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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Polynesian Leaders Group meeting, that was to be held in American Samoa this month, has been postponed until April due to concerns over measles. The group, which was established in 2011, consists of independent or self-governing countries or territories within the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Johnny Visesio is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 29, 2020 for sentencing. He is convicted of stealing and second degree burglary. Visesio, 31, was initially charged in two separate cases. In the first case, he was charged with one count of stealing and one count of...
Rock wall going up on Utulei Beach behind DDW
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Samoa News recently noticed over the last few weeks (maybe a month or more now) that there is a ’rock wall’ being built along the shoreline of Utulei Beach — from in front of DDW Beach Cafe along the general beach area. There is also apparently a ‘fill’ going on,...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa now has 11 confirmed measles cases, and while all daycare centers will remain closed this week, all public schools and the majority of private schools reopened yesterday, with medical professionals from the Health Department visiting campuses to ensure all...
James Genne Barlow — in a photo from his GoFundMe site.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Territorial Correctional Facility inmate, James Glenn Barlow, has included David Longly Bernhardt, the U.S. Secretary of Interior, as another respondent in his petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus now pending before the federal court in Washington D.C. Barlow amended his...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Territorial Bank of American Samoa’s (TBAS) board of directors has announced a change in its senior management team. According to TBAS Board chair, Olivia C. Reid, Drew Roberts is leaving his position as CEO of the bank, as the executive search for a permanent CEO -...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of trying to kidnap a woman in Pago Pago last month is now in custody after he was arrested for public peace disturbance. Tevita Va’afa’i, 42, made his initial appearance in District Court last week. He is charged in 3 separate cases: In the first case, he’...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The owner of the alia from Samoa which was caught entering American Samoa on 20 December, without prior approval as required under the measles emergency declaration, is to be fined $6,000, this according to Talanei News as reported in Pacnews. American Samoa Homeland...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The High Court has accepted a motion filed by Taoto Lagatonu through his attorney, Assistant Public Defender Rob McNeill, to waive his right to a jury trial, and let a panel of judges decide the matter in a bench trial. Lagatonu told the court last week that after he...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — DOI Assistant Secretary Doug Domenech has announced nearly half a million dollars in federal funds for the public health emergency response to the Pacific measles outbreak. Specifically, the Department of Interior is awarding $490,000 in federal funds for American Samoa...

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