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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two of the three inmates charged for their role in the alleged beating of another inmate inside the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) last year have asked the court to set their matters for trial. Asofa Titio Jr and Reggie Va’avale appeared before Chief Justice...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A look at the van used by the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) to transport detainees. At a glance, it looks decent. But closer observation reveals problems that question the safety of not only the detainees, but also of the DPS officers whose duty it is to...
James Fa’aleo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 28-year-old man who was arrested last week for allegedly raping his 13-year-old stepdaughter multiple times at their west side home, told the court last week that he’s fearful for his life, because he has received threats from “some inmates” inside the Territorial...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 22-year-old man from Tafuna, along with several juveniles, broke into the SAAB Pago Store in Tafuna and stole about $,5000 worth of goods, none of which were recovered was ordered by the High Court to pay a restitution in the amount of $5,000, after he serves a period...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Chief Justice Michael Kruse has postponed to next Friday, sentencing for Paulo Paulo Jr. because he wants to know more about the defendant's family background. Paulo Jr., who is still in custody unable to post a $5,000 surety bond, pled guilty to unlawful possession of...
Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson [SN file photo]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson has issued a threat, warning Samoa News yesterday morning not to use his private email anymore to send any inquiries regarding the services of the Department of Public Safety (DPS). He wants Samoa News to use his “official work...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Drugs and drug paraphernalia were allegedly found at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) in Tafuna during a shake-down by the DPS Vice & Narcotics Unit last week. Prior to the shakedown, the Chief Probation OfFIcer and his team carried out drug testing — as...
DPS officials after the House Public Safety hearing last week, where issues at TCF and the Fire Division were discussed.  [photo by AF]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Firemen who were assigned to guard inmates at the Territorial Correction Facility (TCF) have been returned to their regular jobs, according to Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson during a hearing with the House Public Safety committee last week. Rep. Manumaua W....
Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson appeared before the House Public Safety Committee yesterday to discuss various DPS issues, including the alleged mistreatment of inmates at the TCF.  [photo: AF]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Police Commissioner Le'i Sonny Thompson has accused Samoa News of not reporting anything positive about DPS’s daily service to the community, including issues that were discussed during a hearing before the House Budget and Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, where a...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Manu’a faipule, Rep. Toeaina Faufano Autele says the alleged mistreatment of inmates by prison guards at the TCF is not a joke, and he will do whatever he can to make sure the issue reaches the federal court. Toeaina made the comment after a hearing that was scheduled...

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