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Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson [SN file photo]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The recent cases involving the alleged sexual harassment of two female cops by a pair of senior DPS officers is moving up to the next level, as the matter has now reached the   Office of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in Honolulu. Samoa News...
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Pago Pago, American Samoa — An over-stayer who is serving a 28-month jail term at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) was in High Court last week for a probation review hearing. Loimata Mika, 28, entered American Samoa on a 7-day visitor's permit in 2016. He was in the territory illegally...
Robert Ho Chee, the head of American Samoa’s new Office of Financial Institutio. [American Banker]
WASHINGTON — American Samoa is finally getting its own full-service bank — and successfully creating only the second public bank in the United States. The Federal Reserve is allowing the Territorial Bank of American Samoa access to the U.S. payments system nearly two years after the bank first...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) will begin repatriating a Royal New Zealand Navy engineer from American Samoa, following a graveside blessing ceremony at Satala Cemetery in Pago Pago on May 2 (New Zealand time). Engineering Mechanic 1st Class Russell Moore died in...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The former DPS cop wanted locally in connection with drug related crimes was arrested and charged last month at King County Superior Court in Seattle, WA for domestic assault and battery. According to information received by Samoa News, Steven Tuato'o is accused of...
Tauva Esera  [photo by AF]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Former KHJ Radio news reporter Tauva Esera was sanctioned by District Court Judge Fiti Sunia last week for Contempt of Court. Esera, who is now employed by the American Samoa Telecommunication Authority (ASTCA) as a media staffer appeared before Judge Sunia last Thursday...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The US Federal Emergency Management Agency and ASG remind members of the public impacted by Tropical Storm Gita, that 4p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, May 1, is the deadline to register for federal disaster assistance. Anyone with damage due to the storm must register with FEMA...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The complaint filed by three American Samoa residents against ANZ Guam Inc., the parent company of ANZ Amerika Samoa Bank at the federal court in Guam, has raised a lot of interest in this case as well as its come. Based on Samoa News’ reporting of the case — derived...
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Pago Pago, AMERICN SAMOA — Fifty-five-year old Iakimo Felise exits a police van outside of the District Court last Friday. Felise waived his rights to a preliminary examination, and his case was bound over to the High Court for arraignment this morning at 9a.m. District Court Judge Fiti Sunia...
Chief Justice Michael Kruse [SN file photo]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Chief Justice Michael Kruse did not rest last week until the issue was resolved regarding the two separate reports the court had received from the local Immigration Office pertaining to an overstayer who apparently had two different sponsors — and whose name was spelled...

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