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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....
Building site for the new Fono building
Pago Pago, AMRICAN SAMOA — During their respective sessions yesterday, both the Senate and House approved the necessary measure allowing the Fono to take another mid-session recess, which will be the third COVID-19 related recess. The Fono reconvened last week Monday after its second recess due to...
Dept. of Health logo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa is seeking more than 20,000 coronavirus test kits from the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the community-based virus testing, in which 20% of the population would be tested, says Health Department epidemiologist Dr. Aifili John Tufa....
Samoan Federation of America logo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Samoan Federation of America contends that American Samoa leaders’ concerns raised over the impact of birthright citizenship for people born in American Samoa “are misplaced”, arguing that the US Constitution provides an individual’s right to be a US citizen and is “...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 23-year-old male who has a pending criminal case in District Court was arrested by police last week on the allegation that he assaulted a 65-year-old paralyzed man and challenged several people to a fight. When questioned by police, the defendant, Esau Lefiti said that...

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