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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of violating local drug laws before the end of last year was arrested by police two months ago. The man, Saipale Fei fled from police officers during a traffic stop, however, he was charged after being arrested for disturbing the public peace at his village...
Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo V. Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Governor’s current COVID-19 Emergency Declaration easing restrictions on public gatherings — allowing 10 people inside, does not apply to in-door dining at restaurants, which is specifically prohibited under provisions of the declaration, said Lt. Gov. Talauega...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers were arrested this week on the allegation that they assaulted two juvenile males who were suspected to be part of a group of young men who were fighting and throwing stones on the road. After the alleged assault, police...
Dr. Akapusi Ledua
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — LBJ Medical Center has finalized its morgue policy for families, whose loved ones passed way and were diagnosed with COVID-19 and it was publicly presented by the hospital’s acting chief of staff, Dr. Akapusi Ledua during Monday’s COVID-19 Task Force virtual news...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 51-year-old man accused of abusing his mentally challenged stepdaughter several months ago was arrested by police last month and charged, after police finally found him at his home. The defendant, Amani Reupena made his initial appearance in Court last month. The...
Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo V. Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo Ale said some public school teachers have lobbied — even directly with him — against re-opening schools with in-person classroom instruction set to begin May 2 and that the governor is expected to issue this week a new COVID-19 declaration...
Amata and Young
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata welcomed House passage Tuesday of S.497, the Senate companion bill to the House version she helped introduce, the American Fisheries Advisory Committee Act of 2021, H.R. 3128. In June, the bill was sponsored in the House by the late Congressman Don...
Va’amua Henry Sesepasara in inset and also captaining the Aeto.
Apia, SAMOA — The family of the late Va’amua Henry Sesepasara, former Captain of Pago Pago’s pride and joy – the Aeto fautasi  – are making final arrangements for his services in May that will include a House Resolution to honor the former lawmaker. Va’amua, a grandfather of 16 and father of five,...
sofias and Moefa’auo William Emmsley
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Reigning Miss SOFIAS, Runi Talaifaga (4th from left), pictured with members of SOFIA that visited LBJ Medical Center to present gifts and other goodies for hospital workers, who toiled tirelessly in the past weeks of the COVID-19 community spread. SOFIA is among the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two people were arrested and charged after cops allegedly discovered drugs and paraphernalia inside a rental vehicle. The two are Thomas Aloese, the driver and Felix Tonumaipe’a, the passenger. Aloese and Tonumaipe’a are each charged with one count of unlawful possession...

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