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American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A woman who requested police assistance at her residence in Leone and reported that a 50-year old woman who rents her house damaged a door inside her home was arrested by police this week and accused of assaulting two people. According to the government’s case against...
House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — There’s a call for the Department of Public Safety to conduct another round of public awareness on the law and rules of the road when it comes to the “roundabout” on the airport road. The call surfaced Monday during the DPS fiscal year 2019 budget hearing, where House...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Agriculture Department director, Filifaatali Mike Fuiava, revealed during his department’s fiscal year 2019 budget hearing last week that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved $500,000 to American Samoa for farms damaged as a result of Tropical Storm Gita...
TCF sign and entrance
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Drugs entering the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) and prisoners having access to drugs have been an ongoing problem in the territory. This week, drugs and drug paraphernalia were allegedly found at the TCF in Tafuna during a shakedown by the DPS Vice &...
District Court Judge Fiti Sunia
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  The case of another male from Samoa with two different names was heard in District Court last week. Pelesasa Faalemiga appeared in court last Friday pursuant to a bench warrant that was signed and issued by Judge Fiti Sunia, when Faalemiga failed to appear multiple...
Department of Public Safety official Silaina Tulafono with Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Sen. Fonoti Tafa’ifa Aufata voiced her sadness — and concerns —  yesterday over what she said she saw yesterday morning on her way to the Senate chamber. Fonoti said she noticed five police motorcycles, parked in front of a restaurant in Nu’uuli while morning traffic was...
Public Defender, Michael White
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  Public Defender, Michael White says the Office of the Public Defender needs an attorney dedicated to defending juvenile clients. He also made it known that his office has seen a rise in cases that involve drugs, sexual assault, and domestic violence. White’s statement...
HUD logo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  At last week’s cabinet meeting, the Governor’s Chief of Staff, Fiu J. Saelua noted that US Housing and Urban Development (HUD) officials will be in Pago Pago for an important workshop on Aug. 29 and 30. He said cabinet members involved in this workshop are reminded to...
Fa'afetai Lemautu
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Fa'a Samoa Music Talent Show was initiated by Troy & Theodora Polamalu, supported by Orphaned Starfish & The Pacific Island Foundation. Guests judges included Troy Polamalu, Andy Stein, Dilia Stein, Margot Bingham & John Payne. To perform at the music...
TCF inmate Manu Lefatia
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An inmate serving time at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) is now charged in connection with the alleged shooting that occurred in Leone two weeks ago, which resulted in a male being hospitalized for gunshot wounds above his right knee and in the left hip....

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