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District Court Judge, Fiti Sunia
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “How can an immigrant who’s immigration ID expired 6 years ago get an opportunity to renew his immigration status. Where is the law?” These were some of the many questions raised by District Court Judge Fiti Sunia yesterday morning, during the hearing of a man who was...
Isaiah B. Brunt (center) with Joey Cummings (left) and James Kneubuhl (right).
Apia, SAMOA — Isaiah B. Brunt, a blues musician with Samoan roots based in Australia, officially opened the 2018 Samoana Jazz and Arts Festival in Apia at a private function on Wednesday.  Accompanied by Joey Cummings and James Kneubuhl of the BB Kings, a blues band from American Samoa, guests at...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The police search for a 21-year-old female who was allegedly kidnapped by a man ended when police arrested two other male individuals and later charged them for unlawful possession of illegal drugs. So’o Savelio and Sharnel Sagote made their initial appearances in...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 42-year-old man from Tafuna accused of using a machete to assault another man has been arrested and charged with second degree assault, a felony, punishable by not more than 5 years imprisonment, and/or a fine of not more than $5,000 of both; and two misdemeanor...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Early this week, a 45-year-old man made his initial appearance in District Court on two misdemeanor counts of third degree assault and private peace disturbance after he allegedly assaulted his wife. The defendant is a Samoa national who works as a carpenter to support...
turkey tails
Pago Pago,AMERICAN SAMOA —The Commerce Department’s Basic Food Index (BFI) for October has confirmed what some consumers have told Samoa News last month that there was a drop in the price of certain popular food items such as turkey tail and chicken legs. And the price decrease came at the perfect...
Tumuatasi Lefatia
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Chief Justice Michael Kruse, last Thursday, granted a verbal motion by defendant Tumuatasi Lefatia’s attorney, Marcellus Uiagalelei for continuance of the preliminary hearing for his client until her current case is resolved. Kruse immediately granted the defense’s...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 25-year-old man who walked around in his neighborhood with a machete in his hand while yelling out profanities was arrested by police last week. Ekueta Tauilao made his initial appearance in District Court last week. He was represented by Assistant Public Defender Anna...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata along with supporters late Monday
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Incumbent Congresswoman Aumua Amata is heading back to Washington D.C. for a third consecutive two-year term in office after being re-elected during yesterday’s mid-term election, beating out challengers Meleagi Suitonu-Chapman and Tuika Tuika. The Republican...
Andra Samoa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two female faipule incumbents were defeated while one female candidate is among the eight faipule-elect following yesterday’s mid term election for the local House of Representatives. Based on the unofficial results announced last night by the Election Office, female...

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