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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who has a pending matter in the Family, Drug and Alcohol (FDA) court was arrested over the weekend and charged with criminal contempt. Faulalo Sipili made his initial appearance in District Court last week before Judge Pro Tem, Gwen Tauiliili-Langkilde. According...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government has charged Kome Lafitaga with public peace disturbance, and Judge Elvis P. Patea says the defendant needs to find a way to address his alcohol problem. During arguments regarding the defendant’s bail, the judge said it’s clear from court records that...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 30-year-old male accused of disturbing the peace on Monday, Nov. 05, 2019 made his initial appearance in District Court last week, where he entered a ‘not guilty’ plea to the charges against him. Aleki Vavega Jr, also known as “Alex Vavega Jr” is charged with third...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The court has suspended a 6-month jail term for a man convicted of endangering the welfare of a child, and instead, placed him on probation for 6 months subject to several conditions. Orepa Amani Jr, who was released on bond appeared in court this week for sentencing and...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man convicted of stealing lumber and cement was released from custody this week, after the court sentenced him to time served at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF). Iese Fa’asavalu, who has a criminal record in the court system, appeared before Associate...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 42-year-old man accused of assaulting another man in Malaeimi by striking the victim’s head with a metal pipe made his initial appearance in District Court last week. Faletolu Amosa is charged with one count of second degree assault, a class D felony, carrying a prison...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The alleged fight at a mechanic shop in Tafuna over a stolen vehicle has landed two men in jail, and both appeared in court this week for their initial appearances. Eletise Okesene, 48, is charged with one count of stealing, one count of unlawful possession of marijuana...
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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 young father is fighting for his life in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the LBJ Hospital after being stabbed with a kitchen knife. Laupepa Toto and Fafau Filipi, who were engaged in a drinking session in front of a Pago Pago store last Saturday morning, were arrested...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was convicted by the District Court for assaulting his wife has been ordered to spend 10 days at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) as a condition of a 12-month probation term. The detention period will see the defendant spending 5 straight weekends at...

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