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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 21-year-old man who was convicted of having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl asked the court to send him back to Samoa so he can care for his parents while they are still alive. Chief Justice Michael Kruse granted the defendant’s request - which was also...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 25-year-old male accused of burglarizing a store in Tafuna, along with several juveniles, told the court he didn't keep any of the stolen items, just the cash. Fa’amanatu Alesana was initially charged with first degree burglary and stealing, both class C felonies, in...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man is behind bars after he allegedly beat his wife last week. The incident was reported to police during the early evening hours of Dec. 6 by the woman who claimed that the alleged beating took place inside their Tafuna home, in the presence of their three minor...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A land dispute between two families in Pava’ia’i ended when police arrested two people and escorted them to the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) on Thursday afternoon, to prevent any further violence. Aleluia Tuifaiga, 45, and Taupaolo William, 46, made their...
Some of the 33 ASCC students enrolled in the ROTC program.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 33 cadets enrolled in the ROTC program at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) completed a successful Field Training Exercise (FTX) in late November that included practice military maneuvers and training activities staged at Veterans Stadium as well as the...
Just say no to marijuana
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 29-year-old man who was convicted of giving marijuana joints to his underage cousin last year was released from the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) yesterday, after the court sentenced him to time served. Molieletise Salu appeared before Acting Associate...
StarKist canning plant in American Samoa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — US based StarKist Inc., offers no comments on the company’s proposed move to relocate some of its production from California to American Samoa. The cannery however confirmed the annual two week end-of-the-year shutdown at StarKist Samoa. Lt. Gov. Lemanu Palepoi Sialega...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man who was accused of stealing money from his former employer was released from TCF this week, after the High Court granted the government’s motion to dismiss the case against him. Okesene Finauga appeared before Acting Associate Justice Elvis P. Patea this week...
 Rep. Amata questioning expert witness
 Washington, D.C — Congresswoman Aumua Amata and other members of the Veterans Affairs Committee examined the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) efforts to implement the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017, often called the AMA. This full Committee hearing built on the...
Seen here are three of the fagaofe recently confiscated
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — It’s that time of the year again — greetings of Manuia le Kerisimasi ma le Tausage Fou are heard throughout the Territory — and unfortunately the BA-BOOM of the ‘fagaofe’ also becomes a familiar sound. According to Captain Muagututitia John Cendrowski, the police are...

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