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The US Justice Department has sought a “provisional arrest with a view towards extradition” of a US citizen, Dean Jay Fletcher, wanted by authorities in Tonga to stand trial for the alleged murder of his wife in July this year, according to documents filed yesterday afternoon with the federal court...
American Samoa Power Authority Executive Director Utu Abe Malae says a federal assessment of the Aua pipeline and surrounding areas of the former site of a US Navy fuel farm during World War II failed to take into consideration environmental issues impacting American Samoa. Furthermore, the Army...
SANELE AH CHONG The High Court last Friday sentenced a thirty-year old father of two to serve seven years behind bars in connection with an incident last year where he had a sexual act with a 14-year-old girl, after giving her alcohol. Ah Chong was initially charged with three-felony counts — rape...
A US citizen, who is sought by Tongan authorities for murder, has been handed over to the US Marshals Service, while his case with the District Court of American Samoa has been dismissed. Fifty-three year old Dean J. Fletcher, who is from Florida, is charged in the local court with one misdemeanor...
A look at some of the members of the American Samoa delegation as they joined hands and sang “Lota Nu’u”, during the closing ceremony at last Friday’s 7th Bilateral Health Summit of the two Samoas at Gov. H. Rex Lee Auditorium.  [photo: AF]
Samoan cultural practices causing mental health issues and “maternal depression” for Samoan mothers were among questions raised by participants of the 7th Bilateral Health Summit following presentations by physicians from Samoa and American Samoa on mental illness in the two Samoas. The...
Washington, D.C. — Newly reelected Congresswoman Aumua Amata today issued a statement commending her friend Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard's meeting with President-elect Donald Trump. "We in American Samoa were not surprised that my friend, colleague and fellow Samoan Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) would take...
US based StarKist Co., has confirmed that its StarKist Samoa cannery’s annual shutdown at the end of the year will be for three weeks, instead of the usual two weeks, as the territory’s largest private employer continues to “experience volatility” at its Atu’u-based plant. Local industry officials...
American Samoa Power Authority is “aghast at the dismissive” nature of the US Army Corps of Engineer’s letter in which the federal agency has closed, without taking any further action on the “Aua Fuel Pipeline” project, says ASPA Executive Director Utu Abe Malae. ASPA has serious concerns with...
A police investigation continues into the death of a 25-year-old man who died last Friday afternoon after he was allegedly hit on the main road in Pago Pago by a container trailer truck, which was heading to the East side from the town area, according to local authorities. The man, whose identify...
19-YEAR-OLD JAILED FOR SEXUAL ABUSE A 19-year-old young man accused of having sexual acts with a 14-year-old girl has been sentenced to 20 months imprisonment, which is one of the conditions of his five-year probation. The High Court has also ordered that the defendant is not to be released from...

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