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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...
 SBA’s section on Mar. 13, 2018 at the now closed Disaster Recovery Center
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Last week Friday, SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West director, Tanya N. Garfield, reminded American Samoa small businesses that Dec. 3, 2018, is the deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury caused by Gita. In a statement, Garfield...
Photo of sign on door at USPS saying it would be closed TFN after plumbing problems discovered
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Although the US Post Office in Fagatogo reopened yesterday during normal business hours, this notice was still posted around 1p.m yesterday on the main door of the Post Office, saying that the Post Office was closed until further notice, “due to plumbing and water...
Territorial Correctional Facility, TCF
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Territorial Correctional Facility’s (TCF) Maximum Security, a bathroom and cafeteria buildings were closed down permanently last week by officials from the Department of Public Health (DOH), due to the unsafe health conditions. This was confirmed to Samoa News by a...
An election official at the Ili’ili polling station
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Voters in American Samoa have spoken and have again rejected the veto over-ride referendum, which seeks to amend the local Constitution by giving the Legislature the authority to override the governor’s veto instead of the US Secretary of Interior as it stands now....
American Samoa voter, Ufi Fegaimaali’i
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Any registered voter, who has lost or misplaced their Voter ID when polls open territory-wide for the 2018 mid-term election today, can still cast their ballot, by making sure proof of identification is provided to election officials at the respective polling stations....
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The the case of the 45-year-old stepfather who is accused of sexually abusing his 11-year-old stepdaughter is now bound over to the High Court, after the defendant waived his rights to a preliminary hearing last week. (Samoa News has decided to withhold the name of the...

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