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Territorial Correctional Facility, TCF
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 59-year-old man who used a small knife to cut his hands and chest was arrested during the weekend and taken to the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) for safety reasons. Pulou Vili made his initial appearance in District Court yesterday morning before Judge Fiti...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man who was pulled over for speeding is now charged with unlawful possession of illegal drugs after police allegedly found a glass pipe inside his vehicle. Allen Oliva made his initial appearance in District Court last week before Judge Fiti Sunia. He’s charged...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Fees currently charged for services offered by the Office of the Territorial Registrar would face drastic increases under a proposal in which public comments are being sought and need to be submitted no later than 4p.m. on Oct. 1, 2018. The Territorial Registrar’s Office...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building
FY 2019 BUDGET PROPOSAL APPROVED BY SENATE AND HOUSE During their sessions yesterday, the Senate and House approved in final reading their respective versions of the American Samoa Government’s fiscal year 2019 budget totaling $439.58 million. Both chambers will now go through the process of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 39-year-old man from Samoa who lives in Tafuna was arrested last Monday morning after allegedly raping and molesting an 11-year-old girl several times. According to court documents, the man is the victim's uncle (her mom's brother), and they live in the same house....
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 35-year-old man who is accused of sexually abuse of a 13-year-old girl told the court in a plea agreement he is guilty. Eti Muagututia, who is out on a $10,000 surety bond appeared in High Court last Friday for a Change of Plea hearing. He is represented by Public...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — During each of their sessions last Friday, both the Senate and House approved in second reading their respective versions of the American Samoa Government’s fiscal year 2019 budget totaling $439.58 million, with no changes made. The budget goes through third and final...
In this file photo, then-Assistant Secretary for Insular Affairs, Lupesinaosamoa Esther Kia’aina delivered the keynote address of at the 2016 Flag Day celebration
Pago Pago, AMERICANN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is currently in Honolulu attending meetings and will also attend the launch of the Hawai’i leg of the Hawaiki submarine cable. Gov. Lolo’s executive Assistant Iulogologo said the governor, who left the territory last Thursday night, is “...
Tautua Letasi outside of the High Cour
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Chief Justice Michael Kruse has declared a mistrial in the Tautua Letasi drug case, after the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict. Immediately after Kruse delivered his decision, prosecutor, Assistant Attorney General, Woodrow Pengelly asked the court to set...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man from Mesepa with a long criminal history entered into a plea agreement with the government last week during court proceedings before District Court Judge Fiti Sunia. Vaimauga Filisi, who is on probation, was initially charged with 4 misdemeanors including 2...

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