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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — On April 16, 2024, the Tafuna Police Substation (TPS) received a phone call from an off- duty officer reporting an alleged domestic dispute regarding her cousin. It was reported that the victim was allegedly assaulted by her boyfriend. The suspect was later apprehended...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A woman walked into the Tafuna Police Substation on October 10, 2023 asking for assistance to remove herself and her 1-year old child from her husband and his family’s residence in Taputimu. The victim further revealed that she was experiencing a cycle of abuse within...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man has been charged for allegedly assaulting his pregnant wife. To protect the identity of the wife, Samoa News has opted not to name the defendant in this case. The defendant is held on bail of $30,000 and he was in court yesterday for his preliminary examination...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A father of two accused of assaulting his wife after he became suspicious that she was having an affair is now behind bars after he was arrested during a traffic stop last month. When cops arrested the 39-year-old defendant, they discovered illegal drugs in his...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Salote Taafua appeared in District Court last week pursuant to a summons from the court. Taafua is charged with 2nd- degree property damage, a class A misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment for up to one year, a fine of $1,000, or both. Pretrial conference for Taafua is...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An intoxicated man was arrested in Malaeimi last month after he went into the house where his wife and children were with a knife in his hand and threatened to harm them for not allowing him back into their family. The defendant made his initial appearance in court last...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of unlawfully entering a house and stealing food and a laptop is now in custody after he was arrested last month. During his arrest, a glass pipe containing methamphetamine was discovered inside his pocket. Nikolao Alatasi appeared in District Court last...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 48-year-old man from Nu’uuli convicted of assaulting his partner is going to jail. Absalom Fanene was ordered by the court to serve 20 months at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF). Fanene, who has been in custody since his arrest in May of this year, appeared...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was arrested last month on the allegation that he assaulted his wife and threatened to kill her was allegedly found with drugs in his pocket when he was apprehended. Moreover, the defendant had an outstanding two-year-old warrant for his arrest for a drug...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man arrested last month on the allegation that he assaulted his girlfriend and threatened to kill her and her family if she reported the incident to authorities has denied all accusations. During his arrest, cops discovered a hand rolled marijuana cigarette inside the...

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