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Department of Human and Social Services (DHSS) director, Muavaefa’atasi John Suisala and Lagi Tuala, head of the Food Stamp Division
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A ‘war of words’ erupted in the House chamber yesterday after a hearing with officials from the Dept. of Human and Social Services (DHSS) to discuss food stamp issues. DHSS director, Muavaefa’atasi John Suisala and his deputy director appeared to testify on the issue,...
tive officer, Drew Roberts and TBAS chief operations officer, Makerita Polu
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Although it's owned by the government, the Territorial Bank of American Samoa (TBAS) is not run by the government, does not loan any money to the government, and it's a commercial bank, according to TBAS president and chief executive officer, Drew Roberts, who took over...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — One of the two defendants arrested after armed detectives of the DPS Vice & Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at a Tafuna home last year has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Richard Toese, who is out on $2,500 cash bond, appeared in High...
Congresswoman Amata and educators
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata is pleased to report to her constituents that she ranked 28th in bipartisan legislative activity out of 441 members of the House of Representatives for the entire 115th Congress, which ended in January. This nonpartisan analysis compiled all the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Ioane Faimata and Mauina Povi — two inmates currently in custody at the temporary holding cells (THC) in Fagatogo — have told investigators that DPS officer Tuluiga Richard Salanoa did in fact permit inmate Manu Lefatia to leave his cell to go visit his girlfriend, more...
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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