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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man with two prior convictions over a decade ago is back in court on a new allegation that he stole his stepmother’s vehicle. When pulled over by traffic officers two months ago, the suspect, Victor Isaako told officers the vehicle belonged to his sister, not his (step...
 Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata welcomed a $100,000 health grant from the American Rescue Plan Act, passed by Congress this year and signed into law in March.
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata welcomed a $100,000 health grant on Monday from the American Rescue Plan Act, passed by Congress this year and signed into law in March. The discretionary grant to the American Samoa Department of Health for home visiting is from the U.S. Department...
Two women receiving donated items in boxes
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The new Hawaii-Repatriation Medical Team received a surprise donation delivered to the American Samoa quarantine site, Ohana East Hotel in Hawaii on Friday, April 30.  The Lions Club of Pago Pago coordinated with the Hawaii- Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) on...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A married man with 4 young children is now in custody after being arrested by police last month on the allegation that he had engaged in a sexual relationship with his 16-year-old niece for a period of over 6 month. Moreover, the grandmother of the alleged victim told...
DHSS prevent child abuse wave
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Department of Human and Social Services (DHSS) staff held a wave last Friday, marking the final day of National Child Abuse Prevention Month in American Samoa, as well as “Victims Rights Week”. Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga issued a Mar. 31st proclamation...
Staci Iafeta (left) and her husband, Siave Iafeta (right)
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Repatriated passengers were strangers at the outset but they bonded and become “family”, leaning on each other and helping along the way, as they entered quarantine in Honolulu. There the bond was strengthened while waiting for confirmation from ASG for whether they...
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Pago Pago, AMRICAN SAMOA — A 58-year old man of Tongan ancestry, who resides in Mesa, Arizona is facing a federal charge of intentional sexual contact with a 16-year old girl during a recent flight from Phoenix to Anchorage, Alaska. Kepueli Talaiasi was charged last week Thursday at the federal...
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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...
TCF Territorial Correctional Facility front entrance and wall
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...
Snippet of Recovery Rebate Form
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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