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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man with an outstanding arrest warrant was taken into custody last month after police picked him up for a public peace disturbance (PPD) matter in Petesa in the Tafuna area. Asomaliu Opetaia, 31, who has a previous assault conviction from 2014, made his initial...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — After the High Court sentenced Agavale Ugapo two months ago to 28 months in the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF), as a condition of a 7-year probation term for embezzlement, he once again appeared in District Court last week for a Probation Revocation hearing due...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The second of the four defendants arrested after police executed two search warrants last January at homes in Tafuna and Taputimu has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Apelu Alesana, who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $5,000 cash...
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COURT REPORT w_header Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of violating local drug laws had asked the court to set his matter for trial. Alesana Lui, who had been in custody since his arrest last year, unable to post $5,000 surety bond, appeared in court last month for his pretrial conference...
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COURT REPORT w_header Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A male driver and a female passenger of a vehicle pulled over by police officers for a seat belt violation last week are now in custody after officers discovered illegal drugs and paraphernalia inside the vehicle. The driver, Amosa Siitia and the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Last week, District Court sentenced Fereti Valaau to 10 days behind bars, after he was convicted of public peace disturbance while on probation. “This is how things work in this courtroom; once you violate a condition of your probation, we’re no longer talking about...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 25-year-old man who was accused of breaking into a house has admitted to the allegations against him. Alatasi Lalomauga, who has been in custody since he was arrested last year, was originally charged with 1st degree burglary and resisting arrest; however, under a...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man was apprehended by police after he allegedly tried to damage the door of a vehicle parked on the side of the road last week. Kenneth Apisaloma made his initial appearance in court this week. He’s charged with 3rd degree property damage; attempted stealing and...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was on probation for a drug conviction is now back in custody after he allegedly tested positive for marijuana during his monthly visit at the Probation Office this week. Martin Tanielu appeared in High Court this week for his initial appearance and his...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man is now in custody after being arrested by police last week after a glass pipe containing methamphetamine was found inside his pocket. A female, who was a passenger on an aiga bus heading to Leone called 911 for assistance after an intoxicated male, who was also a...

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