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Tonga watermelon
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Tonga will soon resume exporting its local produce to its market in American Samoa, following a successful dialogue with its counterpart. The General Manager of Talamahu Market, Metuliki Fakatava says, it has been five years since Tonga suspended exporting of produce to...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The High Court has given a bus driver 120 days to pay his $1,000 fine in full; otherwise, he will be found in contempt of court for failing to comply with conditions of his 2015 probation. Siaosi Leati appeared in High Court this week for a Probation Review hearing....
Territorial Correctional Facility, TCF
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 33-year-old man convicted of burglarizing a home and taking off with a computer and $420 cash is going to jail. Matati’a Ulugia who has been in custody since his arrest last September, unable to post bond, appeared in High Court this week for sentencing. He was...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  American Samoa District Court Judge Elvis Patea says he believes the Samoa Consulate Office is trying to dodge his orders regarding citizens of Samoa he has ordered to leave the territory. The judge said two citizens of Samoa, who the court ordered to leave three...
Composit photo of the two boys.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Family members of two boys swept out to sea seven days ago remain strong in their faith despite the official search being called off. Alex Peric and Anthony Leota were attending a church picnic at the Utumea West side beach last Saturday when they were swept out to sea...
Tafuna High School principal Tutuila Togilau (second from right), Philo Jennings (far left) and Faaui Vaitautolu (second from left).
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Tafuna High School principal Tutuila Togilau (second from right) has been named the local Department of Education’s Principal of the Year for School Year (SY) 2019-2020, according to an official announcement yesterday afternoon from Education Department director Dr. Ruth...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government has filed second degree burglary and felony stealing charges against Filiki Naasona, for his alleged involvement in a store break-in. According to the government’s case, police received a call on June. 28, 2019 from the victim, reporting that his store was...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 42-year-old man facing multiple drug charges appeared in High Court this paast week. Prosecuting the case is Assistant Attorney General Laura Garvey, while Assistant Public Defender Ryan Anderson is representing Sierra Isaia, who continues to be released on a $2,000...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The two former Tautua Mo Oe (TMO) Inc. cashiers convicted of stealing over $70,000 from the company were sentenced in High Court yesterday morning. Malia One and Inosiaolouaiga Pauga have spent 9 months in custody since their arrest last year, unable to post bond - $40,...
The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “Collaboration strengthens the response of individual agencies and unites them into a coordinated team approach. No one agency can successfully handle all aspects of a sexual assault. Each agency is important and has its strengths and limitations. Effective multi-...

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