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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  A 38-year-old man from Samoa accused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Calvin Aleki, who told the court that he came here to work as a mechanic, was initially charged with rape, sodomy, and three counts of...
Commerce Department director, Keniseli Lafaele, on Tuesday morning before the Senate Rules Committee
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  Commerce Department director, Keniseli Lafaele, appeared Tuesday morning before the Senate Rules Committee, where he apologized to senators about the wrong ASG lease proposal that was submitted to the Fono for review and endorsement. Under local law, any ASG lease of...
(l-r standing) SPED director Teresa Atuatasi; Part C Program manager Lisa Maga; Part C Program coordinator Roseanne Felise; Part C service coordinator Maelynn Aiono; SPED representative Junella Boat. (l-r kneeling) Part C service coordinator Arlene Taumua, and Part C SSIP coordinator Gloria.
Arlington, VIRGINIA — Every year, the federal government’s Office of Special Education Programs hosts an Annual Leadership Conference in Virginia. This year’s theme was “Ideas that Work” and its focus is to implement the use of evidence-based practices and utilize data to improve Child Outcomes...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga with Monsignor Viane Etuale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga, has requested from Police Commissioner, Le’i Sonny Thompson, a report providing details on the “apparent trend of inmates escaping” from the Territorial Correctional Facility. Lolo’s request follows concerns raised by KHJ News, directed at the...
Samana Ve’ave’a Samana
The Director of American Samoa’s Homeland Security , Samana Ve’ave’a Samana, has thanked the authorities in Samoa for catching a Vietnamese woman who was caught with an estimated $400,000 tala worth of drugs at the Faleolo International Airport on Sunday night. The woman arrived from Fiji with her...
American Samoa District Court building
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...
chart of oil prices
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...
SN file photo of Congresswoman Aumua Amata
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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