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LAND DISPUTE

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The court has set bail at $500 for Tausi Lafaele, who was taken into custody in June following an incident in Tafuna where he is alleged to have gone to his neighbor’s home with a machete, and also challenged people in the neighborhood to a fight. Lafaele, who made his...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea has set bail at $200 for Apelu Fonoia, who was taken into custody last week following an incident in Ottoville where he is alleged to have gone to his neighbor’s home with a machete, and also challenged people in the neighborhood to a...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In the sentencing of a 49-year-old man from Samoa convicted of assaulting another man, the government attorney stated to the court that there are many non-violent ways to settle disputes in American Samoa, and wielding a machete is not one of them. Filemoni Tagaleoo had...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A land dispute between two families in Pava’ia’i ended when police arrested two people and escorted them to the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) on Thursday afternoon, to prevent any further violence. Aleluia Tuifaiga, 45, and Taupaolo William, 46, made their...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A land dispute between families in Faleniu ended when police officers arrested five people and held them at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) on Tuesday afternoon, to prevent any violence within the family. All five made their initial appearances in District...
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...