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Former Leone HS teacher Elijah Jared Tavai
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government's case against a local Gospel musician and former music teacher at Leone High School (LHS) — accused of allegedly having a sexual relationship with a male student who later contracted a sexually transmitted disease — was dismissed with prejudice by the...
Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Parents of some of the teens detained at the Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) in Tafuna are calling out to Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson, to take quick action in resolving a two-month-old problem: a shortage of officers for the JDC at night. Samoa News was told...
Several students and teachers of the Fatuoaiga Montessori
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “A celebration of our cultural diversity and heritage” was organized at Fatuoaiga Montessori by school administrators; the Parent/Teacher Association (PTA); and supporters during the school’s International Day last Friday. At the start of the program, Br. Donald Texeira...
Cans of StarKist Light Chunk Tuna
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The “inability” of StarKist Inc., to pay $100 million as proposed by the US Department of Justice has been raised in the latest court filings in the federal government’s criminal case against the owner of StarKist Samoa. The revelation was made in separate filings on Mar...
 Congresswoman Amata with VA Secretary Wilkie
Washington, D.C. — Last week, Congresswoman Aumua Amata took part in two hearings of the full Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, including an examination of President Trump’s budget request for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) with VA Secretary Robert Wilkie, and an update on the VA’s efforts...
Pago Pago Intl Airport sign
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is conducting an assessment regarding an incident that happened at the Pago Pago International Airport last Thursday, whereby a Hawaiian Airline passenger who was waiting to board the flight was rushed to the LBJ Hospital after...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The court has granted permission for defendant Faamalologa Eniata a.k.a. Malologa Leulu to travel off island to attend family matters. Travel dates are April 7-11 Eniata appeared in court Thursday morning for two separate cases. The first case includes charges of third...
Commissioner for the Office of Financial Institution Robert Ho Chee
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — China tops the list of countries with the highest amount of foreign remittances sent from American Samoa, according to Robert Ho Chee, the Commissioner for the Office of Financial Institution, a bureau of the ASG Treasury Department. Ho Chee shared the list during...
ASG Treasurer, Ueligitone Tonumaipe’a
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — ASG Treasurer, Ueligitone Tonumaipe’a told the House last week that tax refund checks still haven't been issued because they are still negotiating the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). During a hearing on the bill to increase the...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused last year of unlawful possession of drugs pled guilty in High Court last week during a Change of Plea hearing. Taleni Ifopo, 29, was initially charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), a felony punishable by imprisonment...

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