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OKESENE ALO The District Court has dismissed without prejudice sex charges against former Public Safety Officer Okesene Alo, who is one of the four officers assigned to the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with misconduct including alleged illegal drug activities. Alo was originally facing 35...
For the second year in a row, Kanana Fou High School took home first prize in the Island Wide Accounting Competition, which was held earlier this year and sanctioned by the local Department of Education. Congratulations Stallions! [Courtesy photo]
Six senior Stallions from Kanana Fou HIgh School competed in the recent Island-Wide Accounting competition and the group was able to secure the first place win for the second consecutive year. They are: Adrian Baqui, Alfred Tiatia, Elizabeth Lualua, Faatuputala Fiame, Precious Ameperosa, and...
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A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 28,893 visitors to National Park of American Samoa in 2016 spent $1,689,300 in communities near the park; and that spending supported 21 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $2,070,200. “I am thrilled that so...
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A Department of Education cook who allegedly slapped a 10-year-old student on the face about seven months ago, was last week charged with misdemeanor third degree assault. The defendant, Vaeluaga Sofara, who has been released on her own recognizance, returns to court later this month for another...
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A former US Postal Service (USPS) employee in American Samoa is facing a conspiracy drug possession charge — a misdemeanor — in connection with a parcel, alleged to contain drugs, she received earlier this year. According to the criminal complaint, Chevonne Lafaele is charged with conspiracy to...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata, Vice President Pence, and Governor Lolo stand before the troops from the  100th Infantry Battalion and Air Force Two at Pago Pago Intl Airport last week.  [Courtesy photo]
Amata Lolo and Pence.JPG Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata, took to the Floor of the House Monday to hail Vice President Mike Pence’s words to the people of American Samoa during his visit to the territory last week. Referring to Pence’s words as the “Pago Pago Declaration”, Amata noted...
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The trial of a man accused of forcing his way into an apartment home in Nu’uuli and having sexual contact with a woman got underway yesterday with opening arguments after a two-man and five women jury was selected Monday afternoon. The government’s case against Siaosi Laulu, stems from an incident...
Police commissioner, Le’i Sonny Thompson has responded characterizing the Victims Advocate’s allegation as false. [SN file photo]
Victims Advocate, Ipu Avegalio Lefiti is calling on the House of Representatives for assistance, regarding a complaint filed with the Department of Public Safety to investigate allegations against Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s Chief of Staff, Fiu Johnny Saelua. In a letter addressed to specific...
Congresswoman Amata and Chairman Calvert talk about education funding for AS, on the House floor last year. [courtesy photo]
Good news from Washington, DC, yesterday, Monday, May 1, 2017 — Congresswoman Aumua Amata says with the bipartisan budget agreement reached over the weekend for the remainder of the fiscal year, "There's no decrease in Interior funding for American Samoa which includes the hospital, community...
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MACHETE ATTACKER A man accused by the government of using his fist and then a machete to assault his wife, who suffered injuries, has entered a guilty plea in the High Court and will be sentenced June 2nd. To protect the victim, Samoa News does not usually identify the defendant by name. The 25-...

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