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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 39-year-old man from Samoa who lives in Tafuna was arrested last Monday morning after allegedly raping and molesting an 11-year-old girl several times. According to court documents, the man is the victim's uncle (her mom's brother), and they live in the same house....
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 35-year-old man who is accused of sexually abuse of a 13-year-old girl told the court in a plea agreement he is guilty. Eti Muagututia, who is out on a $10,000 surety bond appeared in High Court last Friday for a Change of Plea hearing. He is represented by Public...
Sen. Magalei Logovi’i
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — During each of their sessions last Friday, both the Senate and House approved in second reading their respective versions of the American Samoa Government’s fiscal year 2019 budget totaling $439.58 million, with no changes made. The budget goes through third and final...
In this file photo, then-Assistant Secretary for Insular Affairs, Lupesinaosamoa Esther Kia’aina delivered the keynote address of at the 2016 Flag Day celebration
Pago Pago, AMERICANN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is currently in Honolulu attending meetings and will also attend the launch of the Hawai’i leg of the Hawaiki submarine cable. Gov. Lolo’s executive Assistant Iulogologo said the governor, who left the territory last Thursday night, is “...
Tautua Letasi outside of the High Cour
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Chief Justice Michael Kruse has declared a mistrial in the Tautua Letasi drug case, after the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict. Immediately after Kruse delivered his decision, prosecutor, Assistant Attorney General, Woodrow Pengelly asked the court to set...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man from Mesepa with a long criminal history entered into a plea agreement with the government last week during court proceedings before District Court Judge Fiti Sunia. Vaimauga Filisi, who is on probation, was initially charged with 4 misdemeanors including 2...
Sen. Magalei Logovi’i
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Sen. Magalei Logovi’i is the sponsor of a proposed law which regulates public and private nuisance, and if enacted, provides a new section to the local statute, which currently covers only public and private peace disturbance — a misdemeanor crime that has been on the...
President and CEO Andrew Choe
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Intrafish Marketplace is reporting that many sectors of the fishing industry are in a state of shock over the China-US trade battle, and they're scrambling to measure its impact. */ In its latest report, Undercurrent News says US tuna canning company Bumble Bee Foods ...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — On Monday, September 24, 2018, the Department of Health, with the support of Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga, cabinet members, legislature, government and non-government agencies, faith-based denominations and communities at large launched the lymphatic filariasis (LF)...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — During final arguments in the case between the American Samoa Government and Tautua Letasi, the defense attorney told jurors the government’s case against his client is all about “assumption”. Day 3 of Letasi’s trial saw the government wrapping up its case after...

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