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James Barlow in a photo from his GoFundMe site
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Territorial Correctional Facility inmate James Glenn Barlow has applied for parole with the ASG Parole Board, petitioning for “early release” from jail and he will also be asking the territory’s governor for commutation of his 24-year sentence. This is according to a...
DoH employee in the testing lab
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has instructed the Health Department and LBJ Medical Center to look at identifying local funds to purchase more COVID-19 test kits while the DoH plans this week to start conducting community-base testing for medical personnel and first...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man arrested for attempted stealing and burglary is now charged with violating local drug laws after police discovered a glass pipe containing methamphetamine and two hand rolled marijuana cigarettes in his possession. Several police officers responded to a call...
Congresswoman Amata with Senator John Kennedy
Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata is welcoming a weekly update from the Small Business Administration (SBA) that the American Samoan employers have now successfully acquired 100 loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) totaling over $6 million. “I appreciate the...
Tusi Fala in handcuffs after his initial appearance in court
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 48-year-old male from Samoa accused of recklessly causing the death of another male by throwing a speaker and a knife, both of which hit the victim’s chest, is now in custody after he was arrested by police this week. Tusi Fala made his initial appearance before...
Pago Pago USPS sign
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The first round of distributions for the Economic Impact Payments (EIP) - better known as stimulus checks — totaling more than $20 million for local qualified tax payers — will be delivered to the Post Office in Fagatogo on Friday, May 22nd and be available for pick up...
[l-r] Human Resources director Eseneiaso J. Liu; former Administrative Services director Malaepule Lua Moliga; and Education deputy director Fa’auifono Vaitautolu
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — During its regular session yesterday, the Senate confirmed Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s nominations of Human Resources director Eseneiaso J. Liu; former Administrative Services director Malaepule Lua Moliga; and Education deputy director Fa’auifono Vaitautolu as new board...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICA SAMOA — The female driver of a vehicle pulled over by police two weeks ago in Futiga for blacked out tail lights is now charged with violating local drug laws. On May 4, 2020 about 12:00 midnight, a vehicle was pulled over by traffic officers at the Futiga Public Highway after...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICA SAMOA — A young man who is on probation for stealing and burglary is now back in court on another stealing charge. Police arrested Timata Enosa Naea two weeks after he was released from the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) after serving a 28-month detention. Naea made his...
Acting Attorney General Mitzie Jessop-Ta’ase during her Senate confirmation hearing
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While the House has opted not to act on the governor’s nomination of acting Attorney General, Mitzie Jessop-Ta’ase to the American Samoa Economic Development Authority (ASEDA) board of directors, the Senate yesterday gave its endorsement. In his nomination letter, Gov....

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