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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A father of three accused of abusing his young child before he turned around and allegedly assaulted a neighbor who reported the child abuse incident to police is now in custody after he was arrested last month. During his arrest, police discovered illegal drugs in the...
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  Repeat offender Ualesi Ugapo was ordered by the court last week to serve out the remaining 8 months of a 20-month sentence from a 2017 case. The decision came after the court found Ugapo in violation of conditions of his 5-year probation. Ugapo was found guilty by the District Court last month of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man taken into police custody two weeks ago for allegedly using a kitchen knife to stab another man has been released by the court on his own recognizance, after the government was unable to file additional charges against him. According to court information, Talaese...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of assaulting another man during a drinking session last week is now in custody after police allegedly found two small baggies containing illegal drugs and a glass pipe — also containing drugs — in his possession. Chris Nikolao made his initial appearance...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man, who is on 5 years probation for an assault conviction from two years ago, was arrested two weeks ago on the allegation that he assaulted his aunty’s boyfriend. Vincent Tomasi is charged with one count of 2nd degree assault, a class D felony, punishable by up to 5...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 42-year-old man convicted of sexually assaulting his 16-year-old stepdaughter over a period of 4 months will serve 7 years at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF). [In the interest of protecting the minor victim, Samoa News is withholding the name of all parties...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was released by the District Court on his own recognizance two months ago after he entered a not guilty plea to disturbing the public peace (PPD) and third degree assault is back in court for the same thing. During his arrest, police found a glass pipe...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two men were arrested during a public peace disturbance in Futiga two weeks ago and the government is charging them separately. The men are Sepulona Matagi and his wife’s uncle, Filisi Faavae. Matagi is charged with two counts of 1st degree sexual abuse and two counts of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 35-year-old man from Tafuna accused of using a metal tool to assault another man 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 both; and two misdemeanor...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Man who served 10-1/2 months at TCF waiting for sentencing — can now look for work A man convicted of unlawful possession of illegal drugs told the court that the 10-1/2 months he spent at TCF was more than enough to teach him to become a better man in the future....

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