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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man arrested for disturbing the public peace in front of a store in the Tafuna area is now charged with violating local drug laws. Amosi Tevita made his initial appearance in District Court last week. He is charged with one count of unlawful possession of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man was arrested by police in Malaeimi after he went into his sister’s house with a machete in his hand. The defendant made his initial appearance in court 3 weeks ago. He’s charged with private peace disturbance and 3rd degree assault. Bail is set at $2,500. The...
The sample ballot
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Chief Election Officer Dr. Lealofi Uiagalelei has certified candidates for the Nov. 3, 2020 general election, after the deadline to file a challenge against candidates has expired. With the certification of candidates, absentee voting — both overseas and local —...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two men were arrested by police last week on the allegation that one of them attempted to rape a young girl who is said to be mentally challenged, while the other held her down in an effort to prevent her from leaving. The two men, Luteru Pedro and Tavita Tuigamala made...
Treasurer Ueligitone Tonumaipe’a
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Projected local revenue collections for the new fiscal year 2021, compared to the last two fiscal years was the focus of yesterday’s Fono Joint Budget Committee hearings with ASG witnesses Treasurer Ueligitone Tonumaipe’a and ASG Office of Budget and Planning director...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man was arrested by police last month after he allegedly entered a family home at night without permission. Pelema Akeli made his initial appearance in court last month. He is charged with one count of trespassing and one count of 3rd degree property damage, both...
Aircraft on runway at HNL at night during emergency landing
Honolulu, HAWAII — (HawaiiNewsNow) - When an aircraft has an emergency, seconds make a difference. But Hawaii News Now has learned the system that simultaneously alerts first responders of an emergency at Honolulu’s airport has not worked in months and another alert system is not functioning...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In his cover letter to the Fono, which includes the proposed fiscal year 2021 budget for the American Samoa Government, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga also provided a “economic outlook” for the territory before he leaves office next January. The governor explained that the “...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Tuesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed another CARES Act grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) of $529,150, part of a third wave of HUD funding that included American Samoa in each step, as announced by Secretary Dr. Ben Carson. This...
A Talofa Airways plane
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Samoa-based Talofa Airways is seeking cabotage exemption from the US Transportation Department (USDOT) to operate Manu’a flights starting next month, joining the Samoa government’s Samoa Airways which has been providing air service to the island group for more than five...

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