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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Judge Elvis P. Patea warns says Iosua Lemi needs to find a way to address his alcohol problem, as it’s clear from court records that Iosua Lemi has been in and out of court since 2010 for cases stemming from alcohol use. Lemi, 46, was taken into custody last Saturday...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 42-year-old male accused of disturbing the peace in Fagaima made his initial appearance in District Court last week, where he entered a ‘not guilty’ plea to the charges against him. Thomas Taala, a.k.a. “Thomas Viliamu” is charged with third degree assault, third...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who violated conditions of his 2-year probation sentence that was handed down last year has been ordered to serve out his suspended sentence, which is 20 months. Alex Togiaso appeared in court last week for a disposition hearing. When given the chance to speak, he...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of disturbing the public peace at his residence in Mesepa, by being loud and throwing empty beer bottles into his neighbor’s yard, is now facing multiple charges, including methamphetamine possession. Sosene Alatasi, 28, made his initial appearance in court...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man who assaulted another man by punching him in the face and kicking him multiple times while he was on the ground was sentenced earlier this month to 24 months behind bars. Suluga Valoaga was initially charged with third degree assault; third degree property...
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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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