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American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man who was released by the District Court on his own recognizance last month after he entered a not guilty plea to third degree assault, property damage and trespass, is back in court for the same thing. Mark Alesana is being charged with six misdemeanors...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga and Lt. Gov. Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In a letter yesterday to “All business owners and Private Sector”, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga reaffirmed the American Samoa Government policy already in place, and that is - without a purchase order or service contract, invoices from businesses will not be paid. Samoa...
Ambassador Nikki Haley and Congresswoman Amata.
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata released the following statement in recognition of Ambassador Nikki Haley’s service representing the United States to the United Nations. “Ambassador Nikki Haley was a superb choice by President Trump for the important leadership post in our foreign...
District Court Judge Fiti Sunia
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 46-year-old man, who is a taxi driver, is being held on $50,000 bail on allegations that he raped his 16-year-old niece. Samoa News is withholding the name of the man to protect the identity of the victim in this matter. The victim’s father is the defendant’s first...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 22-year-old man who deliberately jumped in front of a moving vehicle after arguing with his girlfriend was arrested over the weekend. Isaia Lei Sam made his initial appearance in District Court yesterday morning. He’s charged with third degree assault — for allegedly...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 23-year-old man from Laulii who attempted to burglarize a home was arrested Friday night. Tie Lomon made his initial appearance before District Court Judge Fiti Sunia yesterday morning, where he entered a 'not guilty' plea to attempted burglary and public peace...
American Samoa Executive Office Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — More than $500K was paid out in overtime hours for American Samoa Government employees who worked during the recovery efforts following Tropical Storm Gita early this year, according to a revelation in the fiscal year 2018 performance report for the Department of Human...
A Health Department official standing in front of a screen — in the background — showing a photo of a person affected with Lymphatic Filariasis
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Department of Health officials, along with Dr. Tamara Buhagair (second from right) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), posing for a group photo after the panel’s Lymphatic Filariasis presentation yesterday to reporters during a news conference where...
District Court Judge, Fiti Sunia
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A businesswoman who tried to bribe a senior police officer by offering him $60 to release a cook who was arrested on another matter, was arrested by police Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. Ping Yang, who is Asian, made her initial appearance in District Court yesterday morning. She...
District Court Judge, Fiti Sunia
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young woman told the court last week that the reason why she missed two court hearings was because she traveled to Tonga to visit her sick mother. In return, District Court Judge Fiti Sunia informed the young woman that she’s not allowed to leave the territory while...

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