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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  A year ago this week, Tropical Cyclone GITA caused wide spread damage in American Samoa after grueling days of rainfall up to 6 inches and maximum sustained winds of 52mph with gusts up to 60mph. Aside from significant damages to personal properties and flooding, the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea wants Assistant Attorney General Jason Mitchell to get a 'concrete idea' of the process involved in getting police reports ready and submitted in a timely manner. Judge Patea alluded that the information is stuck in a kind of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 21-year-old man from Samoa has been sentenced to 48 months imprisonment — as a condition of a 7-year probation term — for having a sexual relationship with two minor children in October 2017. However, the detention period was suspended and the defendant is ordered to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An overstayer charged with public peace disturbance and third degree assault failed to appear in District Court last Thursday for his pretrial conference. As a result, District Court Judge Fiti Sunia has ordered that a bench warrant be issued for Kalava Sefo. The charges...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Assistant Public Defender Anna Wells has been told by District Court Judge Fiti Sunia to advise her client to turn over the passport in his possession because "that could be a separate charge altogether." Taito appeared in District Court last Friday on a motion to modify...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who has been placed on probation more than once will spend the next 3 weeks sitting at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) in Tafuna, after Judge Fiti Sunia speaks. Onosai Futi appeared in District Court last Friday, Feb. 1 for a pretrial conference, where...
ASPA personnel drilling water wells on the eastside of Tutuila.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Power Authority is drilling five new wells on the eastside of Tutuila to replace high chloride wells causing the “salty” taste in the water in this area.  Chloride occurs naturally in groundwater sources. Elevated levels of chloride in a groundwater...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The House of Representatives last week approved a bill sponsored by Rep. Faimealelei Anthony Fu’e Allen that mandates the Chief Election Officer to conduct criminal background checks for all candidates petitioning for Governor, Lt. Governor, the House of Representatives...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Among the comments made by some senators, as well as an ASG official, during a recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration is that it’s “our own” people — the American Samoans who are sponsors — that have caused the influx of foreigners (especially from...
A Samoa News photo from this past Tuesday, shows the new location of the airport Jet-A fuel tank farm
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A number of inquiries have been received regarding the status of the new location of the airport Jet-A fuel tank farm project and when it will be completed. Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga told lawmakers last month that the new Jet-A fuel tank farm facility will be completed...

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