sure that your emergency plan includes evacuation and reunion plans; your out-of-state contact person’s name and number; the location of your emergency supplies and other pertinent information. By planning now, you will be ready for the next emergency.
RECOVER
STEP 6:
Check it out!
STEP 3:
Make disaster kits!
Everyone should have disaster supplies kits stored in accessible locations at home, at work and in your vehicle. Having emergency supplies readily available can reduce the impact of an earthquake, a terrorist incident or other emergency on you and your family. Your disaster supplies kits should include food, water, flashlights, portable radios, batteries, a first aid kit, cash, extra medications, a whistle, fire extinguisher, etc.
One of the first things you should do following a major disaster is to check for injuries and damages that need immediate attention. Make sure you are trained in first aid and in damage assessment techniques. You should be able to administer first aid and to identify hazards such as damaged gas, water, sewage and electrical lines. Be prepared to report damage to city or county government.
STEP 2:
Communication and recover!
Following a major disaster, communication will be an important step in your recovery efforts. Turn on your portable radio for information and safety advisories. If your home is damaged, contact your insurance agent right away to begin your claims process. For most Presidentially declared disasters, resources will also be available from federal, state, and local government agencies.
STEP 4:
Is your place safe?
Most houses are not as safe as they could be. Whether you are a homeowner or a renter, there are things that you can do to improve the structural integrity of your home. Some of the things that you might consider checking include inadequate foundations, unbraced cripple walls, soft first stories, unreinforced masonry and vulnerable pipes. Consult a contractor or engineer to help you identify your building’s weaknesses and begin to fix them now.
For more information on Earthquake Preparedness please log on to Ready.gov or Contact Fale or Esther @ 699-6481/6482
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NOTICE is hereby given that TAGO R. SEVAAETASI, TUALA R. SEVAAETASI & LEANAVAOTAUA SEVAAETASI of PAGO PAGO, American Samoa, has executed a LEASE AGREEMENT to a certain parcel of land commonly known as LEILIILI which is situated in the village of PAGO PAGO, in the County of MAOPUTASI, EASTERN District, Island of Tutuila, American Samoa. Said LEASE AGREEMENT is now on file with the Territorial Registrar to be forwarded to the Governor respecting his approval or disapproval thereof according to the laws of American Samoa. Said instrument names DARCIA TUI VELE & TAFEAGA VELE as LESSEES. Any person who wish, may file his objection in writing with the Secretary of the Land Commission before the 10TH day of JULY, 2012. It should be noted that any objection must clearly state the grounds therefor. POSTED: MAY 11, 2012 thru JULY 10, 2012 SIGNED: Taito S.B. White, Territorial Registrar O LE FA’ASALALAUGA lenei ua faia ona o TAGO R. SEVAAETASI, TUALA R. SEVAAETASI & LEANAVAOTAUA SEVAAETASI ole nu’u o PAGO PAGO, Amerika Samoa, ua ia faia se FEAGAIGA LISI, i se fanua ua lauiloa o LEILIILI, e i le nu’u o PAGO PAGO i le itumalo o MAOPUTAS, Falelima i SASA’E ole Motu o TUTUILA Amerika Samoa. O lea FEAGAIGA LISI ua i ai nei i teuga pepa ale Resitara o Amerika Samoa e fia auina atu ile Kovana Sili mo sana fa’amaoniga e tusa ai ma le Tulafono a Amerika Samoa. O lea mata’upu o lo’o ta’ua ai DARCIA TIU VELE & TAFEAGA VELE. A iai se tasi e fia fa’atu’i’ese i lea mata’upu, ia fa’aulufaleina mai sa na fa’atu’iesega tusitusia ile Failautusi o lea Komisi ae le’i o’o ile aso 10 o IULAI, 2012. Ia manatua, o fa’atu’iesega uma lava ia tusitusia manino mai ala uma e fa’atu’iese ai. 05/19/12 & 06/19/12
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WOMEN ARREStEd FOR PASSING BAd CHECKS & EMBEZZLEMENt The Criminal Investigation Division yesterday arrested two women on two separate cases. Tiilua’ai Fa’amausili is charged with three counts of passing bad checks and three counts of stealing. Each count of passing bad checks is a class D felony which is punishable up to five years in jail a fine of $5,000, a fine equal to twice the amount of gain from the commission of the said crime up to a maximum of $20,000 or both the fine and imprisonment. Each stealing charge is a class C felony punishable for up to 7 years in jail a fine of up to $5,000 a fine equal to twice the amount of gain from the commission of the said crime up to a maximum of $20,000 or both the fine and imprisonment. Fa’amausili is accused of passing bad checks for more than $10,000 to a local company. Fa’amausili is held at the Tafuna Correctional Facility with bail set at $20,000. The second woman arrested was Marie Lorraine Reid also known as Lola Reid. She’s held at the TCF on bail of $5,000. Reid is charged with embezzlement which is a class C felony and carries a jail term of up to seven years in jail, a fine of $5,000, a fine equal to twice the amount of gain from the commission of said crime up to a maximum of $20,000 or both such fine and imprisonment. Reid is also facing stealing charges which is a C felony punishable for up to seven years in jail a fine of up to $5,000, a fine equal to twice the amount of gain from the commission of the said crime up to a maximum of $20,000 or both the fine and imprisonment. Reid is alleged to have misappropriated $1,130 by withdrawing money from the American Samoa Sailing Association without board approval and used it for her personal use. . Captain Lavata’i Taase Sagapolutele confirmed that the women are behind bars, however he declined to comment further on the cases. Fa’amausili and Reid are scheduled to appear in the District Court on Monday for their initial appearances. EdWARd AVEGALIO ACCuSEd OF dISMANtLING GRAVE A man accused of dismantling a relative’s gravesite faces a property damage charge, a class D felony punishable by up to five years in jail and a fine of up to $5,000 or both. According to the government’s case, the victim is the widow of the deceased, whose gravesite was allegedly damaged by the defendant, Edward Avegalio. The victim filed a complaint with the Department of Public Safety at the West Substation on or about July 22, 2011. The case resurfaced seven months later when it was assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division for investigation. Court documents state that the investigating officers interviewed four witnesses who told police, they saw Avegalio knocking down poles with a sledgehammer while other men were clearing away the lumber and rebar Avegalio had already knocked down. Police obtained written statements from the four witnesses who named Avegalio as the one who allegedly damaged his relative’s gravesite. The detectives also interviewed two men who witnesses placed at the scene when Avegalio was allegedly damaging the gravesite. Court documents state that the men told police all they did was clear up the construction debris from what Avegalio had already knocked down of the gravesite. Court documents state Avegalio told investigating officers he was the nephew of the landowner of the land on which the gravesite is located. Avegalio is quoted in the police affidavit as saying the family did not want anything done to the gravesite until the family had decided, however the family later found out the victim started constructing an overhead cover to the gravesite. According to court documents, Avegalio’s family told the carpenters to halt the building of the gravesite. It’s alleged that Avegalio admitted to police he damaged the gravesite by knocking down the cement poles with a 10-pounder hammer. Court documents state damages estimated at approximately $3,000, $1,200 for materials used and $1,800 for the carpenters. AIRLINE EMPLOyEE CASE IN HIGH COuRt A former Polynesian Airline acting manager based in Pago Pago was arraigned in High Court yesterday in connection with the alleged theft of more than $10,000 from her employer. Judy Mata’utia waived her rights to a preliminary examination on Wednesday in District Court. Mata’utia is charged with embezzlement, a class C felony, punishable by up to seven years imprisonment, a fine of $5,000 or a fine equal to twice the amount of gain from the commission of said crime, up to a maximum of $20,000, or both fine and imprisonment. The defendant denied the charges when she was arraigned before Associate Justice Lyle L Richmond, accompanied on the bench by Associate Judge Mamea Sala Jr.
