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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man who assaulted another man by punching him in the face and kicking him multiple times while he was on the ground was sentenced earlier this month to 24 months behind bars. Suluga Valoaga was initially charged with third degree assault; third degree property...
This Samoa New file photo in the afternoon of Dec. 5, 2018, shows the fishing vessel Jeanette as it was leaving the Pago Pago Harbor heading out to sea.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Federal investigators found “several issues” that contributed to the fire and its spread onboard the US flagged fishing vessel Jeanette last December at the Port of Pago Pago, and among the issues is the “ineffective response” by the vessel’s crew, according to the US...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A probationer who tested positive for meth after his latest court hearing is now in custody, after District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea revoked his release. Palota Afele was sentenced to 12 months probation after he was convicted of third degree assault in May of this...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Fisheries Division of the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR), in partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and Poseidon Fisheries Research, concluded the Second Fisheries Science Research and Workshop, held in American Samoa earlier this month....
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 45-year-old father of 4 children who is accused of the sexual abuse of a 15-year-old girl told the court in a plea agreement he is guilty. Tipasa Molesi, who is out on a $10,000 surety bond appeared in court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. He was represented by...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who has a pending matter in the Family, Drug and Alcohol (FDA) court was arrested over the weekend and charged with criminal contempt. Faulalo Sipili made his initial appearance in District Court last week before Judge Pro Tem, Gwen Tauiliili-Langkilde. According...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Lolo Administration’s annual Christmas Program for American Samoa’s senior citizens is set for the first week of next month and ASG agencies including semi autonomous agencies have been informed of how many Christmas gifts each should provide. In a Nov. 13 letter to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Yesterday morning, due to a technical problem, Chief Justice Michael Kruse dismissed the jury, on day three, in the trial of former Police Watch Commander Mosese Lomu at 10:00 a.m. There were not other details forthcoming. The case will resume at 9a.m this morning for...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man from Samoa accused of assaulting his 59-year-old uncle with a shovel and damaging his uncle’s vehicle has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Alex Unasa, 26, was initially charged with 2nd degree assault and 1st degree property damage, both class D...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The San Diego-based American Tunaboat Association (ATA) has lent its “strong support” to a proposed federal rule, which addresses management of the “Area of Overlap” between the Convention Areas of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) and the Western and...

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