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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Turns out, a man accused of stabbing his uncle with a knife has an active arrest warrant for a sex case from two years ago. Viane Tagaiilima, who is in custody on a ‘no bail’ status, made his initial appearance in court last week. He is charged in two separate cases. In...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Lolo Administration is confident “in the future strength of our economy” due to — among other things — strong private sector business recovery, establishment of new  technology-based companies, and additional jobs created by StarKist, according to Gov. Lolo Matalasi...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — On the night of Dec. 28, 2019, two cops observed John Tagai Jr., 20, spill a bag of Bongos on the ground after he and another male were pulled over at the Sobriety Checkpoint for an open container in the vehicle. Tagai Jr was the passenger. (Samoa News is withholding the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — After a follow-up site visit by the Dept of Health’s Environmental Health Services Division this past Monday, confirming that all is in good order, Dept. of Human and Social Services (DHSS) director Muavaefaatasi John E. Suisala announced that Hope House Child Care...
Grace Uso (left) and her teacher, Eden Brown
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Grace Uso, a student at Tafuna HS and her teacher, Ms. Eden Brown, make up one of only 16 student-teacher teams from across the United States selected to participate in the second annual Sacrifice for Freedom: World War II in the Pacific Student & Teacher Institute. The...
a team from the local Dept. of Health is stationed at the Pago Pago International Airport
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has told cabinet members not to give up easily on enforcing current policies and regulations implemented for entry permits - due to the measles outbreak - for travelers from Samoa. Speaking at Sunday’s cabinet briefing on the measles update,...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was stopped for speeding, found not to have a driver’s license, and when apprehended, allegedly punched and kicked a cop and resisted arrest, had further bad luck when the vehicle he was driving was searched and illegal drugs, a firearm, live ammunition, and...
Dignataries (including Gov. Lolo) at the opening of Third Regular Session of the 36th Legislature
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “Preliminary operating figures” at the close of FY 2019 - which ended Sept. 30, 2019 - is estimated to have an “operating surplus” of more than $700K, increasing ASG’s funding balance for that fiscal year. This is according to Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s State of the...
Cloudy skies over Pago Pago harbor
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The skies were dark and gloomy all day yesterday (Monday) as the rain came pouring down. Locals are reminded that we are currently in Hurricane Season. This past Sunday, the US National Weather Service, Pago Pago, Am. Samoa is forcasting that this week will be rainy with...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Bail is set at $500 for Apelu Fonotia, who was taken into custody last week following an incident in Fagaima where he is alleged to have gone to his neighbor’s home with a knife, punched a man in the face, and challenged others to a fight. Fonotia made his initial...

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