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doctor very pleased with the progress of man injured in wreck
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A doctor says a man found seriously injured in the brush a week after his pickup truck rolled off a Northern California freeway is making progress. Michael Sanchez Jr. has been hospitalized since he was found unconscious Tuesday in a dense thicket below an off-ramp along Highway 101 in south San Jose. Authorities couldn’t find the 25-year-old driver after the crash, but he was located a week later when they went back to search for clues about what happened to him. Despite the medical report, questions remained about why he wasn’t found during a search of the scene after the May 8 crash. “We were looking all over for this gentleman,” CHP Lt. Les Bishop told the San Jose Mercury News. “We not only searched the immediate area and the brush, but we checked the shoulders on the freeway, the neighborhoods and the adjacent park.” Bishop told KTVU-TV it was a diligent, thorough search. “It wasn’t just 45 minutes of standing around,” he said. Bishop said witnesses reported that a man had climbed out of the overturned truck and left the area before the CHP arrived. Bishop did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press seeking further comment. Dr. Bruce Wilbur told the station Thursday that Sanchez was initially in a coma and unresponsive, but has made significant progress. “He was on a respirator and the respirator was completely responsible for his respiration, but now he is breathing spontaneously,” Wilbur told the station. Wilbur said he was not sure how Sanchez managed to walk away from the crash and then apparently collapse. “He did suffer some sort of blow to the head,” said the doctor. The discovery of Sanchez came about a week after members of the California Highway Patrol, the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Department and firefighters using high-powered lighting conducted an initial search at the crash site for nearly an hour. Family members reported Sanchez missing after he failed to show up for a funeral two days after the crash, police said. An acquaintance last heard from Sanchez on the day of the crash. Three San Jose police detectives desperate for clues went back to the crash site Tuesday evening in hopes of finding a paper trail that might lead to him or show where he had been before the crash, Officer Jose Garcia told the AP. Instead, they found Sanchez. It could not be immediately determined how far he was from the crash site. “It’s a miracle that he’s alive,” Garcia said. “They figured it was a remote possibility he was way down there out of view, but he was. It’s remarkable that he survived essentially a week without any food or water. Remarkable.” Garcia, however, said the CHP did provide enough information as a result of its investigation to persuade police detectives to go down and take a second look.
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American Samoa Community College graduate Charles Miller (3rd from left front row) who received his AA Degree in Criminal Justice yesterday afternoon, celebrated his special day at Fiafia Seafood Restaurant with family and friends. Pictured with him is (L-R) Faleiva Tiumalu (grandmother), Reverend Faamao Asalele (uncle), Charles and Agapapalagi Asalele (aunty). [photo: Jeff Hayner] Back row-(L) Evelina Vakatau (sister) and Sonny Langford.
American Samoa Women’s Business Center (ASWBC)
For Women Only!
The American Samoa Women’s Business Center is offering a new series of FREE training sessions to the women of the Territory. Training runs May 21, 2012 through July 12, 2012 (8 weeks)
Schedule of Women’s Business Center Trainings: May 21, 2012 - July 12, 2012
Monday & Wednesday 9:00am - 12:00pm Computer/Internet Training Monday & Wednesday 1:00pm - 4:00pm Bookkeeping Tuesday & Thursday 9:00am - 12:00pm Financial Literacy Tuesday & Thursday 1:00pm - 4:00pm Advanced Computer Training Tuesday & Thursday 4:30pm - 7:30pm Computer/Internet Training All training is offered FREE of charge, To register, call 699-8739 and ask for Dorothy. Call today to reserve a spot in one or more of these courses. The American Samoa Women’s Business Center is located in Tafuna, behind Cost-U-Less.
WOLFFORTH, Texas (AP) -- City Council candidate Bruce MacNair watched the coin rise into the air Friday. His opponent, Bryan Studer, kept his gaze on the carpeted floor to see how it landed. Within seconds, the silver dollar settled heads up, giving the City Council seat to MacNair, a 56-year-old church administrator. He had hoped to win his first election, but he said, “It never struck me that it would happen like this.” The two men agreed to settle the race for Wolfforth’s City Council with a coin toss after each received 118 votes in last weekend’s election. A run-off election would have cost the tiny town $10,000, a sum the men were eager to save. Wolfforth city manager Darrell Newsom said the candidates’ decision reflected their characters. “The term gentlemen comes to mind,” Newsom said. “It’s the gentlemanly thing to do, and they’re acting in a gentlemanly fashion.” Texas election law provides three options in the event of a tie: a runoff election, one candidate conceding or some form of casting lots. Coin tosses have decided races in other states, but it wasn’t clear whether it had happened in Texas. Officials with the Texas Municipal League did not immediately return a phone message Friday. It was certainly the first time a coin toss had been used in an election in Lubbock County, officials there said. MacNair and Studer, a vice president at the Wolfforth branch of a regional bank, shook hands after the toss. MacNair said he was glad the election was over. Wolfforth is a bedroom community near Lubbock with about 3,700 residents. The city attorney drew up a three-page contract outlining rules of the coin toss based on state election procedures for municipalities. Newsom said the municipal league had requested a copy of the contract in case another municipality ever faced a similar situation.
