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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The court last week granted a verbal motion by defense attorney Rob McNeill, on behalf of his client Willie Aulavemai, to continue the preliminary hearing on an Order to Show Cause (OSC) until his current case is resolved. Aulavemai, a.k.a. “WILL”, appeared in court last...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two of the three men arrested on allegations that they disturbed the public peace in Kokoland last week are now facing additional charges. All three defendants: Rodney Mata’u, Vainalepa Toia, and Salu Tufuga made their initial appearances in District Court last week, on...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 45-year-old mechanic who was pulled over for a traffic violation is being criminally charged, after police allegedly found drugs inside the vehicle. Tavita Vui appeared in District Court last week Tuesday for a traffic citation, and ordered to return to court the next...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 60-year-old man accused of violating local drug laws has entered into an agreement with the government. Sonny Mika Kelemete appeared before Chief Justice Michael Kruse yesterday morning during a court proceeding to announce the global plea agreement. Prosecuting the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The case of two men charged with unlawful possession of meth has been bound over to High Court, after District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea found probable cause to support the charges, during a preliminary examination hearing this week. Elliott Siaumau Jr. and Eddieboy...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Sentencing for Aleki Fata - who was convicted of unlawful possession of methamphetamine - is continued to Aug. 8th. This is after Fata was served with a new arrest warrant last month, on the allegation that he violated conditions of his probation. Fata is represented by...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 39-year-old man from Iliili who is accused of using a piece of wood to assault another man has been arrested and charged with second degree assault, a felony, and two misdemeanor charges; property damage and unlawful use of a weapon. William Amosa made his initial...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — District Court Judge Pro Tem Gwen Tauiliili-Langkilde has remanded repeat offender Rintel Iatala to the custody of the LBJ Behavioral Health Center for evaluation. A status hearing is set for next Thursday, April 18. Iatala appeared in District Court yesterday morning...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — One of the men arrested after police raided a home in Tafuna last year in search of drugs and weapons has pled guilty. Talosaga Vaili, 42, was initially charged with one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), a felony punishable by...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — One of the three men arrested last year after police discovered 8g of a white crystalline substance and drug paraphernalia inside a truck is going to jail. Pio Atonio, who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $5,000 surety bond, appeared in High Court...

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