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A Customs employee who is accused of importing marijuana with a street value of $20,000 has struck a plea agreement with the government. Titifalaula Siaumau was initially charged with one count each of importing a controlled substance and conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance — in this...
MAN CHARGED FOR ALLEGED ASSAULT OF HIS WIFE  A 29-year-old man who allegedly assaulted his wife after she discovered four other individuals inside their bedroom has been charged with third degree assault and public peace disturbance — both misdemeanors. (Samoa News is withholding the name of the...
The American Samoa Government is thinking about buying a small aircraft to fly between Tutuila and Manu'a. The Director of Commerce Keniseli Lafaele and a former senator Paepae Iosefa Fiaui travelled to the US last month to look at planes. Mr Lafaele said while Samoa Airways was now providing...
One of the witnesses in the government’s case against alleged drug dealer Falaniko Stowers a.k.a Nicole told jurors yesterday that the reason why there was a lot of traffic at the defendant’s house between September to November of last year, was because people were coming to bring documents like...
A police officer in the government’s case against alleged drug dealer Falaniko Stowers a.k.a ‘Nicole’ told the jury yesterday that 6 cut straws with crystalline substance inside were found in Nicole’s possession when police met up with him in front of the DPS central station in Fagatogo on Nov. 28...
American Tunaboat Association (ATA) is hopeful that a new resolution is reached at the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) that will support US flagged vessels continuing to operate out of Pago Pago, says ATA executive director Brian Hallman. The San Diego-based ATA, whose...
The driver of a pickup truck that was involved in an accident that allegedly injured two people last week in Pago Pago, is facing multiple criminal charges. Falaniko Fetoai was initially charged with traffic violations including reckless driving and careless driving; and public peace disturbance, a...
This week ArtPlace America is proud to announce that Queen Muhammad Ali has been chosen from nearly a thousand applications to receive funding through its 2017 National Creative Placemaking Fund.  ArtPlace received 987 applications in 2017, from which 70 finalists were selected and Queen Muhammad...
Rev. Amaama Tofaeono and his wife Joan Aleluia Tofaeono, through their attorney, Charles V. Ala’ilima, are asking the Trial Division of the High Court to reconsider its Oct. 2nd decision — dismissing their tort claims against the individuals named in their suit, saying the court has mistakenly...
American Samoa is among the 17 countries and territories now listed on the European Union’s “blacklist” of “non-cooperative tax jurisdiction,” according to the EU’s list publicly released yesterday — which also includes neighboring Samoa and Guam. “The adoption of the first ever EU blacklist of tax...

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