heads wins coin toss for a Texas City Council seat
The Committee to Elect Save and Sandra for Governor and Lieutenant Governor 2012
cordially Invites the General Public and All Supporters to attend its FREE FORUM on the issue of: IMMIGRATION & U.S. CITIZENSHIP Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 11:00am
Location: SAVE & SANDRA HEADQUARTERS MHJ BLDG, Pago Pago (next to Toyota ASCO Motors) SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER: CHARLES V. ALAILIMA, ATTORNEY AT LAW
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TeLL Me A sTorY: The GoAT’s CourAGe
adapted by Amy Friedman and illustrated by Jillian Gilliland
(a Finnish tale)
nce upon a time on a big farm in Finland, there lived an old Goat and an even older Ram. They lived among many horses and cows, sheep and goats, and they were happy enough. One spring morning, the farmer strode into the barn; as he opened the gates, he said to the old Ram and the old Goat, “You’re too old now, so you’ll be on your way.” He shooed them out of their pens and hurried them out of the barn until they were out beyond the pasture. The Goat and the Ram had no idea what to do; they had never been outside the fence line. With tears in their eyes, they began to walk away as slowly and hesitantly as they could. “I’ll look after you,” the Goat said comfortingly to the
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Ram, “and you’ll look after me.” “Agreed,” said the Ram, and they walked side by side, out of the farmyard. “I confess, I’m afraid,” said the Ram. “There are wolves in the forest, and they’ll probably want to eat us.” The Ram was a nervous fellow, and he knew there were wolves everywhere. Just the other night, he’d seen the farmer shoo one away with a broom. “I have a plan,” said the Goat. She had a no-nonsense attitude, and she’d been thinking ever since the farmer walked into her stall. She led the Ram to a corner of the field out behind the barn, and there she found an old burlap sack. “Help me fill this sack with sticks and stones.” The Goat and the Ram went to work, collecting sticks and stones and stuffing them into the bag. “Now we’ll be safe,” the Goat said. The Ram did not understand, but he
trusted the Goat. After all, he’d known her all his life. So the Goat tossed the bag over her shoulder, and it rattled and clacked as they went on their way. They walked into the forest. Before long, the Wolf appeared that had been near their barn the other evening. His back was aching from getting hit with the farmer’s broom. His face and neck and feet were bruised as well. Everything hurt. When he saw the Goat and the Ram walking in the forest, he couldn’t believe his luck. “What easy prey!” he whispered to himself, and he quickly approached. “Good day!” he said. “G-g-g-day,” the Ram stammered, but the Goat rattled the bag and said, “What do you want, Mr. Wolf?” “What’s that you have in your sack?” asked the Wolf. “Tell me the truth, or I’ll have to eat you both!” The Ram shivered with fear, but
the Goat rattled the bag once more and said, “Ah, well, in this sack we have the skulls and bones of all the wolves we’ve eaten since yesterday. But we’re hungry again, so I’m glad to see you’ve come along.” She turned to the Ram and said, “Come on, let’s eat this Wolf!” Taking his cues, the Ram lowered his head, preparing to attack with his horns, even though he was certain he was about to be attacked. He scraped his hooves against the earth, and as he did, the Wolf cried out, “Wait! Don’t eat me! If you spare me, I can help you. I promise!” “Stop!” cried the Goat to the Ram. “What will you do for us, Wolf?” she asked. The Ram raised his head and looked the Wolf right in the eye, beginning to feel a little brave. “I’ll bring you 12 wolves,” said the Wolf. “You’ll have plenty of meat for a long time!” “Sounds good!” said the Goat. “Off with you, but be quick about it or we’ll come after you!” The Wolf sped away, and ran through the forest calling to all his brothers: “Gather at the campfire!” Soon 12 wolves had gathered. “I’ve called you here to warn you of the Goat and the Ram. They’re here in the forest eating up wolves. They have a bag of our relatives’ skulls and bones. We have to run!” Now the eldest wolf said, “What’s this? Thirteen wolves afraid of one goat and one ram? Ridiculous. We’ll attack them together, and they won’t have a chance!” But the aching Wolf said, “Noooo, not me. I never want to see them again!” The 12 wolves laughed. “Coward!” they said as they marched off together to attack the Ram and the Goat. When the Goat saw those 12 wolves coming, she scrambled up a tree. The Ram tried to follow, but everyone knows rams aren’t very good at climbing, and he didn’t make it up too high. The 12 wolves surrounded the tree and howled up to the Ram and the Goat. “We’re ready for you!” The Goat called down to her friend, “Ram, attack! Now!” And she began to shake her burlap bag, and she gave a swift kick to the Ram. Down the Ram fell, landing right upon the backs of those wolves. “That’s right! Get them!” the Goat cried, and she rattled the sack harder still. “Just listen to those bones!” she bleated to the wolves. “Soon you’ll join them!” With the Ram on their backs and the noise of those rattling bones, the wolves became confused, and they began to run this way and that, in every direction, away from the terrible Ram. Soon they were out of sight. That was how the Goat and the Ram survived a wolf stampede. Word spread of their strength, and after that they lived happily together in the forest, always looking out for each other.
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ARMED FORCES DAY
We salute and pay tribute to all the brave men and women of the United States Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Reserves, National Guard and civilians in support of the military on this ARMED FORCES DAY. We are honored by your commitment to protecting our freedom and way of life. Your dedication, commitment and selfless service to the military is a testament to the Samoan people. Team Lolo and Lemanu Thank You for your service.
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tA’ItA’ItAMA EudL RBSt-RESPONSIBLE BEVERAGE SERVICE tRAINING CERtIFICAtION CEREMONy
63 trainees including owners, cashiers and servers of establishments that hold licenses to sell alcohol received their RBST-Responsible Beverage Service Training yesterday, May 17, 2012, at the Governor H. Rex Lee Auditorium, in Utulei.  The RBST is conducted by the First Lady Mary A.T. Tulafono’s Ta’ita’itama Prevent Underage Drinking Initiative in partnership with the Department of Human & Social Services and the EUDL-Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Project and the Department of Public Safety.  The RBST training is offered twice a month every second and last Tuesday of the month.  Contact the Office of the First Lady at 633[courtesy photo] 1582 for more information.
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President Barack Obama meets with French President Francois Hollande, Friday, May 18, (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) 2012, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.
