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A sad ending to the $300,000+ government boat, the Fo'isia bought in 2009, by former Gov. Togiola Tulafono, to serve as a passenger vessel for the Manu’a islands. Samoa News was called on Wednesday, May 7, 2017 to come out and take a photo of the vessel before it sank at the Malaloa Marina. When...
Okesene Alo [ata AF]
by Samoa News staff Following a preliminary examination hearing yesterday morning, District Court Judge Fiti Sunia found probable cause that a crime was committed and upheld three felony sex charges against Public Safety officer, Okesene Alo, who is now scheduled to be arraigned in High Court on...
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APELU SAITO LILO A 19-year old man from Samoa, accused of molesting a 12-year old girl, has reached a plea agreement with the government and will be sentenced in July this year. Apelu Saito Lilo was charged in April last year with one count each of child molesting, rape, sexual assault, sodomy,...
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The National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS) will be hosting the “Ta’iala ole Sami Youth Summit” tomorrow at the Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center in Utulei from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The “Ta’iala o le Sami” is a program for local public schools that are located in close proximity to Sanctuary...
Rose Atoll Marine National Monument [photo: US Fish and Wildlife Service]
One of the three local archaeologists, who conducted a an intensive survey of Rose Atoll, has shared with the US Interior Department the importance of the atoll, known as Muliava in Samoan, and the need to keep its designation as a marine monument, for “American Samoa’s future generation”. Rose...
The “poor ranking” of StarKist Co., canned tuna product “is not the fault of Samoan workers” at the American Samoa processing plant, but the company itself as well as its owner, Dongwon Industries, says John Hocevar, director of Ocean Campaign at Greenpeace USA. Last month global environmental...
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ASKA FALEALI’I LAULU The High Court has taken under advisement, with a decision to be issued later, a request by inmate Aska Faleali’i Laulu for work release, in order to earn money to care for his family and pay a court fine. However, the court noted the importance of safety of the female victim,...
Federal District Court, Honolulu. [photo: All Hawaii News]
The federal court in Honolulu has given the Territory of American Samoa later next week to file a response to federal defendants motion early this month requesting the court to reconsider or remand back to the US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) its decision invaliding the reduction of the...
Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson (2nd left) during Monday’s celebration of Police Week at the Fagatogo malae. He says the police force faces a serious shortage of officers and is underpaid. The police officers are the “unsung heroes” working long hours to protect the people of American Samoa.  [SN photo]
With the police force facing a shortage of officers, Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson is out on the road and in the community helping cops, who are described by Le’i as the “unsung heroes” working long hours to protect the people of American Samoa. And don’t be surprised if the next time a...
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Save yourself from paying a hefty fine or serving possible jail time by buckling up. Officers from the Department of Public Safety are cracking down on all drivers  – and passengers – not wearing seatbelts. In addition, cops will be issuing citations for other violations including children riding...

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