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Chief Justice Michael Kruse [SN file photo]
A drug defendant convicted by a jury last year of drug possession has been sentenced to 5 years imprisonment, which Chief Justice Michael Kruse says is the minimum sentence, according to local drug laws. Falaniko Stowers a.k.a. ‘Nicole’, identified as a fa’afafine (transgender) in court documents,...
Director of the Department of Agriculture, Filifa’atali M. Fuiava (middle), Dr. Kristen Jensen (right) from the Veterinary Clinic, and Land Grant's Mark Schmaedick during a hearing before the House Agriculture Committee last Friday.  [photo: AF]
American Samoa has lifted its ban on taro exports from Samoa. During a hearing before the House Agriculture Committee last Friday, Director of the Agriculture Department, Filifa’atali Michael Fuiava confirmed that he already informed the Samoa Prime Minister and the Samoa Minister of Agriculture...
Port Administration director Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Poumele [SN file photo]
Hawaiian Airlines has confirmed that a “laser incident” occurred last Friday night, as the Hawaiian flight was coming in for a landing at the Pago Pago International Airport. And local authorities are seeking the public’s help in obtaining information on the incident, in which a laser beam was...
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A jury has found Gerhard Otto Haleck “not guilty” of one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance — marijuana — which was transported through the US Postal Service. The panel of 6 jurors handed down its verdict last Friday afternoon following a four-day trial where the defendant even...
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A High Court jury has found Gerhard Otto Haleck not guilty of one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance - marijuana - which the government alleges was received by the defendant through the US Postal Service. The four women-two men jury handed down its unanimous verdict last Friday...
Washington, D.C. – Monday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata requested that the U.S. House of Representatives delay her paycheck until the federal government reopens, federal employees are being paid, military personnel are supported and services are restored. Her statement is as follows: “While I disagree...
Pictured here is the west-facing façade of the new ASCC Multipurpose Center (MPC), which officially opened last week in time for the beginning of the spring 2018 semester. Governor Lolo M. Moliga, the Board of Higher Education and numerous local dignitaries joined the administration, faculty, staff and students of the College to celebrate the opening of the MPC on Tuesday, January 9.  [photo: J. Kneubuhl]
The American Samoa Community College (ASCC) reached a milestone in its history last week with the official opening of its new Multipurpose Center (MPC). The new multi-story building will serve as the center for the system of support provided to ASCC students by the College’s Division of Student...
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The Chief Justice and Associate Justice of the American Samoa judicial branch as well federal funding for capital improvement projects to the US Insular Areas, are exempted from a federal government shutdown, according to the US Department of Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs contingency plan in...
Tasi Scanlon is the new Country Head ANZ American Samoa, for the ANZ Amerika Samoa Bank.  [photo: ANZ]
ANZ has announced the appointment of Tasi Scanlon as Country Head ANZ American Samoa, the bank’s first ever local appointment to this senior role based in Pago Pago. Ms. Scanlon reports to John Wade, ANZ CEO American Territories (Guam and American Samoa) based in Guam. Scanlon brings over 30 years...
Amata and Committee Members hear testimony on reducing homelessness among veterans. [courtesy photo]
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed this week’s combined hearing of two Subcommittees of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs regarding the needs of the veteran homeless population. “Our country has a serious commitment to the health and well-being of our veterans,” said Aumua Amata...

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