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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The former O&O manager being charged with two other former company employees for stealing has waived her right to a preliminary examination. Siueli Blake appeared in District Court yesterday morning. She is represented by Assistant Public Defender Ryan Anderson while...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa ranked fifth among the five-US territories and the District of Columbia on laws protecting animals, according to 2018 U.S. Animal Protection Laws Ranking Report by the US-based Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF). According to an ALDF explanation on its...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “American Samoa would be an inadequate forum” to hear claims under the federal Jones Act by relatives of a US seaman who died in the territory, because the “High Court of American Samoa does not conduct jury trials in civil actions,” declared attorneys for plaintiffs in...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The three former prison guards being charged for their alleged involvement in a drug ring at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) remain in custody where they once worked, with bail set at $20,000 each. They are: Jimmy Stanley, Leasi Neueli, and Faavae Papatu....
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Manu’a traditional leader, Logoai Siaki Logoai, will be sworn in as the new senator for Manu’a #1 — comprising Ta’u, Fitiuta and Faleasao — during a ceremony currently set for next Monday, Jan. 14 before the official opening of the 36th Legislature later that same...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man charged with private peace disturbance after he allegedly damaged the interior of his home with an axe was remanded to the LBJ Behavioral Center yesterday morning, per a request from his attorney, Assistant Public Defender Ryan Anderson. Tau Maugalei Veavea...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The High Court has found that Ioane Faimata violated conditions of his probation and he is set for another hearing on Jan. 29. In the meantime, he is remanded back to custody. Faimata appeared before Acting Associate Justice Elvis Patea and Chief Associate Judge Mamea...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Whatever happened to American Samoa being in compliance with the federal REAL ID Act? Have the feds given the government an extension and if so, when does the extension expire? Samoa News replies: Although we had reported in October last year that the US Department of...
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Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Aumua Amata announced nominations of 10 students for consideration by the service academies. Each year, these select nominations are based on the high quality of the students’ academic records, essays, letters of recommendation from their teachers, church leaders...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Five men are in custody with bail set at $20,000 each for their alleged involvement in a drug operation uncovered at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) late last year. Former DPS officers Jimmy Stanley, Leasi Neueli, Faavae Papatu, and brothers Spencer and...

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