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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The pretrial conference for a man who appeared in District Court last Thursday morning was continued. The court has been informed that Siliga Tulituli is an overstayer who has been in custody at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) in Tafuna for 167 days — since...
Utu Abe Malae's funeral service
Pago Pago, AMERICA SAMOA — While death is often referred to as part of the natural order of our lives, it is not an easy event to accept, especially by family members and friends, whether they were public figures or otherwise. Each loss is keenly felt and mourned, with the hope that time will heal...
Territorial Correctional Facility, TCF
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who threatened to "jump out of the police unit and commit suicide" will appear in court for his pretrial conference on January 10, 2019. Manaia Lalokou is charged with public peace disturbance and resisting arrest, following an incident that occurred early...
Passengers departing a Samoa Airways plane.
Apia, SAMOA — A passenger died during a Samoa Airways flight from Auckland to Faleolo on Wednesday. The incident was confirmed by the Airline in a statement, responding to questions from the Samoa Observer yesterday. “On Wednesday 26th December, a medical situation involving a passenger occurred...
U.S. Supreme Court building
Washington, D.C. — The family of an American Samoa man who died three years ago after he was arrested by police in downtown Honolulu argue that the deceased “did not pose an imminent threat of harm” to the three police officers who arrested him, and he “was not trying to run away.” The deceased is...
Henry OBrien
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The High Court of American Samoa has given Henry OBrien a "chance", by placing him on probation, in lieu of jail time at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF). In delivering the sentence yesterday morning, Acting Associate Justice Elvis Patea referred to two prior...
One of Talofa Airways Twin Commander aircraft
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa's Talofa Airways is eyeing an expansion of services to the territory's Manu'a islands now it has a new second aircraft. The nine-seat Twin Otter plane arrived in the territory last week, and is capable of servicing the small runways in the outer islands....
Photo of LBJ Hospital sign
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — There were four Christmas babies for 2018 - three of them girls and one boy, according to the LBJ Medical Center, responding to Samoa News inquiries. Based on information provided by the hospital’s director of nursing and nursing staff, LBJ’s acting director of Human...
photo of the TCF van
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A look at the van used by the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) to transport detainees. At a glance, it looks decent. But closer observation reveals problems that question the safety of not only the detainees, but also of the DPS officers whose duty it is to...
District Court Judge Fiti Sunia
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — "I guarantee you this: If you ever come back here (in court), you will have to find somewhere else to live or otherwise, you'll go to the TCF." This was the warning from District Court Judge Fiti Sunia this past Monday, Christmas Eve, to Ioane Setefano, 41, who is being...

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