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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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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man is behind bars after his wife claims that he beat her while she was carrying their 9-month-old baby. The incident was reported to police on Dec. 5th, around 4:30p.m. by the wife who claimed that the alleged beating took place in the presence of her mother-in-law...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 40-year-old man was arrested this past Wednesday after allegedly beating his two children with a broomstick, over a broken hair clipper. The government claims that it was around 3:50p.m on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 that the defendant’s wife walked into the Tafuna...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man with a 4-year-old bench warrant, issued for failure to comply with conditions of his probation, has been ordered by the court to depart American Samoa and stay outside of its borders for 2 years. Fa’amanatu Tugaga appeared before District Court Judge Fiti Sunia...
Fiu John Saelua
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Governor’s Chief of Staff has pled no contest to third degree assault, a class C misdemeanor, punishable by 15 days imprisonment and a fine of $300. Fiu John Saelua is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 7, 2018 for sentencing. Saelua appeared in District Court...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “How can an immigrant who’s immigration ID expired 6 years ago get an opportunity to renew his immigration status. Where is the law?” These were some of the many questions raised by District Court Judge Fiti Sunia yesterday morning, during the hearing of a man who was...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 42-year-old man from Tafuna accused of using a machete to assault another man has been arrested and charged with second degree assault, a felony, punishable by not more than 5 years imprisonment, and/or a fine of not more than $5,000 of both; and two misdemeanor...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Early this week, a 45-year-old man made his initial appearance in District Court on two misdemeanor counts of third degree assault and private peace disturbance after he allegedly assaulted his wife. The defendant is a Samoa national who works as a carpenter to support...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who is accused of assaulting an elderly woman in front of a store in Aua last week while holding a machete in his hand was arrested by police last week. Otineru Tuuaga Samoa made his initial appearance in District Court last Friday. He is represented by Assistant...

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