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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 43-year-man was arrested by police on the allegation that he assaulted his wife while in their vehicle. He made his initial appearance in court last week where he entered a not guilty plea to the charges against him. The man is being charged with public peace...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of violating local drug laws has asked the court to set his matter for trial. Uputonu Lui who had been in custody since his arrest last year, unable to post $5,000 surety bond, appeared in court two weeks ago for his pretrial conference. When his case was...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Some 46 telehealth programs across the U.S. will receive funding in the latest round of Distant Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grants from the US Department of Agriculture. In all, the USDA is investing $42.3 million, including $24 million in CARES Act funds, to 86...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who served almost 13 months at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) to await the outcome of his case was placed on 5 years probation by the High Court last week. Viane Ah Mu appeared in High Court last week for sentencing after he was convicted of 2nd degree...
Bluesky wires in the trees in Alega
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In an order issued on Tuesday this week, US Chief Judge J. Michael Seabright at the federal court in Honolulu, set a briefing schedule with respect to a motion for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO), sought by Alega residents in their complaint against AST Telecom dba...
Traditional leader, Lefiti Falelaulii Pese
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Retired associated judge, and traditional leader, Lefiti Falelaulii Pese, is American Samoa’s new Police Commissioner, after being confirmed by the Senate yesterday, while the House handed down its approval earlier this week. The Senate vote followed Lefiti’s...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A married man who left his wife and then allegedly had an affair with a 16-year-old girl was arrested by police last week pursuant to an arrest warrant from the court. Moreover, the mother of the alleged victim allowed the affair to continue after she was unable to stop...
Tuala-uta Representative, Larry Sanitoa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The House of Representatives passed in the second reading yesterday morning its version of the tobacco tax bill and their amended legislation repeals completely the 2% wage tax earmarked for the LBJ hospital. The bill goes for a third reading this morning and “shall...
Tuasivi John R. Marsh
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Tuasivi John R. Marsh is the government’s new Commissioner of the Office of Financial Institutions (OFI) replacing Robert Ho Chee, who has served as Commissioner since OFI was first established by law some six years ago. Tuasivi was confirmed yesterday by the Senate in a...
Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga  and Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo Va’alele Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In a Feb. 24th memorandum, Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga reminded cabinet members of the Island Wide Clean-Up today, Friday, Feb. 26th. All departments, agencies, offices, and authorities are “expected to participate” in the monthly clean up, he said. Lemanu...

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