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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The second of the four defendants arrested after police executed two search warrants last January at homes in Tafuna and Taputimu has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Apelu Alesana, who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $5,000 cash...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of assaulting his wife appeared in District Court last week. He is charged with third degree assault and private peace disturbance. The government alleges that around 6:30 p.m on a Wednesday night in Malaeimi, a woman called police regarding her sister, who...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of selling hand rolled marijuana cigarettes to two men last year has entered into a plea agreement. Fia Taumaoe, 30, of Tafuna appeared in court last week for a pretrial conference but pled out instead. Taumaoe, a carpenter, was initially charged with...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man convicted of unlawful possession of illegal drugs told the court that the 12-1/2 months he spent in prison were more than enough to teach him how to become a better man in the future. When given the chance to address the court, Onofia Afatia apologized and asked...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 45-year-old man accused of punching a 16-year-old boy and then striking the boy with a piece of lumber has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Tipasa Laulu who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $10,000 surety bond appeared in court...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man allegedly armed with handguns was arrested by police and he’s now being charged. Talipope Pauga Aniseko made his initial appearance in District Court last week. He is charged with one count of 1st degree assault, a class A felony, punishable by a term of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 42-year-old farmer convicted of striking the back and shoulder of an intruder with a metal pipe after the intruder visited the defendant’s wife at their home was released from the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) last week, after the court sentenced him to time...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 26-year old man convicted of assaulting a man at the Fagatogo Market while intoxicated in February of this year was ordered by court not to set foot in the market during the period of his 12-month probation. Welly Tapeni was initially charged with 3rd degree assault,...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 40-year-old man was charged last week in District Court after he allegedly stabbed a man at a friend’s house. The victim sustained wounds on his right arm and left shoulder and was admitted to the surgical ward. During his initial appearance in court, Alefosio Mikaele...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 33-year-old man convicted of assaulting his wife by striking her on the left side of her head and also her body while she was on the ground with a stick about 10-12 inches long and a Samoan wooden pillow (‘ali’), was released from custody this week after serving over 5...

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