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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The court has accepted the plea agreement between the government and Joseph Olataga, who is accused of stabbing a man with a knife during a drinking session earlier last year. Olataga, who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $20,000 cash bond appeared...
Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga (left) and Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo Va’alele Ale (right)
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With the third stimulus check of $1,400 per qualified tax payer to be released “soon”, in which a family of ten is estimated to get $14,000. Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo Va’alele Ale, urged the territory’s workforce not to quit their jobs, but save that money for rain days...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of sexually abusing his 16-year-old niece was arrested last month pursuant to an arrest warrant from the court, after the victim’s aunt  and her husband filed complaints against him late last year. (Samoa News has chosen not to identify the man due to the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In it’s latest health advisory, the Health Department confirmed that the second drive-thru for COVID-19 vaccinations is this Saturday, Apr. 10th at the parking lot of the Pago Pago International Airport. All those who received their first dose during the first drive-thru...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of selling hand rolled marijuana cigarettes to two men last year has entered into a plea agreement. Fiatamalii Tumau, 35, of Tafuna appeared in court last week for a pretrial conference but pled out instead. Tumau, a carpenter, was initially charged with...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Hawaiian Airlines says that it was pleased with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) determination that fully vaccinated people can safely travel domestically without testing or needing to quarantine. “We are hopeful the state of Hawai‘i will update...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Governor’s Chief of Staff, Tuimavave Tauapai Laupola has informed cabinet members that the Communications division of the Governor’s Office — GOVNET COMMS — requests assistance in providing a Public Affairs Officer (PAO) for each respective agency. He explained that...
Lt. Governor Talauega E.V. Ale
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa — At the latest Task Force meeting held at the Department of Homeland Security Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Tafuna yesterday, Task Force Chair Lt. Governor Talauega E.V. Ale noted that the Task Force has members both in the government and private sectors and in the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Four men were arrested and charged for allegedly stealing nearly $6,000 worth of tiles and thin set mortar belonging to K & K Island Star Cooperation, between May 1, 2020 and January 5, 2021. When questioned by police, their excuse was they felt they were underpaid...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In a new health advisory, the Department of Health (DoH) announced there are now three sites for the COVID-19 vaccination, with the A.P. Lutali Executive Office Building (EOB) the new one. And clinic days are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The other two sites remain...

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