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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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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — District Court Judge Fiti Sunia has found probable cause to bind over to the High Court, the government's case against Samuel Gaisoa, who is expected to enter a 'not guilty' plea this morning during arraignment. Gaisoa, who is out on $50,000 bond, is facing multiple...
Former police officer Mosese Lomu
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Former police officer Mosese Lomu — facing criminal charges in two separate cases — was remanded to the custody of the court marshal, temporarily, last Friday, as issues with his bond were being ironed out. Lomu — who is out on bond — appeared in High Court for a...
StarKist workers enter the canning plant in Pago Pago, American Samoa.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — StarKist Samoa, with more than 2,000 workers, is scheduled to resume production today, after its two-week annual end of the year holiday shut down. At the same time, all public and the majority of private school students return to class today, which means busy early...
Flooding in Tualauta County
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Twenty-four hours after Rep. Larry Sanitoa was sworn into office, he quickly raised with the Department of Public Works the issue of “deplorable roads” in some areas of Tualauta County, brought to his attention by residents and other members of the public who frequent...

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