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Ford 'Interceptors' parked in front of the Central Police Station in a 2017 file photo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In a Mar. 12 memo to directors, American Samoa Lt. Gov. Lemanu, who is also acting governor, explained the new vehicle acquisition policy, which provides exemptions to executive branch agencies. “No new vehicle purchase or lease may be executed without the responsible...
Sen. Tauaa S. Vaouli during a Samoa News interview
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “Chemical castration is a frightening thought in an adult’s mind; but it is no comparison to a child's frightened, paralyzed young and immature mind while being sexually violated, abused or raped,” said Ipu Lefiti, a local victim's rights advocate. Lefiti was responding...
(l-r) Taiwan President Dr. Tsai Ing-Wen, RMI President Dr. Hilda Heine, Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, and Congresswoman Aumua Amata
Washington, DC — Congresswoman Aumua Amata spoke at the inaugural Pacific Women’s Leadership Coalition Conference in Majuro Atoll, along with President Tsai Ing-Wen of Taiwan, at the invite of President Hilda Heine of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, who hosted the event. The Conference was...
Tolia Tanu Solaita Jr. with FBI Director Christopher Wray
Quantico, VIRGINIA — DPS Lt. Tolia Tanu Solaita Jr. of Nuuuli recently completed an 11-week intensive training course at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He is pictured with the director of the FBI, Christopher Wray on March 15, 2019 following the FBI National Academy Graduation ceremony. The...
Territorial Correctional Facility, TCF
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man alleged to have performed oral sex on his 11-year-old niece is being held at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) with bail set at $30,000. In the interest of protecting the minor victim, Samoa News is withholding the name of all parties involved. The man...
TBAS bank president and chief executive officer, Drew Roberts
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — It takes about three years before a start-up commercial bank like the Territorial Bank of American Samoa (TBAS) to actually earn a profit, according bank president and chief executive officer, Drew Roberts, who said TBAS has issued about $8 million in commercial and...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 21-year-old man who allegedly assaulted a student at Fagaitu'a High School made his initial appearance in District Court yesterday morning. Viliamu Musu is charged with third degree assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and public peace disturbance. According to...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A woman who has been in and out of court for disturbing the public peace has been warned by Judge Elvis P. Patea that if she doesn't straighten out her life, she will end up in jail. Vaitui Tavui appeared in District Court yesterday morning for a pretrial conference....
Treasurer Ueligitone Tonumaipe’a and Budget Director Cathy Aigamaua-Saelua
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The House Ways and Means Committee is giving the American Samoa Government a chance to correct the amount of revenues they will collect from the petroleum fee hike of 2-cents to pay for the ASEDA 2018 bonds, before the committee votes on the proposed legislation....
Two Dollar Beach in American Samoa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A tourist from the cruise ship that was in port Saturday, the Celebrity Solstice, died while swimming at Two Dollar Beach in America Samoa. It's believed that he died from natural causes. The man, who was travelling with his wife, was 78 years old. The couple's children...

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