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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The District Court will hear today from Immigration, the status of a man charged with private peace disturbance and third degree assault (domestic violence). James Aru, a citizen of Vanuatu, made his initial appearance in District Court yesterday morning where he entered...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Associate Justice Fiti Sunia last week granted a government motion in Thomas Siaumau's case — a court subpoena for an expert witness from off island — despite strong opposition from the defense. Siaumau, who is scheduled to go to trial next Monday appeared in court last...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Cable service went off line during the late hours of Presidents Day and remained off until the following day (yesterday morning). Samoa News understands that the outage had to do with an ASPA line that caught fire and essentially affected the cable lines. Cable service...
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Pago Pago, AMERICANN SAMOA — The federal court appointed Receiver, Mark E. Dottore, continues to be in discussions with the US Department of Education for a possible advance of $13 million under federal student aids so students of Argosy University can get their stipends paid, according to a report...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The court has already issued an oral decision rejecting Iosefo N. Sagote’s challenge — that the LBJ Hospital’s test results disprove the positive results of a drug test that was conducted by the Probation Office — and Chief Justice Michael Kruse issued a Memorandum of...
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Pago Page, AMERICAN SAMOA —  Judge Elvis P. Patea told Jared Kupu that the next time he's stressed, "don't go to the nearest bar or store for beer; instead, go see the doctor." Last Friday, under a plea agreement, which was accepted by the court, Kupu pled guilty to private peace disturbance and...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Nevada-based Contemporary Communications LLC has filed with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) an application seeking approval for the purchase of local Christian-format radio station KNWJ-FM from Showers of Blessing. Online news provider for the radio and...
Ronald Reagan Shipyard employees working on repairs to the front portion of the 3,000-ton slipway last year.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — To further improve the government owned shipyard facility, the American Samoa Shipyard Services Authority has partnered with two US-based companies to share resources and expertise. Gov. Lolo Matalagi Moliga made the revelation in his 2019 State of the Territory...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man with two different names was remanded back to custody last Friday and is scheduled to appear in court again tomorrow. Sooane "Filipo" Taafua, 37, appeared in District Court last Friday for a pretrial conference. He is charged with a single count of private peace...
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Honolulu, HAWAII — Responders have located and addressed the cause of flooding on the 145-foot passenger-ferry M.V. Sili in Pago Pago, Sunday. A salvage dive team located a two-inch diameter hole on the port side of the engineroom and applied a temporary patch. The vessel is no longer taking on...

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