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The local Homeland Security Department (ASDHS) is conducting an investigation into the laser incident, which occurred the evening of Jan. 19 while a Hawaiian Airlines aircraft was heading for landing at Pago Pago International Airport. Hawaiian spokesperson, Ann Botticelli told Samoa News early...
American Samoans can use the territorial government-issued Certificate of Identity for travel to Hawaii as long they provide additional identification information, required by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) - which oversees security checks points at all US airports. ASG...
MELCHOR ALAMIS  The government is going forward with their case against Melchor Alamis even without what could have been one of their strongest pieces of evidence — the results of a DNA test. Investigators recently discovered that the sample for the DNA test that was sent over to the LBJ Lab for...
Law enforcement officials say a lot of the illegal drugs smuggled into American Samoa are coming through the local postal service. Federal and local officials are meeting in Pago Pago to discuss an increasing drug problem. Close to 20 federal agents representing the Coast Guard, FBI, Alcohol...
Taulapapa William Sword has confirmed the passing of his wife, Juliette Caroline Sword, the first Miss South Pacific (1987), who was Miss American Samoa at the time. Her final church service will be at the Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel on the island of Oahu in Hawai’i, and is set for 9:30a.m. Feb...
To help cover costs of renting temporary office space until the proposed new Fono building is completed, the Senate — through a non-binding resolution — is requesting to the governor for a “temporary office stipend” of $500 a month for each legislator. Introduced on Wednesday, the resolution noted...
Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson told Samoa News that DPS is treating the alleged misconduct case involving a male DPS officer assigned to the Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) seriously, and he will do everything in his power to make sure the person or persons involved face prosecution. “This...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga cited the Department of Human and Social Service food stamp fraud case, as an example of problems occurring in a department or office if directors leave their leadership roles to someone else, while the cabinet member is off island for weeks. The DHSS food stamp fraud...
MICHAEL AGASIVA SR  A 62-year-old man from Amaluia who was accused of sexually assaulted a 52-year-old, who is a relative — admitted to the court what happened. Michael Agasiva Sr. is scheduled to appear in High Court this Friday for sentencing. Agasiva Sr, who holds a Master’s degree in Education...
AMATA REACTS TO PRESIDENT TRUMP’S STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH Washington, D.C. –  Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed the priorities President Trump outlined in his first State of the Union speech, particularly highlighting infrastructure development and bipartisan cooperation on shared preferences...

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