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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Calvin Lavea of Tafuna was initially charged in two separate cases — in the first case he is charged with second degree burglary, attempted burglary and stealing; and in the second case, with stealing and first degree burglary. However, in a plea agreement with the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 32-year-old man accused of using a rock to cause head injuries to a juvenile has pled guilty in court. Aleki Logo was initially charged with felony first degree assault, punishable by life in prison or at least 30 years in jail; but under a plea agreement with the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga’s has issued a new COVID-19 declaration effective Apr. 18th and valid through May 18th.  In it American Samoa remains under Code Blue, with the following restrictions to be in force. It says that evidence of vaccination against...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Court has set bail at $200 for Galu Fono, who was taken into custody two weeks ago following an incident in Tafuna where he is alleged to have gone to his neighbor’s home with a kitchen knife, and also challenged people in the neighborhood to a fight. Fono, who made...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A probationer who tested positive for methamphetamine (meth) last week is now in custody, after the court revoked his release. Taulaga Afele was sentenced to 12 months probation after he was convicted of third degree assault in February of this year. Conditions of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of violating local drug laws last year was arrested by police two month ago. The man, Vani Saipale fled from police officers during a traffic stop, however, he was charged after being arrested for disturbing the public peace (PPD) at his village.  He was...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga held a televised address to the public Sunday announcing a passenger in the third repatriation flight to American Samoa has tested positive for COVID-19. All repatriated passengers currently quarantined at Tradewinds Hotel had their first local...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 39-year-old man from Tafuna accused of using a rock to assault another man during a drinking session has been arrested and charged with second degree assault, a felony, punishable by not more than 5 years imprisonment, and/or a fine of not more than $5,000 or both; and...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 32-year-old man accused of possessing a glass pipe containing white crystalline substance was arrested and charged for violating local drug laws. Sam Faitele made his initial appearance in court three weeks ago. He is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The driver of a black pick-up truck pulled over by police officers two months ago for failure to stop at a stop sign is now charged with violating local drug laws. The pick-up almost collided with another vehicle. Ben Lokeni, a 40-year old male from Vaitogi, was taken...

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