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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Jury instructions and opening statements for the trial of a man accused of bringing illegal drugs into the territory began yesterday in High Court. Sonny Tui, who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $40,000 surety bond, is charged with unlawful...
Retirement Office executive director I’aulualo Fa’afetai Talia and Retirement Fund Board of Trustees chairman, Va’anatiu T. Iafeta
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Following yesterday’s hearing, the Senate Retirement Committee is looking at making its own changes to an Administration bill, which seeks to amend current ASG Employees' Retirement Fund law. There are three major amendments outlined in the bill, which were the subject...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 20-year-old man who was convicted of stealing was released from custody last week, after the High Court determined that the 8 months he served at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF), to await sentencing, was enough. Faavae Faumuina, under a plea agreement with...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An administration bill to regulate money transfer businesses, which was first introduced during the previous legislature — but sat in committee — has been re-introduced. The preamble of the Money Services Business Regulatory Act notes that “Due to the large amount of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Bail is set at $15,000 for a man charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine); unlawful possession of meth with the intent to distribute; and two counts of possession of unlicensed arms — all felonies. Johnny Vou made his initial...
the four-corner intersection: the road from Fagaima heading into Kokoland area, as well as into Ottoville; and the unpaved road (up ahead), passing through the Fonoti family property, and further up to the Leapaga family land on to the main road in Malaeimi.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  Issues surrounding access to the unpaved road passing through the Fonoti family property, and further up to the Leapaga family land on to the main road in Malaeimi are reportedly resolved. A letter last Thursday from Rep. Larry Sanitoa to Public Works director,...
Vice Speaker, Fetu Fetui Jr shaking hands with Rep. Sataua Dr. Mataese Samuelu during a fono session last yea
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “If you want people to respect you, you have to respect them first. We are leaders, and our job is to lead our people with good examples. We were elected to serve our people and this country with love and respect, and to protect the integrity of the Fono.” This was the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Trial proceedings for a former DOE employee accused of trying to bring illegal drugs into American Samoa kicks off in High Court this morning with jury selection. Sonny Tui was a full-time employee at the American Samoa Department of Education (ASDOE) when he was...
[l-r] Deputy Police Commissioner Falanaipupu Ta’ase Sagapolutele, Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale; and head of the LBJ hospital pharmacy, Evelyn Fa’aiuaso
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While supportive of the spirit of a Senate bill calling for the chemical castration of convicted sex offenders, Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale says the government lacks resources to carry out such task. However, he suggested amending current laws by imposing a...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Samoa News is currently looking into claims that Samoa is refusing to accept — or at least dragging their feet on — individuals from Samoa who are being deported after overstaying or participating in criminal activity in American Samoa. Meanwhile, overstayers Anetone and...

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