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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 46-year-old man who is accused of assaulting another man was arrested last week. Faletau Valaau made his initial appearance in District Court last week where he entered a not guilty plea to the charges against him. He is charged with 3rd degree assault, 2nd degree...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man suspected of burglarizing the home of an Asian couple in Tafuna has been charged with interfering with a police investigation. Makesi Atonio is facing two misdemeanor charges: public peace disturbance and interfering with a police investigation. He made his initial...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 19-year-old male accused of murder made his initial appearance in District Court yesterday morning before Judge Gwen Tauiliili-Langkilde after he was arrested by armed CID detectives last week. Lomitusi Luapene was transported from the Territorial Correctional Facility...
Vietnamese Community gathering at the court building
Some members of the Vietnamese Community appeared at the District Court building early yesterday morning wanting to enter the court building to witness the initial appearance of the 19-year-old suspect, who was arrested in connection with the case where the body of a Vietnamese man was found dead...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 45-year-old man convicted of sexually assaulting his 16-year-old niece over a period of 5 months will serve 7 years at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF). The defendant, who has been in custody unable to post a $50,000 surety bond, appeared in High Court last...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 45-year-old taxi driver accused of assaulting his wife while he was extremely intoxicated told the court that he is sorry for his actions and he will never again do such things to his wife and children. The defendant was initially charged with public peace disturbance...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Court has ordered a young man to find a place to live, to avoid future problems between him and his father. Fred Vaaliu was arrested by police last week from his home in Tafuna, after police assistance was sought by his father, who accused his son of making...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Days after being reported missing by his family and friends, the body of a Vietnamese national was found dead inside a house in Vaitogi last week. When asked for a comment, Deputy Commissioner, Foifua Foifua Jr confirmed to Samoa News yesterday morning that police...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Department of Commerce (ASDOC) along with its Broadband Coordination, Opportunities, Redevelopment and Deployment Office (BCORD) released the American Samoa Territorial Broadband Strategy (ASTBS) last Thursday via a Zoom conference and Facebook live...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The case of a mother and her son from Nu’uuli arrested and charged last month on the allegation that the mother assisted her son in assaulting his wife will stay in District Court after the government decided to drop the felony charges against the two. Both defendants,...

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