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Composit photo of the two boys.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Family members of two boys swept out to sea seven days ago remain strong in their faith despite the official search being called off. Alex Peric and Anthony Leota were attending a church picnic at the Utumea West side beach last Saturday when they were swept out to sea...
Tafuna High School principal Tutuila Togilau (second from right), Philo Jennings (far left) and Faaui Vaitautolu (second from left).
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Tafuna High School principal Tutuila Togilau (second from right) has been named the local Department of Education’s Principal of the Year for School Year (SY) 2019-2020, according to an official announcement yesterday afternoon from Education Department director Dr. Ruth...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government has filed second degree burglary and felony stealing charges against Filiki Naasona, for his alleged involvement in a store break-in. According to the government’s case, police received a call on June. 28, 2019 from the victim, reporting that his store was...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 42-year-old man facing multiple drug charges appeared in High Court this paast week. Prosecuting the case is Assistant Attorney General Laura Garvey, while Assistant Public Defender Ryan Anderson is representing Sierra Isaia, who continues to be released on a $2,000...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The two former Tautua Mo Oe (TMO) Inc. cashiers convicted of stealing over $70,000 from the company were sentenced in High Court yesterday morning. Malia One and Inosiaolouaiga Pauga have spent 9 months in custody since their arrest last year, unable to post bond - $40,...
The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “Collaboration strengthens the response of individual agencies and unites them into a coordinated team approach. No one agency can successfully handle all aspects of a sexual assault. Each agency is important and has its strengths and limitations. Effective multi-...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of stealing has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Iese Fa’asavalu, who has a criminal record, appeared before Associate Justice Fiti A. Sunia this week for a Change of Plea hearing. Prosecuting the case was Assistant Attorney General Doug...
AG Talauega Eleasalo Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa's Attorney General has told Pacific police commissioners that a regional approach is needed to tackle transnational crimes that have become widespread in the region. Talauega Eleasalo Ale was speaking at the opening of the 48th Pacific Islands Chiefs of...
Dr. Rosevonne Makaiwi Pato
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Tuesday’s launching of a new digital platform 3D Hologram at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) has been labeled a “historic” moment in the territory, with ASCC president, Dr. Rosevonne Makaiwi Pato saying it’s “history in the making as we move forward in the...
Senate Retirement Committee chairman, Tuaolo Manaia Fruean
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Senate Retirement Committee has requested an actuary report, through a study on the impact on the ASG Employees’ Retirement Fund (ASGERF) on a Senate bill, which seeks to cap a member’s contribution at a maximum annual salary of $85,000 to the government pension plan...

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