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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The preliminary examination (PX) for a man accused of unlawful possession of drugs was yesterday morning, with District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea finding probable cause to bind the case against Alesana Tipi, a.k.a Sulu over to the High Court, despite strong opposition...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Chief Justice Michael Kruse did not revoke the probation of a young man who violated conditions of his 7year probation after he tested positive for marijuana, but instead modified conditions and allowed him to continue on with probation. Don Fred Bernard who was...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Continued drop in crude oil prices, has contributed to the latest decrease in the local maximum allowable price (MAP), or wholesale price, for all fuel products sold in American Samoa, according to the latest report from the ASG Office of Petroleum Management (OPM)...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Judge Elvis P. Patea says Sene Filemoni needs to find a way to address his alcohol problem. During arguments regarding the defendant’s bail, Patea said it’s clear from court records that Filemoni has been in and out of court since 2007 on cases resulting from alcohol use...
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Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata released the following statement welcoming the confirmation of Secretary of Defense Mark Esper: “I’m happy to congratulate Secretary Mark Esper upon becoming Secretary of Defense. I first met Secretary Esper in Tafuna when he came through as Secretary of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A federal assessment of the LBJ Medical Center, commissioned by the US Department of Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs (OIA), found that the 50-year-old one-story facility is not in compliance with current seismic and wind requirements; and retrofits would be...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 45-year-old probationer was arrested last week on the allegation that he violated local drug laws. Tolai Afele — convicted last year of assaulting a boy while he was under the influence — made his initial appearance before District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea yesterday...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A mother of five charged with possession of drugs has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Lili Apolo was initially facing one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance  (methamphetamine), an unclassified felony. But under a plea agreement with...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The inmate who escaped from the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) and was on the run for almost 2 weeks appeared in District Court last week for his initial appearance on a new charge: escape from confinement, a class D felony, punishable by imprisonment of up to 5...
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  Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The man who drove the black truck that was involved in a car accident last week in Nuuuli is now charged with unlawful possession of drugs. Jacob Alesana made his initial appearance in District Court last week. He is charged with unlawful possession of a controlled...

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