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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man from Samoa accused of assaulting his 59-year-old uncle with a shovel and damaging his uncle’s vehicle has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Alex Unasa, 26, was initially charged with 2nd degree assault and 1st degree property damage, both class D...
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Pago Pago, AMERICA SAMOA — A 23-year-old man from Kokoland accused of burglarizing a store in Tafuna and taking off with several items has admitted to the allegations against him. Tavita Aviata Jr, who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $10,000 surety bond appeared in High Court...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 46-year-old man accused of assaulting his wife while he was intoxicated has pled guilty. The defendant, who was released on his own recognizance by the court after spending 45 days at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) appeared before District Court Judge...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  A young elite boxer, who won gold medals for American Samoa in May this year in international competition, is now in custody on the allegation that he assaulted a female student on school campus by dragging her inside a vehicle, beating her and ripping her clothes....
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man from Iliili with a long criminal history entered into a plea agreement with the government last week in High Court. Setu Filemoni, who is on probation, was initially charged with resisting arrest and second degree assault, both felonies; and three 3 misdemeanors:...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 30-year-old man accused of using a sharp weapon to cause head injuries to another man has pled guilty. Fa’avae Tagaloa was initially charged with felony first degree assault, punishable by life in prison or at least 30 years. But under a plea agreement with the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man from Vaitogi accused of attempting to assault his brother’s wife while she was holding her 18-month-old son was arrested last week. Fred Taavili Jr made his initial appearance in District Court where Judge Elvis P. Patea granted a motion from the defense attorney...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The case against the 46-year-old man from Samoa charged with second degree assault, felonious restrain, and public peace disturbance for allegedly trying to kill his wife has been bound over to High Court where arraignment will take place this morning.  (Samoa News is...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The owner of a rental unit in the Tafuna area who was charged and convicted of assaulting his tenants — a man and his daughter — was sentenced to 12 months probation last week in District Court. Anapu Toleafoa was initially charged with second-degree assault, a class D...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA  — A 44-year-old farmer who drove his wife to Leone for the alleged purpose of beating and killing her because of his suspicions that she was having an affair with a bus driver was arrested last week. The government claims that the suspect’s plan to kill his wife was...

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