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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 45-year-old man who was accused of assaulting his wife while extremely intoxicated told the court that he was sorry for his actions. The defendant was initially charged with 3rd degree assault, public peace disturbance and endangering the welfare of a child, all...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 21-year-old man from Samoa has been sentenced to 48 months imprisonment — as a condition of a 7-year probation term — for having a sexual relationship with two minor children in October 2017. However, the detention period was suspended and the defendant is ordered to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Akeli Akeli Jr. was scheduled for an initial appearance last Friday morning in District Court. According to the criminal complaint, Akeli Jr. is charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and two counts of second degree assault. The charges stem from...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Vaitui Tavu'i's pre-trial conference is set for January 30, 2019. "You've been here before. If you don't want to stay home, go ahead and violate the terms of your probation." These were the words of District Court Judge Fiti Sunia yesterday morning when Vaitu'i Tavu'i...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The pretrial conference for Nick Mataia — which was on the High Court calendar yesterday — has been continued to January 31, as his attorney, Public Defender Michael White, is off island. Mataia is being charged in two separate cases. For the first one, he and his two co...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Police arrested a 35-year-old taxi driver from Tafuna on Sunday night, for the alleged sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl. The taxi driver is known to the victim’s family. Vavatau Voleti made his initial appearance in District Court on Monday before District Court Judge...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  “You came here to entertain our children — not to harm or put them in danger.” This was the clear message from District Court Judge Fiti Sunia to the Magic Circus of Samoa security guard, who was convicted of endangering the welfare of a 9-year-old child by dragging him...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 56-year-old church pastor who was convicted by a six-member jury last month of endangering the welfare of a child, who is his 13-year-old biological daughter is going to jail. Chief Justice Michael Kruse sentenced him to a term of imprisonment of 180 days, (which is...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 31-year-old father who was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of illegal drugs after his 1-year-old son was admitted to the LBJ Hospital for methamphetamine intoxication was ordered to serve a term of imprisonment of 5 years at the Territorial Correctional...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The case where two 14-year-old females were allegedly sexually assaulted has landed three men in court. They are Apisaloma Timu, Loma Iosia and Nick Mataia. The three defendants were arrested by police last week and made their initial appearance in District Court. They...

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