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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A DPS detective accused of resisting arrest when several officers tried to calm him down while he pointed a gun to his head in a suicidal act was arrested Monday night. Det. Justin Thomsen made his initial appearance before Judge Elvis P. Patea yesterday morning. He is...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of assaulting his wife appeared in District Court last week. He’s being charged with third degree assault and private peace disturbance. The government alleges that around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night, a woman called the Tafuna Police Substation for assistance...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —The Legislature’s proposed fiscal year 2020 budget totals just over $6.91 million — which is the same amount approved for FY 2019, although there are fewer employees for FY 2020, according to the government budget documents. The Fono is also being allocated a $500,000...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A convicted murderer accused of stabbing another inmate with a knife last month told investigators that he has had the knife in his cell for about 3 years. Faufano Faauliuli, who is serving a lengthy sentence for the murder of his brother several years ago in Aunu’u...
Road work in Fagaalu on the road going to LBJ hospital
Galuega i le aso Tofi, Aukuso 30, 2019, e toe fa’alelei le auala agai atu i le Falema’i o le LBJ i Fagaalu. [ata: Leua Aiono Frost]
Cake celebrating dedication of Jet Fuel Tank Farm
The cake marking the dedication this past Wednesday of the new Jet-A Fuel Tank Farm,  relocated from the area next to the Pago Pago International Airport parking lot, to just outside of the airport fence at Lions Park — near Pala Lagoon.  The jet fuel facility will continue to be operated and...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man from Samoa who entered into a plea agreement with the government has been ordered  to depart the territory and remain outside of its borders for the duration of his probation term. Okesene Valoaga, 35, appeared in High Court this week for sentencing. He was...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of assaulting his wife appeared in District Court last week but was released on his own recognizance to await his next court appearance, set for Sept. 24th in the Family, Drug & Alcohol (FDA) court. (Samoa News is withholding the names of all parties...
 The American Samoa Medicaid Agency Director Tofoitaufa Sandra King Young
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Medicaid Agency Director Tofoitaufa Sandra King Young attended a House Health Committee hearing last week to report on the status of the American Samoa Off-Island Medical Referral Program (OMR). She presented documents to the committee that while they...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was arrested for disturbing the public peace last week is now facing felony charges of unlawful possession of illegal drugs. Agasii Viliamu made his initial appearance in court late last month on the charges of third degree assault and public peace disturbance...

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