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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The US Department of Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs has awarded the American Samoa Power Authority more than $1.87 million in funding to upgrade and replace street lights on Tutuila. In an Oct. 10th letter, US Assistant Secretary for Insular and International...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Mealeaga Ale made his initial appearance in District Court yesterday morning. He is charged with first degree burglary and stealing, both class C felonies, punishable by imprisonment of up to 7 years, a $5,000 fine, or, pursuant to A.S.C.A 46.2101, a fine equal to twice...
[l-r] LBJ Hospital’s Chief of Orthopedics, Dr. Ledua; US certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. John Edwards; LBJ chief executive officer Faumuina John Faumuina; Elder Vince Haleck of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; and US certified radiologist Dr. Gregory Patch
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Starting today, LBJ Medical Center will begin providing a new orthopedic knee replacement surgical service, under the leadership of Dr. John Edwards, whom, along with his wife Rebecca — a licensed social worker — will be doing missionary work at LBJ for 18 months. This...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 45-year-old man who called police to report that a group of men were trying to assault him was later arrested on the allegation that he and his brother-in-law assaulted another man. Tovia Li’o made his initial appearance last week where District Court Judge Elvis P....
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Restrictions placed on US purse seiner fleets fishing on high seas and the US exclusive economic zone (EEZ)  “is not a conservation issue” but “international politics,” declared Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga in an Oct 7th letter to Michael Tosatto, regional administrator for...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 30-year-old man accused of using a sharp weapon to cause head injuries to another man has pled guilty. Fa’avae Tagaloa was initially charged with felony first degree assault, punishable by life in prison or at least 30 years. But under a plea agreement with the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was convicted of stealing was released from custody, after the High Court determined that the 12 months he served at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF), to await sentencing, was enough punishment. Allen Faumuina, under a plea agreement with the...
Ali'itama Bartine Tarrant
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Ali'itama Bartine Tarrant has been located and his frantic mother, Denise Chapman, couldn’t be happier. It was Chapman who contacted Samoa News last month to report that her son, 28, departed Florida earlier this year in April — during Easter weekend — en route to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The hiring of a new vice principal for Nuuuli Vo Tech High School (NVTHS) has led to a local school teacher screaming ‘nepotism’. That’s because the new VP is Fesilafa’i Matagi, the brother of ASDOE director, Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga. The teacher, Sam Nuusolia, is a master...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 28-year-old man accused of selling marijuana joints at the Fagatogo market last year has pled guilty.  Cops arrested Calvin Paulo Jr. on Nov. 22, 2018 after a vendor at the Fagatogo market informed police about a man selling drugs at a bus stop. Paulo Jr. was initially...

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