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American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea said during an evidentiary hearing for Pisoma Kimo this week that documents presented to the court by an Immigration officer a few months ago regarding Kimo's immigration status were “fraudulent”. Patea has left it up to the government...
ASCC President Dr. Rosevonne Makaiwi-Pato congratulates Senouefa Talaina Leota-Gogo Mana’o
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Traditionally held several days prior to each semester’s commencement ceremony, the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) graduate banquet gives each graduating class an opportunity to celebrate as a group the milestone in their lives of having earned their degrees and...
NOAA and partners launch a new buoy in Fagatele Bay
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — NOAA and partners have launched a new buoy in Fagatele Bay within NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa to measure the amount of carbon dioxide in the waters around a vibrant tropical coral reef ecosystem. “This new monitoring effort in a remote area of the...
 Dawn was just breaking as Apollo 10 gently floated down into the Pacific 395 miles east of Pago Pago
Washington, D.C. – This week, Congresswoman Aumua Amata released the following statement highlighting 50 years since the Apollo 10 astronauts came to Pago Pago after a successful mission that was instrumental in the U.S. Space Program’s rapid advances of 1969: “On May 26th, we mark the 50-year...
Manumalo Academy’s 8th grade Class of 2019
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Dozens of proud parents, family members, and friends gathered at Manumalo Baptist Church yesterday morning to witness the 8th grade graduation of 43 Flames who will now head to high school. Local company Paramount Builders prides itself in promoting education and...
Manu Lefatia in handcuffs escorted by two police officers
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Jury instructions and opening statements for the jury trial of a man accused of taking police on a high-speed chase back in Dec. 2017 began yesterday in High Court. Manu Lefatia, who has been in custody without bail since his arrest Jan. 2018 is charged with first-degree...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 46-year-old man from Samoa who was convicted of unlawful possession of 2 glass pipes containing methamphetamine has told the court that he’s not a bad person. Tinilau Malaesaili was ordered to serve 20 months at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) as a...
Territorial Correctional Facility, TCF
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was to be released from custody last week after he entered into a plea agreement with the government was remanded back to the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) that same day, after he allegedly tested positive for methamphetamine. Niko Tuipine appeared in...
 Rep. Amata questions DOI Secretary Bernhardt
Washington, D.C. — Last week, Congresswoman Aumua Amata and the Natural Resources Committee conducted a budget and policy hearing with Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, and she placed a focus on American Samoa’s fishing needs. In her questioning of the Secretary of the Interior,...
Former DHSS employee Vincent Toeava
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The third co-defendant in the food stamp fraud case is scheduled to appear in court next month for sentencing, after his plea agreement with the government was accepted last week. Vincent Toeava, who has been in custody since his arrest early last year, unable to post a...

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