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BENCH WARRANT

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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 drug laws is now back in custody after he was arrested last week pursuant to a bench warrant from the court. Rino Faitala appeared in High Court two...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Aliitama Sotoa was arrested by a court marshal last Saturday morning, Feb. 6th, spending two nights at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF), before appearing before Associate Justice Fiti Sunia Monday morning on a bench warrant issued for failure to show for a...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man was arrested at District Court two weeks ago when he turned up to get an immigration clearance and the Court Clerk discovered that he had an outstanding bench warrant from 2018 for failure to appear in court for sentencing. Tevita Apineru, 39, was placed under...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A convicted murderer who is serving a life sentence for the fatal shooting of police Det. Lt. Lusila Brown outside the temporary High Court building in Malaloa in July 2010 appeared in court last week for a status hearing. Siaumau Siaumau Jr represented himself when he...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man was arrested at District Court this week when he turned up for an immigration clearance and the Court Clerk discovered that he had an outstanding bench warrant from 2016. Teofilo Apineru was placed under arrest and appeared before Judge Elvis P. Patea for a  speedy...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A second bench warrant for Konelio Tinetali was issued last week by the court after he failed to appear for a pretrial conference. Tinetali is charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine. He was scheduled to appear in court last Wednesday for a pretrial...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  A man who failed to appear in High Court for sentencing two weeks ago was arrested this week pursuant to a bench warrant from the court. Sierra Isaia, who was convicted of meth possession, made his initial appearance in High Court yesterday. During a recap, District...
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Pago Page, AMERICAN SAMOA —  Judge Elvis P. Patea told Jared Kupu that the next time he's stressed, "don't go to the nearest bar or store for beer; instead, go see the doctor." Last Friday, under a plea agreement, which was accepted by the court, Kupu pled guilty to private peace disturbance and...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Chief Justice Michael Kruse has issued a bench warrant — without bail — to arrest Tautua Letasi, after he failed to appear in High Court last Friday for an Order to Show Cause (OSC) hearing. Letasi, who has several outstanding warrants in his name, was scheduled to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Chief Justice Michael Kruse has issued a bench warrant to arrest a young man who failed to appear in High Court for arraignment last week. After waiving his rights to a preliminary examination (PX) before District Court Judge, Fiti Sunia last Wednesday, Fidelis Taumalua...

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