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American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government has filed second degree burglary and felony stealing charges against Filiki Naasona, for his alleged involvement in a store break-in. According to the government’s case, police received a call on June. 28, 2019 from the victim, reporting that his store was...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The US Department of Transportation has granted the cabotage exemption request by the Samoa government-owned Polynesian Limited, dba, Samoa Airways to continue operating Manu’a flights up to early next year. Samoa Airways earlier this year was granted an exemption by the...
Falana’ipupu Ta’ase Sagapolutele
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Tackling drug trafficking across the Pacific will top the agenda for a regional gathering of Police top brass beginning in American Samoa this coming week. Some 21 national Chiefs of Police and Police Commissioners have been confirmed to attend the main day of the...
Ofu-Olosega from the air
Manua Islands, AMERICAN SAMOA — Ocean explorers undertaking bottom sea mapping around the waters of Samoa, are wary of an active volcano not far from the Manu’a Island group in American Samoa. The Vailuluu Volcano is just 35 miles east of Manu’a and is felt to pose serious threats to all the Samoan...
Barbecued turkey tails
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The average price of turkey tails — a local favorite — decreased again last month, while the price for a box of chicken legs continues to increase, according to the Department of Commerce, which released last week the July Basic Food Index report. According to DOC, four...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The court last week granted a verbal motion by defense attorney Rob McNeill, on behalf of his client Willie Aulavemai, to continue the preliminary hearing on an Order to Show Cause (OSC) until his current case is resolved. Aulavemai, a.k.a. “WILL”, appeared in court last...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata and her Chief of Staff, retired Colonel Leafaina Yahn
Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata highlighted a nonpartisan report from Yale Law School and affiliated Veterans groups that studied the Service Academy nominations of every Member of the U.S. House and Senate, and found that American Samoa stood out with a unique balance of...
Territorial Correctional Facility, TCF
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA  — A 28-year-old father who was convicted of breaking into his uncle’s home in Vaitogi and stealing a pair of laptops, has been given a second chance. The court has ordered that Si’u Valaau Jr be released from prison. Valaau Jr, a citizen of Samoa, was initially charged...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who is on probation for an assault conviction from last year was arrested over the weekend on the allegation that he assaulted his neighbor. Faitala Tomasi made his initial appearance in court this week. He is charged with one count of second degree assault, a...
Samoa News building in American Samoa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Samoa News is currently not publishing a paper — except electronically — while it awaits parts from off-island for its press. We apologize to our readers who are used to a cup of coffee & newspaper in the morning. You can subscribe for the electronic (pdf) paper by...

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