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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 31-year-old bus driver has admitted that on/or about July 13, 2018 he had in his possession a glass pipe containing methamphetamine. Henry Fa’apale appeared in court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. He was represented by Assistant Public Defender Rob McNeill,...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 46-year-old uncle accused of inappropriate touching will fight the allegations against him at trial. Samoa News is withholding the name of the defendant to protect the identity of the victim.   According to the government’s case, the defendant is accused of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A Disposition Hearing for Sopi Senio is scheduled for Friday, Mar. 15, after he admitted to violating conditions of his probation, when he failed to visit the Probation Office. Senio appeared in High Court last Friday for a preliminary examination. He was represented by...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was placed on probation last Wednesday was remanded to custody the very next day, when he appeared before Judge Elvis P. Patea. Lemasanimaleea Mapu made his initial appearance in District Court last Thursday, Feb. 28 for public peace disturbance. He entered a...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 26-year old man convicted of assaulting another man at the Fagatogo Market while intoxicated was ordered by District Court Judge Elvis. P. Patea not to set foot in the market during the period of his 12-month probation. Filisi Fetuao, a.k.a “Fritz” was initially...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was out on bond was remanded back to custody last week after he tested positive for meth, during a random test administered by Probation. Ronald Pickering, who is facing drug charges, appeared in High Court last Friday for an Order to Show Cause (OSC) hearing...
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Pago Page, AMERICAN SAMOA —  Judge Elvis P. Patea told Jared Kupu that the next time he's stressed, "don't go to the nearest bar or store for beer; instead, go see the doctor." Last Friday, under a plea agreement, which was accepted by the court, Kupu pled guilty to private peace disturbance and...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was charged following an altercation with his sister has pled guilty to third degree assault, as a class A misdemeanor. Hinelaia Niue appeared in District Court yesterday morning for a pretrial conference. Through his attorney, Assistant Public Defender Anna...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — No discovery and the failure of the Immigration Office to confirm the status of a man charged with public peace disturbance has resulted in the government's case against Sooane Taafua being continued to today, Feb. 15 Taafua appeared in District Court yesterday morning...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Dept. of Public Safety remains in the line of fire, as the court continues to see cases with no police reports. Judge Elvis P. Patea told Assistant Attorney General Jason Mitchell last week that he has a 'long list' of police reports he needs to get from DPS. "Police...

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