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Trophy: U.S. troops hold a Japanese flag captured in July 1944 during the Battle of Saipan
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — This week, Congresswoman Aumua Amata is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Saipan in honor of veterans and this significant event in Pacific history. This important strategic battle began on June 13 with a bombardment and a landing on June 15. US forces...
Jonathan Fanene
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A Pre-Trial Conference (PTC) for Jonathan Fanene is scheduled for July 25, 2019 at 9 a.m after he entered pleas of 'not guilty' to the charges against him during arraignment before Associate Justice Fiti Sunia last week. Trial date is set for April 25, 2022. Fanene, who...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government has charged Fetuao Lavasi’i with public peace disturbance and third degree assault, and District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea says the defendant needs to address his alcohol problem. During arguments regarding the defendant’s bail at his initial appearance...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 24-year-old man who was criminally charged for breaking-in to three homes will be sentenced next month, following the court's acceptance of a plea agreement between him and the government. Mata’u Falani pled guilty to three counts of first-degree burglary, all felonies...
Map produced by Movement Advancement Project.
Washington, D.C. — Lambda Legal and the Movement Advancement Project on Tuesday released a new report that documents the status of LGBT rights in five U.S. territories. The report ranks Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands on a variety of...
Jonathan Fanene
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A former American Samoa cabinet member and NFL star has pled not guilty to 13 charges related to a domestic violence incident. Jonathan Fanene pled not guilty the High Court and he was arraigned before Associate Justice Fiti Sunia and Chief Associate Judge Mamea Sala Jr...
June Maeva with another Red Cross volunteer
San Diego, CALIFORNIA — The American Red Cross recently held a Volunteer Appreciation Night at Petco Park in San Diego, CA. Over 150 volunteers attended and more than 20 regional volunteers were presented awards. Volunteers make up 90% of the American Red Cross workforce and "we truly could not...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Police took into custody on Monday night two men, following a fight in the Tafuna area amongst several young people who were engaged in a drinking session at one of the defendant's homes. The accused, Laina Wilson and Alfred Nonu, made their initial appearances this past...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Three residents of American Samoan have asked the federal court in Guam, to dismiss a counterclaim filed against them by ANZ Guam Inc., parent company of ANZ Amerika Samoa Bank. In March last year, the plaintiffs — Ronald Parker, Fa’afetai Parker, and Tualagi Gaoteote —...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 25-year-old man accused of breaking into a home in Utulei last year will be sentenced next month. Richard Taala was initially charged with stealing and first-degree burglary, both felonies; and two misdemeanors: third degree property damage and third degree assault....

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