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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — On the night of Jan. 28, 2020, two cops observed Alefosio Tagoa’I spill a bag of potato chips on the ground after he and another male were pulled over at the Sobriety Checkpoint for an open container in the vehicle. Tagoa’i was the passenger. (Samoa News is withholding...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of assaulting another man with a machete has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Afa Lafaele, who has been in custody since his arrest in 2018 appeared in court last week for his Change of Plea (COP) hearing. Lafaele, 52, was initially...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two brothers were sentenced to a term of probation after being convicted by the District Court for disturbing the private peace in their family and assault. The two brothers, Mikaele and Manuele Aulaumea appeared before District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea last Friday for...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 28-year-old man from Samoa accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl last year has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Talatonu Lafoga was originally charged with first degree sexual abuse, attempted rape, second degree burglary — all class C...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 26-year-old man who is on probation was sentenced to 165 days at the TCF for resisting arrest. According to court records, Iakopo Talalelei put up a struggle when officers tried to handcuff him. He appeared in court last week for sentencing. When given the chance to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who violated conditions of his 5-year probation, which was handed down last year, has been ordered to serve out his suspended sentence — which is 20 months. Kaleti Faavae appeared in court last Friday for a disposition hearing where he apologized and begged for...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man who was released by the District Court on his own recognizance a few weeks ago after he entered a not guilty plea to disturbing the public peace PPD and third degree assault is back in court for the same thing. Aleluia Jr Faumui is now charged with 4...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  A man charged with a single count of second degree assault, a felony, waived his right to a preliminary examination yesterday morning in District Court. (To protect the identity of the victim, who is the defendant's wife, Samoa News is withholding the names of all...
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  Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man charged with conspiracy to commit stealing - a felony - is scheduled for a jury trial Jan. 19, 2020. During a status hearing last week before Associate Justice Fiti Sunia, attorneys from both sides confirmed that they are prepared for Tala’i Alesana’s jury trial...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 30-year-old male accused of disturbing the peace on Monday, Nov. 05, 2019 made his initial appearance in District Court last week, where he entered a ‘not guilty’ plea to the charges against him. Aleki Vavega Jr, also known as “Alex Vavega Jr” is charged with third...

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