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Territorial Correctional Facility, TCF
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 35-year-old man from Tafuna spent the weekend at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) for allegedly assaulting a taxi driver. Filemoni Lokeni made his initial appearance in District Court last week, where he entered a ‘not guilty’ plea to third degree assault...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 35-year-old man who is on probation for 24 months was arrested last week on the allegation that he assaulted his neighbor while intoxicated. Aloese Apelu made his initial appearance last Friday before District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea. He is charged with third degree...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata and Health Director Motusa Nua
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomes a federal grant of $2,327,753 from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the American Samoa Department of Health. The Pacific Basin Grant is offered under the Health Center Cluster Program of the Health Resources and Services...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man who was released on his own recognizance two months ago after he entered a ‘not guilty’ plea to third degree assault, property damage, and trespass, is back in court for the same thing. Faavaemautu Alesana is charged with six misdemeanors: two counts of third...
Thomas Siaumau in a Samoa News file photo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Drugs were allegedly discovered by police at a home in Petesa when they captured the inmate who escaped from the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) almost 2 weeks ago. Thomas Siaumau was apprehended last Friday afternoon, in the back area of his Petesa home, when...
Island Fisheries Market fish counter
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Island Fisheries Inc, is “optimistic that export of quality fresh fish from American Samoa” to targeted off island markets “can be sustainable, provide jobs and infuse new revenue into our local economy.” This is according to the Island Fisheries, as part of its response...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A bus driver who allegedly poured a cup of hot coffee on the face of another bus driver was arrested by police last week. Suaese Ulusele made his initial appearance last week before District Court Judge Pro Tem Gwen Tauiliili-Langkilde. He is charged with third degree...
Just say no to marijuana symbol
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Associate Justice Fiti A. Sunia make it clear during the sentencing of a young woman convicted of unlawful possession of one hand-rolled marijuana cigarette last week that even if a person is convicted of unlawful possession of only a small quantity of marijuana, the...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man charged with assaulting his wife with a metal pipe inside their home in the presence of their children has entered a ‘not guilty’ plea to the four charges against him —  public peace disturbance, 2 counts of third degree assault and endangering the welfare of a...
Pan American Airways “Samoan Clipper” flying boat in Pago Pago in December 1937.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With the assistance of the exploration vessel, EV Nautilus, the US-based Air/Sea Heritage Foundation is launching this week the search of Pan American Airways’ SKORSKY S-42 flying boat, called the “Samoan Clipper”, which crashed off Tutuila waters some 8 decades ago. The...

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