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Department of Public Safety official Silaina Tulafono with Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Sen. Fonoti Tafa’ifa Aufata voiced her sadness — and concerns —  yesterday over what she said she saw yesterday morning on her way to the Senate chamber. Fonoti said she noticed five police motorcycles, parked in front of a restaurant in Nu’uuli while morning traffic was...
Public Defender, Michael White
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  Public Defender, Michael White says the Office of the Public Defender needs an attorney dedicated to defending juvenile clients. He also made it known that his office has seen a rise in cases that involve drugs, sexual assault, and domestic violence. White’s statement...
HUD logo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  At last week’s cabinet meeting, the Governor’s Chief of Staff, Fiu J. Saelua noted that US Housing and Urban Development (HUD) officials will be in Pago Pago for an important workshop on Aug. 29 and 30. He said cabinet members involved in this workshop are reminded to...
Fa'afetai Lemautu
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Fa'a Samoa Music Talent Show was initiated by Troy & Theodora Polamalu, supported by Orphaned Starfish & The Pacific Island Foundation. Guests judges included Troy Polamalu, Andy Stein, Dilia Stein, Margot Bingham & John Payne. To perform at the music...
TCF inmate Manu Lefatia
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An inmate serving time at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) is now charged in connection with the alleged shooting that occurred in Leone two weeks ago, which resulted in a male being hospitalized for gunshot wounds above his right knee and in the left hip....
DOE director, Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — During the local Department of Education’s (ASDOE) fiscal year 2019 budget hearing last week, director. Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga, gave lawmakers updates on some of the issues which usually attract a lot of public criticism before the start of a new school year. A shortage...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The High Court has continued the case of the former McConnell Dowell manager until Sept. 5, 2018, to give time for both sides to finalize the issue on the amount of restitution owed before the plea agreement is officially announced in open court. Fonotaga Jasmine Faanu...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Senate last Thursday unanimously approved in final reading a House bill, which raises the marriage age for females from 14-years old to 18 years of age — which is the current marriage age of males, under the law. Senators had rejected an identical House bill in March...
Secretary of Samoan Affairs, Mauga T. Asuega
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A Senate bill requiring drug testing of all government employees was approved by the Senate last Thursday, after senators removed from the bill’s original language the phrase that “elected officials” are also required to take the drug test. The Senate bill was introduced...
Former DPS police officer, Steven Tuatoo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Despite strong opposition from the government’s attorney, District Court Judge, Fiti Sunia has granted the defense motion to set a bail amount for former DPS police officer, Steven Tuatoo, who had been ordered by the court to be held in custody with no bail after his...

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