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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government has charged a 32-year-old man who has a long criminal history, with unlawful possession of marijuana, public peace disturbance, and attempted burglary, for trying to break into a store in Tafuna. Alema Toia made his initial appearance in District Court...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A father of three was arrested again last month on the allegation that he violated conditions of his 5-year probation, which was handed down by the High Court 4 years ago. Ula Pele, who has been in custody since his arrest last month was in High Court last week for a...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — As the third federally funded Economic Impact Payment (EIP) — or stimulus checks — start to roll out in three batches, starting this week, taxpayers have been inquiring, not only with Samoa News, but also with the Tax Office about those who haven’t received the previous...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 46-year-old taxi driver from Iliili who is accused of assaulting a fellow taxi driver was arrested by police last week. Onesemo Avia made his initial appearance in District Court last week where he entered a not guilty plea to the charges against him. He is charged...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 34-year-old father who was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of illegal drugs after a neighbor alerted police that he was smoking with a glass pipe in front of his (the neighbor’s) home Lavea’i Reupena who was released on a $5,000 surety bond, appeared in...
Cans of Starkist tuna
Pittsburgh, PA — StarKist Co. announced on Tuesday that it has achieved a goal to source 100% of its tuna and salmon from sustainable sources.  All tuna and salmon procured by StarKist® are purchased from third-party suppliers that meet the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard for sustainable...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 26-year-old man, who was convicted of breaking into a house, was ordered by the court to serve a period of detention of 12 months, as a condition of his 5-year probation. Ronald Talaleu who was released on bond, was originally charged with 1st degree burglary and...
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Pago Pagol, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Lemanu and Talauega Administration’s First 100-Days report, “Leading the Charge” was publicly released Wednesday afternoon, highlighting achievements in key priority areas, since the new administration took office in January this year. Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Fagamalama Fualaau, who has served as deputy chief of immigration at the Immigration Office, since 2013, is the new chief immigration officer, according to ASG officials. Fualaau, a former lawmaker from Aua, who served in the House several years ago, replaces Peseta...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — John Makeati, who is out on a $10,000 surety bond, appeared in High Court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. He is represented by Assistant Public Defender Ryan Anderson while prosecuting is Assistant Attorney General Kristine Soule. Makeati was initially charged...

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