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Female alleged to have had sexual relationship with minor appears in court


A woman was charged yesterday for allegedly having sex with a minor boy.
Carmen Galumalemana Hunkin, in her 30s, made her initial appearance in District Court yesterday and was charged with rape, deviate sexual assault, sexual abuse first degree, sodomy and child endangerment.

Costly study cautions against offending Hawaiian Air

Hawaiian Air would “vehemently” object & Pacific carriers not interested in market

An air transport marketing study has cautioned American Samoa against moving forward with legislation to exempt the territory from federal cabotage law, saying that two major Pacific airlines are not interested in cabotage service, and any legislation for exemption will be strongly opposed by U.S. airline labor unions as well as  Hawaiian Airlines.

Lawmakers attempt to stop SPED changes over objections from DOE director


The move by the House Education Committee, led by Chairman Vaetasi Tu’umolimoli  Moliga, asking Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga last Friday to stop DOE from decentralizing SPED, is not sitting well with Department of Education Director, Vaitinasa Salu Hunkin-Finau.

Super Bowl will be broadcast live on KVZK-TV


As the local NBC affiliate, the government operated KVZK-TV will broadcast live on Ch: 5 this Sunday’s Super Bowl 49 game, with kickoff set for 12:30p.m (local time) at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
Broadcasting the NFL's Big Game on KVZK “makes it possible for our people in Manu'a to view the game and also for families who do not have access to cable TV,” said Office of Public Information director Fagafaga Daniel Langkilde.

Update: Flash flood warning downgraded to a watch


The flash flood warning for American Samoa has expired and the National Weather Service in Pago Pago has issued a  flash flood watch for American Samoa originally through Friday night and now extended into Saturday.

The active monsoon trough will continue to remain nearly   stationary bringing periods of showers and thunderstorms over the Samoan islands through Saturday morning.

Wet soil conditions from recent rain showers will enhance the potential for flash flooding.

Deputy AG asks court to consider “other punishments” for aging sex offender


Prosecutor Deputy Attorney General Mitzie Jessop has asked the court to show leniency in the sex case filed against businessman Mike Kim. She is asking the court to consider “other punishments” rather than confining him at the Tafuna Correctional Facility, given his age and his critical health.
The case, which has been ongoing for four years, now has Kim and his co-defendant Motau Samani before the court for sentencing, however the court says they need time to fashion an appropriate sentence.

Community Briefs


The American Samoa Visitors Bureau confirmed around 3:30p.m. yesterday that they just received a notice from shipping agents that the two cruise ships initially scheduled to arrive Friday and Saturday have been canceled.
Visitors Bureau says no specific reasons was given for the cancellations but it’s suspected that its due to the bad weather conditions surrounding the Samoan islands — American Samoa and Samoa. Both ships were to visit Tutuila and Upolu islands.

Fono News


Despite the governor making known that the issue of salary increments lie within his authority, three lawmakers are again submitting a resolution, calling on Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga to lift the suspension of the salary increments for government employees.
Rep Larry Sanitoa, Puleleiite Tufele Li’amatua and Vailoata Eteuati Amituana’i are co-sponsoring a resolution that was submitted in first reading yesterday in the House.

Governor publicly highlights Fisheries Task Force as means to protect canneries


To protect and sustain the competitive advantage of the two canneries, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has established a new task force, which includes representation of both StarKist Samoa and Samoa Tuna Processors Inc.
Lolo publicly revealed the new fisheries task force during his remarks at Saturday’s inauguration ceremony for the $70 million state-of-the-art Samoa Tuna Processor cannery.

1602 prosecutors call Kruse couple "shameless”

Jail time and full restitution recommended for both defendants

Federal prosecutors says John Emil Kruse and his wife Elaine “shamelessly stole hundreds of thousands of federal dollars” awarded to them under the Section 1602 Program for their personal and business use and that the couple’s crimes “are marked by dishonesty, corruption and greed,” according to the U.S. Justice Department’s 23-page Sentencing Memorandum filed Tuesday at the federal court in Washington D.C.


The Kruses are set to enter pleas of guilty and be sentenced thereafter during a status hearing set for Feb. 5.

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