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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Akeli Akeli Jr. was scheduled for an initial appearance last Friday morning in District Court. According to the criminal complaint, Akeli Jr. is charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and two counts of second degree assault. The charges stem from...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who appeared in District Court yesterday was instructed by Judge Fiti Sunia that his immigration papers need to be straight the next time he appears in court. Kalava Sefo, 31, is charged with public peace disturbance and third degree assault for an incident that...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — "I guarantee you this: If you ever come back here (in court), you will have to find somewhere else to live or otherwise, you'll go to the TCF." This was the warning from District Court Judge Fiti Sunia this past Monday, Christmas Eve, to Ioane Setefano, 41, who is being...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Feleti Niue appeared in District Court last Friday for a pretrial conference, where he pled guilty to third degree assault, a class A misdemeanor. When presiding Judge Fiti Sunia asked Niue to provide details of the incident, Niue said he assaulted his sister by striking...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — "While the information contained in the pre sentence report is substantial, at the end of the day, the offense is still a class C misdemeanor." These were the words of District Court Judge Fiti Sunia when he handed down the sentence last Friday morning for Fiu John...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man who is accused of being rude and disrespectful to his elderly uncle has been ordered by District Court Judge Fiti Sunia to find another place to stay while his case is pending in court. The government claims that on Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018 at around 7 p.m, a...
Honolulu, HAWAII — A 24-year-old man has been arrested, accused of assaulting another man in Aiea on Monday, according to Honolulu police. But it’s his name that’s raising eyebrows. Police records say the suspect, whose name is Super Bowl Akerise, got into an argument with a 26-year-old man and “...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 26-year-old man from Pago Pago who is accused of using a piece of timber to assault another man has been arrested and charged with second degree assault, a felony; and two misdemeanor charges: property damage, and unlawful use of a weapon. Anetele’a Valoaga made his...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 36-year-old man accused of using a sharp weapon to assault a 16-year-old has pled guilty to second degree assault. Fa’avaeoletalalelei Afitu was initially charged with felony first degree assault, punishable by life in prison or at least 30 years in jail; but under a...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 32-year-old man from Poloa was arrested last week for allegedly assaulting a woman. The government claims that on Dec. 5, 2018, a woman walked into the Tafuna Substation to report her daughter was punched in the mouth by a man named Lani Selota at their home in Poloa....

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