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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 27-year-old father who was convicted in June of this year of violating local drug laws will have to serve 180 days at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) as a condition of his 5-year probation. Ronald Alexander Pickering III, who was out on a $5,000 cash bond,...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A candidate for the 2020 gubernatorial election is at a loss for words, after he was made aware yesterday of a social media message — said to have been shared online since last week — that implicates him in what appears to be a proposition for an extramarital affair....
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The “high cost of wine and beer” contributed to increase in the Alcoholic Beverage Group during the second quarter of 2019, according to the Consumer Price Index report for the second quarter released last month by the Commerce Department. According to the report, the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two of the three men who were arrested and charged for sexually assaulting two 14-year-old girls last year appeared in High Court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. Loma Michael Iosia and Nick Mataia — both in custody unable to post a $100,000 surety bond — were...
Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Gerczak at the dock in the Port of Pago Pago
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Gerczak arrived in the Port of Pago Pago, Saturday. The crew is participating in Operation Aiga to conduct fisheries law enforcement and strengthen partnerships in American Samoa and Samoa throughout August.  “It was a good transit, the...
Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo V. Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo V. Ale has “revoked” a notice he issued two months ago, seeking to amend current regulations to increase fees for certain immigration services, including the Certificate of Identify fee. The proposed amendments — which were to become...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 60-year-old man accused of violating local drug laws has entered into an agreement with the government. Sonny Mika Kelemete appeared before Chief Justice Michael Kruse yesterday morning during a court proceeding to announce the global plea agreement. Prosecuting the...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A brief summary update of the American Samoa Power Authority, the importance of the Administration’s Adopt-a-School Program, and timely submission of paperwork for contract workers were among the issues discussed at last Thursday’s cabinet meeting at the Su’igaula o le...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The case against a man who was arrested and charged for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs into the TCF has been bound over to High Court. Sione “Kaisa” Lui made his initial appearance in District Court last week. He is charged with one count of unlawful distribution of a...
Frank Barron and Taulapapa Will Sword
Charlotte, NORTH CAROLINA — Local Republicans Frank Barron and Party Chairman Taulapapa Will Sword were present at the Republican National Committee Summer Meeting last week in Charlotte, North Carolina. Sword told attendees from all 50 states plus the territories about the Obama administrations...

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