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EDWARD EARY JR. Before Acting Associate Justice Elvis P. Patea handed down the sentence for Edward Eary Jr., the defendant was told that the Probation Office's pre-sentence report indicates that three families — who are the victims in this matter — want the court to impose the maximum sentence...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga says Congress needs to be aware that American Samoa is a US territory and a valuable platform for a military staging area and frontline defense, given its proximity to the Asian Rim countries. The governor's comments were made in an Aug. 15th letter to US Secretary of...
Due to “fish supply shortages” StarKist Samoa, the largest private employer in the territory, is shutting down production next week and will resume once additional delivery of fish is made, according to StarKist Co., owner and operator of the local cannery. “We will share more details as they...
American Samoa’s estimated gross domestic product (GDP) decreased in 2016, as government and private sector investment declined compared to previous years, according to data released Monday by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) of the US Department of Commerce. BEA said estimates of GDP for...
Utility and personnel costs are exempted from the cutoff date for government purchases for the current fiscal year (FY 2017), according to a letter from ASG Budget and Planning Office director Catherine Saelua to cabinet members. The letter also states that all outstanding commitments and...
A young man who was arrested earlier this year — while on probation — and charged with first-degree burglary and felony stealing is going to prison. Siaosi Ieremia, 23, of Vaitogi will serve a straight sentence of 15 years imprisonment as ordered by the High Court last week, after he was convicted...
The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council says it is disappointed that the federal court in Honolulu has denied the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s motion to reconsider and to amend the court’s judgment in the Large Vessel Prohibited Area (LVPA) case. Meanwhile a...
American Samoa's local fire crew is playing a crucial role in fighting fires in the US, working alongside their peers from the mainland, since they departed the territory earlier this month. Recently, the local fire crew was involved in efforts to contain the Modoc July Complex Wildfire, which...
Folasa Galea'i, who is facing one count of vehicular homicide for the death of a man in his late 60s earlier this year in June, allegedly told police that he fell asleep at the wheel. Galea’i’s case was bound over to the High Court, after District Court Judge Fiti A. Sunia found probable cause to...
In an Executive Order issued and signed by Police Commissioner, Le’i Sonny Thompson, 8 officers are identified as those who will engage in Vice & Narcotics operations on island. They are: Lt. Tolia Sola'ita (Assistant to the CO), Det. Ioane Paselio, Det. John Seumanutafa, PSO Justin Thomsen,...

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