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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of stealing money from a cash register at a Tafuna store last year entered into a plea agreement with the government last Friday. Ieremia Ah Wong, who was initially charged with first degree burglary, stealing, and public peace disturbance, pled guilty to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga will be extending for 30-days the “short amnesty” program for overstayers in American Samoa to correct their immigration status, under a proposed amendment to his Dec. 8th emergency declaration due to measles. This is according to the Governor’s...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Department of Human and Social Services director Muavaefaatasi John Suisala confirmed to Samoa News Sunday afternoon that his department has received a copy of the video posted on social media that has sparked outrage from people all over the world, specifically Hawaii,...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The male driver of a truck that was stopped by police two weeks ago has told investigators that the bag they found in the vehicle — allegedly containing a huge quantity of a white crystalline substance, marijuana, cash, and paraphernalia — does not belong to him. Richard...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Polynesian Leaders Group meeting, that was to be held in American Samoa this month, has been postponed until April due to concerns over measles. The group, which was established in 2011, consists of independent or self-governing countries or territories within the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Johnny Visesio is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 29, 2020 for sentencing. He is convicted of stealing and second degree burglary. Visesio, 31, was initially charged in two separate cases. In the first case, he was charged with one count of stealing and one count of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Samoa News recently noticed over the last few weeks (maybe a month or more now) that there is a ’rock wall’ being built along the shoreline of Utulei Beach — from in front of DDW Beach Cafe along the general beach area. There is also apparently a ‘fill’ going on,...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa now has 11 confirmed measles cases, and while all daycare centers will remain closed this week, all public schools and the majority of private schools reopened yesterday, with medical professionals from the Health Department visiting campuses to ensure all...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Territorial Correctional Facility inmate, James Glenn Barlow, has included David Longly Bernhardt, the U.S. Secretary of Interior, as another respondent in his petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus now pending before the federal court in Washington D.C. Barlow amended his...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Territorial Bank of American Samoa’s (TBAS) board of directors has announced a change in its senior management team. According to TBAS Board chair, Olivia C. Reid, Drew Roberts is leaving his position as CEO of the bank, as the executive search for a permanent CEO -...

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