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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was arrested after armed detectives of the DPS Vice & Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at his Fagaima home last October has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Alatise Foma’i, who is out on a $3,000 cash bond, appeared in High Court...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Empowering Pacific Island Communities d.b.a. EPIC, a community-based nonprofit organization, and funded through the US Department of Justice’s Office on Violence against Women, has launched its Ta’iala o Alo (TOA) Tamai’ta’i Program to improve the outcomes of the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 29-year-old man convicted of punching his 11-year-old nephew and then striking the boy with the flat end of a machete was released from the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) Tuesday morning, under the condition that he find ways to address his anger problem....
Flood waters surrounding a home in Aunu'u
Aunu'u, AMERICAN SAMOA — The rising sea level on the American Samoan island of Aunu'u has prompted residents to ask the territory's government to deal with inundation damaging homes and schools. One resident, who did not want to be named said government leaders should come and see the damage for...
[l-r] Territorial Bank of American Samoa president and CEO, Drew Roberts; Bank of Hawaii senior vice president Hobbs Lowson — who was also a former head of BoH operations in the territory, and Congresswoman Aumua Amata
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — After serving American Samoa for nearly five decades, Bank of Hawaii officially closed all its local operations at the close of business last Friday; and yesterday, the territory officially bid farewell to the bank, during the government-sponsored “Bank of Hawaii Exit...
The livestream 3D hologram of University of Hawaii president Dr David Lassner
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA and Honolulu, HAWAI’I — American Samoa Community College on Tuesday switched on a ground-breaking new digital platform that will stream 3D holograms of UH academics to deliver classes and engage with ASCC students in real-time. Running on Hawaiki transpacific submarine...
Family and friends of two young men missing at sea in American Samoa remain on vigil.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Samoa News was told that the search for the two young men missing at sea since Saturday may be called off today, if not, called off yesterday afternoon. On Tuesday, there were 11 divers in the ocean still looking — however, according to the family, they are slowly losing...
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A man convicted of violating local drug laws has been sentenced to 5 years to the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF). According to the government, cops arrested Mark Valaau Jr last year and found drugs inside his vehicle and on him, while he was on probation for a 2014 conviction. Valaau Jr,...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was convicted of misdemeanor stealing has been ordered to serve 60 days at the Tafuna Correctional Facility (TCF), as a condition of a 12-month probation sentence. Mikaele Mauga has been in custody since May, this year. He was initially charged with public...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The jury trial of an inmate accused of escape from confinement and allegedly shooting a man in Leone in the early morning hours of August 12, 2018 is continued until November of this year. Manu Lefatia’s trial was scheduled to kick-off yesterday morning. The defendant,...

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