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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of abusing his disabled daughter was arrested by police last week and charged.  Samoa News has chosen not to identify the defendant in this matter in order to protect the privacy of the alleged victim. Also, noted is that court affidavit does not identify...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A father of three accused of abusing his young child before he turned around and allegedly assaulted a neighbor who reported the child abuse incident to police is now in custody after he was arrested last month. During his arrest, police discovered illegal drugs in the...
Amata in an earlier meeting at the U.S. Capitol
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata is back in Washington, D.C., after piecing together a lengthy flight plan around the Pacific. Congress will be in session this week, and could continue consideration of further COVID-19 response or economic relief legislation to close out the year....
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa Health Department is among the eleven new “trusted partners” which Hawaii authorities say will accepted coronavirus tests for the state’s domestic pre-travel testing program, according to a news release over the weekend through Hawaii Gov. David Ige’s...
The Fesco Askold container ship in Pago Pago harbor
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The ship which brought cases of Covid-19 into American Samoa's port, is taking longer to unload and reload than expected. Last week three crew from the Fesco Askold container ship tested positive for Covid-19 throwing a scare into the coronavirus-free community. It was...
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Washington, D.C. — The US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) yesterday announced through the federal portal (www.regulations.gov) that a final rule, effective Dec. 10th, will remove the swordfish retention limit in the American Samoa deep-set longline fishery. “ “The intent of this rule is to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 35-year-old man, who was convicted of stealing from his employer, and later selling some of the power tools he stole, has been ordered to pay a $2,000 fine as a condition of his 7-year probation sentence. Tevita Haveli was convicted of stealing, a felony punishable by...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The court has set bail at $500 for Malaki Lafaele, who was taken into custody last week following an incident in Vaitogi where he is alleged to have gone to his neighbor’s home with a machete, and also challenged people in the neighborhood to a fight. Lafaele, who made...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — King Tides are expected along the American Samoa coastlines for the next few days. You may have noticed higher than usual tides in the past few days, but the peak of the highest tides will be today through the 17th. Do you have a King Tide photo that you would like to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man convicted for violating local drug laws was sentenced to a period of probation of 5 years. Francis Hema, who has been in custody since his arrest in July of this year, unable to post his $5,000 surety bond, appeared in court this week for sentencing.  Hema was...

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