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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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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 42-year old man who was accused of assaulting his wife inside their house in Pago Pago village while he was heavily intoxicated told police that the reason he did this was because he wanted to discipline his wife from running her mouth off at him in front of people....
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who has been convicted of breaking the law again while serving 10-years probation for a similar offense was ordered by the court to depart the jurisdiction of American Samoa after his period of incarceration and remain outside for the balance of the period of his...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An inmate who is serving a 20-year sentence for escaping from the Territorial Facility (TCF) in January 2010 and assaulting an ANZ security guard was sentenced by the High Court for an additional 5 years in prison for escaping from confinement again last year. Vatoi...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man from Vaitogi who allegedly assaulted his wife by repeatedly punching her on the back of her head and on her left arm was remanded to TCF custody last Thursday, after District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea denied a defense motion to release the defendant on his own...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man charged with public peace disturbance and third degree assault for an alleged incident that was reported to police on Flag Day has been remanded to custody with bail set at $500. Ulisese Vaofusi made his initial appearance in District Court last Thursday where he...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  Judge Elvis P. Patea has remanded a man charged with second degree assault, to custody at TCF on a 'no bail' status after the court confirmed last week that the defendant's ID expired on June 2, 2016. Teofilo Kuka waived his right to a preliminary examination last...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Bail of $5,000 has been set for a man accused of hitting a high school student on the head with a tree branch. Teofilo Kuka made his initial appearance in District Court this past Monday, April 18th. He is charged with second degree assault, a felony punishable by a jail...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man from Samoa accused of assaulting his 59-year-old uncle with a shovel, and then damaging the elderly man's vehicle has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Tua Faapoi, 26, was initially charged with second degree assault and first degree property...

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