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American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Danny Mika was sentenced by the High Court to 5 years probation after he was convicted of unlawful possession of methamphetamine. As a condition of his probation, he was ordered to serve a period of detention of 20 months, minus the 106 days Mika served before he posted...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The driver of a red pick-up truck in which investigators allegedly found a black pouch containing a green leafy substance and white crystalline substance has been arrested and charged with unlawful possession of illegal drugs in the territory. Opetaia Valaau made his...
Reid Foundation presentation at Boys & Girls club
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Lealaifuaneva Peter E. Reid Charitable Foundation awarded charitable grants for Year 2021 for more than $89,000, to the Diocese of Samoa-Pago Pago and the Boys & Girls Club of American Samoa, on Thursday, January 7, 2021. The Foundation’s president Olivia Cecilia...
Temporary Acting Police Commissioner, Fo’ifua Fo’ifua Jr.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Nearly 20 citizens of Samoa are still in jail, even though they have already served their period of detention, awaiting deportation pursuant to court orders. These inmates are still stuck inside the Territorial Correctional Facility (TFC) because American Samoa’s borders...
Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Agafili Shem Leo
Apia, SAMOA — There are now more than 2000 Samoans wanting to return home and more are expected to register in the coming weeks. The Samoa Observer reports the numbers were confirmed by the Chairman of the National Emergency Operations Centre, Agafili Shem Leo, at a press conference on Thursday. "...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two men were taken by police into custody last week following a fight in Malaeimi, according to court information. The accused, Faamata Lasi and Jason Laulu, made their initial appearances in District Court last week. Faamata is charged with one count of unlawful...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 40-year-old man from Tafuna who was convicted of driving with a permanently suspended license is going to jail. Noa Faalemiga appeared in court last week where he was sentenced to 20 months at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF), as a condition of a 5-year...
Traffic cones on road in from of CBT and Laufou
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government’s road policy during “peak hours” in Nuuuli — in front of the Laufou Shopping Center and CBT Tru Value Hardware along with Milovale restaurant — set by the previous administration is being continued by the new Lemanu Administration. Motorists were pleased...
Health director Motusa Tuileama Nua
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government has a new COVID-19 Task Force and a new chairman — Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo Va’alele Ale, who is also the Governor’s Authorized Representative (GAR) for disaster issues dealing with the federal government. This is according to Health director, Motusa...
Johnny Banse (left) and Wayne Jack Banse (right)
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two brothers from Pago Pago spent their New Year in the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) after cops allegedly discovered drugs in their vehicle during a traffic stop in Nu’uuli. The brothers, Wayne Jack Banse and his younger brother, Johnny Banse made their...

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