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Traffic accident results in charges of DUI, reckless driving and drug possession


LJ Solo was arraigned in High Court yesterday morning, facing criminal charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance — marijuana, driving under the influence of alcohol and reckless driving. According to the government’s case, on November 11, 2015 police launched an investigation into a traffic accident in which they allegedly uncovered marijuana during an inventory of a vehicle believed to be involved in an accident.

Hines: US should assert historical rights and reclaim high seas fishing days

Argues for help for ALL vessels of the U.S. purse seiner fleet

J. Douglas Hines, a partner and owner in Ocean Global LLC, and Sea Global LLC, has made the call for “the U.S. to assert its historical rights and reclaim all the high seas days relinquished in 2013” in order to significantly help all vessels of the U.S. purse seiner fleet.
Hines was the first to provide comments on the new US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) proposed rule-making for the territories and the comment period ended at the close of business on Nov. 23.

Pre-Thanksgiving events include morning Turkey Run and evening concert


Pre Thanksgiving Day events this Wednesday before the holiday include Leone High School’s Annual Turkey Run, which started at 4:30a.m. Following the run is a Zumba, performances by Samoan artists, and other events at the school campus.

Get-away driver in Gold Conda robbery gets 15 years

Attempts to withdraw his guilty plea

Chief Justice Michael Kruse and Associate Judge Muasau Tasina Tofili handed down a 15-year sentence for one of the three defendants who robbed Gold Conda store at gunpoint. Falefatu Asi who’s charged together with Alatuna Simi and Sam Wright planned to rob the Gold Conda store last year May. Asi was in court for his change of plea hearing and he entered a guilty plea to the amended count of conspiracy to commit robbery first degree, and in return the government will move to dismiss the stealing charge.

Lightning blamed for Saturday's extended power outage


Hundreds of homes on the eastern side of the island were without electricity for several hours this past Saturday, after the Satala power plant experienced a blackout at 5a.m. that day.

Weather service urges residents to heed LOCAL weather bulletins


Because of different terminology used by weather offices in Samoa and American Samoa, the territory’s broadcasters have been asked by the National Weather Service and the local Homeland Security Department (ASDHS) to help get the message out to residents to listen to local radio and television stations when there is a disaster instead of the Samoa government owned Radio 2AP in Apia.




Just in time for Feast Day of the "Christ the King" Parish in Nu’uuli, the newly reconstructed grotto featuring a statue of the Holy Mother Mary that stands in the middle of the church compound was completed and blessed this past Sunday.
Head of the Nu’uuli Parish, Rev. Father Vaiula Iulio said the work took less than a month to complete and he is grateful that everything was ready in time for Feast Day.
The grotto features a spring with lights that illuminate from the image during nighttime hours.

Farmers petition gov over School Lunch, marketplace

New Farmers Association formed

Close to 100 farmers have signed a petition calling on Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga to roll back the decision on acquiring produce by the bidding process for the school lunch program along with petitioning him to open the market place, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
This petition addressed to Governor Lolo, is spearheaded by Taimane Johnson who was present at a meeting between the farmers and the Agriculture yesterday at the Agriculture Conference Room in Tafuna.

Bumble Bee jumps into fray on effect of fishery rules


Bumble Bee Seafood president and chief executive officer, Christopher D. Lischewski has claimed that the local canneries have never provided a legitimate commitment to continue to operate in American Samoa, despite the support from the people and government American Samoa.

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