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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two cases against two men accused of violating local drug laws are now in High Court, after District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea found probable cause, following a preliminary examination (PX) last week for each man. Samatua Logoai is charged with one count of unlawful...
ASTCA CEO Wolman holds up for cabinet members one of the new ASTCA mobile phones
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has appointed two members to the American Samoa TeleCommunications Authority board of directors. The appointees are Dr. Tupulua “Bone” Ta’ase, who is program director of Network and Systems for the local Department of Education, and business man...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government has charged a 26-year-old man with unlawful possession of marijuana, public peace disturbance, and attempted burglary, for trying to break into a store in Puapua. Richard Gafa made his initial appearance in District Court this week. He is represented by...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata is welcoming federal funds for American Samoa through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This $23 million grant is part of the federal government’s long term disaster recovery process following 2018’s severe Storm Gita, and is...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi in a mask with sick child
Apia, SAMOA — The death toll from Samoa's measles epidemic has risen to 60, with five deaths recorded in the past 24 hours and the BBC reporting families that have not been vaccinated against measles have been asked to hang a red flag outside their homes to help fight the deadly outbreak. The...
Health director Motusa Tuileama Nua speaking at cabinet meeting
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — One of the three challenges - and the top one - faced by the Department of Health since Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga issued the Nov. 13th emergency declaration in response to the measles outbreak in Samoa, is “border protection” at both the airport and seaport. This is...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 45-year-old man from Samoa convicted of assaulting his neighbor by stabbing his back twice with a knife and punching him in the face multiple times is going to jail. Eric Afitu, who has been in custody since his arrest last year, unable to post a $10,000 surety bond,...
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Pago Pago AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who claimed a package at the Post Office on June 23, 2018, in which crystal meth was found, entered into a plea bargain with the government yesterday morning. Michael Anthony, 36, was initially charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine, a felony punishable...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata with U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, Hon. Scott Brown; and DCM and  Charge D'Affaires Antone Greubel
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed news of U.S. and international steps to combat measles in Samoa. Congresswoman Amata has reached out to U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand Scott Brown and his staff in Apia, and various government agencies for updates, and to learn about U.S....
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government-led fundraiser to assist Samoa with the measles epidemic, which has claimed over 50 lives, will be launched today, and all government employees are given a threshold for donation of $10 while cabinet members and deputy directors have a higher amount to...

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