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Court Report

Samoa News staff translation

A man accused of assaulting his wife by punching her in the face, pulling her hair and shoving her down, all in front of the couple’s children, made his initial appearance in District Court yesterday where he is charged with two misdemeanor counts of third degree assault and public peace disturbance.
The wife allegedly told police this is not the first time her husband had abused her in front of their children, according to court information.

Community Briefs

compiled by Samoa News staff

The Election Office reminds all registered voters who have not picked up their voter ID, to do so and that only the elector is allowed to pick up his/ her voter ID and no one else. Election officials say that many electors have registered and have taken their photo for the voter ID, but have not returned to pick up their voter ID.

Political status, to elect the AG or not — ask the candidates


A plan for American Samoa’s future political status and whether or not to elect the territory’s Attorney General, are among the more than ten questions asked of the candidates for governor during last Thursday’s gubernatorial forum hosted by the American Samoa Bar Association.
The political status issue has been talked about over the years and has become a more prominent issue over the past several months when Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga called for more discussions as well as an education awareness program.

Saili auala e foia ai le tele o gasegase matuia i le atunu’u


O le fonotaga tele a le vaega o lo o galulue mo le puipuia o le Soifua Maloloina i le atunu’u, lea ua fa’amoemoe e tatalaina i le taeao nei mo le umi e 2 aso, o le a talanoaina ai auala eseese e mafai ai ona puipuia le atunu’u mai le a’afia i gasegase matuia e aofia ai le kanesa, tino puta, kanesa o le susu, fa’apea ai gasegase o lo o feavea’i e namu e pei o le Zika virus ma le Dengue fever.

Tala otooto mai le Fa’amasinoga


O le ali’i mai Iliili lea o lo o tu’uaia i lona fasi o lona to’alua e ala i lona ta tu’i o foliga ma toso lona ulu i luma o lana fanau, ua tu’uaia nei o ia i le moliaga mama e lua o le fa’atupu vevesi i totonu o lona aiga, atoa ai ma le fa’ao’olima i le tulaga tolu.

Fa’asea to’atele soona fa’aaoga le tatau meatotino malo Ofu, Manu’a


E to’atele ni isi o tagatanu’u o Ofu, Manu’a ua fa’aalia lo latou fa’asea i le soona faaaoga le tatau e tagata faigaluega a le malo o meatotino a le malo e aofia ai kesi ma mea faufale.

New Manu’atele vessel still undergoing sea trials

Still in shipbuilder’s hands, Coast Guard needs to deem it “seaworthy”

American Samoa’s new multimillion dollar vessel for Manu’a is still undergoing US Coast Guard inspection in Washington State and Port Administration director Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Poumele said ASG will not take over the MV Manu’atele unless it’s deemed “seaworthy” by the Coast Guard.

Wife stabs tires of husband’s car at Tafuna police substation

Samoa News staff translation

Two separate domestic cases on Monday this week, during separate times of the day, sent three people — including a divorced couple — to jail and all three appeared Tuesday in District Court for their initial appearance.
In the first case, which occurred in Tafuna, the woman was charged, while the second case, from Iliili, the man was charged while the woman’s case is still being investigated. As a policy, Samoa News does not identify the defendants in domestic cases to protect the victim.

Lt. Gov. Lemanu addresses rumors of Gov. Lolo running the gov’t when off island

Says Gov. Lolo trusts him to make decisions, and he does when gov off island

At last Thursday’s gubernatorial forum hosted by the American Samoa Bar Association, three questions were asked of the candidates for lieutenant governor, with one of questions, “How do you see your role as lieutenant governor, if your team wins the election?” causing Lt. Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga to publicly address — for the first time — rumors and unconfirmed reports that Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga runs the government from Honolulu when he is off island for a long period of time.

Two members of “Hospital Boys Killers” gang in Samoa sentenced for being in a “gang”


Apia, SAMOA —The two young men who were arrested and charged in connection with being gang members in Samoa have been sentenced. Alesana Levi and Sio Lameko, who are both 18-years old were each facing one count of carrying out an unlawful assembly or being involved in a gang.
The defendants pleaded guilty to the charges last month and were up for sentencing last week. According to the police summary of facts the young men are both members of the HBK Gang otherwise known as the “Hospital Boys Killers”.

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