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District Court Judge Fiti Sunia
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  “You came here to entertain our children — not to harm or put them in danger.” This was the clear message from District Court Judge Fiti Sunia to the Magic Circus of Samoa security guard, who was convicted of endangering the welfare of a 9-year-old child by dragging him...
Sio Junior Godinet
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — One of the three defendants arrested when armed detectives of the Department of Public Safety, Vice & Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant on two homes in Pago Pago in May of this year has informed the court that he wants a jury trial. Sio Junior Godinet appeared...
OSHA logo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) appears to be moving toward a settlement in the case where three men were electrocuted and died in January 2017 at the Manu'a Store compound in the Tafuna Industrial Park in American Samoa. As previously...
Miss ASCC Grace Lagai (front, far left) and members of the judging panel congratulate the Samoana High School students
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Institutional Core Values of American Samoa Community College (ASCC) state the goal of students learning to become effective communicators, critical thinkers, global citizens and responsible leaders. All of these qualities involve an engagement with pressing social...
The dengue mosquito
SOUTH PACIFIC COMMUNITY — An epidemiologist from the Pacific Community (SPC) says dengue fever outbreaks are currently active in American Samoa as well as Wallis and Futuna. An eight-year-old girl with dengue from Wallis and Futuna recently died after her condition deteriorated and she was flown to...
The track up Mt 'Alava.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Much of American Samoa is in national park territory, making it highly accessible, as Peter de Graaf discovers. It might come as a surprise that the United States' most remote national park isn't in Hawai'i or even in the frozen wilderness of northern Alaska. This...
Okesene Alo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — One of the four former DPS officer for the Juvenile Detention Center (JDC), was sentenced by the High Court to 27 year imprisonment after being found guilty of illegal activities and misconduct at the JDC 2 years ago. Okesene Alo, who was charged in two separate cases,...
American Samoa Election Office photo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Election Office reminds all candidate and voters that 4:30p.m Tuesday, Nov. 13 is the deadline to file in the High Court a complaint contesting the Nov. 6th mid-term election results. At the close of business last week Thursday, no one had called for a challenge....
Samoa Airways logo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Based on the new provision of federal law, the US Department of Transportation has granted cabotage exemption for Samoa government owned, Samoa Airways to continue to operate American Samoa’s domestic flights for up to early next year. An amendment to the Federal...
StarKist canning plant in American Samoa
San Francisco, CA — StarKist Inc., as a defendant, will appear Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the federal court in San Francisco for an arraignment and plea hearing for its role in a conspiracy to fix prices of packaged seafood sold in the U.S, according to court records. The US Justice Department had...

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