Compiled by Samoa News staff
COASt GuARd INVEStIGAtION ONGOING A preliminary report for the Coast Guard investigation into a death onboard the locally based fishing vessel, Carol Linda, can be expected by the end of next week says Coast Guard Lt. Steven Caskey. When asked yesterday for an update on the investigation, Caskey said he interviewed the majority of the crew members on board the vessel and these are the fishermen who witnessed the accident. “At this point, the investigation is ongoing and I hope to get a preliminary report by the end of next week,” he said in a brief telephone interview. The Carol Linda returned the Port of Pago Pago last weekend and Caskey said the fishing vessel is still in town and can leave when they are ready to return to fishing. The dead fisherman has been identified by Radio New Zealand International as 40-year Manolito Galvez of the Philippines whose body is now at the LBJ hospital morgue. Another fisherman, injured during the same accident was admitted to LBJ hospital when the vessel arrived in port. Caskey had told Samoa News the initial report received by the Coast Guard was that the main mast of the vessel, that holds up the boom, broke in half and fell on the crew members, killing one crew member and injuring another. Caskey said an inspector with U.S. Department of Labor’s (USDOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), was on island last week for another case and the OSHA inspector went with him to talk to the Carol Linda crew members. The OSHA investigation will look into possible safety issues under federal OSHA jurisdiction, said USDOL officials. NEW CHRIStIAN RAdIO StAtION A new Christian radio station, officially dedicated last Friday, brings the total of faith-based stations in American Samoa to three. The new station, KPPO-FM, officially went on the airwaves last Friday afternoon after it was dedicated with a new building for the owners, religious group Worship Center at Happy Valley. Worship Center church pastor Osasa Aukuso said the total cost of the project, which includes their new two-story building, which houses the radio station, came to $130,000. Aukuso also said the Worship Center is leasing the broadcast license for the radio station from a broadcaster in Oceanside, California. He said their radio programming focuses on religious and Christian material. The radio station, “Kingdom Voice of Life”, or “Siufofoga o le Ola” ... is now known as “90.5FM KPPO” SAMOAN SENtENCEd IN FEdERAL dRuG CASE: 235 MONtHS IN JAIL Drug defendant Simeta E. Taulua Jr., aka ‘Jymm’ was sentenced Thursday at the federal court in Honolulu to 235 months imprisonment and 5 years of supervised released. U.S. District Court Leslie K. Kobayashi imposed several conditions of release which include not committing any crime and prohibited from possession of drugs and firearms. Based on the defense’ request, the court recommended to the Federal Bureau of Prison for the defendant to serve the jail term at the federal prison at Terminal Island, Calif., or any prison closer to the greater Los Angeles area, according to court records. The defendant must also complete 500 hours of a comprehensive drug treatment program. Taulua was charged in 2010 under a two count superseding indictment and last year entered a plea agreement with federal prosecutors pleading guilty to count one of drug possession with intent to distribute while count two is dismissed. For the guilty plea, Taulua admitted that on Aug. 9, 2010, he sent a text message to Patrick Lesui’s phone notifying him that a courier, Angel Lonero, was traveling to Hawai’i and that Lesui should be prepared to give the courier money for her return trip. Taulua then sent another text to Lesui providing the courier’s phone number and name of hotel where she was staying in Waikiki, according to the plea agreement. Federal agents used Lesui’s phone to contact Lonero to arrange a meeting location. The following day, federal agents met up with Lonero, who was then arrested in Waikiki. Agents found in her bag about 4 pounds of methamphetamine - which were later tested in a federal lab and found to be 98% pure meth, the agreement further states.
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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- The nation called Ed Ray a hero when he led a terrified group of children to safety after they were kidnapped aboard their school bus and held underground for ransom in the summer of 1976. But the unassuming bus driver from a dusty farm town in Central California never saw himself that way, even after news of the infamous Chowchilla kidnapping grabbed headlines and inspired a TV movie. As for the 26 children he saved, Ray became their lifelong friend until he died Thursday at 91 from complications of cirrhosis of the liver. “I remember him making me feel safe,” said Jodi Medrano, who was 10 when three men hijacked the school bus and stashed the group in a hot, stuffy storage van in a rock quarry. Medrano held a flashlight as the bus driver worked with older students to stack mattresses, force an opening and remove the dirt covering the van so they could escape after 16 hours underground. She never left Ray’s side during the ordeal. “I remember he actually got onto me because I swore,” said Medrano, now 46. “Mr. Ray said, ‘you knock that off.’ I thought, whenever we get home I will be in so much trouble. That’s when I knew I was going home, because he made me have that hope.” Medrano, who now runs a hair salon in Chowchilla, where the hijacking occurred, said she kept in touch with Ray throughout her life. Many of the other children went on to live in Chowchilla as adults and regularly visited the aging bus driver. “Mr. Ray was a very quiet, strong, humble man. He has a very special place in my heart and I loved him very much,” Medrano said, crying. The dramatic ordeal and Ray’s role in it left an indelible mark on Chowchilla, where Ray and most of the children lived. The city then had a population of 5,000. Residents were terrorized when the bus vanished, and their fears were fueled by other crimes in the state - the Charles Manson killings, the serial killing of 26 farmworkers, the Patty Hearst kidnapping and the Zodiac serial killer who remained at large. As word of the disappearance spread, hundreds of reporters from around the country swarmed the town, clogging phone lines. Search parties and airplanes scoured the area. “We sat at home for a long time knowing nothing,” said Ray’s son Glen Ray, who was in his 30s at the time and had rushed home from Arizona. Five hours after the hijacking, police found the bus, hidden in a drainage slough. It was empty, with no trace of blood or any other clues. A day later, Ray’s family and frantic parents got word: The bus driver and children, ages 5 to 14, were safe. Ray, the only adult on board, later recounted how he stopped the bus on that steamy July day to see if people in a broken-down van needed help. Three armed, masked men forced Ray and the children into two vans. They meandered for hours before stopping at a quarry 100 miles to the north in Livermore. The kidnappers sealed the children and Ray inside the storage van and covered it with 3 feet of dirt as part of their plan to demand $5 million ransom. At the time, the Chowchilla Police Department was swamped with calls, and the kidnappers decided to take a nap before calling in their demand. While they slept, Ray and two older children dug themselves to safety. “He told me that he felt it was his responsibility to get the kids back home to their parents safely, that’s all he could think about,” Ray’s son, Glen Ray, said. His father loved kids and they were his life, the son said. Ray, who grew corn and alfalfa and raised dairy cows, never boasted about his role in the rescue, his granddaughter Robyn Gomes said. “The community will remember him as a hero, but it’s not at all how he saw himself,” she said. “He was a remarkable man. If you met him, you loved him. He was that kind of guy.” Frederick N. Woods and brothers James and Richard Schoenfeld, members of well-to-do San Francisco Peninsula families, were convicted in the kidnapping and sentenced to life in prison. None of the three has been paroled. The trio, who were in their mid-20s at the time of the kidnapping, said they had fallen into debt because of a failed real estate deal and hatched the elaborate kidnapping as a way to rid themselves of financial worry. Family members said Ray collected newspaper clippings about the kidnapping and bought the school bus he drove in 1976 for $500 as a memento and because he didn’t want it to go to scrap iron. “He parked it in the barn and he’d go out and start it once in a while,” Glen Ray said. He kept the bus for several years then gave it to an old equipment museum in Le Grande, where it’s still available for public viewing. Ray is survived by his wife, Odessa, his two sons, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A funeral services will be held Tuesday at Chowchilla Cemetery.
