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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...
Chief Justice Michael Kruse
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The man who failed to keep his promise that he would never use drugs again, but use his time wisely to care for his sick father and sister, was ordered by the court last week to serve the 15 months that was suspended from his sentence, after he failed to comply with...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  A 28-year old man who was accused of unlawful possession of methamphetamine has admitted to the court that on or about Apr. 25, 2018, he had in his possession a glass pipe containing methamphetamine. Oloaluga Viliamu pled guilty to the charge of unlawful possession of a...
District Court Judge Fiti Sunia
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The preliminary examination (PX) for the third defendant in the Pago Pago drug raid last May where cops allegedly found illegal drugs took place this past Wednesday, with District Court Judge Fiti Sunia finding probable cause to bind Sio Godinet, Jr. over on 6 charges,...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Former DPS officer Steven Tuato’o who was convicted of Domestic Violence Misdemeanor Violation of a Court Order — escaped a jail term when he appeared before the King County Court last Friday, July 6, 2018 for sentencing. Tuatoo was charged in Washington State with one...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — One of the co-defendants in the Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) case who was convicted for threatening one of the government’s key witnesses and was also detained at the JDC was released from the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) last week, after the court...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — One of the co-defendants in the Taputimu drug case has entered a guilty plea to the charges against him. 52-year-old Taisia Lemalie, who was a taxi driver when police arrested him in the early morning of Nov. 9, 2017 was initially charged with a single count of unlawful...
Sio Godinet Jr.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government case against the third co-defendant where police raided two homes in Pago Pago in May of this year reveals new information and adds new felony charges, after the government re-filed the case against him last week. Sio Godinet Jr., one of the three...

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