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ESCAPE

Thomas Siaumau
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The inmate who escaped from the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) and was on the run for almost 2 weeks appeared in District Court last week for his initial appearance on a new charge: escape from confinement, a class D felony, punishable by imprisonment of up to 5...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Samoa News is correcting a story that it published yesterday on the front page, regarding the case of Thomas Siaumau. After speaking to law enforcement officials and sources close to the case, the information is corrected as follows: Thomas Siaumau was not present when...
Some of the police officers who conducted a shakedown at the TCF standing outside the gate.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While no drugs were discovered during a shakedown of the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) last Thursday morning, detectives from the DPS Criminal Investigating Division (CID) are still searching for a male inmate who escaped from confinement almost a week ago. THE...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A taxi driver and a passenger who were arrested and charged for violating local drug laws after police executed a search warrant on a taxi cab in Ottoville last year have entered into a plea agreement with the government. Assistant Public Defender Ryan Anderson...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 20-year-old man from Samoa convicted of unlawfully entering a home and stealing a rifle was ordered by the court to depart the territory and remain outside of its border for the duration of his 7-year probation. Leisam Sioka appeared in High Court last Friday for...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An inmate who is serving a 20-year sentence for escaping from the Territorial Facility (TCF) in January 2010 and assaulting an ANZ security guard was sentenced by the High Court for an additional 5 years in prison for escaping from confinement again last year. Vatoi...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 25-year-old man accused of breaking into a home in Utulei and stealing property from inside the house has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Loma Talitiga, who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $10,000 surety bond, appeared in court...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA  — A 33-year-old man who was accused of stealing checks from a businessman and  forging his signature has admitted to the allegations. Henry Jr Sipa was initially charged in two separate cases. In the first case, Sipa was charged with stealing, forgery, and fraud — all...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea has found probable cause to bind the government's recent case against Manu Lefatia to the High Court. This follows a preliminary examination hearing yesterday, where the lone witness was DPS Capt. Pierre Clemens. In this new case,...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 29-year-old inmate who was accused of escaping from confinement last year while serving a 20-year sentence for escaping from the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) in January 2010 and assaulting an ANZ bank security guard has entered into a plea agreement with the...

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