driver who was hero in ‘76 Calif. bus kidnap dies
Georgia woman learns the toll of flesh-eating bacteria
ATLANTA (AP) -- Faced with the prospect of losing both hands and her one remaining foot, a young Georgia woman battling to survive a case of flesheating bacteria that has already claimed one leg mouthed the words “Let’s do this.” Aimee Copeland, 24, “shed no tears, she never batted an eyelash,” her father, Andy Copeland, wrote on Facebook on Friday about the conversation he and his wife had with their daughter the day before. “I was crying because I am a proud father of an incredibly courageous young lady,” Copeland wrote. It was not immediately clear whether the surgeries had already been performed and a post to a blog about the woman’s progress Friday evening simply said “Aimee is doing well today. Her vital signs are as positive as her spirit.” A hospital spokeswoman referred questions to the father’s online post. The story of Copeland’s battle to survive has inspired an outpouring of support from around the world. The University of West Georgia student developed a rare condition called necrotizing fasciitis after suffering a deep cut in her leg in a May 1 fall from a homemade zip line over the Little Tallapoosa River. She has been hospitalized in critical condition at an Augusta hospital, battling kidney failure and other organ damage. She had been on a breathing tube until recently, when doctors performed a tracheotomy, her father said. Until Thursday, Aimee Copeland did not know the full extent of her condition, only that her hands were badly infected. Andy Copeland said he told his daughter about what had happened since the accident, how her one leg had been amputated. Doctors had once characterized her survival as “slim to none.” “We told her of the outpouring of love from across the world,” her father said. “We told her that the world loved and admired her. We explained that she had become a symbol of hope, love and faith. Aimee’s eyes widened and her jaw dropped. She was amazed.” In Copeland’s case, the necrotizing fasciitis was caused by bacteria known as Aeromonas hydrophila, which is found in warm rivers and streams. Many people exposed to the bacteria don’t get sick. Only a handful of necrotizing fasciitis infections caused by the bacteria have been reported in medical journals in recent decades. Under the condition, the bacteria emit toxins that destroy muscle, fat and skin tissue. Andy Copeland said he learned Thursday that doctors wanted to amputate his daughter’s hands and remaining foot. Doctors were concerned she could develop respiratory problems and if her hands released an infection in her body there was a risk she could become septic again, her father said. “We had a window of opportunity to perform the amputations and have a successful outcome,” he said. “As they usually do, the doctors were presenting us with a medical no-brainer. We had to do what is necessary to save Aimee’s life.” At that point, the family decided to share the situation with their daughter. Copeland said he showed his daughter her hands, told her they were not healthy and were hampering her progress. “Aimee, I do not want anything to happen to you,” Copeland said he told his daughter. “Your mind is beautiful, your heart is good and your spirit is strong. These hands can prevent your recovery from moving forward. The doctors want to amputate them and your foot today to assure your best possible chance of survival.” Aimee Copeland nodded her understanding. Her father explained that she would eventually be fitted with prosthetics to help her get around and she nodded again. Then she smiled, raised her hands up and looked at the damage. She then turned to her family, gathered by her bedside and mouthed the words: “Let’s do this.” Her father said he left the room with tears in his eyes. “I wasn’t crying because Aimee was going to lose her hands and foot, I was crying because, in all my 53 years of existence, I have never seen such a strong display of courage,” Copeland said.
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This undated photo provided by the family shows Aimee Copeland, the 24-year-old Georgia graduate student fighting to survive a flesh-eating bacterial infection. Copeland has learned she will lose her hands and remaining foot, and responded by saying “Let’s do this.” Her father recounted the conversation in an update on his Facebook page Friday, May 18, 2012. Andy Copeland wrote about the difficult talk he had a day earlier with his daughter Aimee. The 24-year-old woman con(AP Photo/Copeland Family) tracted the bacteria after an accident.
