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People social distancing as they wait to be serviced at Fagaalu Health Dept.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Social distancing protocol is being observed by a group of people around 8:15a.m yesterday as they were waiting outside of the Health Department’s compound in Fagaalu to get their health card. Samoa News got a call before 8a.m about the large crowd gathering at this...
LT. Governor Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Besides bringing in more personal protective equipment (PPE), a military flight last Friday also brought along members of the US Army Medical Corps as well as Lt. Gov. Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga who had been stranded in Honolulu since March. The four-member Medical...
TCF — Territorial Correctional Facility sign
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Police arrested three people over the weekend on allegations that they failed to comply with the requirements set by the government during the Governor’s declaration for the COVID-19 enforcement. The three people arrested include a businessman who owns a beauty salon in...
U.S. Federal District Court for Western Dist. of Washington logo
Seattle, WASHINGTON — A Samoan woman, residing in Tacoma, Washington, who pled guilty early this year to federal charges, told federal investigators that during the time she was a letter carrier for the US Postal Service, she discarded more than 200 letters into a garbage dumpster, according to an...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea has found probable cause to bind over to High Court, the government’s case against Anthony Filisi, who is expected to enter a ‘not guilty’ plea tomorrow morning at arraignment. Filisi, who is still in custody, unable to post a $20,000...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of disturbing the public peace in Taputimu last week is scheduled to appear in Court tomorrow for a Status Hearing. The government’s attorney informed the court last week that there is a possibility additional charges will be filed against the defendant on...
Congresswoman Amata and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross
Washington, D.C. — On Thursday Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed a $2,553,194 CARES Act grant for coronavirus relief for American Samoa’s fishermen. The news is part of a national announcement by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross allocating $300 million in fisheries assistance. Congress provided...
Council chairman and also American Samoa Council member, Totasi Archie Soliai and Council executive director Kitty M. Simonds
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Western Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Council has informed US President Trump that fishing restrictions in the Pacific national marine monuments are — among other things — impeding StarKist tuna cannery in American Samoa from operating at optimal levels. The...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A passenger riding in the bed of a pickup truck arrested for holding an open beer bottle in his hand is now charged with unlawful possession of illegal drugs and intent to distribute after police officers allegedly found a medium sized baggie containing a white...
Three members of the Department of Public Safety honor guard
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Last week, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga signed a proclamation declaring May 10- 16 as Public Safety Week in American Samoa in celebration of the contributions of American Samoa’s police force of past, present and future to the security of our society and harmony in the...

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