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Girl swept to sea


A 17-year-old junior at Leone High School was swept out at sea while sitting on the rocks Friday afternoon at Sogi, according to police. 
It was first reported that the incident took place at Leala but later information confirmed she drowned at Sogi.

Senate, DPS leaders divided on move to arm police officers


While Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has approved the arming of police officers, Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie told Public Safety officials that he is against such a move and urged DPS to work closely with traditional village leaders to identify trouble makers before problems occur.

Can Tri Marine make waves with sustainable tuna strategy?

Home News Work Supply chain Can Tri Marine make waves with sustainable tuna strategy? The supplier for big brands such as StarKist and Costco is investing in traceability and green business practices throughout its supply chain

Was the fish in your tuna salad sustainably harvested? One of the biggest tuna suppliers in the world, privately held Tri Marine, believes it has a responsibility to answer that question in the affirmative.

As a result, the company is investing substantially in technology and business processes to prove it, including a new commitment to an end-to-end assessment by the Marine Stewardship Council.

Special Election for House District #6 set for March


A special election for House of Representatives District #6 will be held in March this year to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Rep. Lemapu Suiaunoa Talo, who will be laid to rest tomorrow following final funeral services.

Associate Judges fill important role in local judiciary says CJ


Chief Justice Michael Kruse has relayed to the leaders of the Fono and Executive branch the important role played by associate judges who are appointed and confirmed to sit in the High Court, saying that the judges must also undergo training dealing with the law.

Chamber of Commerce would like to see more gov’t projects awarded to private sector


While the Chamber of Commerce applauds the Lolo Administration's achievements over the last two years, the business group calls on the government to award more projects to the private sector as well as utilize the expertise found within the Chamber membership.
In his State of the Territory Address last week, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga painted a rosy picture of the government’s achievements over the two years since his administration took office.

House Speaker reveals BoH plans to leave in June


The bombshell dropped yesterday by House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale that Bank of Hawai’i will be leaving the territory at the end of June this year sparked a flurry of comments and questions from lawmakers. The Speaker’s announcement came as chairman of the House Commerce Committee, Larry Sanitoa was scheduling a hearing following the introduction of a bill allowing the establishment of a government owned Charter Bank.

ASG looking to hire a new Chief Customs Officer

That’s the 4th one — within the last 17 months

The Department of Treasury is looking into hiring a new Chief of Customs, while the current Chief, Moetulu’i Sipili Fuiava has been assigned as Acting Chief of Customs, says Treasurer Ueligatone Tonumaipe’a in response to Samoa News questions.
Last week Friday, Samoa News received calls from Customs officers claiming that Moetulu’i had been removed as Chief, however Tonumaipe’a dismissed these allegations noting that Moetulu’i has been assigned as “Acting Chief until we find someone else.”

Senators express public distrust of cops during

Public Safety hearing Learn why charges were dropped in recent TCF case

Due to the fact that the night commander of the Territorial Correctional Facility changed his story, the government had no choice but to seek dismissal of criminal charges against police officer Fatu Enari, who was initially accusing of taking three TCF inmates early this month to Alofau without permission, according to Save Liuato Tuitele, the acting police commissioner.

Court Report


A janitor working at Fatu o Aiga was arrested and charged in connection with having a sexual relationship with a minor. John Iosefo is facing two counts of statutory rape, two counts of sexual abuse first degree and endangering the welfare of a child. If convicted of all charges, the defendant is looking at 21 years in jail in this matter.

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