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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga shaking hands with traditional leaders
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With 'whispers' already in the community of possible candidates for the November 2020 gubernatorial race, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has issued an early reminder against the use of government property and resources for political campaigns. In accordance with local law and...
Territorial Correctional Facility, TCF
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — There is no greater disrespect for the law, than when a person attacks a police officer. These were the words of District Court Judge Fiti Sunia, after he denied the motion to reduce bail for Christopher Montbriand, who is charged with public peace disturbance, two...
This Samoa News photo taken around 4p.m. last Friday, shows a corner section of Ottoville Road covered with gravel.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — This Samoa News photo taken around 4p.m. last Friday, shows a corner section of Ottoville Road covered with gravel. Earlier in the day, and over the past two weeks — as a result of heavy rainfall — gravel at the site had washed away, leaving two huge potholes in this...
American Samoa Executive Office Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Lolo Administration is taking a “new approach” at the start of 2019, by allowing the public — including the media — to attend “forums” where each government agency will give a presentation, covering issues such as the status of the agency from the previous year, as...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A former employee of the Native American Samoa Advisory Council (NASAC) pled guilty to embezzlement last Friday, Jan. 11th, during a Change of Plea hearing in High Court. Dorothy Elia will be sentenced Feb.  22nd and from now until then, Chief Justice Michael Kruse has...
Lt. Tolia Tanu Solaita Jr. in front of FBI Academy
DPS Lt. Tolia Tanu Solaita Jr. of Nuuuli is currently enrolled in a 12-week course at the world famous FBI Academy in Quantico, VA. Solaita Jr. is the son of legendary Samoan baseball player, Tolia "Tony" Solaita of Nu'uuli, and Fagaoalii Alailima Atuatasi of Fagasa. He has worked at DPS for 21...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata Radewagen
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata Radewagen, says she expects a deal to be made to stop the US government shutdown but says President Donald Trump is right in insisting on funding for a new border wall. The partial federal shutdown is the longest in US history and has impacted key...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Pretrial conference for Manaia Lalokou has been continued to Jan. 16 Lalokou is charged with public peace disturbance and resisting arrest, following an incident that occurred early Christmas morning in Leone, whereby Lalokou allegedly threatened to "jump out of the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa Visitors Bureau has revised the number of cruise ships visiting the territory this year, by adding another one for next month. The total number of cruise ships now scheduled to call into the Port of Pago Pago is 18. According to the revised schedule, as of...
Territorial Correctional Facility, TCF
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — After spending 125 days at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) in Tafuna, District Court Judge Fiti Sunia ordered the immediate release of Tevita Moala yesterday, after Moala pled guilty to public peace disturbance, a class B misdemeanor that carries a maximum...

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