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Customs agents confiscated three pounds of methamphetamine — “ice” — last week after a woman, later identified as Katrina Wells, claimed the parcel at the Fagatogo US Post Office. Wells has been charged with one count of unlawful possession of methamphetamines and she made her initial appearance in...
TULIESE TALIU During a court hearing last Thursday, Chief Justice Michael Kruse issued an official order for inmate Tuliese Taliu to depart American Samoa and remain out of the territory during his 5-year probation. Taliu had faced charges in two separate cases. The first was from three-years ago...
SHIPYARD SERVICE AUTHORITY HAS SURPLUS FUNDS During a recent cabinet meeting, Shipyard Service Authority Chief Executive Officer Moefa’auo ‘Bill’ Emmsley shared some good news saying an audit has been completed for FY 2016, which closed Sept. 30, 2016, and it shows that the government owned entity...
Washington, D.C. — Saturday, Vice President-elect Mike Pence appointed Congresswoman Aumua Amata to the Presidential Transition Team Executive Committee. "Amata is a great friend and colleague and I am delighted she will be joining our team," said Vice Chairman Marsha Blackburn, a senior Member of...
Scheduled mandated minimum wage increases for American Samoa will eventually affect wages of almost all tuna cannery workers in the territory, according to the US Government Accountability Office report to the US Congress; and also points out that there is a drop in tuna exports to the US. Based on...
The team from the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS), along with local sponsor South Pacific Distributors/ Aloha Maid, held four fishing derbies on three islands – Ta’u, Aunu’u, and Tutuila — in areas within and adjacent to the Sanctuary sites. According to the NMSAS, the events...
A man in his early 20s accused of molesting a 5-year old girl two weeks ago, claims that he was assaulted last week by two other inmates at the Territorial Correction Facility following a disagreement inside the TCF compound. When defendant Muaiga Siatiu, aka Povi, was in District Court last Monday...
US Department of Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) believes it’s critical to consider the particular circumstances of American Samoa when adopting a process of adjusting the territory’s minimum wage and suggested an in-depth study, says OIA Director Nikolao I. Pula in response to a US...
TWO YOUNG MEN FACE CHARGES IN PAGO PAGO FIGHT Police took into custody on Tuesday night two young men following a fight in Pago Pago between the youth of Pago Pago and those from Fagasa and Fagatogo, according to court information. The accused, Divine Laina and Garfield Himphill, made their initial...
In its quest to ensure that the community including senior citizens are aware of ways and methods to prevent diabetes in American Samoa, the Department of Health has launched a new six-week awareness program, starting last week with seniors citizens, who are members of the Toe Afua Mai Matua (TAMM...

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