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Tao Liu departing the court house after sentencing.  [photo: AF]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 38-year-old Chinese national who was arrested in 2016 on drugs and weapons charges has been ordered by the High Court to serve 40 months at the TCF and thereafter, he must leave American Samoa and remain outside its borders for a period of 5 years. Also, despite the...
Outside of American Samoa High Court building.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The woman accused of stealing a special fine mat (afuelo) — used to cover coffins —from another woman and then selling it to a Tongan man for $300 to buy food for her children, has pled guilty. The government charged Sauleli’a, also known as Li’a Amituana’i in two...
Acting Governor Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga [SN file photo]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Acting Governor Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga has moved to curtail overtime related to US Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) activities following Tropical Storm Gita in February this year. The move comes as FEMA winds down its activities in the territory, with the...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was accused of raping his 17-year-old stepdaughter admitted to the court the accusation against him. Wayne Otto Smith, 50-years-old was initially charged with 17 criminal counts, including 3 counts of rape; 2 counts of sodomy; 6 counts of first degree sexual...
ASG Commerce Department director, Keniseli Lafaele [SN file photo]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Commerce Commission, the local government’s regulator for public transportation, will be discussing concerns from the community and bus owners to find a solution to address complaints that aiga buses are not picking up students, especially those from high schools....
Graduating with honors at last Friday’s American Samoa Community College Spring 2018 graduation ceremony with accumulative grade point averages (GPA) of 3.90 to 4.0 are Monalisa Sera Afoa and JunLin Du. The two graduates are Summa Cum Laude with the highest GPAs for the graduating class.  Afoa is among the 10 graduates who were awarded ASG scholarships. Afoa WAS accepted at Southern Utah University.  [photo: Leua Aiono Frost]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa Community College’s Spring 2018 Commencement  Ceremony was held for the first time at its new Multi Purpose Center Building where graduates received certificates of proficiency, Associate of Science degrees, Associate of Arts degrees, and Bachelor of...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was born in Samoa but raised in American Samoa all of his life was ordered to depart the jurisdiction of American Samoa after his period of incarceration and remain outside for the remaining period of his detention, after being convicted of breaking the law...
Mitizie Jessop-Taase, Legal Counsel to the President of the Fono, spoke to the ASCC Political Science Club in late April. She is pictured with faculty and students from the Political Science Department following her talk.   [courtesy photo]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In late April, the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) Political Science Club welcomed Mitzie Jessop-Taase, the Legal Counsel to the President of the Senate as their guest speaker. PoliSci Club President Faafetai Luamanu conducted the meeting, which started with an...
Washington, D.C. —  Doug Domenech, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular and International Affairs has announced $230,000 to support the 2018 Pacific Lineman Training program for linesmen from American Samoa, Guam, Ebeye, Majuro, Palau, Pohnpei, and Yap.  An additional $17,405 will...
High tides in Marshall Islands in March 2016 hit a seawall.  [Photo: RNZI/Giff Johnson]
WOMAN TO SUE SAMOA GOVT. OVER ALLEGED “ABUSE OF POWER” A woman who claims to have been unlawfully detained by the Ministry of Police in April last year is suing the Government for an undisclosed amount. The law firm acting on behalf of Katerinauatalia Lesatele, Lui and Chang, has officially...

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