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Tafuna, AM SAMOA — American Samoa Department of Homeland Security (ASDHS) is pleased to announce the completion of a 3-day Communications Unit Leader (COML) Course by two ASPA representatives: Radio Technician/Operator Brenda Tevaga-Feero and Radio/SCADA Technician Pene Vaisagote. The COML Course...
A “very close friend” of an alleged victim of a sexual assault, told a High Court jury how the victim has become withdrawn and keeps to herself and is scared, since the incident early this year, when both teenagers were seniors at a local high school. The close friend was the government’s last...
A Tongan couple’s case was brought to Samoa News’ attention over the weekend by two Samoans living in Honolulu because there is Samoan jewelry made from sea turtle shell and there has to be more vigilant review of such issues in the territory before anyone looks at exporting such jewelry to the US...
The U.S. tax reform bill that’s expected to clear Congress on Wednesday, 20 December will not include an extension of an economic development credit for American Samoa. However, American Samoa’s delegate in Congress said she’s hopeful the program, which StarKist’s chief executive officer has called...
Washington, D.C.— Congresswoman Aumua Amata highlighted veterans’ legislation that passed the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs in the Committee’s final votes of 2017. The bill was introduced in early November with the support of Congresswoman Amata as an original cosponsor of the legislative...
The victim in an alleged sexual assault that happened earlier this year spent more than three hours on the witness stand, where she recalled for a jury of five women and two men what she says defendant, Chand ‘Bob’ Mukesh, did to her sometime on the evening of Apr. 6. The trial began Monday with...
District Court Judge Fiti Sunia considered sanctioning former KHJ Radio news reporter Tauva Esera, as part of her Contempt of Court case, when she appeared in court last week Friday, after being served with a bench warrant, for failing to appear in Court for an Order to Show Cause hearing that was...
“Collaboration” and “working together” were words echoed by several cabinet members, during the governor’s cabinet meeting held last Thursday at Gov. Rex Lee Auditorium, where the governor also announced two of three cabinet nominees that will be submitted to the Fono for confirmation when...
With the defense providing “no new evidence”, District Court Judge Fiti A. Sunia has denied a new bail reduction request for Sonny Tui, who is facing drug related charges and remains in custody since his arrest early last week. The District Court had set bail at $40,000 and during initial...
A man who was arrested by detectives of the Vice & Narcotics unit two months ago and charged with unlawful possession of crystal methamphetamine was arrested again and charged with the same unlawful possession of methamphetamine charge when police allegedly found a glass pipe with the drug...

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