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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man from Samoa accused of assaulting his 59-year-old uncle with a shovel, and then damaging the elderly man's vehicle has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Tua Faapoi, 26, was initially charged with second degree assault and first degree property...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 20-year-old man who was convicted of stealing was released from custody last week, after the High Court determined that the 8 months he served at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF), to await sentencing, was enough. Faavae Faumuina, under a plea agreement with...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Samoa News is currently looking into claims that Samoa is refusing to accept — or at least dragging their feet on — individuals from Samoa who are being deported after overstaying or participating in criminal activity in American Samoa. Meanwhile, overstayers Anetone and...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 31-year-old man from Pago Pago accused of using a piece of timber to assault another man has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Joshua Filiga appeared in court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. He was represented by Assistant Public Defender Rob...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Immigration confirmed to the court last week that James Aru's ID expired Sept. 24, 2016. And because of his illegal immigration status, Aru, 47, is remanded back to custody at TCF without bail. Aru, a citizen of Vanuatu, is charged with private peace disturbance and...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Dept. of Public Safety remains in the line of fire, as the court continues to see cases with no police reports. Judge Elvis P. Patea told Assistant Attorney General Jason Mitchell last week that he has a 'long list' of police reports he needs to get from DPS. "Police...
Rep. Kitara Vaiau
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  Rep. Kitara Vaiau is calling for the American Samoa Immigration Office to put in place a program called ‘suspense file’ to prevent the number of overstayers in the territory from growing every year. The Saole faipule who worked for the American Samoa Immigration Office...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An overstayer whose Immigration ID expired two years ago has been sentenced to 6 months probation after he pled guilty to public peace disturbance yesterday in District Court. Alo Tautua admitted to the court that he disturbed the peace last year in December when he,...
Sen. Tuaolo Manaia Fruean
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Sen. Tuaolo Manaia Fruean, a retired Associate Judge of the High Court, has raised questions on what Immigration is doing to stop the many “overstayers” whose illegal statuses surface only when they appear in court. During yesterday’s Senate session, Tuaolo suggested to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The investigation that was conducted by the local Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in a case involving a Filipino woman, Joselyn M. Intila, who refused to leave the territory and her former sponsor and employer, Rep. Vui Florence Saulo, the owner of FSA Land...

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