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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of stealing a vehicle from a home in the Tafuna area was arrested after the matter was reported to police by the owner of the vehicle, his ex-girlfriend. Mase Alaese made his initial appearance in Court last month. Alaese is charged with 1st degree burglary...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man with two prior convictions over a decade ago is back in court again on a new allegation that he stole his mechanic’s vehicle. When pulled over by traffic officers two months ago, after the vehicle was reported as stolen. Valasi Ilalio told officers the vehicle...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man from Malaeloa accused of stealing a vehicle has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Ishmael A. Sefo, who has been in custody since his arrest in 2018 appeared in High Court last week for a Change of Plea (COP) hearing. Sefo was initially charged with...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Despite strong opposition from Assistant Public Defender, Bob Stuart, that the government failed to present sufficient evidence to bind over to High Court its case against his client, District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea disagreed. Defendant, Mealeaga Ale, who has been in...