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Dear Editor, This latest unprofessional behavior by the Director and Deputy Director of ASHPO brings to mind a culture being nurtured with its own tainted set of values by an apathetic administration. It openly violates our constitutional rights to work in a harassment, hate free and safe, work...
Two Samoa police officers outside heaadquarters in Apia.
Apia, SAMOA — The Ministry of Police is investigating the death of a 30-year-old male of Sa’asa’ai. Last Sunday the police responded to a homicide case at Pu’apu’a where it was confirmed that the deceased is a male of Sa’asa’ai. A postmortem is scheduled to confirm the cause of death with...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — One of the defendants in the alleged rape of two 14-year-old girls appeared in District Court last Friday, after the government filed an additional charge against him. The additional charge stemmed from the earlier complaint where two young girls were the alleged victims...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 41-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl was arrested two weeks ago. Valaau Sione made his initial appearance in District Court last week. He is represented by Assistant Public Defender Ryan Anderson, while prosecuting the case is Assistant...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 39-year-old man from Samoa who lives in Tafuna was arrested last Monday morning after allegedly raping and molesting an 11-year-old girl several times. According to court documents, the man is the victim's uncle (her mom's brother), and they live in the same house....
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A Status Hearing in the case against a bus driver who is being accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl last year is scheduled for 8:30 this morning in High Court, to determine whether the government’s expert witness can be allowed to testify...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — District Court Judge Fiti Sunia has denied a motion by Assistant Public Defender Ryan Anderson to reduce the bond amount for the defendant Manoa Niukavu to $30,000. Given the totality and the circumstance of the allegation against Niukavu, Sunia said that the $50,000...
District Court Judge Fiti Sunia
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 46-year old man from Fiji employed by the LBJ Hospital as an X-Ray Tech was arrested by police last week on allegations that 7 months ago he sexually assaulted a 16-year old girl, who is also a Fiji national. The victim and her sister made the report to police two...