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Head of Public Works' architectural/engineering division, Joe Pereira and Public Works director Faleosina Voigt
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Head of Public Works' architectural/engineering division, Joe Pereira and Public Works director Faleosina Voigt testified yesterday before the Senate Public Works Committee on the status of the new two-story Fono building construction, which has been on hold since last...
Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale and Director of Education, Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Department of Public Safety (DPS) has completed its investigation into two break-ins and vandalism a few weeks ago at Tafuna HS and Leone HS. Reports have already been submitted to the Attorney General Office along with a recommendation to prosecute the juveniles who...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 31-year-old bus driver has admitted that on/or about July 13, 2018 he had in his possession a glass pipe containing methamphetamine. Henry Fa’apale appeared in court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. He was represented by Assistant Public Defender Rob McNeill,...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The sudden departure of Argosy University from the territory has left many students stunned, and wondering where to turn. With their education plans suddenly put on hold, it has been a trying time for anyone involved with the Argosy promise of a higher degree. According...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A police officer accused of permitting an inmate to leave his cell to go visit his girlfriend — and then staging his bed to make it appear as if he was sleeping — has been arrested and charged with permitting escape and concealing an offense — both class D felonies,...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 35-year-old mother convicted of stealing a laptop when she burglarized a home is going to jail. Ienisei Matautia, who has been in custody since she was arrested last October, unable to post bond, appeared in High Court yesterday morning for sentencing. She was...
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Pago Pago, AMERICANN SAMOA — A 32-year-old man accused of failing to comply with conditions of his release — he was ordered to remain alcohol and drug free — has denied the allegations against him. His case is set for a preliminary examination next month. Henry Tapuala was arrested two weeks ago...
Territorial Correctional Facility, TCF
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who failed to do what the court ordered him to do, is now back in custody at the Territorial Correctional Facility with bail set at $500 cash. Asofa Titio Sr made his initial appearance in District Court yesterday morning on the charges of criminal contempt and...
Territorial Bank of American Samoa (TBAS) Board nominee Leilua Stevenson and current TBAS board chairman, Steve Watson
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While the Territorial Bank of American Samoa (TBAS) faced a yearly loss, described as “minimal”, it is the goal of the government-owned bank to achieve “monthly profitability” by July 2019, and “end the year in black”, according to a report by the Office of Financial...
Women members of the House of Representatives in the U.S. Capitol. Rep. Amata is in the upper group (blue puletasi), and Speaker Pelosi is at the center.
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata highlighted March as Women’s History Month, and noted she is an original co-sponsor of the resolution in Congress honoring and supporting the ideals of National Women’s History Month. This Resolution, H. Res. 171, is led by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA),...

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