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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The US Supreme Court has “denied” a petition by three Honolulu police officers, who were arrested for allegedly assaulting an American Samoan man, who later died at a hospital in Hawai’i three years ago. The deceased is Sheldon Paul Haleck, son of former Police...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 35-year-old woman charged in 3 separate criminal cases — including one where she is accused of trying to smuggle methamphetamine into the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) last year — entered into a plea agreement with the government yesterday morning. Iesnisei...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two of the three inmates charged for their role in the alleged beating of another inmate inside the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) last year have asked the court to set their matters for trial. Asofa Titio Jr and Reggie Va’avale appeared before Chief Justice...
Territorial Correctional Facility, TCF
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A repeat offender that Judge Elvis P. Patea says doesn't "deserve" probation was remanded to custody yesterday to start serving a 30-day jail term at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF). Felise Silailai appeared in District Court yesterday morning for a pretrial...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  A man facing charges for allegedly assaulting an 8-year-old boy has been released on his own recognizance. Ulisese Vaofusi is charged with public peace disturbance, third degree assault, and endangering the welfare of a child. Vaofusi made his initial appearance in...
Nani Newton at the Aunu'u Island sign.
Aunuu, AMERICAN SAMOA — Tourists and visitors are banned from visiting Aunuu on Sundays. This is one of several rules that was recently passed by the Aunuu Council of Chiefs. According to a matai who spoke to Samoa News, no swimming is allowed on Sundays as well. The only exceptions are for those...
Dr. Carlos Crespo of Portland State University speaking with ASCC students
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — For the past five years, the American Samoa Community College has been a partner in BUILD EXITO, an undergraduate research-training program that supports students on their pathway to become scientific researchers and aims to increase the diversity of the biomedical...
High Talking Chief Tuaolo Meko Aiumu
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Lands and Titles Division of the High Court has taken under advisement the battle between the Pago Pago Village Council (PPVC) and High Talking Chief Tuaolo Meko Aiumu, after the court heard statements from several PPVC members who testified during a hearing...
Fatu ma Futi
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who drowned and died at Fatu ma Futi this past Monday, Presidents Day, has been identified as 57-year-old Simeona Taiivao from Pavaivai. An eyewitness who spoke to Samoa News said Taiivao didn't make it, although CPR was performed, in an attempt to save his life....
ASCC-ACNR Director Aufa’i Apulu Ropeti Areta (right) gives his well-wishes to two retiring staff members, Network Specialist Albert Siliga (left) and Health Communications Researcher Micah van der Ryn
ASCC-ACNR Director Aufa’i Apulu Ropeti Areta (right) gives his well-wishes to two retiring staff members, Network Specialist Albert Siliga (left) and Health Communications Researcher Micah van der Ryn. ASCC-ACNR held a farewell luncheon earlier this month for these two veteran employees. [Photo: D...

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