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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 50-year-old man convicted of drug possession is going to jail. Amataga Alatasi has been sentenced to serve 20 months at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF), as a condition of his 5-year probation. Alatasi appeared in High Court last week for sentencing. He has...
Territorial Correctional Facility, TCF
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  A man who failed to appear in High Court for sentencing two weeks ago was arrested this week pursuant to a bench warrant from the court. Sierra Isaia, who was convicted of meth possession, made his initial appearance in High Court yesterday. During a recap, District...
Elder Vince Haleck (left) — with Dr. Gregory Patch
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Elder Vince Haleck spoke Monday during the LBJ Medical Center news conference where it was announced that starting yesterday, the hospital is offering  orthopedic knee replacement surgical services, under the leadership of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Martin Agafili, 31, made his initial appearance last week. Bail is set at $1,000 and pretrial conference is Nov. 18th. He is charged with third degree assault and public peace disturbance, both class A misdemeanors. Agafili was arrested after a woman who was riding the...
Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, Taotasi Archie Soliai (left) accepting his ‘ava cup, In the background (L-R) are: Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga, Council executive director Seuta’atia Kitty M. Simonds, and Secretary of Samoan Affairs, Mauga Tasi Asuega.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Lt. Gov. Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga has called on the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to “pay close attention to our cries” to come up with “immediate solutions to American Samoa’s...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Health officials in American Samoa are moving to enforce a law requiring measles immunization, and remove children from school who have missed their shots. The Environment Division of Health said the territory was not leaving anything to chance with the current measles...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Hundreds of local residents panicked when things started ‘shaking’ — for a few seconds — this past Monday. It was due to an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 that occurred about 81 miles south of Savaii Island at 5:19 p.m, this past Monday, Oct. 21st,...
palolo hunters
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — These folks from the east side were at the beach in Laulii Tuai in search of palolo, which was predicted to rise during the wee hours of the morning — over this past weekend — exactly 7 days after the third quarter full moon, the usual predicted time of the palolo rise....
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 23-year-old man accused of entering a home and attempting to sexually assault a woman after he allegedly broke in to the woman’s home thrice was arrested last week following a traffic stop in the Iliili area. Asuni Okesene is charged with first degree burglary, false...
Congresswoman Amata with the GAO team
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The four team members from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) — the investigative arm of the US Congress — have been busy with meetings since their arrival on island last Thursday night to assess the impact of the federally mandated minimum wage on the “...

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