Court Report



A 17-year old boy remains hospitalized as of yesterday after he allegedly tried to commit suicide, says Terri Bullinger, the assistant attorney general who handles juvenile matters in court.

Bullinger told Samoa News that the incident occurred Monday night as the youngster came home intoxicated, and his mother along with other family members tried to keep him calm and quiet, but without success.

It’s alleged the teen got into an argument with his mother before he walked outside to a mango tree, tied a rope around his neck and around the branch of the tree, and jumped despite yells from the family not to jump. Family members rushed to the teenager to prevent him from dying and called the ambulance.

When the teenager is released from the hospital, he will be charged with under age drinking and the government will request the court to keep the teenager at the Juvenile Detention Center for a period of time to ensure his safety, said Bullinger.


Of the nine individuals arrested over the long Veterans Day holiday weekend, two males  were taken into custody for private peace disturbances at their homes which included swearing at their mothers.

Court information states that one incident occurred in Pago Pago and the other in Fagaima.

In the Pago Pago case, the defendant was intoxicated while he swore at people passing by on the road in his neighborhood. It’s alleged that when his mother told the defendant to stop what he was doing, the defendant got angry and swore at his mother and other family members.

This is a similar situation in the case from Fagaima, with the defendant swearing at his mother after coming home intoxicated. Court records show that this defendant has appeared in court before for disturbing the peace.

The District Court has scheduled the next court appearance for each defendant.

Others taken into custody include those accused of public peace disturbance and driving while under the influence of alcohol.


The Federal bureau of Investigation has declined to comment on whether or not the federal agency has an active investigation or any pending charges against two American Samoan men charged with stealing in the High Court after allegedly telling some local residents that they were working with the FBI office.

 Alatise Fonoti and Aperaamo Levi are both charged with two counts of stealing. The men are alleged to have hired people to do construction work, claiming the laborers would be paid by the FBI.

Asked if the FBi plans on charging these two men in federal court for impersonating federal agents, FBI’s Honolulu based spokesman, Thomas J. Simon Jr, said via e-mail yesterday that “I can’t confirm or deny the existence of any uncharged FBI investigation.” Other questions posed by Samoa News to the FBI were unanswered.

Court documents state that the defendants told police of their association with the FBI, which denied such a claim.


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