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DISTRICT COURT

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  A man who has a trio of pending cases — including one in the Family, Drug, and Alcohol (FDA) court — has been arrested once again. He made his initial appearance in District Court yesterday morning. For this new matter, Apelu Pati is charged with one count of stealing,...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 31-year-old man from Pago Pago accused of using a piece of timber to assault another man has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Joshua Filiga appeared in court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. He was represented by Assistant Public Defender Rob...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who assaulted a woman while he was under the influence of alcohol has been sentenced to 12 months probation. Nathan Pule appeared in District Court yesterday morning for a pretrial conference where, under a plea agreement with the government - which was accepted by...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man charged with assaulting his wife has entered a 'not guilty' plea to the three charges against him: public peace disturbance, third degree assault, and endangering the welfare of a child. (To protect the identity of the victim and the children, Samoa News is...
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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 — The 56-year-old man accused of unlawful possession of marijuana is asking the court to set his case for trial. Stuart Hudson, who has been in custody since he was arrested last October, appeared in court yesterday morning for a pretrial conference. Assistant Public...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —The District Court dismissed yesterday, the government's case against Ralph Otto. Samoa News understands the issue had to do with police reports. Based on information that was revealed in court, the investigating officer claims the report was turned in; but yesterday,...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Six bench warrants were issued for five people who failed to appear in District Court Thursday morning. Judge Elvis P. Patea was sending a clear message: Show up for court or get arrested and pay the fine. First on the list was defendant Lefatia Ah Kiong, facing 14...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA  — District Court Judge Fiti Sunia granted the government's motion to dismiss the case against Manaia Lalokou yesterday morning. According to Assistant Attorney General Jason Mitchell, the government is not able to move forward successfully in prosecuting the case. The...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man who was released by the District Court on his own recognizance a few weeks ago after he entered a not guilty plea to disturbing the public peace and 3rd degree assault is back in court for the same thing. Penheart Faumuina is being charged with four...

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