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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man with an outstanding arrest warrant was taken into custody last week after police picked him up for a public peace disturbance (PPD) matter in Tafuna. Naseri Opetaia, 40, who has a previous assault conviction from 2013. made his initial appearance in court last...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 34-year-old man from Samoa who is accused of assaulting another man using a metal pipe has been arrested and charged with felonious second degree assault and two misdemeanor charges: property damage and unlawful stealing. Lafitaga Talia made his initial appearance in...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — It was revealed during a police investigation that a man accused of stabbing his cousin’s boyfriend has an active arrest warrant for a sex case from last year. A woman called police last month to report that her boyfriend had been stabbed multiple times in the back and...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 46-year old man who is accused of assaulting his wife at their home in Pago Pago while he was heavily intoxicated told police that the reason he did this was because he wanted to discipline his wife for disrespecting him in front of her family and their friends. The...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 37-year-old bus driver, who assaulted a man by punching him in the face and kicking him multiple times, while he was on the ground, was sentenced last week to 24 months behind bars. Viliamu Valoaga was initially charged with third degree assault; third degree property...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 47-year-old man who is on probation for a drug conviction was arrested by police three weeks ago on the allegation that he unlawfully entered a house and assaulted his wife in front of her boyfriend. However, when police apprehended the defendant, drugs were allegedly...
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PNG — Papua New Guinea athlete Debbie Kaore says she would have died if she had not escaped from her former partner. Lieutenant Murray Oa was charged with causing grievous bodily harm after footage of him assaulting Ms Kaore in front of her children was shared widely on social media, sparking...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Another man accused of assaulting his wife in front of his three young children in Kokoland was arrested and appeared in court this week. This is the third man arrested and charged with domestic violence against women recently. The defendant, a 51-year-old man from Samoa...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 35-year-old man accused of punching a 15-year-old boy and then striking the boy with a tree branch has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Teofilo Afamasaga who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $10,000 surety bond appeared in court...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young mother accused of abusing her young child before she turned around and allegedly assaulted an elderly woman who reported the child abuse incident to police two years ago is now in custody after she was arrested last week pursuant to an arrest warrant from the...

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