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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has extended for another 30-days, the Dec. 8th State of Emergency Declaration, due to the measles outbreak and includes the extension of the “short amnesty” program for overstayers to correct their immigration status. The governor warned that...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 46-year-old man from Samoa accused of sexually abusing his 16-year-old niece was arrested 2 weeks ago after authorities were tipped off by the victim’s grandmother about the alleged incident. The defendant was arrested pursuant to an arrest warrant from the court. (In...
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WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary, Insular and International Affairs, Douglas W. Domenech applauds President Trump and Congress for signing the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020, Public Law 116-94, which includes among other things funding increases for...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of stealing money from a cash register at a Tafuna store last year entered into a plea agreement with the government last Friday. Ieremia Ah Wong, who was initially charged with first degree burglary, stealing, and public peace disturbance, pled guilty to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga will be extending for 30-days the “short amnesty” program for overstayers in American Samoa to correct their immigration status, under a proposed amendment to his Dec. 8th emergency declaration due to measles. This is according to the Governor’s...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Department of Human and Social Services director Muavaefaatasi John Suisala confirmed to Samoa News Sunday afternoon that his department has received a copy of the video posted on social media that has sparked outrage from people all over the world, specifically Hawaii,...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The male driver of a truck that was stopped by police two weeks ago has told investigators that the bag they found in the vehicle — allegedly containing a huge quantity of a white crystalline substance, marijuana, cash, and paraphernalia — does not belong to him. Richard...
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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