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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The trial of a man charged in connection with a shooting in Leone on August 12, 2018 has been continued to Dec. 2, 2019 after Chief Justice Michael Kruse granted the government’s motion to continue to trial, initially set for Aug. 5, 2019. Manu Lefatia, who is in custody...
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Washington, D.C. — Despite postponement, Congresswoman Aumua Amata confirms that the House Natural Resources Committee has reaffirmed their commitment to hold a hearing to examine the need for a streamlined citizenship choice for those individual U.S. nationals in American Samoa that want...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Power Authority continues to repair and/or replace non-working streetlights, with two more orders being placed, while many local residents complain about streetlights not working in their areas. Following concerns from Tualauta residents, Rep. Larry...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man charged with conspiracy to commit stealing has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Ualesi Filipo, who is out on a $5,000 surety bond, was initially charged with conspiracy to commit stealing and first-degree burglary, both felonies. However, under a...
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Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata attended a hearing of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health, examining ways to strengthen health care in the U.S. territories. This follows a similar hearing in the House Committee on Natural Resources committee held on May...
Chief Justice Michael Kruse
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Chief Justice Michael Kruse has ordered the court marshal to find out whether statements by the Public Defender’s Office regarding the whereabouts of Sonny “Mu” Kelemete are true. If not, Kruse said, the court will issue a bench warrant for Kelemete, for failure to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A New Zealand company has begun drilling in preparation for pile driving that United States authorities require for the construction of American Samoa's new Legislature. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said that is because the new building will be located in a...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A former employee of Pacific Store Services, accused of stealing over $1,000 from his employer 2 years ago, has admitted to the criminal charge against him. Manuele Taulapapa, 27, was initially charged in two separate criminal cases. He was charged with stealing and...
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Pago Pago, AMAERICAN SAMOA — A man, who is serving probation for a 2014 conviction for assaulting a Korean woman in connection with a robbery in Kokoland in 2013, re-appeared in court yesterday morning for a probation revocation hearing on the allegation that he violated conditions of probation....
Congresswoman Aumua Amata
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed a federal health care grant for American Samoa from the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Department. The discretionary grant of $588,815 was awarded to the American Samoa Department of Health by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

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