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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The High Court has accepted a plea agreement between the government and Alesana Lafoga, 40, who was arrested and charged for hitting his friend on the head with a rock after a rugby game in Pavaivai. Lafoga, who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $15,...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of assaulting another man during a volleyball game in Tafuna last year appeared in District Court last week for a Change of Plea hearing, before Judge Elvis P. Patea. Falaniko Apelu, who was released on his own recognizance, was initially charged with third...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 35-year-old overstayer from Samoa who resides in Tafuna was arrested last week for allegedly having a sexual relationship with his 16-year-old niece. Samoa News is withholding the name of the defendant, to protect the identity of the victim in this case. The defendant...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government has charged Fetuao Lavasi’i with public peace disturbance and third degree assault, and District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea says the defendant needs to address his alcohol problem. During arguments regarding the defendant’s bail at his initial appearance...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Police took into custody on Monday night two men, following a fight in the Tafuna area amongst several young people who were engaged in a drinking session at one of the defendant's homes. The accused, Laina Wilson and Alfred Nonu, made their initial appearances this past...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man has been charged with one count each of third degree assault and public peace disturbance, both misdemeanors, for allegedly assaulting the mother of his children at their Fagatogo home. The man is alleged to have been intoxicated when the incident occurred. To...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who used a Samoan “mele’i” — a piece of wood used to husk coconuts — to assault his neighbor was convicted of second-degree assault and subsequently has been sentenced to 20 months behind bars, as a condition of a 5-year probation term. Sosaia Ivale, 48, was...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of pointing a gun at another man in a threatening manner has told the court that the allegations against him are true. Sio Etuale-McMoore, who is out on a $5,000 surety bond, appeared in court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. Assistant Public...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of assaulting another man in a night club last year has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Joseph Aleluiah told the court that he hit the victim's head with a beer bottle on the night of Dec. 10, 2017, and what he did violated conditions of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of assaulting his cousin with a hammer has entered into a plea agreement with the government. The charges against Teofilo Maluseu, 51, stem from an incident whereby he allegedly assaulted his 53-year-old cousin. Maluseu was initially charged with first-...

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