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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 42-year-old taxi driver accused of disturbing the peace inside a Pago Pago store is now being charged with drug possession after police searched his vehicle and found 2 small baggies containing marijuana. Vilima’a Togiaso, who is on probation for a stealing conviction...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 39-year-old taxi driver who was convicted of receiving stolen goods has been sentenced to 2 years probation. Malaki Tuinei was initially charged with one count of conspiracy to steal, a class C felony, punishable by imprisonment of up to 7 years, a fine of up to $5,000...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 42-year-old taxi driver is being held on $30,000 bail on allegations that he sexually abused a 16-year-old girl from Ottoville. Reupena Vaega is charged with two counts of first degree sexual abuse, a class D felony, punishable by imprisonment of up to 5 years, a fine...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 35-year-old man from Tafuna spent the weekend at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) for allegedly assaulting a taxi driver. Filemoni Lokeni made his initial appearance in District Court last week, where he entered a ‘not guilty’ plea to third degree assault...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of violating a court order when he went to his wife’s house and allegedly assaulted her while he was intoxicated was arrested this week. To protect the identity of the victim, Samoa News is withholding the names of all parties involved. The defendant, a 45-...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 67-year-old taxi driver convicted of sexually abusing a 9-year-old girl was ordered by the High Court to serve 20 months at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF), as a condition of his 5-year probation. During the time of the incident, Pitone Sivatia was a...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A taxi driver, who was released from custody last Friday to await sentencing, is back in jail, after he tested positive for meth. Faasasao Mauga appeared in High Court this week for his initial appearance, pursuant to a bench warrant that was issued after the court...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 36-year-old man from Samoa accused of violating the drug laws has pled guilty. Faasasao Mauga, who has been in custody since he was arrested last year, unable to post his $5,000 surety bond appeared in High Court last Friday for his Change of Plea hearing. Prosecuting...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 42-year-old taxi driver accused of unlawful possession of a glass pipe containing methamphetamine has pled guilty. Ben Lauofo appeared in High Court last week for his Change of Plea. He was represented by Assistant Public Defender Ryan Anderson, while prosecuting the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The trial of a 67-year-old taxi driver from Pago Pago accused of sexually abusing a 9-year-old girl kicks off in High Court today at 9a.m. with jury selection. The taxi driver is a tenant at a rental unit in Pago Pago, where the victim and her family also stay. Pitone...

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