Nu’uuli Vocational Technical High School
ANNOUNCEMENT
All students interested and planning to enter as Freshmen (9th Grade) at Nu’uuli Vocational Technical High School. June 4, 2012 - Student Services Office at DOE in Utulei will now accept all important documents for students who are interested in attending NVTHS. June 22, 2012 - Deadline to submit all important documents at DOE Student Services Offices in Utulei; June 28-29 - Administer Freshmen Basic Skills Assessment in Math and English at Nu’uuli Voc-Tech Campus for all students who are cleared from Student Services Office; July 5 & 6 - Panel Interview with individual students. Parents are encouraged to accompany their son(s)/ daughter(s). Everyone must bring the following documents when signing up at Student Services Office at DOE in Utulei: • Original Birth Certificate • 8th Grade Diploma • 8th Grade Report Card • Immunization Card • Social Security Card • 1 Letter of Reference (teacher/administrator/counselor, church leader, and or community member-optional but helpful) • Foreign Nationals must bring documentation of immigration status. • Private schools must bring clearance from their school administration. Every student must get a clearance from Student Services Office before sitting the Freshmen Basic Skills Assessment in Math & English on June 28 & 29, 2012. Please bring two (2) #2 pencils with you for the Basic Skills Assessment. For more information, please call: Student Services @ DOE Central Office - 633-2678 Nu’uuli Vocational Technical High School - 699-9112
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sergeant is facing murder charges in iraq base deaths
SEATTLE (AP) -- Murder charges have been filed against a sergeant accused of killing four other soldiers and a Navy officer in May 2009 at a mental health clinic in Iraq, the Army said Friday. The charges against Sgt. John Russell were referred Wednesday and announced Friday in a statement from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. He faces five charges of premeditated murder, one of aggravated assault and one of attempted murder. If convicted, he could face the death penalty. The charges result from an investigation into the shooting at the Camp Liberty Combat Stress Center near Baghdad. No date for the court-martial has been set. Russell is being held at the base about 40 miles south of Seattle. Russell is from Sherman, Texas, and is now about 47 years old, said Lt. Col. Gary Dangerfield. The delay since the killings has been filled with the process of determining whether Russell is fit to stand trial. Russell has an Army defense attorney but it is standard procedure for them not to comment to the media, Dangerfield said. The shooting was one of the worst instances of soldier-onsoldier violence in the Iraq war and raised questions about the mental health problems for soldiers caused by repeated tours of duty. “I don’t know of any other worse blue-on-blue in Iraq,” Dangerfield said. A hearing on possible charges was held in August 2009 at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Two evaluations presented during that hearing said Russell suffered from severe depression with psychotic features and chronic post-traumatic stress disorder. A March 2011 evaluation said the major depression with psychotic features was in partial remission. Russell was nearing the end of his third tour when his behavior changed, members of his unit testified in 2009. They said he became more distant in the days before the May 11, 2009, attack, and that he seemed paranoid that his unit was trying to end his career. On May 8, Russell sought help at a combat stress clinic at Camp Stryker, where his unit was located. On May 10 Russell was referred to the Camp Liberty clinic, where he received counseling and prescription medication to treat his symptoms. Witnesses said the following day they saw Russell crying and talking about hurting himself. He went back to the Camp Liberty clinic, where a doctor told him he needed to get help or he would hurt himself. Russell tried to surrender to military police to lock him up so he wouldn’t hurt himself or others, witnesses said. Military prosecutors say Russell left the clinic and later returned with a rifle he took from his unit headquarters and began firing. He was arrested afterward. Killed in the shooting were Navy Cmdr. Charles Springle, 52, of Wilmington, N.C., and four Army service members: Pfc. Michael Edward Yates Jr., 19, of Federalsburg, Md.; Dr. Matthew Houseal, of Amarillo, Texas; Sgt. Christian E. BuenoGaldos, 25, of Paterson, N.J.; and Spc. Jacob D. Barton, 20, of Lenox, Mo. Russell deployed to Iraq with the 370th Engineer Company, 54th Engineer Battalion from Bamberg, Germany. In Iraq the 54th was assigned to the 555th Engineer Brigade, based at Lewis-McChord, which is responsible for the court martial.
Man’s defibrillator stops knife during an assault
Felix Girola climbs up his self-made bicycle as people help steady it as he prepares to take it for a ride in Havana, Cuba, Friday, May 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes) Girola says his bike measures 3.45 meters (11 feet) tall.
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A man’s implanted heart defibrillator may have saved his life in an unexpected way - by stopping a knife. San Diego police say the 57-year-old got into an argument with an acquaintance early Thursday near some elevators at the trolley station for the Fashion Valley shopping mall. Police say the acquaintance pulled a folding knife and stabbed the man in the chest. The knife hit the man’s defibrillator, a device that shocks the heart if it gets dangerously out of rhythm. Police say the man was taken to a hospital with serious injuries. His name hasn’t been released. Authorities arrested 60-year-old Richard Kiley at another trolley station on suspicion of attempted murder. He remained jailed Friday.
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CHICAGO (AP) -- Hundreds of protesters broke away from a large rally and began marching through Chicago streets Friday, taunting police and shouting about everything from bank bailouts to nuclear power - a prelude to even bigger demonstrations expected after the start of a NATO summit. Police said there was one arrest for aggravated battery of a police officer. Officers were also seen trying to arrest a man who scaled a bridge tower and pulled down part of a NATO banner. Earlier, police handcuffed a man at the end of a noisy but largely peaceful rally organized by the nation’s largest nurses union. Members of National Nurses United were joined by members of the Occupy movement, unions and veterans at the rally, where they demanded a “Robin Hood” tax on banks’ financial transactions. The event drew several thousand people and featured a performance by former Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, an activist who has played at many Occupy events. Deb Holmes, a nurse at a hospital in Worcester, Mass., said she was advocating for the tax but also protesting proposals to cut back nurses’ pensions. “We’ve worked 30 years for them and don’t want to get rid of them,” she said. The rally -originally scheduled to coincide with the start of the G-8 economic summit before that meeting was moved from Chicago to Camp David - drew a broad spectrum of causes, from anti-war activists to Occupy protesters and Cathy Christeller’s nonprofit Chicago Women’s AIDS project. Christeller, the agency’s executive director, said there is common ground among all protesters, even against the backdrop of the NATO summit. “The whole ... idea we should slash the (social) safety net instituted here and in Europe - it’s a disaster,” she said. “It ignores the source of the economic downturn, and it’s making people suffer unnecessarily. This brings us together.” After the rally, a group planned to protest environmental damage by marching to BP, Exelon Energy and the Canadian consulate to deliver a “cease-and-desist” letter. But those plans were scrapped when a much larger group of protesters started marching and chanting spontaneously, said Craig Rouskey, an activist with Occupy San Francisco and Rising Tide, an environmental group. He said he abandoned the march because it “got hijacked” by protesters who lacked a clear message “It became less about environmentalism and more about taking the streets,” he said. “That is important, but I just like a more succinct message.” Police on foot, bicycle and horseback followed the marchers, who tried to evade police as they wound through city streets, at one point even weaving between stopped cars.
