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Congresswoman Aumua Amata
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata reported a listing comprised of most of the major federal grants welcomed throughout the past two years to American Samoa. “In 2017 and 2018, we have welcomed over $100 million in federal grants received, processed and awarded in Washington, D.C. for...
Chief Justice Michael Kruse
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Chief Justice Michael Kruse has granted a verbal application from an inmate who has a long history of violating drug laws of the territory to allow him to seek medical treatment off island, so that he will be able to care for his elderly parents and also be a good...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 43-year-old man accused of bringing inside his luggage a small quantity of marijuana has been placed on probation for 5 years, without any detention period. Iosefo N. Sagote was initially charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), a class...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — One of the three defendants arrested after armed detectives of the DPS Vice & Narcotics Unit executed two search warrants earlier this year in June in Petesa and Tafuna has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Sui Tago Jr, who has been in custody since...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga (center) with Commander Andy Strickland, Commanding Officer of the USS Shoup; two Naval officers and a US Coast Guard official
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga says the visit of a US Navy guided-missile destroyer, the USS Shoup, to the territory reassures American Samoa of the US government’s commitment “to protect our people, our rights, our property.” The governor was speaking yesterday morning...
 [l-r] the newly appointed Council chairman and also American Samoa Council member, Taotasi Archie Soliai; Council executive director Kitty M. Simonds; American Samoa Council member Christinna Lutu-Sanchez; and the Council’s late chairman, Edwin A. Ebisui Jr. - who passed away earlier this year in July
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — This June 2017 photo from the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council shows, [l-r] the newly appointed Council chairman and also American Samoa Council member, Taotasi Archie Soliai; Council executive director Kitty M. Simonds; American Samoa Council member...
Forsgren's store in the Laufou Shopping Center
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The woman accused of stealing more than $110,000 from her former employer told investigators that she used the money to make her car payments, pay bills, give to her church, and pay for a family trip to Australia. Jennifer Atafua was arrested last Thursday, pursuant to...
Chief Justice Michael Kruse
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 31-year-old father who was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of illegal drugs after his 1-year-old son was admitted to the LBJ Hospital for methamphetamine intoxication was ordered to serve a term of imprisonment of 5 years at the Territorial Correctional...
American Samoa Election Office photo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Chief Election Officer, Dr. Lealofi Uiagalelei has designated more than 30 polling stations in American Samoa for next week — the Tuesday Nov. 6th mid term elections — in which only 50 requests have been made to the Election Office for off island absentee ballots. And...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — One of the defendants in the alleged rape of two 14-year-old girls appeared in District Court last Friday, after the government filed an additional charge against him. The additional charge stemmed from the earlier complaint where two young girls were the alleged victims...

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