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The government’s case against a Tongan national residing in Ofu charged for violating local drug laws has been dismissed, after the High Court granted a motion by the government this week to dismiss the case. When Mataele Toke’s case was called in court this week, prosecutor Laura Garvey informed...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is proposing a temporary rule for an interim catch limit (ICL) of 13,000 pound of American Samoa bottomfish for fishing year 2020. NMFS, which is seeking public comments for submission by Sept. 28th — next week Monday on...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — On the night of Aug. 21, 2020, two police officers observed Mark Fuluasou throwing a black plastic bag out of a vehicle in which he was riding, in front of an Asian store in Malaeimi. They picked up the black plastic bag that Fuluasou threw out and discovered that it was...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Tuesday, September 22, 2020 — Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed $391,947 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)  to the American Samoa Criminal Justice Planning Agency. This is the second grant for this agency...
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Denver, COLORADO —  Whether people born in U.S. territories have a constitutional right to U.S. citizenship will depend on how the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit rules following argument yesterday in Fitisemanu v. United States, attorneys for John Fitisemanu stated in a press release...
Equipment staging for airport apron rehab by Paramount builders
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Ground breaking was held this past Wednesday, Sept. 23, for stages 2 to 6 of the Rehabilitation of the Pago Pago International Airport Terminal Apron. Airport officials told the cabinet meeting at the airport conference room before the ground breaking ceremony that one...
Tumuatasi Lefatia, a.k.a MAMA
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The jury trial for Tumuatasi Lefatia, a.k.a MAMA, which was scheduled for Oct. 9, 2020 is now pushed back by the court to Apr. 5, 2021 due to restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic. Lefatia, who is out on bond appeared before Acting Associate Justice Elvis P. Patea this...
Polling station layout for upcoming 2020 General Election.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Social-distancing — complying with restrictions under the governor’s COVID-19 declaration — will be enforced at the polling stations during the Nov. 3, 2020 general election, according to Election Office deputy director Fiti Tavai, during last week’s cabinet meeting at...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man allegedly armed with handguns was arrested by police and he’s now being charged. Talipope Pauga Aniseko made his initial appearance in District Court last week. He is charged with one count of 1st degree assault, a class A felony, punishable by a term of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “The cost of turkey tails had the greatest month-to-month price increase of 2.2% for the month of August,” according to the Basic Food Index (BFI) for August released by the ASG Commerce Department, whose Statistical Division surveyed seven major food outlets for this...

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