Chicago protesters break away from nurses’ rally
The march began to break up after about 90 minutes. Jennifer Lacey, a freelance videographer and editor from Chicago who took pictures of the spectacle with her cell phone, gave police high marks for their tolerance. “I think the police are handling themselves very well,” she said. “It seems like they have it all organized, and it doesn’t seem their tempers are going to be easily flared. I think they’re mindful we’re going to be on the world stage.” But Ben Meyer, a Chicago lawyer who was observing the protest for the National Lawyers’ Guild, denounced what he called an excessive police presence at the rally, which included dozens of officers milling through the crowd and lining the perimeter, some of whom were videotaping the rally. “It’s frustrating the state needs to come out and show this much force for a nurses’ rally,” he said. “They have everyone from the superintendent on down here. It’s just ridiculous.” Meanwhile, lawyers for NATO summit protesters said police on Friday released six of nine activists arrested Wednesday on accusations that they had or planned to make Molotov cocktails. The lawyers said police, with their guns drawn, raided a South Side apartment building where activists were staying. The Chicago Police Department refused to comment. One of those protesters, Occupy activist Darrin Annussek of Philadelphia, denied there were Molotov cocktails in the apartment or that raw materials had been compiled to make them. “No way,” said Annussek, who was released without being charged. “If I had seen anything that even resembled (a Molotov cocktail), I would have left.” He claims that during 18 hours in custody, police never told him why he was arrested, read him his rights or allowed him to make a phone call. He said he remained handcuffed to a bench, even after asking to use a restroom. “There were guards walking by making statements into the door along the lines of ‘hippie,’ ‘communist,’ ‘pinko,’” a tired-looking Annussek told reporters just after his release. “It is all part of a fear and intimidation campaign ... with the intent of keeping these people off the streets,” said Sarah Gelsomino of the Chicago chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. Security has been high throughout the city in preparation for the summit, where delegations from about 60 countries, including 50 heads of state, will discuss the war in Afghanistan and European missile defense. Protesters and police were gearing up for Sunday, when even more demonstrations are expected. Estimates of how many might show up have varied widely, from a couple thousand to more than 10,000.
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Alaska Airlines Capt. Trent Davey, right, and first officer Andy Kullick, left, hold up a 55 lb. Copper River King Salmon, Friday, May 18, 2012, as the annual first air shipment of the prized salmon arrived from Alaska early Friday morning in Seattle. Copper River salmon are prized for their high oil content and flavor. They typically bring the (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) highest prices at restaurants and fish markets.
LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — The man who built an eccentric Mojave Desert compound known as Phonehenge West was placed on five years’ probation on Friday and ordered to serve 63 days community service, five of them at the county morgue. It cost $83,488 to tear down Kim Fahey’s structures on the 1.7-acre property in Acton, Los Angeles County prosecutor Patrick David Campbell told a judge during the sentencing hearing in Lancaster. Demolition was completed on March 20. Superior Court Judge Daviann L. Mitchell told Fahey that he must pay $50 a month in restitution. He ordered a July 27 progress report. The 59-year-old retired phone company technician was convicted of a dozen misdemeanor building code violations. Fahey never got building permits for the structures, which included a 70-foot tower, and authorities said the compound was a danger. Campbell told the judge it took four bigrigs to haul away 53 tons of telephone poles. Trucks hauled away another 28 loads of debris weighing 280 tons. Defense attorney Jerry Lennon was asked afterward why the judge ordered Fahey to work off five days of community service at the coroner’s office.
Probation for builder of Calif.’s Phonehenge West
“The judge thought it was an extreme fire danger and I guess she just wanted him to see dead people,” Lennon said. Fahey, who is indigent, had expected the sentence. “He’s kind of an existential guy. He’s not distraught,” Lennon said. “He’s got an idiocentric personality, but he’s charming.” The judge could have sentenced Fahey to as much as a dozen years in jail for defying authorities for decades as he created Phonehenge West out of everything from abandoned movie sets to discarded utility poles and other junk that nobody else wanted. Some praised the compound 50 miles north of downtown Los Angeles as a stunning example of American folk art. The quirky 70-foot tower had stained-glass windows and energy-producing windmills. There were nearly a dozen other buildings, including a replica of a 16th century Viking house. Fahey had been defiant, saying authorities never should have forced him to tear down Phonehenge West. He added that his buildings are better constructed than the county courthouse he was convicted in. Fahey said he did obtain building permits when he started Phonehenge West, but the county lost them.
According to court documents, Mata’utia was acting area manager for Polynesian Airline’s office in Pago Pago between March and October of 2010, when the crime allegedly occurred. Matautia, is accused of misappropriating about $11,380 which passengers had paid to the airline for air tickets. According to the government’s case, Mata’utia used the money for her personal use and allegedly fabricated bank deposit slips and forwarded the deposit slips to the airline’s main office in Samoa. The incident came to light when the airline’s manager at the Apia office saw one deposit slip was submitted twice and out of suspicion the airline obtained bank records and statements during its probe and discovered the discrepancies. Court documents state that in one incident the defendant allegedly removed $2,600 for her personal use and then fabricated a deposit slip for $1,938 in cash and six checks — totaling $2,600. The affidavit further alleges that in at least three incidents, Mata’utia would make a bank deposit and then ask for two deposit receipts. Mata’utia would later alter the duplicate of the deposit receipts to reflect a different date. The affidavit states there were two other incidents in which Matautia took cash from Polynesian — totaling around $4,000 —replacing that money with two checks from the same church. Also cited in the affidavit was an incident in which the defendant took close to $2,000 in cash from Polynesian and used another individual’s checks to cover this amount. According to the government the defendant is also charged with one count of passing bad checks by writing six checks from her personal bank account, which had already been closed. The checks, made out to Polynesian Airline, were allegedly used to balance some of the cash she allegedly took from the deposits. Bail for Mata’utia remains at $10,000, she’s represented by Assistant Public Defender Mike White while prosecuting is Assistant Attorney General Cecilia Reyna. MAN ACCuSEd OF MOLEStING GRANddAuGHtER A 75-year old man accused of inappropriately touching his granddaughter has denied the charges against him when was arraigned in the High Court yesterday morning. The grandfather is charged with one count sodomy which is a class B felony that is punishable by five to 15 years in jail, deviate sexual assault a class C felony, punishable by up to seven years in jail, a $5,000 fine or both, sexual abuse in the first degree - a class D felony, punishable by up to five years imprisonment, a $5,000 fine or both and endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment of up to one year, a fine of $1,000 or both. According to the case the grandfather inappropriately touched the victim on numerous occasions. Samoa News is withholding the name of the defendant to protect the identity of the victim. Court documents state that the victim told police she sleeps with her grandfather in one bed and the incidents started on December 2010 where the defendant began touching the victim in a sexual manner. The victim also told police that since that day back in December, the defendant continued to touch her in the same sexual manner until February this year. Court documents state the victim told police that the inappropriate touching began over her clothing however as time passed, the defendant started to touch her genitals under her clothes. The victim also told police that when the defendant touched her genitals, she was scared and would sometimes pretend to be asleep. The victim eventually report the matter to her school counselor, who questioned her about a prolong absence from school. The defendant is held on bail of $30,000. His pretrial conference has been scheduled on May 30, 2012.
