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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government’s case against an Asian woman accused of allegedly bringing an illegal substance, to wit, Phencyclidine (PCP) into the territory was dismissed without prejudice in High Court yesterday morning. Thomas Jones, of RDA Law Firm represented Wen Ting Chen, while...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Power Authority is putting in reverse osmosis stations as a temporary fix for the high salinity content of water supply for eastern district households. The long-range plan is to drill five wells on the eastern side of Tutuila and the first one has...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Territory of American Samoa — through the American Samoa Government — has accused the US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) of refusing to acknowledge the Deeds of Cession which constitute “other applicable [federal] law” and has treated the Deeds “with utter...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was arrested for public peace disturbance has been remanded to custody at the LBJ Hospital Behavioral Health Unit and a status hearing is set for May 9th. Kevin Philip Pierce made his initial appearance in District Court last Thursday, where his attorney,...
Congresswoman Amata with VA Secretary Wilkie at a 2019 hearing.
Washington, D.C. —Congresswoman Aumua Amata announced she has co-sponsored two separate bipartisan legislative efforts supporting Pacific veterans who were exposed to chemicals and toxic materials including Agent Orange. Congresswoman Amata is one of four original co-sponsors, as one of two...
Deputy Commissioner Falana’ipupu Ta’ase Sagapolupele (left) and two other police officers escorting Police Officer Fa’auma Malo (right) after his arrest in 2017
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The former DPS officer charged with one count of public servant acceding to corruption has pled guilty. Faauma Malo, 42, has been out on a $5,000 surety bond. He appeared in High Court yesterday morning for a Change of Plea hearing, where he was represented by Public...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 67-year-old taxi driver accused of sexually abusing a 9-year-old girl has opted to take a plea offer from the government. Pitone Sivatia's trial was set to kick off this week. It was in the middle of jury selection that defense attorney, Assistant Public Defender...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —DPS personnel working at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) have denied claims by some inmates and their family members, that there is a shortage of food at the local prison, and there is no running water in some parts of the facility. According to at least two...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man was arrested this week for failure to comply with conditions of his 5-year probation. Nick Motu made his initial appearance in High Court yesterday . He was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon, pursuant to an arrest warrant from the High Court. Court records show...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “American Samoans are strong people. Their ancestors were great warriors and some still are to this day, but the average Samoan needs to hear the war drum again, not for an external war, but an internal war to live and to be healthy and strong again like their ancestors...

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