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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — One of the four defendants arrested after police executed two search warrants last August at two homes in Ottoville and Tafuna has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Ray “Joe” Iosefa, who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $5,000 cash...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 53-year-old man accused of bringing inside his luggage a small quantity of marijuana has been placed on probation for 5 years, without any detention period. Vine Utumapu was initially charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a class D felony; and attempt to...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga speaking at Sunday’s emergency cabinet meeting
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With public gatherings banned until further notice due to the measles outbreak in American Samoa, Gov. Lolo Matalsi Moliga requested that ASCC postpone its winter graduation set for Dec. 13th. Lolo made the direct-verbal request to ASCC president Dr. Rosevonne Pato at...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The High Court has granted a verbal application from an inmate who has a long history of violating drug laws to allow him to seek medical treatment off island, so he will be able to care for his elderly parents and be a good husband and father to his wife and kids....
Newly crowned Apoiliu Atuaia performs her victory siva at
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — As the fall 2019 semester at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) winds down, the newly-crowned Miss ASCC for 2019-2020, Apoiliu Atuaia, looks forward to her reign as an opportunity to provide her fellow students with more opportunities to succeed in their...
aA“priority shipment” of vaccine at Hawaiian Airlines' “chiller”
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In an effort to contain further spread of measles in American Samoa, the Health Department will “launch an all-out mass vaccination” from Dec. 13-20, with a target of more than 12,000 local residents, especially those who were not born here but have lived in the...
Honolulu, HAWAII — Hawaiian Airlines is offering travel waivers for passengers who had booked tickets for American Samoa routes. Nine cases of the measles have been reported in American Samoa, and as Hawaii News Now reported on Sunday, health officials are advising travelers to take precautions if...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The female driver of a black truck that was stopped by police last week told investigators that the black bag they found in the vehicle — allegedly containing a huge amount of a white crystalline substance and paraphernalia — does not belong to her. Mavis Fiatupu of...
LBJ hospital sign
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In a Dec. 2nd memorandum, Gov. Lolo Matalasi made the “recess appointment” of Ufagafa Ray Tulafono to the board of the American Samoa Medical Center Authority (LBJ Hospital) to fill the vacancy made by the passing of Utoofili Asofa’afetai Maga, a former ASG Health...
Congresswoman Amata with the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Seema Verma.
Washington, D.C. —  Congresswoman Aumua Amata is hailing a breakthrough Medicaid agreement that would provide major increases and years of stability for American Samoa’s Medicaid services. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) have announced an...

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