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Dr. Casper Vanderwoude of the University of Hawaii's Ant Lab
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Independent State of Samoa has temporarily suspended the importation of fresh flowers from American Samoa and other countries that recorded the presence of Little Fire Ant (LFA), according to a public notice distributed in Samoa two days ago and received by Samoa...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Retired High Court Chief Associate Judge, Logoai Siaki Logoai, is the new senator from Fitiuta County in Manu’a who will fill the unexpired four-year term of the late Sen. Galea’i Moaali’itele Tu’ufuli, who passed away October last year. At the time of his passing, Galea...
District Court Judge Fiti Sunia
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — "I can't stress enough, the need for an immigration detention center," District Court Judge Fiti Sunia said to Assistant Attorney General Laura Garvey and co-counsel Jason Mitchell this past Monday, after three defendants were remanded to custody at the Territorial...
U.S.Capitol Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With Democrats set to control the US House when the 116th Congress convenes this afternoon, the House Democratic leadership will move to — again — allow Delegates from the US territories and the District of Columbia to vote in the Committee of the Whole. The action is...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Akeli Akeli Jr. was scheduled for an initial appearance last Friday morning in District Court. According to the criminal complaint, Akeli Jr. is charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and two counts of second degree assault. The charges stem from...
Tumuatasi Lefatia, a.k.a. Mama
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The pretrial conference for Tumuatasi Lefatia, a.k.a. Mama, has been continued to Jan. 31, 2019. The motion for a continuance by Lefatia's attorney, Marcellus Talaimalo Uiagalelei, was granted by Acting Associate Justice Elvis Patea last Wednesday in High Court....
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who pled guilty to unlawful drug possession was released on his own recognizance last Friday, following a Change of Plea hearing in High Court. Under a plea agreement with the government, Gertrude Faifaiumu, 29, pled guilty to the amended charge of unlawful...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — James Taito was not present in High Court last Friday for his preliminary examination and a bench warrant has been issued. When Taito's case was called, his lawyer, Assistant Public Defender Rob McNeill told the court his client was not present, neither was he in custody...
Chief Justice Michael Kruse
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Halfway through his Change of Plea hearing last Friday, Joe Togitogi seemed confused and therefore, Chief Justice Michael Kruse continued the matter to Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Togitogi, 25, is a defendant in two separate cases, for which he is facing charges of escape...
House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale appears to have the majority on his side, meaning he'll most likely be re-elected to the House leadership post when faipule for the 36th Legislature are sworn in Jan. 3rd. The swearing-in ceremony usually commences around noon for the 21-...

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