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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An inmate who escaped from District Court while he was under police custody is now charged. Matthew Vili appeared in court this week for his initial appearance on the new case against him. He is charged with one count of escape from custody, a class D felony, punishable...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man was arrested for domestic violence on the allegation that he assaulted his wife, and when police officers arrived at the couple’s home, the wife directed police to the location where her husband (defendant) had planted a marijuana plant. According to the government...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 27-year-old man accused of beating up his wife and trying to have sex with her in front of her friend, who tried to stop the assault, has entered into a plea agreement with the government.  The man has a pending domestic violence charge involving the same victim. To...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An overstayer, who made his initial appearance in District Court last week, has been remanded to custody on a 'no bail' status. According to Immigration, the defendant's Immigration ID expired on March 19, 2018. The defense attorney informed the court that the defendant'...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of assaulting his wife and threatening to kill her with a knife was arrested by police and charged with assault involving domestic violence. However, when the defendant was apprehended, cops discovered illegal drugs in his possession. (Samoa News has chosen...
Dear Editor, DHSS needs urgent expansion of their shelters. Their current situation is demanding it. With the increase of resident young adults suffering from domestic and sexual violence, battered women with children, homeless, abandoned, underage pregnancy, clients held in custody due to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Three men were arrested by police on three different occasions two weeks ago in the Tafuna area on allegations that they each assaulted their wives. The first incident happened in Ottoville, while the other two incidents were reported from Tafeta and Nu’uuli. Alcohol was...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 55-year-old woman from Samoa accused of assaulting a 76-year-old woman was arrested by police last week. Fiatamali’i Solomona made her initial appearance in District Court last week. She is charged with one count of abuse of an elderly or disable adult involving...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 32-year-old man convicted for violating local drug laws while he’s on probation was given another chance by the court to straighten up his life. Jake L. Ala, who has been in custody since his arrest last year, unable to post a $10,000 surety bond appeared before...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man arrested for assaulting his girlfriend is now charged with unlawful possession of illegal drugs, which police allegedly found in his possession. Wayne Aleki appeared in District Court last month for his initial appearance where he informed the court that he wanted...

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