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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 58-year-old man from Ottoville was arrested last week on the allegation that he raped his 14-year-old niece inside the victim’s home earlier this month. [In the interest of protecting the minor victim, Samoa News is withholding the names of all parties involved]. The...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — One of the two men arrested last year on allegations that they gave high school students 4 marijuana cigarettes has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Taliu Taumaloto was charged in two separate cases. In the first case, he was charged with one count of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With weather forecast to improve today, the government is deploying teams to conduct damage assessments territory-wide after damaging winds and heavy rain bombarded the territory since last Saturday night. During the 8 a.m briefing yesterday of first-responders and other...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Until the weather improves — and for the safety of the general public — the Department of Human and Social Services (DHSS) will suspend providing tent services for those who have not received updated MMR (Mumps, Measles, Rubella) shots. Moreover, because of this reason,...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Torrential rain and gusty high winds continued throughout the 3-day weekend, Monday was a federal holiday — President’s Day — that allowed many to stay home safely. In the meantime, the Department of Education has announced that “Due to Weather Uncertainty and safety of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — During the 12:01a.m Feb. 18th government briefing on the latest update on the storm system impacting the territory, the local Education Department reported that there are 18 people who remain housed at Tafuna Elementary School. ASDOE activated emergency shelters at...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 40-year-old man convicted of having a sexual relationship with his 16-year-old niece is ordered to depart the territory and remain outside of its borders as a condition of his 5 year probation. [in the interest of protecting the minor victim, Samoa News is withholding...
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Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata highlighted the announcement of $600,000 in federal funds to secure and provide for American Samoa’s federal elections. “These are important funds to provide for our islands’ participation in voting and choosing our leaders, as well as securing elections...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was arrested and charged two months ago for driving under the influence is now charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine — a class D felony. Vineula Filipo made his initial appearance in District Court last week where he waived his right to a...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A spate of electric wire thefts in American Samoa has triggered power disruptions throughout the Tafuna area. Acting Executive Director of the American Samoa Power Authority, Wallon Young, said four thefts had been discovered in the past two weeks. Outages had been...

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