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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of assaulting another man in a night club last year has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Joseph Aleluiah told the court that he hit the victim's head with a beer bottle on the night of Dec. 10, 2017, and what he did violated conditions of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of assaulting his cousin with a hammer has entered into a plea agreement with the government. The charges against Teofilo Maluseu, 51, stem from an incident whereby he allegedly assaulted his 53-year-old cousin. Maluseu was initially charged with first-...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of assaulting another man with a sharp tool has admitted to the allegations against him. Lupe Sautia appeared in High Court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. He was initially charged with first-degree assault, a class A felony, punishable by...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The court has granted a 30-day continuance for several criminal matters against Elliott Siaumau Jr. Last week, Siaumau Jr appeared in court for a pretrial conference in one case, a continued initial appearance in another, and an order to show cause to modify/revoke...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was recently before the District Court for a case that was ultimately dismissed per a motion from the government, is back in court — again. Tanielu Tuli made his initial appearance in District Court this past week. When his case was called, attorneys from both...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While all of the government's witnesses have testified that the driver of the red truck that took police on a high speed chase in late Dec. 2017 was Manu Lefatia, two defense witnesses told jurors that they played pool with Lefatia at his residence in Puapua from 5 pm...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man charged with public peace disturbance and third degree assault made his initial appearance in District Court yesterday morning. Vaimaa Vaimaa Jr was released on his own recognizance and ordered by Judge Elvis P. Patea not to make any direct or indirect contact with...
Manu Lefatia in handcuffs escorted by two police officers
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — It was revealed during Day Two of Manu Lefatia’s jury trial that ‘warning gunshots were fired’ by one police officer during a confrontation with Lefatia in Vaitogi — in an effort to get Lefatia to comply with his command. Moreover, government witnesses identified Lefatia...
Manu Lefatia in handcuffs escorted by two police officers
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Jury instructions and opening statements for the jury trial of a man accused of taking police on a high-speed chase back in Dec. 2017 began yesterday in High Court. Manu Lefatia, who has been in custody without bail since his arrest Jan. 2018 is charged with first-degree...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Bail is set at $5,000 for a man who allegedly struck another man with a metal pipe, while he was naked in bed with his wife. The defendant is charged with one count of second degree assault, a class D felony; and third degree assault (domestic violence), a class A...

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