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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 40-year-old man accused of using a sharp weapon to cause head injuries to a neighbor has pled guilty. Fa’avae Tagaloa was initially charged with felony first degree assault, punishable by life in prison or at least 30 years in jail; but under a plea agreement with the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 21-year-old man who allegedly assaulted a student at Fagaitu'a High School made his initial appearance in District Court yesterday morning. Viliamu Musu is charged with third degree assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and public peace disturbance. According to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An overstayer who allegedly assaulted another man for not moving his bus made his initial appearance in District Court yesterday morning. Filisi Keneti is remanded to custody without set bail, after the court was notified by Immigration that Keneti's ID expired in 2014...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was arrested following a disturbance reported from Fagatogo last Thursday, Mar. 21, has been released on his own recognizance. Samasoni Muliau, 63, made his initial appearance in District Court last Friday where he entered a 'not guilty' plea to a single count...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 38-year-old man accused of assaulting another person with a piece of metal has pled out. Fred Sopoaga, who has been in custody since his arrest last year, unable to post a $10,000 bond, appeared in High Court this week for a Change of Plea hearing. He was originally...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 31-year-old bus driver has admitted that on/or about July 13, 2018 he had in his possession a glass pipe containing methamphetamine. Henry Fa’apale appeared in court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. He was represented by Assistant Public Defender Rob McNeill,...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 46-year-old uncle accused of inappropriate touching will fight the allegations against him at trial. Samoa News is withholding the name of the defendant to protect the identity of the victim.   According to the government’s case, the defendant is accused of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 35-year-old man with two pending cases in High Court was arrested last week on allegations that he assaulted his 25-year-old cousin and stole his money. Elliott Siaumau Jr. is not new to the court system. He made his initial appearance before Judge Elvis P. Patea last...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man arrested and charged for allegedly assaulting another man who was eventually hospitalized, made his initial appearance in District Court yesterday morning. Bail for Maranata Leaumoana remains at $5,000 despite a request for bail reduction by his attorney, Assistant...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two men were hauled off to jail following an alleged fight that was sparked by an argument over meth. Vincent Tofia Paopao and Lemasanimaleea Mapu made their initial appearances in District Court last Thursday. They are both set for pretrial conference on April 10....

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