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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...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man from Tafuna with a long criminal history entered into a plea bargain with the government last week in High Court. Viliamu Orepa, who is on probation, was initially charged with resisting arrest and second-degree assault, both felonies, along with 3...
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Honolulu, HAWAII — The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, this week in Honolulu, recommended removing the 2,000 metric (mt) annual catch limit for bigeye tuna caught by longline in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) for the US Pacific Territories of American Samoa, Guam...
Lt. Gov. Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Lt. Gov. Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga, who is also acting governor, and Education director Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga have sent separate letters of support on ASTCA’s petition for reconsideration filed May 30th with the US Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 42-year-old man accused of receiving stolen goods has admitted to the allegations against him. Siaosi Kamuta, a taxi driver who has been in custody since his arrest last year, appeared in court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. He was initially charged with...
StarKist workers enter the canning plant in Pago Pago, American Samoa.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — StarKist Samoa Inc. will shut down production next week for its annual July maintenance — as the cannery prepares to host an annual marine resources summer course for high school students. Some cannery workers and their families told Samoa News about the StarKist shut...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The new executive director for the Department of Health (DOH) Community Health Clinics (CHC) in Tutuila and Manu’a is Kenneth Kuaea, formerly the deputy director of the Dept. of Human Resources (DHR). Kuaea’s selection was announced through a DOH media release. The delay...
AYFS Matai’s football team
San Diego, CA — The AYFS Matai’s football team departed the territory Monday night, June 24th, for San Diego, CA where they have performed remarkably at the NYS National Championship Tournament. In their first two games, the AYFS Matai’s have proven that they have what it takes to hang with the big...
A screenshot of the presentation by Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources director, Va’amua Henry Sesepasara on Wednesday at the 178th Meeting of the Western Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Council.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources director, Va’amua Henry Sesepasara on Wednesday made a presentation on American Samoa's 'alia project at the 178th Meeting of the Western Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Council. One of DMWR’s projects is the repairs of ‘...

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