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SAMUEL WRIGHT & MANU LEFATIA The District Court has continued for two weeks a status hearing on the government’s case against current inmate Samuel Wright and former inmate Manu Lefatia to allow both sides additional time to review the police report. Wright and Lefatia each face one count of...
Secretary of Samoan Affairs Mauga Tasi Asuega has voiced concerns over the influx of illegal drugs and consequently the growing drug problem in American Samoa. He has called for every level of the community to unite in the fight to get rid of these drugs, which he says have “infested” the territory...
With families being burdened with huge contributions to the Samoan culture and younger family members not willing to participate in the culture, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has called on traditional leaders to look at ways to change the current practice. Speaking at his cabinet meeting last Thursday...
The annual holiday roadblocks usually conducted by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) have been canceled due to the lack of funding to pay overtime for the cops, according to Police Commissioner Save Luiato Tuitele. Every year during Christmas and into the New Year, police officers set up...
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning that is in effect until this morning, although local meteorologist Elinor Lutu-McMoore says, “it may be extended.” This is because the forecast places the South Pacific Convergence Zone (SPCZ) over the Samoan Islands through Saturday, New...
Local residents are being asked to contact the local Department of Public Safety (DPS) with any information regarding this man: Twenty-eight-year-old Tinifanu Leulu Leuea of Tafuna who has been missing since Friday, December 23. Samoa News understands that concerned family members and friends have...
Of the 16 men and women taken into custody by police during the three-day Christmas holiday, none of them were charged with any serious crimes or involved in serious cases where someone was hurt or injured, what happened was the individuals had too much alcohol to drink and disturbed the peace at...
BIOLOGICAL FATHER ENTERS NOT GUILTY PLEA A father accused of sexually assaulting his biological daughter has entered a not guilty plea; and his pre trial conference in High Court is set for Feb. 24, 2017. To protect the victim, Samoa News does not identify the defendant by name. The government’s...
Good news for aspiring college students in the territory. If you are of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the US Census, and have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted), or have earned a general equivalency diploma (GED), you are...
Rev. Tini Filisi of the CCCAS Church Gatavai, using coconut juice for the traditional Samoan blessing following a short prayer service for one of the three traditional sailing canoes that were built by Su’a Wilson Fitiao and Malouamaua Dr. T. Tuiolosega during a ceremony last Friday afternoon at...

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