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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 29-year-old man from Ottoville has been arrested on allegations that he burglarized a home in Tafeta and a store in Tafuna earlier this year. Kingston Alafoti made his initial appearance in District Court last month. The government is charging Alafoti in two different...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 42-year-old taxi driver accused of disturbing the peace at a Nu’uuli store is now being charged with drug possession after police searched his vehicle and found two small baggies containing marijuana. Ioane Ili, who is on probation for a stealing conviction 4 years ago...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Sen. Soliai Tuipine Fuimaono hopes that the new Administration will call a Constitutional Convention this year, as there was none last year and that’s probably due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Soliai brought up the Constitutional Convention when speaking...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man from Faleniu was arrested by police after drugs, including live marijuana plants, were allegedly discovered at his auto shop. It was members of the Faleniu aumaga including the Mayor who alerted police regarding the alleged marijuana plants growing on the side of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Basic Food Index (BFI) for December 2020 registered an increase of 0.3% from the November index, according to the report released this week by the Commerce Department. Despite the significant drop in the cost of eggs at -4.3%, followed by ice cream at -0.4% and sugar...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 37-year-man accused of unlawfully entering a home and attempting to sexually assault a woman after he allegedly broke into the woman’s home was arrested by police last month after he was pulled over during a traffic stop in the Matu’u area. Farani Eveni is charged with...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Through a new executive order, Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga is continuing the Rule Reform Panel established by the previous administration to — among other things — repeal and modify rules to promote efficiency in government. Lemanu’s order, dated Feb. 8th,...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  In a press release issued Saturday, Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo Va’alele Ale, who is also chair of the government’s COVID-19 Task Force and the Governor’s Authorized Representative (GAR), announced tentative dates for a series of 5 repatriation flights through July and...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Three more cabinet members have completed the legislative confirmation process after they were approved by the House of Representatives this week. Samana Semo Ve’ve’a received the green light from both chambers of the Fono to serve as Director of Homeland Security. This...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 28-year-old male has been arrested and charged on the allegation that he assaulted his 26-year-old girlfriend and threatened to kill her and her family. Andrew Ualesi made his initial appearance in court last month. Ualesi is charged with false imprisonment and public...

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