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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of assaulting a man with a knife has entered into a plea agreement with the government.  Ioapo Lafaele, who has been in custody since his arrest in 2020 appeared in court last month for his Change of Plea (COP) hearing.  Lafaele, 40, was initially charged...
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Pago Pago, AMERICA SAMOA — A man convicted of a crime while still on probation was ordered to serve out his period of detention that had been suspended at the beginning of this year, which was 41 days at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF). Lipena Tevita appeared in District Court last...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Willie Lafai is facing felony charges following an incident that occurred in Malaeimi on Jan. 23 2021. Lafai is held on bail of $5,000 on charges of second-degree assault and property damage. His co-defendant Fereti Tolai is also charged with two counts of second-degree...
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  Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 30-year-old man from Samoa who has two different names in the court system, was ordered by the court to depart the territory and remain outside of its borders upon release from the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF), after being convicted of 2nd-degree assault...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 35-year-old mother of four accused of abusing one of her young children before she turned around and allegedly assaulted the woman who reported the child abuse incident to police last year — is now in custody after she was arrested last month. According to the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 40-year-man was arrested on the allegation that he assaulted his wife inside their vehicle. He made his initial appearance in court last month where he entered a not guilty plea to the charges against him. The man is being charged with public peace disturbance, third...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man with a long criminal history was taken into custody last month after police picked him up for a public peace disturbance (PPD) matter in Petesa in the Tafuna area. Fred Lilomai’ava, a.ka. Fereti Lilomai’ava, 42, who has a previous assault and stealing conviction...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 28 year-old man was arrested last month on the allegation that he burglarized a home in Iliili before he assaulted an intoxicated man who was walking on the road late at night. When questioned by police, the defendant, Lance Iosua said that he was scared that the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of assaulting his wife and threatening to kill her with a knife was arrested and charged with assault involving domestic violence. However, when the defendant was apprehended, cops discovered illegal drugs in his possession. (Samoa News has chosen not to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The two inmates charged and convicted of assaulting another inmate while inside the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) in March of 2020 received light sentences from the High Court. The two inmates, Ryan Pite and Faafetai Lefatia III appeared in High Court recently...

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