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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of violating a court order when he went to his wife’s house and allegedly assaulted her while he was intoxicated was arrested this week. To protect the identity of the victim, Samoa News is withholding the names of all parties involved. The defendant, a 43-...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 31-year-old man with an outstanding arrest warrant was picked up by police last month and charged with unlawful possession of drugs after a man told authorities that his nephew bought two marijuana cigarettes and a glass pipe containing methamphetamine (meth) from him...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A second bus driver accused of using altered information to obtain a commercial permit to operate a bus was arrested by police last week. The driver, Makalio Alesana made his initial appearance in District Court last week. Alesana is charged with one count of fraud and...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A bus driver accused of using false information to apply for a commercial permit renewal was arrested by police and later charged by the government. Filipo Silipa made his initial appearance in District Court last week. He is charged with one count of criminal fraud and...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 33-year-old male who has a pending criminal case in District Court was arrested by police last month on the allegation that he assaulted a drunken man who was sleeping at a bus stop in the Tafuna area and challenged several people to a fight including a security guard...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A bus driver accused of violating local drug laws has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Faafili Manu who is out on a $5,000 surety bond, appeared in Court two weeks ago for a Change of Plea (COP) hearing. Manu, 41, was initially charged with one count of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The first person convicted by the court for failure to comply with the requirements set by the government during the Governor’s declaration for the COVID-19 enforcement was ordered by the court to pay a fine of $50. According to District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea, this...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The bus driver who was sexually abusing a 16-year old girl for months is paying a price for his actions. The court has ordered Viliamu Laulu to serve a period of detention of 20 months as a condition of his 5-year probation, and upon serving his time at the Territory...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 43-year-old bus driver convicted of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl was ordered by the court to immediately depart the territory and remain outside of its borders for the duration of his 7-year probation sentence, upon release from custody after he serves 20 months...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A bus driver accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl told he court the reason he changed his ‘not guilty’ plea to ‘guilty’ is because he wants to return to his family in Samoa. Lalomilo Raymond Taume, 35, who has been in custody since his arrest last year, unable...

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