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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of pointing a knife at a woman’s throat in the presence of their two young children was arrested and he’s now in custody. While arresting the man, police found a baggie of methamphetamine and marijuana joints on him. (Samoa News has decided to print the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 40-year-old man convicted of assaulting another man by stabbing his neck with a knife and punching him in the face multiple times is going to jail. Tafito Matini, who has been in custody since his arrest last year, unable to post a $15,000 surety bond, has been ordered...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of sexually abusing his 16-year-old sister-in-law was arrested by police last month after the victim’s stepfather filed a complaint with the police. When apprehended, officers discovered illegal drugs in the suspect’s possession. (Samoa News has chosen not...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man from Tafuna with a long criminal history entered into a plea agreement with the government two weeks ago in District Court. Avei Tupuse, who is on probation, was initially charged with 4 misdemeanors including 2 counts of third degree assault, resisting...
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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 last week to 24 months behind bars. Livisitone Valoaga was initially charged with third degree assault; third degree property damage...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 47-year-old man who called police to report that a group of men were trying to assault him was later arrested on the allegation that he and his friend assaulted another man. Filipo Amosa made his initial appearance last month in court where his bail was set at $10,000...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A taxi driver was arrested again last month on the allegation that he violated conditions of his 5-year probation, which was handed down by the High Court 4 years ago. Alefosio Pele, who has been in custody since his arrest three weeks ago pursuant to an arrest warrant,...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who is on probation for a drug conviction from four years ago was arrested last month on the allegation that he assaulted his neighbor by hitting him on the head with a piece of metal. When the defendant was arrested, police discovered drugs on his person and...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 45-year-old man who is on 7 years probation for burglary and stealing was arrested by police last month for allegedly assaulting his wife, after his youngest sister called 911 for help and told police that her sister-in-law (victim) was assaulted by the defendant and...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 42-year-old man who was convicted of assaulting his wife while he was extremely intoxicated told the court that she was the one who started the fight, which landed him a 3-night stay at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF). The defendant was initially charged...

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