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Two inmates who tested positive for meth appear before CJ Kruse

Chief Justice Michael Kruse

The two inmates, John Tuupo who is a Samoa citizen, and Wayne Gasolo who is a US National both appeared in District Court yesterday morning for a Disposition Hearing, for failure to comply with conditions of their probation, which includes staying away from alcohol and illegal drugs while on probation. In delivering the court decision, Kruse stated that the court would not revoke Gasolo’s probation, however, he was ordered to serve 60 days for failing to complied with court orders. His new sentences will run consecutive to his previous detention. He will be credited for the time he was detained after testing positive for using methamphetamine. For Tuupo, the court sentenced him to serve 90 days for failing to comply with conditions of his probation along with the court order. His new period of detention would run consecutively with his previous period of detention.

Am. Samoa man has federal probation revoked

Federal District Court  Building in Honolulu, Hawaii

A federal judge has revoked probation for an American Samoan man who was sentenced early last year for interfering with a Hawaiian Airlines crew during a flight about two years ago from Pago Pago to Honolulu. Aumoeualogo Agaaoa Togia was sentenced Jan. 5, 2017 to three years probation for the Class C felony charge of interfering with a flight crew, under a plea agreement with federal prosecutors. Togia appeared Tuesday this week in court for a hearing under a court summons based on the US Probation Office’s request. The hearing was to determine whether to revoke probation due to non-compliance with all conditions set by the court in 2017. During the hearing, Togia admitted to violating conditions of his probation which was then revoked, according to court documents.

Amata welcomes Trump’s action to keep families together

Congresswoman Amata speaking with President Trump, June 19, 2018

“I welcome President Trump’s decision to sign an executive order ending family separations when adults are held longer in asylum cases. He is doing the right thing,” said Aumua Amata. “In discussions with my colleagues, my guiding principle was that we should all focus on keeping the best interests of the child first, and I firmly believe we can continue to do that and still ensure the law is upheld.” According to Associated Press, the order does not end the “zero-tolerance” policy that criminally prosecutes all adults caught crossing the border illegally. But, at least for the next few weeks, it would keep families together while they are in custody, expedite their cases and ask the Defense Department to help house them. It also doesn’t change anything yet for the some 2,300 children taken from their families since the policy was put into place.

Iulogologo: it’s too early to comment on policy changes

American Samoa Government Executive Office Building

It is premature to comment at this point on potential policies until data is collected first and information from various ASG agencies regarding employees who have worked 30 years or more in government is analyzed, says the governor’s executive assistant Iulogologo Joseph Pereira. “We are trying to collect the data first from which we will develop the appropriate policy which might incentivize retirement for those employees eligible for retirement and possible reduction of government cost,” said Iulogologo yesterday responding to Samoa News inquiries.

Father of Tinian Toese bares his heart after his daughter’s drowning

Grieving parents of Tinian Makewijere Tuileto’a Toese, Sililo and Winnie Tuileto’a Toese

The father of Tinian Makewijere Tuileto’a Toese broke his silence yesterday morning saying that he was hurt by some of the statements made by teachers from the Pava’ia’i Elementary School, regarding the tragic incident that led to the death of his daughter last week. Dept of Education performs ifoga but according to Toese, the extended family accepted the ifoga because their family feels that it is part of a Christian life to forgive and forget the past. However, the fine mat and the monetary gifts were given back to the school — to take back with them.