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The plea agreement also states that there were about six or seven occasions in which Taulua supplied Lonero with “multi-pound amounts” of methamphetamine for transport to Honolulu from California. Additionally, Taulua paid Lonero a maximum of $2,000 per trip. And if the case would have gone to trial, evidence would show that Lucky Diamond Mapuni drove the courier to the airport and supplied her with an empty knapsack that Lonero later exchanged at the Los Angeles airport with American Airlines employee John Leilua for a knapsack containing methamphetamine, the plea agreement states. Lesui, Lonero, Leilua and Mapuni are also charged separately in this drug case which are all pending at the federal court in Honolulu. Reach the newsroom at news.newsroom@samoatelco.com
immediate cause of death was determined to be an Acute Subdural Hamtoma with diffuse cerebral edema and basal skull fracture. The underlying cause of the hematoma was due to blunt force injury to the head. The investigating officers met with Tavale who broke down in tears and told police that he picked up his son from his sister’s house and placed him on the passenger seat without any child restraint seat. The defendant told police while he was driving his son was crying and crawling up his shoulder and he placed his son back on the passenger seat and continued driving. Court documents state that when Tavale approached Futiga, he was driving at a high speed, his son crawled up on his shoulder while crying. The defendant said while attempting to place his son on the passenger seat he accidentally hit the brakes and the car swerved to the side of the road causing his son to fall hitting the back of his head on the dash board. The defendant said his son was thrown towards the passenger side hitting his forehead on the door. The defendant admitted that he then stopped the car and tried to resuscitate his son but he was unconscious and was not moving. When the investigating officer asked the defendant about the bruises on the victim’s body, the defendant admitted that he accidentally slapped his son hard several times prior to the incident. Tavale apologized to police for his carelessness towards performing his parental duties and he should have known better and provided his son with some kind of restraint in the vehicle. Tavale is held on a $20,000 bail at the Correctional Facility.
france’s hollande sticking to early Afghan pullout
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In his first visit to the Oval Office, French President Francois Hollande declared he will withdraw all French combat troops from Afghanistan by year’s end, making clear to President Barack Obama the timeline for ending the U.S.-led war will not trump a campaign pledge that helped Hollande gain his new job. Obama nodded along on Friday, knowing what was coming, but did not otherwise directly respond. Heading into a NATO summit on the course of the war and beyond, the White House has sought to emphasize the war coalition will remain firm even as nations pull back. And Hollande assured Obama that France was not out to cut and run. “We will continue to support Afghanistan in a different way. Our support will take a different format,” Hollande said. “I’m pretty sure I will find the right means so that our allies can continue with their mission and at the same time I can comply to the promise I made to the French people.” France’s declaration has significance far beyond its borders. Hollande’s move means France, one of the top contributors of troops to the war, will be removing the combat forces a full two years before the timeline agreed to by allies in the coalition. That could shift more of the burden to those allies and give them reason to hasten their own exit. Hollande later told reporters that some “residual” number of France’s current 3,300 troops will remain in Afghanistan after this year to provide training and to bring home equipment. But he alluded to the reaction that France’s fast-track withdrawal may get from its NATO allies when they gather in Chicago Sunday and Monday. “Our decision will be taken,” he said. “I can’t tell you that it will be applauded, but it will be taken.” One high-ranking French diplomat, speaking only on condition of anonymity to provide details of closed-door talks, told the AP that France had not gotten any serious pushback from American officials about Hollande’s early pullout plan other than they did not want Paris to “proselytize” the quick pullout idea among other NATO allies in Afghanistan. The United States and its allies plan to end the combat mission in Afghanistan at the end 2014. Afghanistan will move into the combat lead in 2013. The United States has about 90,000 troops in Afghanistan, far more than any partner nation, and is on pace to shrink that number to 68,000 by the end of September. Obama and Hollande had never met, and their first interactions were closely watched given both the historic importance of the U.S-France relationship and the crises of war and economic strife confronting both leaders. The mild-mannered Hollande, who has little international experience, ousted the more brash Nicolas Sarkozy and was sworn into office just days ago. Now, in a hurry, Obama and Hollande will begin shaping a relationship that could prove one of the U.S. president’s most important ones should he win a second term. Beyond their White House talks, Obama and Hollande are meeting at the G-8 summit Friday and Saturday in Maryland before shifting to the NATO conference in Obama’s home town. On the economy, Hollande and Obama both underscored that they want Europe to embrace a new approach to its debt crisis: more growth, less budget cutting. Obama’s administration sees such a balanced approach as essential to stabilizing the eurozone and preventing its economic chaos, particularly in Greece, from spilling more broadly. “President Hollande and I agree that this is an issue of extraordinary importance, not only to the people of Europe but also to the world economy,” Obama said. He said managing the fiscal crisis in Europe must be coupled with a “strong growth agenda.” Hollande, elected May 6, is insisting on rethinking a European austerity treaty. But he also is trying to convince Obama and other leaders at the Group of Eight economic summit that his position will not worsen the debt crisis. The French president also spoke for himself and Obama in sending a message to Greece, where fears remain that the debt-riddled country may have to abandon the 17-member currency union, which could jolt the global economy. Greece is set to hold elections on June 17 to end a political deadlock. “We share the same views - Greece must stay in the eurozone,” Hollande said. Ahead of the election, he said, both he and Obama “wanted to send a message to that effect to the Greek people.” Hollande is trying to defend France’s interests while building a relationship with Obama, widely popular in France but seen by some in Hollande’s camp as too friendly with the recently ousted president, the conservative Sarkozy. Obama and Hollande traded some light-hearted thoughts about presidential life and American fast food. Both offered expected assurances of their alliance. “France is an independent country and cares about its independence,” Hollande said, “but in old friendship with the United States of America.” Hollande also met later with British Prime Minister David Cameron for the first time before addressing French expatriates at the French Embassy - where he suggested that Obama’s looming election race made the American leader more accessible on Hollande’s push for more growthfriendly policies. He also hinted of his support for Obama in the election this fall. “I think that we will begin a cooperation and partnership with President Obama that - I hope for him, and for us - will last a long time,” Hollande said. On the war, a senior U.S. official said the early combat exits of Dutch and Australian troops are the model for a probable agreement with France. In those cases trainers or other support forces are supplanting front-line combat forces. Such an agreement is likely to emerge from NATO discussions this weekend, the official said. Polls show most French, and many other Europeans, want their countries out of Afghanistan, as do most Americans. Sensing the political winds, Sarkozy had prepared to break with NATO’s in-together, outtogether mindset and announced during the campaign that he’d pull out combat troops by the end of 2013, a year early. Hollande, vying for election, promised to withdraw them even one year before that.
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