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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Chief Justice Michael Kruse has granted the government’s motion to revoke Elliott Siaumau Jr’s release on bond. The court however, has continued the government’s motion to forfeit bond because evidence and more information are needed before a ruling can be issued....
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In an effort to catalog and identify government land as well as ASG leases with communal landowners, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has appointed a five-member Government Land Assessment Task Force, whose co-chairs are Port Administration director, Taimalelagi Dr. Claire...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 22-year-old man accused of stealing goods from an Asian store in Iliili made his initial appearance before Judge Elvis P. Patea last week. Pule Tolai is charged with stealing and first degree burglary, both class C felonies, punishable by up to 7 years in jail, a fine...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 40-year-old man accused of touching a woman’s breast in a sexual manner has admitted to the charge against him. Talosaga Lolenese was initially charged with attempted rape and first degree sexual abuse, both class C felonies, punishable by imprisonment of not more...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of having a glass pipe containing meth in his possession when police pulled over a vehicle he was riding in last year has pled guilty to an amended count of unlawful possession of methamphetamine. Filipo Malaki, who has been in custody since his arrest,...
 I’aulualo Fa’afetai Talia and his wife, Carol, along with Alesi Aga, and her husband, candidate for lieutenant governor, Tapa’au Dr. Dan Mageo Aga, during a news media event
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Candidate for governor, I’aulualo Fa’afetai Talia has “officially” declared that he and candidate for lieutenant governor, Tapa’au Dr. Dan Mageo Aga, will be running in the 2020 gubernatorial race. The public announcement was made last Saturday morning during the I’...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 47-year-old man accused of assaulting his wife while he was intoxicated told the court that he’s sorry and he will never do it again. (Samoa News does not identify parties in domestic violence cases, to protect the victims.) According to the man, he’s a changed...
ASCC Counselor Josie Willis-Tuisamoa (left) guides a student and parent through the ASCC admissions process
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Admissions Office at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) invites high school students, their parents and any interested members of the public to join them for Admissions Night on Monday, August 5th, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the College’s Multi-...
(l-r) Rep. Scott Peters, D-CA; Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-FL; Rep. Amata, R-AS; Rep Ted Deutch, D-FL; Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon, R-PR; Rep. Randy Weber, R-TX; Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-TX
Washington, D.C. — This past week, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed House passage of two legislative actions she co-sponsored to strengthen the key diplomatic, economic and security relationship between the United States and Israel. The House passed the bipartisan United States-Israel Cooperation...
Co-defendants Elliott Siaumau Jr (front) and Eddieboy Va’avale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The case of two men charged with unlawful possession of meth has been bound over to High Court, after District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea found probable cause to support the charges, during a preliminary examination hearing this week. Elliott Siaumau Jr. and Eddieboy...

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