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Rendering of proposed new Fono Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The House yesterday approved in final reading an Administration bill that allows the formation of Limited Liability Company (LLC) entities in American Samoa. The legislation, which was one of the Administration’s revenue measures sent to the Fono last August, now goes to...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 32-year-old who was convicted of assaulting his neighbor was ordered by District Court Judge, Fiti Sunia not to set foot on his neighbor’s land during the period of his probation — 12 months. Alesana Valosaga was initially charged with 3rd degree assault, 3rd degree...
American Samoa Visitors Bureau logo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Several lawmakers appeared unimpressed with a plea from American Samoa Visitors Bureau deputy director, Vaitoa Hans Langkilde for additional funding, while salary and benefit package for the agency’s boss is just over $120,000, and the entity has ‘only’ six employees —...
Immigration Office logo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man from Samoa who was arrested by police on the allegation that he broke inside a home in Vaitogi and stole several items was ordered by the court to be released from police custody, and transferred to custody of the Immigration Office, after the government wished not...
Congresswoman Amata with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed on Thursday the advancement of her cabotage bill to promote reliable air service in American Samoa. The provision is part of a renewed push in Congress to complete re-authorization this month for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Amata’...

Carol Baqui, senior meteorologist [photo: FS]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — After serving more than a decade at the National Weather Service in Tafuna, senior meteorologist Carol Ma’afala Baqui has relocated to the Guam weather office, where she had previous worked for more than two years. “Thank you American Samoa for the wonderful experience,...
District Court Judge, Fiti Sunia
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — District Court Judge, Fiti Sunia has granted the defense’s motion to reduce the bail amount for the employee of the Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV), who is accused of providing forged commercial driver’s permits to several local drivers from $10,000 to $5,000. Matthew...
OMV employee Matthew Tafua
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  An employee of the Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV), a division of the Department of Public Safety (DPS), who is accused of providing forged commercial driver’s permits to several local drivers was arrested this week. Matthew Tafua made his initial appearance before...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 38-year-old taxi driver accused of assaulting his wife while he was extremely intoxicated told the court that he is sorry for his actions and he will never do such things to his wife and children again. The defendant was initially charged with public peace disturbance...
 Dist. Court Judge Fiti Sunia
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 51-year-old man from Alofau who was walking around with a machete in hand was arrested Monday. Siaosi Uiese made his initial appearance in District Court yesterday morning before Judge Fiti Sunia. He is charged with private peace disturbance. Sunia established a 'no...

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