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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man from Tafuna who, along with a co-defendant broke into a store in Tafuna and stole about $1,000 worth of goods — none of which was recovered — was ordered by the court last week to pay restitution of $1,000 to the store, after he serves 28 months at the Territorial...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Sentencing for Faresi Pa’au in High Court is set for next month. He has already pled guilty, under a plea agreement, to felony stealing. Paau was initially charged with first-degree robbery; but under the plea agreement, read in court during a change of plea hearing, and...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two men are now being charged in connection with the alleged brutal beating of a third man in Tafuna two months ago. The two men, Iona Valaau and Ieti Ameko, also known as “JET” Ameko made their initial appearances in District Court last month. Valaau and Ameko are each...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of stealing a vehicle from a home in the Tafuna area was arrested after the matter was reported to police by the owner of the vehicle, his ex-girlfriend. Mase Alaese made his initial appearance in Court last month. Alaese is charged with 1st degree burglary...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man was arrested by police last month after he allegedly entered a family home at night without permission. Kalap Akeli made his initial appearance in court last month. He is charged with one count of unlawful possession of methamphetamine (meth), a felony, along...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man who is accused of being rude and disrespectful to his grandmother was ordered by the court to find another place to live while his matter is pending in court. Police arrested Faalata Taase from his home last moth, and he made his initial appearance in...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 30-year-old man from Mapusaga accused of violating local drug laws told the court through a combined plea agreement with the government that allegations against him are true. He was later released to await sentencing next month after the court accepted his change of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Repeat offender Richard Mata was ordered by the court last week to serve out the remaining 7 months of a 20-month sentence from a 2018 case. The decision came after the court found Mata in violation of conditions of his 5-year probation. Mata was found guilty by the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 33-year-old man accused of violating local drug laws has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Aleni Mareko, who has been in custody since his arrest last year, appeared in Court last week for a Change of Plea (COP) hearing. Mareko was initially charged...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 41-year-old man accused of assaulting another man in Tafuna last month is scheduled to appear in Court next week for a Status Hearing. The government’s attorney informed the court last month that there is a possibility additional charges would be filed against the...

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