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Participants at opening ceremoney of Summer Youth Program
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Summer Youth Program 2021 officially opened on June 21, 2021 with a record 1,500 students registered for both Tutuila and Manu’a — the largest number since the program began. While in Manu’a for the opening Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo Va’alele Ale laid...
SPA 2021 graduates
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Saturday morning, June 12, the “Home of the Dolphins” – South Pacific Academy hosted their 21st Commencement Exercise to bid farewell to 20 Seniors who graduated with a special theme to send them out into the real world – “Knowing how to weather a storm is important,...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Defense attorney for Vincent Lafai — convicted for violating local drug laws — told the court during sentencing of his client last week, that there are facilities that can help people with a drug problem but the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) is not one of them...
Former Municipal Court Judge Kristi Lovelace
Forsyth, GEORGIA — Kristi Lovelace, Forsyth, Georgia's long-time municipal court judge, has accepted a position as assistant counsel to the Governor of American Samoa.  She will be advising the Governor in all aspects of his duties, particularly in regard to legal matters, such as drafting...
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Honolulu, HAWAII — The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) supports inclusion of a new section on fishermen observations to the annual status of the fisheries regional and pelagic reports for American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the...
Task Force chairman, Lt Governor Talauega, getting vaccinated
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Over 50% of the passengers from the first two Medicaid- repatriation flights have not paid their fares. This was confirmed by the Task Force chairman, Lt Governor Talauega Eleasalo Ale during a press conference with the local media last week. When asked about the cost...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of allegedly inappropriately touching his 16-year old niece will fight the allegations against him at trial. Samoa News is withholding the name of the defendant to protect the identity of the victim.   According to the government’s case, the victim told...
Meth pipe on mirror
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 32-year-old man from Samoa who was convicted for violating the drug laws of the territory was ordered to depart the territory and remain outside of its borders, as a condition of his 5-year probation. Sione Seumanu, who has been in custody since his arrest last year,...
American Samoa DIistrict Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two men are being charged in connection with the alleged beating of another man over a car part borrowed by the victim’s uncle. The victim ended up in ICU for two days before he was transferred to the Surgical Ward for further treatment. The two men, Patrick Aleki and...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was arrested for disturbing the public peace and later found to be in possession of drugs has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Faafiti Sale appeared in court this week for a pretrial conference. He was initially charged with unlawful...

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