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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An attorney accused of stealing $121,000 which was supposed to be held in a trust fund — for the Hope Dialysis Center — appeared in court last week for a hearing on his motion to travel. Associate Justice Fiti Sunia granted, with conditions, Richard deSaulles’ request to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who violated conditions of his 2-year probation — which was handed down last year — has been ordered to serve out his suspended sentence, which is 20 months. Vise Gauta appeared in court last Friday for a disposition hearing. He was represented by Assistant Public...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The first total solar eclipse anywhere in the world after the Great American Eclipse of August 21, 2017 comes to the southern hemisphere on July 2, 2019. The shadow of the Moon first touches Earth at the moment of sunrise at 37 South, 160 West in the South Pacific, east...
ASG Assistant Attorney General Doug Lowe
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Attorney General’s Office has a new lawyer on staff. ASG Assistant Attorney General Doug Lowe is from Texas. He is tasked with prosecuting felonies, with emphasis on white collar crime and fraud. According to Lowe’s bio, which was shared prior to last week’s Chamber...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (AS-EPA) is strongly supporting a proposed ban on Styrofoam containers. Still in the discussion phase, the proposal is expected to be introduced in the Fono next month, when the next session of the 36th Legislature...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — What many in the community have been saying, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has confirmed — it has found that American Samoa “continues to face fiscal risks that may affect repayment of public debt, such as a reliance on the tuna canning and processing...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Malaki Apelu is scheduled to appear in court next month for a Disposition hearing, after he failed to comply with conditions of his 7-year probation term that was handed down 5 years ago. According to Probation, Apelu was convicted for stealing and subsequently sentenced...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Sentencing for Aleki Fata - who was convicted of unlawful possession of methamphetamine - is continued to Aug. 8th. This is after Fata was served with a new arrest warrant this past Thursday morning, on the allegation that he violated conditions of his probation. Fata is...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 53-year-old man charged with unlawful possession of meth has pled out. Manu Leleiga, who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $5,000 surety bond, appeared in court this past Thursday morning for a change of plea hearing. He was represented by...
Chief Justice Michael Kruse
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Chief Justice Michael Kruse has granted a motion from a man serving a 10-month sentence who was caught driving while his license was permanently suspended because of a DUI conviction. Peniamina Lolenese appeared in court yesterday morning on a motion to modify conditions...

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