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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 29-year-old man from Tafuna accused of using a sharp object to assault another man during a drinking session has been arrested and charged with second degree assault, a felony, punishable by not more than 5 years imprisonment, and/or a fine of not more than $5,000 or...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The court has set bail at $500 for Filisi Tautua, who was taken into custody last week following an incident in Happy Valley in the Tafuna area where he is alleged to have gone to his neighbor’s home with a knife, and also challenged people in the neighborhood to a fight...
Tusi Fala in handcuffs after his initial appearance in court
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 48-year-old male from Samoa accused of recklessly causing the death of another male by throwing a speaker and a knife, both of which hit the victim’s chest, is now in custody after he was arrested by police this week. Tusi Fala made his initial appearance before...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was released on bond awaiting the outcome of his matter in High Court where he’s charged with violating local drugs is now back in custody after he was arrested last week pursuant to a bench warrant from the court. Rintel I’atala appeared before Associate...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 29-year-old man who entered American Samoa on a 30-day permit 3 years ago appeared in District Court earlier this month for his initial appearance. According to the court affidavit, Matulino Fonofaavae came to American Samoa on Oct. 30, 2017 and continued to stay in...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An intoxicated man who was picked up by cops last Friday night, Apr. 24 and charged with public peace disturbance and resisting arrest has been released on his own recognizance, under standard conditions. Wayne Talitiga made his initial appearance in District Court this...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 45-year-old man who was convicted of assaulting his wife while he was extremely intoxicated told the court that she was the one who started the fight, which landed him a 3-night stay at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF). The defendant was initially charged...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 44-year-old man accused of sexually abusing his 16-year-old niece was arrested after authorities were tipped off by the victim’s aunty. (In the interest of protecting the minor victim, Samoa News is withholding the name of the defendant, who is her uncle. The court...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who violated conditions of his 2-year probation, which was handed down last year, has been ordered to serve out his suspended sentence, which is 20 months. Onosa’i Mataipule appeared in court last week for a disposition hearing. When given the chance to speak,...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of breaking into a family’s property and stealing a vehicle has entered into a plea agreement with the government last week, during a Change of Plea (COP) hearing before Associate Justice Fiti Sunia. Mealeaga Ale, who has been in custody since his arrest...

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