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Police warn gang members terrorizing Apia town, “You will be caught”


Apia, SAMOA — Samoa’s Police Spokesperson, Maotaoali’i Kaioneta Kitiona has issued a stern warning to the gang or gangs that are creating problems in the town area of Apia that the police are trained to combat gang related issues that have surfaced in Samoa in the last few weeks. This was made known during the weekly press conference with the Samoa media.

Am Samoan jailed in Samoa for possession of ice pipe

While not illegal in Am Samoa, it is against the law in Samoa

Apia, SAMOA —A 37-year-old man from American Samoa was detained last week at the Tafa’igata Prison after the customs and police K-9 alerted near the defendant and during a search the police uncovered a glass pipe commonly used to smoke ice or methamphetamine — a drug that is slowly making its presence known in Samoa, according to Samoa’s Police Spokesperson Maotaoali’i  Kaioneta.

PNA Ministers: Looking at next steps for the tuna fishery

Source:: PNA media release

Kiritimati Island, KIRIBATI — The Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) Ministers gathered in Kiribati this week for their 11th annual meeting. Opening the meeting, Kiribati Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Development Tetabo Nakara addressed the importance of building on the gains of the PNA and maximizing opportunities for the future through innovative approaches to management, conservation and development.

US accused of goalpost shift on Marianas military plans

A lawsuit against US military proposals for two Northern Marianas islands claims due to its military realignments, the US has shifted the goalposts on its plans in the territory.

Four local community groups, with legal representation by NGO Earthjustice, are suing the US Navy and government over plans to use Tinian and Pagan islands for live-fire war exercises.

American officials have conducted consultations on their plans, which have been in the pipeline for at least six years.

Samoa Court Report


Apia, SAMOA — Samoa’s Chief Justice, Tiava’esu’e Falefatu Sapolu has scheduled sentencing for a 52 year old man who broke into a home and stole a fine mat, small beer bottles, cell phone, slippers and canned food in Faleali’i, Samoa. Asuasuega Pati of Falealili is charged with burglary and stealing, which are both felonies.

Reports of sex crimes up in Samoa, says Justice Vui

Mainly in urban areas, where there's less policing by village councils

Apia, SAMOA — “Sexual violation cases are becoming an epidemic in Samoa,” said Samoa’s Supreme Court Justice Vui Clarence Nelson in an interview with Samoa News, pointing out that what has increased most is the cases being reported to the authorities, unlike before, when these matters were literally taboo.


“Tatau: Marks of Polynesia,” at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles July 30-Jan. 8, looks at the Samoan practice of tattoo and how the patterns and motifs of these works of art help preserve the culture. The show will feature examples of traditional Samoan tattoo, or tatau, along with contemporary Polynesian works and other pieces that have been influenced by the tradition.

Update: Samoa bus crash turns fatal


Apia, SAMOA — The driver of the bus that crashed Friday night in Taivi, Samoa will be taken into custody as soon as he is released from the hospital, says Samoa’s Police Spokesperson Maotaoali’i Kaioneta. The bus was carrying close to 60 people when it crashed and rolled.
The driver was admitted into the hospital suffering severe injuries and now police are saying that one of the passengers has died.

Arrests made after man dies from brutal attack


Apia, SAMOA — Eight men between the ages of 20 and 30 have been arrested in connection with a brutal attack of a father of eight in Vaimea, Samoa right outside a night club. Vailigi Rarotoga died early Friday morning; this is according to his cousin, Titi Tua who spoke to Samoa News on Monday (Apia, Time) at his residence. According to Titi, Vailigi is a father of eight and he and his wife reside in Savaii.

‘Oh Lord please not me.... not me, not now,” bus crash victim tells Samoa News


Apia, SAMOA — An Aiga Bus carrying close to 60 people, a majority of whom were students crashed in Tiavi leaving nothing but the floor of the bus. This was confirmed by Samoa’s Police Spokesperson Maotaoali’i  Kaioneta Kitiona. He told Samoa News that they are currently investigating the crash.
Maotaoali’i confirmed that while the passengers suffered injuries, some seriously — they are happy to report that no lives were lost. He further stated that what’s evident was that the bus was obviously overcrowded.

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