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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Port Administration is taking the lead, working with three other ASG departments, in patrolling the 50-mile zonewithin territorial waters, to prevent unauthorized vessels from entering the territory during the emergency declaration due to the measles outbreak. “All...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A  45-year-old man from Samoa was sentenced yesterday morning for sexually abusing his girlfriend’s 11-year-old daughter.  (To protect the identity of the victim, Samoa News is withholding the names of all parties involved. It should be noted that the court affidavit...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — During the emergency cabinet meeting Sunday, there were a few issues relating to actions taken by ASG during the governor’s emergency declaration due to the measles outbreak, which was first declared last Friday. EMPLOYEES AND CLOSED DAYCARE CENTERS American Samoa...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two of the three former employees of O&O Enterprises in Nuuuli charged for their alleged connection in a scam that cost the company over $19,000 have entered into a plea agreement with the government. Kalala Leilua and Siueli Blake appeared in High Court yesterday...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Police arrested a man from the Philippines accused of violating local drug laws last week. Carlos Tolentino made his initial appearance before Judge Elvis P. Patea yesterday morning. He is represented by Assistant Public Defender Bob Stuart, while prosecuting is...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Visitations at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) are “suspended until further notice” due to American Samoa being under an emergency declaration because of the measles outbreak, said Police Commissioner, Le’i Sonny Thompson at last Sunday’s emergency cabinet...
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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...
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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....

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