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LBJ pediatrician warns of common practice that is dangerous for babies


“Diluting breast milk or baby formula, or even giving infants plain water, is dangerous, so dangerous it could kill babies,” says Dr. James Marrone, the head of Pediatrics at LBJ Medical Center, in response to Samoa News questions.
Last month a 10-week-old child died in Georgia of “water intoxication”, also called hyponatremia, and the story led to callers contacting Samoa News raising concerns about the danger of diluting milk for infants.

Starkist settled lawsuit, but denies claims and liability

StarKist press weight machines were not maintained in Pago and Ecuado

By reaching the settlement agreement as the result of a lawsuit filed in federal court, StarKist Co., says the company will focus attention on its core mission of “providing healthy and delicious seafood” to customers.

Immigration Lookout List drama continues to unfold

Latest: Only used for people who want a 30-day permit, not 14-day

The High Court heard last Friday from Deputy Attorney General Mitzie Jessop that the Immigration office does not screen people who apply for a 14-day permit, to see if they are on the Lookout List, but does screen people applying for a 30-day permit.
This was revealed in court during the status hearing called by Chief Justice Michael Kruse on sex offender Pelenato Maiava aka Pelenato Lino who’s name was supposed to be on the lookout list, but was not.

Viliamu admits to receiving and disposing of stolen property

Second degree robbery charge dropped

Freddie Fa’aoso Viliamu was arrested on a public peace disturbance charge, and when he appeared in court, it was discovered that he had two outstanding arrest warrants from 2012 — both involving charges of robbery and receiving stolen property.  He entered into a plea agreement with the government this week, and has been charged in two separate cases.

Community Briefs


Effective April 13, 2015, the time frame to process a permit for travel to the independent state of Samoa is 24 hours, per a change that went into effect that day, and is enforced by the issuing authority —the Office of the Samoa Consulate General.

Motion to suppress evidence filed in Aute case

“Money is not contraband” Search and seizure relegated to items in search warrant

The search warrant of Aute Bar permitted the search and seizure of firearms, ammunition and documents establishing the possession of ownership but it did not authorize the police to search and seize any other type of items, like evidence of possession of a controlled substance, says drug defendant Tumuatasi Lefatia in her motion to suppress evidence and to release $4,184 seized by the government.
The motion was filed by her attorney Fiti Sunia.

Starkist agrees to pay $12MIL in class action suit


Pittsburgh-based StarKist Co., whose local operation is StarKist Samoa cannery, will pay $12 million to settle a lawsuit filed against the canned tuna company, according to a motion for preliminary approval of a class action settlement agreement filed with the federal court in San Francisco, California.
The motion is set for a court hearing before U.S. District Court Judge Haywood S. Gilliam Jr. on May 28, while StarKist corporate office did not immediately respond to questions or request for comments on the proposed settlement.

Documents threatened as registrar’s office floods again


Territorial Registrar’s Office located in Fagatogo was the subject of a serious cleanup yesterday morning after a leak developed in the building over the weekend after a sewage pipe was broken last Saturday while Fletcher Construction was working behind the building.

DPS Commissioner discusses substation problems, new promotion guidelines

“Nothing handed to anyone on a silver platter” — officers to earn promotions

Due to maintenance issues the Leone Police Substation is closed down temporarily, says Department of Public Safety Director Save Liuato Tuitele, but it has nothing to do with the recommendations he made to the governor to close the Fagaitua and Leone substations.
The recommendations Save referred to were made during the time he was director of the Office of Fraud, Prevention and Investigations, and was also appointed as acting deputy commissioner of DPS. At that time he had been asked to conduct an assessment and report on DPS.

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