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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young woman who admitted to assaulting a female student because of something she posted on social media has been sentenced to 12 months probation. Mala Mataiao, 18, was initially charged with public peace disturbance and third degree assault. But yesterday in District...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 29-year-old inmate who was accused of escaping from confinement last year while serving a 20-year sentence for escaping from the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) in January 2010 and assaulting an ANZ bank security guard has entered into a plea agreement with the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Bail is set at $5,000 for Afasene Hunkin who is charged with child abuse and third degree assault for allegedly punching his 11-year-old nephew and then striking the boy with the flat end of a machete. Hunkin, 29, made his initial appearance in District Court yesterday...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An alleged stabbing that occurred New Year's Day in Fagaima has landed a young man in jail, charged with second degree assault. Henry Talia made his initial appearance in District Court on Friday, Jan. 4. Judge Fiti Sunia has established bail for Talia at $5,000 and if...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who allegedly hit his niece with a shovel on New Year's Day has been arrested and charged with second degree assault. Voi Sautia made his initial appearance in District Court yesterday morning. His bail is set at $5,000 The charges stem from an incident that...
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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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