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Juvenile Detention Center

Former DPS officer Junior Utuga when he was first arrested in March of last year
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — District Court Judge, Fiti Sunia gave one final piece of advice to a former DPS police officer, who was last assigned to the Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) — “If you miss any of your court appearances one more time, you will find yourself inside the Territorial...
Former DPS police officer Olataga Wilson
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A former DPS police officer who has been detained at the Fagaitua Police Substation (FPS) for over 2 months to await sentencing after pleading guilty to unlawful possession of a controlled substance, to wit; methamphetamine and stealing, both felonies, was remanded to...
Juvenile Detention Center sign
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Allegations have surfaced regarding a senior employee at the Juvenile Detention Center (JDC), a division of the Department of Public Safety (DPS), who has been on medical leave since April of this year but still getting paid. A source tell Samoa News that someone from...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — One of the co-defendants in the Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) case who was convicted for threatening one of the government’s key witnesses and was also detained at the JDC was released from the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) last week, after the court...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — It took almost 9 hours for the six-member jury to deliberate last Friday before delivering their verdict in the trial of former DPS police officer Okesene Alo. Out of the 11 counts with which Alo was charged, the jury found him guilty of 7 counts. These counts include 3...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government has rested in its case against former DPS police officer Okesene Alo and now it's the defense's turn to present their case. Alo is facing multiple charges relating to alleged illegal activities at the Juvenile Detention Center, when he was assigned there....
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An 18-year-old boy in the government’s case against former DPS police officer Okesene Alo told jurors this week that the meth he ingested — which resulted in him testing positive for drugs — was from inside Alo’s backpack which was inside the Juvenile Detention Center (...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The jury trial of the former DPS police officer accused of committing various crimes while assigned to work at the Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) in Tafuna began yesterday in High Court. Okesene Alo, who is still in custody, unable to post a $100,000 surety bond is...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — One of the DPS officers, who was assigned to the Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) in Tafuna and arrested last April for various crimes including bringing drugs into the facility entered into a plea agreement with the government yesterday. Alofagia Letuli, who is still in...