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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man arrested for assaulting his wife is now charged with unlawful possession of illegal drugs after police found in his possession. Setu Tesimale appeared in court last week for his initial appearance where he informed the court that he wanted to exercise his...
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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 man who is on probation for an assault conviction from two years ago was arrested by police two weeks ago on the allegation that he assaulted his sister’s boyfriend. Viliamu Tapelu is charged with one count of second-degree assault, a class D felony, punishable by up...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young woman told the court last month that the reason she missed two court hearings was because she traveled to Samoa to visit her sick father.The court then informed the young woman that she’s not allowed to leave the territory while her court case is still pending....
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  A 46-year-old man from Samoa with a criminal history has been ordered to depart the territory and remain outside of its borders upon release from the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF), as a condition of his 5-year probation sentence. Filemu Okesene, who has been...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man who violated conditions of his probation after he tested positive again for meth was ordered by the High Court last week to serve the remaining term of his 7 years probation at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF). Tua Jarret Leiloa appeared in court...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of assaulting the owner of a store in the Tafuna area and then taking off with an iPhone and a red wallet containing over $600 cash was arrested by police last month pursuant to an arrest warrant from the court. It was after Valoaga Lafai was arrested that...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who attempted to pick a fight with his uncle and then assaulted his uncle’s son has been ordered by the District Court to serve 45 days at the TCF for violating conditions of his probation. He was also placed on probation for 24 months after he pled guilty to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In the sentencing of a 48-year-old man last week, the government attorney stated to the court that there are many non violent ways to settle disputes in American Samoa, and wielding a machete is not one of them. Talalelei Utufiu had just been convicted of using a machete...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A woman, who is the victim of an assault that occurred in November last year has questioned the decision of the court regarding the two defendants who assaulted her inside a store in Tafuna. The two defendants, Taimane Brown, 48, and her daughter, Mary Maanaima, 18 were...

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