Court Report



Hymie Sefo made his initial appearance in the District Court yesterday on charges of first degree burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary in the first degree and stealing, in connection with the burglary of a store in Leone two years ago.

Sefo is held on bail of $30,000, he’s represented by Assistant Public Defender Karen Shelley. The burglary count is a class B felony and is punishable from five to 15 years in jail, conspiracy to commit burglary and stealing are class C felonies which carries a jail term of up to seven years a fine of up to $5,000 or both.

According to the government’s case, on September 13, 2009, a cashier with FJP Kruse Inc Store in Leone reported to police the store has been broken into. It’s alleged the culprits entered through the side door. Police were informed that the wooden safe vault had been pried open and close to $600 in coins were missing.

The government claims witnesses who were near the area told police they saw the defendant and another man walking towards the Kruse store. It’s alleged that during investigation, police found three men, which included Sefo, were involved in this matter,  One of the men, was an employee of Kruse’s store at the time of incident.

Court affidavit states that Sefo was terminated from Kruse’s store three months prior to the alleged break in.

According to the government’s case, Sefo admitted to police that two weeks prior to the break in, he and the other two suspects conspired to break into the store, at the time one of the two suspects was working as a watchman for the store.

Sefo told police, they all agreed to steal the black vault and the wooden vault and take all the money inside. He also told the police that one of the suspects pried open the door using a crowbar. It's alleged that Sefo and one suspect upon entering the store, went straight to the office where the vaults were and they used the crowbar to pry open the wooden vault and removed all the coins and placed it in a pack-back that was in the office.

 Sefo said he and the other suspect carried the black vault out from the store and into the bushes across the store, where they loaded it into a black dodge and took it to an auto shop in Lepuapua, but attempts to open the vault were unsuccessful.

The government claims that one of the two suspects contacted Lokeni Nu’usolia to pick up the vault and take it to Faleniu to Nu’usolia’s residence, where the police found the vault.

Nu’usolia has also been charged in this matter. He’s facing receiving stolen property and his case is pending in the High Court.

The vault was later identified by Kruse’s store owners. The vault contained $24,129.95 cash, $46,562.27 in checks and $1,828 in food stamps and $5,492 in TAOA food vouchers.


A Procurement office employee, who was caught driving a government vehicle allegedly under the influence of alcohol, while his driver’s license was suspended for a previous DUI, was arraigned in the High Court yesterday.

Pulemau Pa’aga, was among the many DUIs arrested during the Department of Public Safety’s three weeks enforcement, coinciding with the National Campaign called “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,”. Pa’aga is charged with felony driving and driving under the influence, among other traffic citations.

According to the government’s case, police pulled Pa’aga over last Saturday night while operating a Procurement vehicle without an official permit to operate the government vehicle..

The Procurement vehicle was impounded by police when Paaga was taken into custody and he’s out on a $750 bail.


A 20- year old female charged for the alleged assault of another female with a beer bottle, is scheduled to enter a guilty plea in as part of  the plea agreement with the government.

Natasha Uia who’s held on bail of $10,000 is facing charges of second-degree assault, public peace disturbance and underage possession of an alcoholic beverage.

The felony assault is a class D felony punishable up to five years in jail, a fine of up to $5,000 or both, while the PPD and underage possession of alcohol are both class B misdemeanors that carry jail terms of up to one year, a fine of up to $1,000 or both.

Uia is set to have her plea agreement hearing before Associate Justice Lyle L Richmond on Tuesday, where details of the plea agreement will be read. 

According to the government’s case, police received a call from the hospital about a girl being treated for injuries to her head.   The police were dispatched to the Emergency Room where the victim told them that the defendant approached her about rumors, and struck her head with a beer bottle, which caused her to stumble while the defendant continued to punch her on the head.

During the investigation, the defendant admitted to police that she struck the victim on the head with a beer bottle. Assistant Public Defender Mike White represents her, while prosecuting this matter is Assistant Attorney General Cable Poag.


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