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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man was arrested by police last month after he allegedly entered a family home at night without permission. Kalap Akeli made his initial appearance in court last month. He is charged with one count of unlawful possession of methamphetamine (meth), a felony, along...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man who is accused of being rude and disrespectful to his grandmother was ordered by the court to find another place to live while his matter is pending in court. Police arrested Faalata Taase from his home last moth, and he made his initial appearance in...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 30-year-old man from Mapusaga accused of violating local drug laws told the court through a combined plea agreement with the government that allegations against him are true. He was later released to await sentencing next month after the court accepted his change of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Repeat offender Richard Mata was ordered by the court last week to serve out the remaining 7 months of a 20-month sentence from a 2018 case. The decision came after the court found Mata in violation of conditions of his 5-year probation. Mata was found guilty by the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 33-year-old man accused of violating local drug laws has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Aleni Mareko, who has been in custody since his arrest last year, appeared in Court last week for a Change of Plea (COP) hearing. Mareko was initially charged...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 41-year-old man accused of assaulting another man in Tafuna last month is scheduled to appear in Court next week for a Status Hearing. The government’s attorney informed the court last month that there is a possibility additional charges would be filed against the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two men were arrested last month on the allegation that they damaged a store in Nu’uuli and assaulted employees. When police searched one of the two men, illegal drugs were found in his pocket. Mealamu Paulino and Afato Lilo made their initial appearances in court last...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 40-year-old farmer convicted of striking the back and shoulder of an intruder with a metal pipe after the intruder visited the defendant’s family home was released from the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) last week, after the court sentenced him to time already...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Three female police officers were arrested and placed in custody at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) early Sunday morning for traffic violations including driving under the influence of alcohol. The trio is scheduled to appear in District Court this morning...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Court has given 3 months for a taxi driver to pay his fine in the amount of $1,000 in full, or he will be found in contempt of court for failure to comply with conditions of his 2017 probation. Leaia Asuni appeared in Court last week for a Probation Review hearing....

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