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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 45-year-old probationer was arrested last week on the allegation that he violated local drug laws. Tolai Afele — convicted last year of assaulting a boy while he was under the influence — made his initial appearance before District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea yesterday...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The court sentenced last week, Tulagafou Nofoagatoto’a to 12 months probation. The owner of Le Fofo Spa and Island Business Center was also ordered to pay a $300 fine and court costs of $120.34 In addition, Nofoagatoto’a was to spend the weekend at the Territorial...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 35-year-old man from Tafuna spent the weekend at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) for allegedly assaulting a taxi driver. Filemoni Lokeni made his initial appearance in District Court last week, where he entered a ‘not guilty’ plea to third degree assault...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 35-year-old man who is on probation for 24 months was arrested last week on the allegation that he assaulted his neighbor while intoxicated. Aloese Apelu made his initial appearance last Friday before District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea. He is charged with third degree...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man who was released on his own recognizance two months ago after he entered a ‘not guilty’ plea to third degree assault, property damage, and trespass, is back in court for the same thing. Faavaemautu Alesana is charged with six misdemeanors: two counts of third...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A bus driver who allegedly poured a cup of hot coffee on the face of another bus driver was arrested by police last week. Suaese Ulusele made his initial appearance last week before District Court Judge Pro Tem Gwen Tauiliili-Langkilde. He is charged with third degree...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A taxi driver from Tafuna accused of assaulting a fellow taxi driver was arrested over the weekend Orepa Valaau, 46, made his initial appearance in District Court this week where he entered a ‘not guilty’ plea to third degree assault, second degree property damage, and...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man from Tafuna with a long criminal history entered into a plea bargain with the government last week in High Court. Viliamu Orepa, who is on probation, was initially charged with resisting arrest and second-degree assault, both felonies, along with 3...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The High Court has accepted a plea agreement between the government and Alesana Lafoga, 40, who was arrested and charged for hitting his friend on the head with a rock after a rugby game in Pavaivai. Lafoga, who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $15,...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of assaulting another man during a volleyball game in Tafuna last year appeared in District Court last week for a Change of Plea hearing, before Judge Elvis P. Patea. Falaniko Apelu, who was released on his own recognizance, was initially charged with third...

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