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Afa Fuimaono outside of the Court after he was sentenced last Friday for using a machete to strike another man three times during a land dispute in December of last year. During sentencing, Chief Justice Michael Kruse pointed out that sadly the land belongs to neither men — yet the incident has had such a negative impact on both men's lives.  [photo by AF]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “There are many non violent ways to mediate disagreements that can occur from land disputes in American Samoa, and a machete is not one of them.” This was the statement assistant attorney general Woodrow Pengelly gave to the Judges during the sentencing of a 48-year-old...
Marty Tanielu has been sentenced to 5 years probation for two separate drug cases. He stole from his mother to buy drugs.  [photo: AF]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An American Samoa man who stole his mother’s belongings, then sold them to get money to buy methamphetamine (ice) told the court he is truly remorseful for what he did, and he wishes he had a chance to apologize to his mother and have her forgive him.  Marty Tanielu, who...
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Pago Pago, American Samoa — An over-stayer who is serving a 28-month jail term at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) was in High Court last week for a probation review hearing. Loimata Mika, 28, entered American Samoa on a 7-day visitor's permit in 2016. He was in the territory illegally...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Acting Associate Justice Elvis P. Patea has ordered the sponsor of a man from Samoa who was convicted of assaulting his girlfriend to come forward and fulfill his responsibility under ASG Immigration laws, by paying the defendant’s return airfare to Samoa and restitution...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 55-year-old man from Leloaloa was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Nu’uuli after allegedly raping and molesting a 10-year-old girl several times. According to court documents, the man is alleged to have given the girl money each time after the alleged sexual encounters...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of assaulting his girlfriend is facing three counts of third degree assault and one count of public peace disturbance — all misdemeanors. Besides allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, Aveia Levasa is also accused of assaulting a cousin who was trying to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The High Court issued another bench warrant last Friday for yet another defendant who is accused of disobeying conditions of his probation. The Order to Show Cause (OSC) hearing for Faaili Mata’u, a.k.a ‘Whistle” was scheduled for last Friday, after the Probation Office...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — DPS police officers and the Court Marshal are going around the island with a copy of the bench warrant signed by Chief Justice Michael Kruse, for the arrest of Titiula Tagaloa after she failed to appear in High Court yesterday. Tagaloa is out on a $30,000 surety bond,...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Chief Immigration Officer Peseta Dennis Fuimaono Lutu has been summoned to the High Court again — this time, it is before Acting Associate Justice Elvis P. Patea to explain how a man who came here as a crew member on a fishing boat remained in the territory for several...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “… the sellers, the manufacturers and many other people should be filling the jail, not sick people.”  This was the message from Chief Justice Michael Kruse, who says the executive and legislature branches need to hear that drug abuse is a medical problem. This came as...

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