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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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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — No arrests have been made in a case involving a shipment of methamphetamine — alleged to weigh over a pound — that was confiscated by the Customs K9 Unit at the Fagatogo Post Office less than a week before Christmas 2018. A female Customs agent was questioned — but later...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The man facing multiple charges for illegal possession of weapons and drugs entered a 'not guilty' plea during arraignment yesterday morning in District Court. Samuel Gaisoa is scheduled for a pretrial conference on February 28, 2019. He is represented by private...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A federal court in Santa Ana, California has denied a joint motion by plaintiffs and defendants — including Samoa Tuna Processors (STP) Inc. — to continue towards the end of 2019, the trial for the case involving the death of a fisherman who fell overboard from a fishing...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — When local students returned to the classrooms yesterday following the annual two-week holiday break, they were supposed to have been given a letter and form from the Department of Health, requesting that parents provide proof that their child has received his/ her...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — As the partial federal government shutdown continues — in its third week — with no apparent end in sight, individuals receiving benefits like food stamps and WIC checks are left wondering — if and when — they will be cut off. A CBS news report yesterday noted that "if...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Council of Chiefs for Fagasa village has imposed a $2,000 fine on a family for Facebook posts that stem from a feud that was fueled by social media posts. Samoa News was contacted yesterday by a concerned citizen — who does not currently live in Fagasa but whose...

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