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Former Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs (DYWA) director, Jonathan Fanene
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Former Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs (DYWA) director, Jonathan Fanene was - again - arrested over the weekend for a domestic violence incident involving his wife. Fanene, who has a pending case in High Court for the same allegation, made his initial appearance...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 42-year-old bus driver accused of assaulting his wife while he was intoxicated told the court he is sorry and he’ll never do it again. The defendant was initially charged with public peace disturbance, endangering the welfare of a child, and third degree assault - all...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 46-year-old man accused of assaulting his wife while he was intoxicated has pled guilty. The defendant, who was released on his own recognizance by the court after spending 45 days at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) appeared before District Court Judge...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  A young elite boxer, who won gold medals for American Samoa in May this year in international competition, is now in custody on the allegation that he assaulted a female student on school campus by dragging her inside a vehicle, beating her and ripping her clothes....
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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 described by the court as abusive and a danger to a female he was in a relationship with for many months has been ordered to depart the territory upon serving 28 months at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF). Vataumalo Tuli Togise, who appeared in High...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Trial Division of the High Court of American Samoa has appointed private attorney Lornalei Meredith as Independent Prosecutor (IP) for the government’s case against former Department of Youth & Women’s Affairs (DYWA) director, Aiolupotea Jonathan Fanene. In...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of violating a court order when he went to his wife’s house and allegedly assaulted her while he was intoxicated was arrested this week. To protect the identity of the victim, Samoa News is withholding the names of all parties involved. The defendant, a 45-...
Dear Editor, By now, news of the disgraced cabinet member, Jonathan Fanene, arrested over the weekend on a series of domestic violence related charges has spread throughout the island. Fanene, a former NFL player, and current Director of the Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs was charged with...
Department of Youth and Women's Affairs Jonathan Fanene speaking at a cabinet meeting in 2015,
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The prosecution has filed four additional charges against Dept. of Youth and Women's Affairs (DYWA) director Jonathan Fanene, who has been released after posting a $100,000 surety bond. Fanene appeared in District Court yesterday morning for a preliminary examination...

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