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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 42-year-old bus driver from Tafeta who is accused of assaulting a fellow bus driver was arrested by police last week. Matthew Valaau made his initial appearance in District Court last week where he entered a not guilty plea to the charges against him. He is charged...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man convicted of unlawfully using a weapon when he threatened his ex-girlfriend with a gun before he fired a single shot into the ground was released from the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) for 90 days to seek and secure gainful employment. Apelu...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 33-year-old male who has a pending criminal case in District Court was arrested by police last month on the allegation that he assaulted a drunken man who was sleeping at a bus stop in the Tafuna area and challenged several people to a fight including a security guard...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government has charged a 32-year-old man with unlawful possession of illegal drugs and for trying to break into a store in Fagaima in July of last year. Faasoo Gasetoto, a.k.a “BLOOD” made his initial appearance in District Court last month. Gasetoto, who has a long...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man convicted of assaulting his wife and his mother is sentenced by the High Court to two years probations. Wilson Faimafili, who was released on $5,000 surety bond, appeared in High Court last week for sentencing. He was represented by Assistant Public Defender Ryan...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In the sentencing of a 49-year-old man from Samoa convicted of assaulting another man, 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. Filemoni Tagaleoo had...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of assaulting his brother-in-law has been sentenced in District Court to 12 months probation, after he pled guilty to third-degree assault under a plea agreement with the government last week. When given the chance to address the court, Taavili Laupama, who...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 36-year-old man accused of punching a 15-year-old boy and then striking the boy with a hammer has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Ueli Afa who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $10,000 surety bond appeared in court last week for...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 33-year-old man accused of assaulting another man in Vaitogi by striking the victim’s head with a metal pipe made his initial appearance in Court 2 weeks ago. Fitu Brown is charged with one count of second-degree assault, a class D felony, carrying a prison sentence of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man was arrested last month on the allegation that he burglarized a home in Fagaima before he assaulted an intoxicated man who was walking on the road late at night. When questioned by police, the defendant, Aroni Iosua said that he wanted to be a bad person and he was...

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