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20-lb box of chicken leg quarters
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The cost of a 22-pound case of chicken legs saw another hike in price at the end of June, and this food item, along with minimum increases in six other food items contributed to the 0.5% increase in the local Food Index for June. This is according to the Department of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A prisoner accused of escaping from confinement three times has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Logoitino Amituana’i, who is still in custody, serving time for a previous conviction, appeared in court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. He was...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Samoa News is correcting a story that it published yesterday on the front page, regarding the case of Thomas Siaumau. After speaking to law enforcement officials and sources close to the case, the information is corrected as follows: Thomas Siaumau was not present when...
Territorial Correctional Facility, TCF
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 35-year-old man from Tafuna spent the weekend at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) for allegedly assaulting a taxi driver. Filemoni Lokeni made his initial appearance in District Court last week, where he entered a ‘not guilty’ plea to third degree assault...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 35-year-old man who is on probation for 24 months was arrested last week on the allegation that he assaulted his neighbor while intoxicated. Aloese Apelu made his initial appearance last Friday before District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea. He is charged with third degree...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata and Health Director Motusa Nua
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomes a federal grant of $2,327,753 from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the American Samoa Department of Health. The Pacific Basin Grant is offered under the Health Center Cluster Program of the Health Resources and Services...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man who was released on his own recognizance two months ago after he entered a ‘not guilty’ plea to third degree assault, property damage, and trespass, is back in court for the same thing. Faavaemautu Alesana is charged with six misdemeanors: two counts of third...
Island Fisheries Market fish counter
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Island Fisheries Inc, is “optimistic that export of quality fresh fish from American Samoa” to targeted off island markets “can be sustainable, provide jobs and infuse new revenue into our local economy.” This is according to the Island Fisheries, as part of its response...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A bus driver who allegedly poured a cup of hot coffee on the face of another bus driver was arrested by police last week. Suaese Ulusele made his initial appearance last week before District Court Judge Pro Tem Gwen Tauiliili-Langkilde. He is charged with third degree...
Just say no to marijuana symbol
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Associate Justice Fiti A. Sunia make it clear during the sentencing of a young woman convicted of unlawful possession of one hand-rolled marijuana cigarette last week that even if a person is convicted of unlawful possession of only a small quantity of marijuana, the...

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