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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Trial Division of the High Court of American Samoa has appointed private attorney Lornalei Meredith as Independent Prosecutor (IP) for the government’s case against former Department of Youth & Women’s Affairs (DYWA) director, Aiolupotea Jonathan Fanene. In...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of violating a court order when he went to his wife’s house and allegedly assaulted her while he was intoxicated was arrested this week. To protect the identity of the victim, Samoa News is withholding the names of all parties involved. The defendant, a 45-...
Dear Editor, By now, news of the disgraced cabinet member, Jonathan Fanene, arrested over the weekend on a series of domestic violence related charges has spread throughout the island. Fanene, a former NFL player, and current Director of the Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs was charged with...
Department of Youth and Women's Affairs Jonathan Fanene speaking at a cabinet meeting in 2015,
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The prosecution has filed four additional charges against Dept. of Youth and Women's Affairs (DYWA) director Jonathan Fanene, who has been released after posting a $100,000 surety bond. Fanene appeared in District Court yesterday morning for a preliminary examination...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 42-year old man who was accused of assaulting his wife inside their house in Pago Pago village while he was heavily intoxicated told police that the reason he did this was because he wanted to discipline his wife from running her mouth off at him in front of people....
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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 facing charges of public peace disturbance and third degree assault (domestic violence) was released on his own recognizance yesterday morning, following his initial appearance in District Court. (To protect the identity of the pregnant victim, Samoa News is...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who admitted that he slapped his girlfriend in the face, thereby injuring her eye on Oct. 24, 2017, has been sentenced to 12 months probation.  Pounoui Gaugau-Tolovae a.k.a. Foluena Lee pled guilty to third degree assault (domestic violence) — a class A misdemeanor...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man is behind bars after his wife claims that he beat her while she was carrying their 9-month-old baby. The incident was reported to police on Dec. 5th, around 4:30p.m. by the wife who claimed that the alleged beating took place in the presence of her mother-in-law...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Early this week, a 35-year-old man made his initial appearance in District Court on two misdemeanor counts of third degree assault and private peace disturbance after he allegedly assaulted his wife. The defendant is a Samoa national who works as a taxi driver to support...

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