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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Trial Division of the High Court has ordered the sponsor of a man from Samoa who was convicted of assaulting his girlfriend to come forward and fulfill his responsibility under ASG Immigration laws. And that is, paying the defendant’s return airfare to Samoa and...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 32-year-old woman charged in 3 separate criminal cases, including one where she is accused of unlawful possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, entered into a plea agreement yesterday morning. Fiona Tagiese who has been in custody since her arrest last...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Eight passengers on a Hawaiian Air flight to American Samoa are now in quarantine in the territory as part of safety measures against the coronavirus outbreak. Seven are Taiwanese who traveled directly from Taiwan, and the eighth passenger is an American who spent 30...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A woman convicted of unlawful possession of methamphetamine has been ordered to serve 20 months at the TCF and pay a $1,000 fine as conditions of her 5-year probation. Kalameli Faimasasa, who has been released on a $5,000 surety bond, appeared in court last week for...
Development Bank of American Samoa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — More than 400 home loans - for new homes and repairs - and over 100 small business loans, were approved by the Development Bank of American Samoa (DBAS) between 2013 and 2019. During the same period, DBAS distributed just over $18 million. This is according to Gov. Lolo...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A convicted murderer serving a 30-year sentence for the death of his brother nine years ago was sentenced this week to 5 years for a separate assault conviction. In delivering his decision, Chief Justice Michael Kruse said that according to the Pre Sentence Report (PSR...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was born in Samoa but raised in American Samoa has been ordered to depart the territory — after serving his jail time — and remain outside of its borders for the duration of probation. Hafiti Filimaua appeared in High Court last week for sentencing, after being...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Trump Administration is proposing a reduction for American Samoa’s basic operations funding for the new fiscal year (FY 2021), under the US Department of Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs budget submitted to the US Congress on Monday. According to an OIA budget...
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  Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — One of the co-defendants in the 2018 Pago Pago raid whereby police confiscated a huge quantity of drugs, paraphernalia, and cash, is going to jail. Lyon Grey was sentenced to serve 10 years at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF). Prosecutor, Doug Lowe told the...
DOH director Motusa Tuileama Nua with Congresswoman Aumua Amata in a Samoa News file photo.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Public Works is drawing up a blueprint for a new government quarantine facility as part of American Samoa’s response and preparedness for any viruses and other diseases that spread rapidly, such as measles and the new coronavirus. Speaking at a cabinet briefing on...

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