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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — More than 400 home loans - for new homes and repairs - and over 100 small business loans, were approved by the Development Bank of American Samoa (DBAS) between 2013 and 2019. During the same period, DBAS distributed just over $18 million. This is according to Gov. Lolo...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A convicted murderer serving a 30-year sentence for the death of his brother nine years ago was sentenced this week to 5 years for a separate assault conviction. In delivering his decision, Chief Justice Michael Kruse said that according to the Pre Sentence Report (PSR...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was born in Samoa but raised in American Samoa has been ordered to depart the territory — after serving his jail time — and remain outside of its borders for the duration of probation. Hafiti Filimaua appeared in High Court last week for sentencing, after being...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Trump Administration is proposing a reduction for American Samoa’s basic operations funding for the new fiscal year (FY 2021), under the US Department of Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs budget submitted to the US Congress on Monday. According to an OIA budget...
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  Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — One of the co-defendants in the 2018 Pago Pago raid whereby police confiscated a huge quantity of drugs, paraphernalia, and cash, is going to jail. Lyon Grey was sentenced to serve 10 years at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF). Prosecutor, Doug Lowe told the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Public Works is drawing up a blueprint for a new government quarantine facility as part of American Samoa’s response and preparedness for any viruses and other diseases that spread rapidly, such as measles and the new coronavirus. Speaking at a cabinet briefing on...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An inmate serving a 30-year sentence at the TCF was ordered by the High Court to serve 20 months for escaping from confinement. David Fo’a appeared before Chief Justice Michael Kruse last week for sentencing. He was initially charged in two separate cases: one count of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An overstayer who is serving a 28-month jail term at the TCF was in High Court last week for a probation review hearing. Sefo Mika, 32, entered American Samoa on a 30-day visitor's permit in 2017. He was in the territory illegally for over 4 months before he was arrested...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa has one more laboratory confirmed measles case after a sample sent to the Hawaii state lab for testing came back positive last week.  The latest case brings the total to 16 laboratory confirmed measles cases in Am Samoa. Meanwhile, the Health Department is...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 69-year-old great uncle from Faleniu was arrested last week on the allegation that he raped his 11-year-old niece inside their home at the beginning of the year. [In the interest of protecting the minor victim, Samoa News is withholding the names of all parties...

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