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Former DPS police officer, Steven Tuatoo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Despite strong opposition from the government’s attorney, District Court Judge, Fiti Sunia has granted the defense motion to set a bail amount for former DPS police officer, Steven Tuatoo, who had been ordered by the court to be held in custody with no bail after his...
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Pago Pagol, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 28-year-old father of 4 who pled guilty to unlawful possession of methamphetamine, after his wife called police and reported him as being in possession of a glass pipe containing meth, has been ordered by the court to stop doing drugs. “If you are going to repeat...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine has entered a guilty plea to a lesser charge. Henry Taulaga, 43, who was a bus driver when police arrested him on Jan. 19, 2018 was initially charged with a single count of unlawful possession of a controlled...
Former DPS officer Junior Utuga when he was first arrested in March of last year
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — District Court Judge, Fiti Sunia gave one final piece of advice to a former DPS police officer, who was last assigned to the Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) — “If you miss any of your court appearances one more time, you will find yourself inside the Territorial...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The inmate who escaped from the Territorial Correctional Facility is now back in custody. Samoa News understands the inmate escaped from confinement Monday but was recaptured yesterday. According to a Samoa News source, the inmate had made a request to the Warden, to be...
DPS police officers securing the TCF main gate
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  Detectives of the DPS Vice & Narcotics Unit are investigating a matter regarding a package containing a huge quantity of crystalline substance which someone supposedly tried to smuggle into the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) early Wednesday morning, last...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — One of the 3 defendants in the Petesa drug bust waived his rights to a preliminary examination (PX) hearing, and he appeared in High Court for arraignment this past Monday, where he entered a not guilty plea to one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance (...
Former DPS police officer Olataga Wilson
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A former DPS police officer who has been detained at the Fagaitua Police Substation (FPS) for over 2 months to await sentencing after pleading guilty to unlawful possession of a controlled substance, to wit; methamphetamine and stealing, both felonies, was remanded to...
Methodist Mika Kuka and Lafaele Sefo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Chief Justice Michael Kruse has made changes to the bond amounts required to release two men who were arrested during the weekend on allegations that they violated conditions of their probation.  Lafaele Sefo was out on a $5,000 surety bond; but Kruse has changed it to a...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of unlawful possession of drugs last year pled guilty in High Court last week during a Change of Plea hearing. Tavita Amperosa, a 39-year-old man, was initially charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, to wit; methamphetamine, a felony...

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