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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of dealing drugs in the territory has pled guilty to amended charges. Pierce Suapilimai, who has been in custody since his arrest last year - unable to post a $50,000 surety bond - appeared before Associate Justice Fiti Sunia yesterday morning for a Change...
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Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata joined lead sponsor Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) and other original co-sponsors Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA), Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA), Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ), and Rep. Donna E. Shalala (D-FL) in introducing the bipartisan Peace Corps...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Samoa Government Employees’ Retirement Fund (ASGERF) says that if the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority (ASTCA) continues to stall in producing requested information on its “infrastructure and equipment” —...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of selling hand rolled marijuana cigarettes to two men last year has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Poutasi Ikenasio, 42, of Mapusaga Fou appeared in court last week for a pretrial conference. However, his defense attorney, informed the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICA SAMOA — A 33-year-old man from Leone, a repeat offender, is in court again for another violation. Faamamafa Galea’i, who is on probation, was arrested last week on drug possession allegations. He made his initial appearance in District Court yesterday morning, where Judge Elvis P...
MV Nafanua departing Samoa for Australia
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa will be without a patrol and rescue boat until September after its only dedicated vessel was returned to Australia. Police commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil said he was worried about an incident happening in the next four months. Newsline Samoa reported police have warned...
ASG Treasurer, Uelinitone Tonumaipe’a
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — More than $3.4 million in tax refund checks covering both local and the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC)  will be released tomorrow, Wednesday June 26. ASG officials say tax refunds of such a large amount, will give local residents more buying power, “putting more...
Fire at new micro grid power plant in Ofu, Manu’a
Ofu, MANUA — Residents of Ofu, Manu’a received quite the scare this past Friday afternoon, when a fire broke out at the new micro grid power plant there, specifically the solar battery storage area. Rep. Tiaoalii Fauagiga Sai told Samoa News that the fire started around 1p.m. — the same time the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A handful of local residents who hold active accounts at the Territorial Bank of American Samoa (TBAS) are confused — and frustrated — with what some of them have called ‘irresponsible” and “unprofessional” banking services. Earlier this month, TBAS had issued a “bank...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The High Court has accepted a plea agreement between the government and Alesana Lafoga, 40, who was arrested and charged for hitting his friend on the head with a rock after a rugby game in Pavaivai. Lafoga, who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $15,...

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