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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A farmer from Samoa convicted of drug possession has been sentenced to probation and ordered to depart the territory after serving 12 months of his 5-year sentence. Siolo Tunufa’i appeared in court last week for sentencing. He was initially charged with unlawful...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Bishop Peter Brown, head of the Diocese of Samoa Pago Pago, announced recently the appointment of new principals for Fa’asao Marist High School and St. Theresa Elementary School in Leone. According to the Office of Catholic Education, Lentoy Felefele Matagi is the new...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Since the departure of Dr. Kristen Jensen in January, the ASG Department of Agriculture’s veterinary clinic has been without a U.S. licensed veterinarian. The slow decline of the clinic’s services was made evident throughout the one-week spay and neuter campaign in June...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two men accused of burglarizing a home in Lauli’i last month and stealing a huge safe containing several important items including coins worth $5,000 were arrested last week. Willie Asiata and Tangiki Ahotau made their initial appearances before Judge Elvis P. Patea in...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is already gearing up for the 48th Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police Conference, which will be hosted in the territory later this month, August 21-23 under the theme: “Preventing Drug Harm Within Our Communities.” DPS staff members —...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who attempted to pick a fight with his 56-year-old uncle and then assaulted his brother-in-law has been ordered to serve 45 days at the TCF for violating conditions of his probation. He is also placed on probation for 24 months after he pled guilty to private peace...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A Manu'a lawmaker says he would support the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) becoming a standalone agency in order to decrease the number of prison breaks. Representative Vesi Fautanu said he backs the proposal made by the Commissioner of Public Safety, Le'i Sonny...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa’s 2019 mid-year populations stands at over 58,000 — a loss of 1,000 residents — and the female population is higher than the male population, according to the latest data released by the Statistics Division of the Commerce Department. Samoa News reported...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An overstayer from Samoa accused of assaulting another man and damaging his vehicle told the court that he did what he did because the victim’s son forced his way into his home and stole from him. Aso Maanaima Jr appeared in District Court this week for a pretrial...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 45-year-old mechanic who was pulled over for a traffic violation is being criminally charged, after police allegedly found drugs inside the vehicle. Tavita Vui appeared in District Court last week Tuesday for a traffic citation, and ordered to return to court the next...

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