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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — One of the two females arrested earlier this year in June and charged with disturbing the public peace was sentenced by District Court Judge, Fiti Sunia last Friday to 6 months probation. As a condition of her probation, Taeaolelei Talatau, 25, of Pava’ia’i is ordered to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who is accused of stabbing another man with a small kitchen knife during a fight, was arrested last week and charged with disturbing the public peace. Douglas Lagolago made his initial appearance before District Court Judge Fiti Sunia last week, and his case is...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved American Samoa Medicaid's request to allow reimbursement of Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Medical Supplies (DMEPOS) if prescribed by a physician. This new benefit will improve the quality of...
Young boxing team from American Samoa when they first won the Samoa Teuila Boxing Championship last year.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — One of the many problems that affects the development of sports in American Samoa is the lack of financial assistance from the government, and the involvement of politics, which stops leaders from doing the right thing, according to the President of the American Samoa...
Hope House board chairman Ta’afano Joe Tavale; Rev. Fr. Faitau Lemautu; Bank of Hawaii vice president of West Hawaii, Hobbs Lowson ; BoH vice president of American Samoa operations, EJ Tyler Ozu; and Hope House board member Larry Sanitoa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Rev. Fr. Faitau Lemautu accepts a $10,000 donation from Bank of Hawaii vice president of West Hawaii, Hobbs Lowson, who made the presentation on behalf of the Bank of Hawaii Foundation, during a brief ceremony last week at the Hope House atrium. The donation goes towards...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The jury trial of a man accused of unlawful possession of illegal drugs and possession of an unregistered 12-gauge shotgun and a 22-caliber rifle kicked-off yesterday at the High Court with jury selection. Tautua Letasi, who is out on a $60,000 surety bond is charged...
William Ernest Rockliffe of Canada
Apia, SAMOA — A Canadian man accused of possession of ‘ice’ appeared before Samoa Chief Justice Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu on Monday (Samoa time). William Ernest Rockliffe, 50, is accused of possession of narcotics and possession of utensils.  He was represented by lawyer, Lefau Harry...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — For failure to pay overtime to more than 120 current and former workers as required by federal labor law, Purse Seine Samoa Inc., has paid more than more $37,000 to the affected workers, according to the US Department of Labor (USDOL). Samoa News learned early last week...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Senate last Friday confirmed three of the four members of the Campaign Spending Commission and the confirmation comes just in time for the upcoming Nov. 6th mid term election. All three who are now confirmed each received unanimous votes of 14-0. Under local statute...
Amata with Superintendent Scott Burch, Ranger/Education Assistant Pua Tuaua Jr., and a hardworking crew of the National Park of American Samoa.
Washington, D.C. — Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata voted for the Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act, H.R. 6510, which she cosponsored. This legislation provides funding to reduce maintenance backlogs and support restorative efforts at National Parks and wildlife refuges. The bill,...

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