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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The High Court is taking under advisement a motion from the government to revoke bail for Viliamu Solomona. Prosecutor Laura Garvey claims that Solomona violated conditions of his release from a previous case filed last year. On Dec. 30th, Solomona was re-arrested and...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Judge Elvis P. Patea warns says Iosua Lemi needs to find a way to address his alcohol problem, as it’s clear from court records that Iosua Lemi has been in and out of court since 2010 for cases stemming from alcohol use. Lemi, 46, was taken into custody last Saturday...
Former TCF Watch Commander Mosese Lomu
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Former Territorial Correctional Facility Watch Commander, Mosese Lomu, convicted by a six-member jury two months ago ofr criminal fraud is going to jail. Lomu, who appeared before Chief Justice Michael Kruse yesterday morning for sentencing, was ordered to serve 28...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “Violent acts against women and children in homes must be stopped.” This was the message from Associate Justice Fiti Sunia when he delivered his decision in the case of Ethan Mauga, who appeared in court last week for sentencing, after being convicted of 3 different...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Since the Lolo-Lemanu Administration took over in January 2013, the Treasury Department recorded the highest revenue collections of more than $35 million in FY 2019 by its Customs Division which — for the first time — has a new Compensation Policy implemented last...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 42-year-old male accused of disturbing the peace in Fagaima made his initial appearance in District Court last week, where he entered a ‘not guilty’ plea to the charges against him. Thomas Taala, a.k.a. “Thomas Viliamu” is charged with third degree assault, third...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who violated conditions of his 2-year probation sentence that was handed down last year has been ordered to serve out his suspended sentence, which is 20 months. Alex Togiaso appeared in court last week for a disposition hearing. When given the chance to speak, he...
Baskets of items donated to DHSS Homeless Shelter by LHS students
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Director of the Department of Human and Social Services (DHSS) Muavaefaatasi John Suisala was pleased to announce last week, a generous donation from Leone High School  students who are members of the Lions student council; the Close Up Club; the Junior Statesmen of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa now has 15 laboratory confirmed measles cases after three more samples sent to Hawai’i’s state laboratory for testing came back positive last week, according to Health Department and LBJ Medical Center officials. The latest update on the measles outbreak...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga says “our people’s” lack of faith in government and lack of understanding of issues at play will stall any attempt to amend American Samoa’s political status and constitution. The governor made the comments in his written 40-page official State...

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