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Congresswoman Amata with VA Secretary Wilkie at a 2019 hearing.
Washington, D.C. —Congresswoman Aumua Amata announced she has co-sponsored two separate bipartisan legislative efforts supporting Pacific veterans who were exposed to chemicals and toxic materials including Agent Orange. Congresswoman Amata is one of four original co-sponsors, as one of two...
Deputy Commissioner Falana’ipupu Ta’ase Sagapolupele (left) and two other police officers escorting Police Officer Fa’auma Malo (right) after his arrest in 2017
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The former DPS officer charged with one count of public servant acceding to corruption has pled guilty. Faauma Malo, 42, has been out on a $5,000 surety bond. He appeared in High Court yesterday morning for a Change of Plea hearing, where he was represented by Public...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 67-year-old taxi driver accused of sexually abusing a 9-year-old girl has opted to take a plea offer from the government. Pitone Sivatia's trial was set to kick off this week. It was in the middle of jury selection that defense attorney, Assistant Public Defender...
Territorial Correctional Facility, TCF
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —DPS personnel working at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) have denied claims by some inmates and their family members, that there is a shortage of food at the local prison, and there is no running water in some parts of the facility. According to at least two...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man was arrested this week for failure to comply with conditions of his 5-year probation. Nick Motu made his initial appearance in High Court yesterday . He was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon, pursuant to an arrest warrant from the High Court. Court records show...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “American Samoans are strong people. Their ancestors were great warriors and some still are to this day, but the average Samoan needs to hear the war drum again, not for an external war, but an internal war to live and to be healthy and strong again like their ancestors...
Miss SOFIAS 2019 contestants
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 2019 Miss SOFIAS (Sosaiete o Faafafine i Amerika Samoa) pageant is this weekend. And everyone is expecting a show filled with dazzling performances, over-the-top outfits, and extraordinary talents. This year, five beauties are vying for the crown. They are: Cece...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 50-year-old man convicted of assaulting his partner by poking her neck with a knife and punching her in the face multiple times is going to jail. Aukusitino Fanene, who has been in custody since his arrest last year, unable to post a $10,000 surety bond was sentenced...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — If ASG is experiencing a slowed period of revenue collection, the Legislature is offering two remedy options to the governor and ASG Budget Office director, Catherine D. Saelua. This is according to Legislative Financial Officer, Talalemotu Mauga's Apr. 15th letter to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Jennifer Atafua, convicted of stealing more than $118,000 from her former employer, has been ordered to serve 9 months at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF), as a condition of a 5-year probation term, and she must pay the money back directly to her former...

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