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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 30-year-old man from Mesepa accused of having sex with a 16-year-old girl multiple times has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Tele’a Eliapo appeared in High Court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. Eliapo, who remains in custody, unable to post a...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Drugs entering the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) and prisoners having access to drugs has been an ongoing problem in the territory for many years now. Despite building a ‘high’ wall around the facility by the Lolo and Lemanu administration, inmates are still...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A woman arrested for disturbing the peace at her grandmother’s home in Nuuuli last month is now facing felony charges, after police found out that she has an active arrest warrant from two years ago where she forged a signature on a business check belonging to her mother...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A signed plea agreement between the government and a man accused of unlawful possession of illegal drugs was rejected by Associate Justice Fiti Sunia last week, when the defendant told the court that he had not possessed any illegal drugs. Faletoi Misiluti, a co-...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of assaulting another man with a sharp tool has admitted to the allegations against him. Lupe Sautia appeared in High Court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. He was initially charged with first-degree assault, a class A felony, punishable by...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man convicted of stealing was ordered to serve 28 months at the TCF and pay restitution of $740 to the victim, as conditions of his 7-year probation. Fereti Alesana, 26, appeared in court last week for sentencing. He has been in custody since his arrest last year,...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 31-year-old man from Pago Pago accused of using a piece of timber to assault another man has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Joshua Filiga appeared in court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. He was represented by Assistant Public Defender Rob...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Sentencing for Aneti Luana is scheduled for May 2 after the court accepted his plea agreement. Luana, who has been in custody since his arrest last October, unable to post a $5,000 bond, appeared in High Court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. Luana, 25, was...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 58-year-old man charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine after he was caught smoking ice in the LBJ Hospital parking lot appeared in High Court yesterday for a Change of Plea (COP) hearing. Onosa’i Navelika, who has been in custody since his arrest last...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 56-year-old man accused of unlawful possession of marijuana is asking the court to set his case for trial. Stuart Hudson, who has been in custody since he was arrested last October, appeared in court yesterday morning for a pretrial conference. Assistant Public...

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