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Tumuatasi Lefatia, also known as “Mama”
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — District Court Judge Pro-Tem, Gwen Tauiliili-Langkilde denied a motion to reduce bail for the owner of the LE AUTE Sports Bar during a hearing yesterday morning. Tumuatasi Lefatia, also known as “Mama” appeared in District Court yesterday morning for a hearing to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was convicted by the District Court for assaulting his wife has been ordered to spend 10 days at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) as a condition of a 12-month probation term. The detention period will see the defendant spending 5 straight weekends at...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man from Samoa, who arrived in the territory recently under a 30-day visitor’s permit, and is described by the District Court as a visiting tourist, has been ordered to respect all local laws, if he wants to visit American Samoa again in the future. Natu Ifopo was...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Samoa News was asked what the raise in the federal minimum wage for American Samoa is on Sept. 30th (this month) — 40¢ or 50¢? It’s 40¢ across the board for all industries. The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-28), as amended, applies to the minimum wage...
View of StarKist plant in American Samoa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “StarKist is always happy to participate in the Governor's efforts to improve the business climate in American Samoa,” US based StarKist Co., said, responding to Samoa News queries on Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga appointing early this month the 10-member Minimum Wage...
A home in American Samoa destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Gita.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga announced, yesterday, Sept. 18, 2018 that the US Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services (USDA FNS) has awarded a grant of $500,000 to the American Samoa Government pursuant to the authorities contained in the Section 4(a) of the...
Chief Justice Michael Kruse
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Jury instructions and opening statements for the jury trial of a man accused of unlawful possession of illegal drugs and weapons began yesterday in High Court. Tautua Letasi, who is out on a $60,000 surety bond, is charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine with...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — One of the two females arrested earlier this year in June and charged with disturbing the public peace was sentenced by District Court Judge, Fiti Sunia last Friday to 6 months probation. As a condition of her probation, Taeaolelei Talatau, 25, of Pava’ia’i is ordered to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who is accused of stabbing another man with a small kitchen knife during a fight, was arrested last week and charged with disturbing the public peace. Douglas Lagolago made his initial appearance before District Court Judge Fiti Sunia last week, and his case is...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved American Samoa Medicaid's request to allow reimbursement of Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Medical Supplies (DMEPOS) if prescribed by a physician. This new benefit will improve the quality of...

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