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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 28-year-old man from Samoa accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl last year has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Talatonu Lafoga was originally charged with first degree sexual abuse, attempted rape, second degree burglary — all class C...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 26-year-old man who is on probation was sentenced to 165 days at the TCF for resisting arrest. According to court records, Iakopo Talalelei put up a struggle when officers tried to handcuff him. He appeared in court last week for sentencing. When given the chance to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who violated conditions of his 5-year probation, which was handed down last year, has been ordered to serve out his suspended sentence — which is 20 months. Kaleti Faavae appeared in court last Friday for a disposition hearing where he apologized and begged for...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man who was released by the District Court on his own recognizance a few weeks 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. Aleluia Jr Faumui is now charged with 4...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  A man charged with a single count of second degree assault, a felony, waived his right to a preliminary examination yesterday morning in District Court. (To protect the identity of the victim, who is the defendant's wife, Samoa News is withholding the names of all...
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  Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man charged with conspiracy to commit stealing - a felony - is scheduled for a jury trial Jan. 19, 2020. During a status hearing last week before Associate Justice Fiti Sunia, attorneys from both sides confirmed that they are prepared for Tala’i Alesana’s jury trial...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 30-year-old male accused of disturbing the peace on Monday, Nov. 05, 2019 made his initial appearance in District Court last week, where he entered a ‘not guilty’ plea to the charges against him. Aleki Vavega Jr, also known as “Alex Vavega Jr” is charged with third...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The court has suspended a 6-month jail term for a man convicted of endangering the welfare of a child, and instead, placed him on probation for 6 months subject to several conditions. Orepa Amani Jr, who was released on bond appeared in court this week for sentencing and...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who failed to comply with conditions of his 5-year probation has been given another chance. Probationer Foleni Motu was arrested Friday, Aug. 6th after he tested positive for marijuana. Motu appeared in court last month for a preliminary hearing, where he admitted...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was released from jail last week — by order of the court — is back to prison on the allegation that he violated conditions of his probation, after testing positive for drugs. The government alleges that Afasene Hunkin was ordered by Probation to undergo a drug...

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