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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The driver of a black pick-up truck pulled over by police officers two months ago for failure to stop at a stop sign is now charged with violating local drug laws. The pick-up almost collided with another vehicle. Ben Lokeni, a 40-year old male from Vaitogi, was taken...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Chief U.S District Court Judge, J. Micheal Seabright is inviting the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to participate as “amicus curiae” — or friends of the court — in a lawsuit filed by four Alega residents against AST Telecom dba Bluesky Communications...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man with a long criminal history was taken into custody last month after police picked him up for a public peace disturbance (PPD) in Happy Valley in the Tafuna area. Asovale Opeta, 36, who has previous assault and stealing convictions from 2014, made his initial...
Congresswoman Amata taking part remotely in HASC hearing
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata is an original cosponsor in the 117th Congress of H.R. 1448, the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) for Veterans Therapy Act. This unique therapy bill, which pairs Veterans and service dogs to treat mental illness, was examined Thursday...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 24-year old Samoa man, who resides in Northern California, and is considered by prosecutor as a “charged felon” was sentenced Wednesday by the federal court in Las Vegas, Nevada to serve 14 years in federal prison for receiving four firearms, according to court records...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — After the High Court sentenced Asovale Ugapo last year to 28 months in the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF), as a condition of a 7-year probation term for embezzlement, he once again appeared in District Court two weeks ago for a Probation Revocation hearing due...
Health director Motusa Tuileama Nua
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In a memorandum dated yesterday, Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga announced that Health director Motusa Tuileama Nua will be off island from Apr. 15th to May 31st. And in his absence, the governor appointed DOH deputy director Farrah Utu as acting director until...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man convicted of sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl over four years ago was arrested by police last week on the allegation that he raped a 16-year-old girl who had run away from home. Rene Finau appeared in District Court last week for his initial appearance. He...
22 lb box of chicken leg quarters
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Since the COVID-19 emergency declaration in March last year, the basic food costs increased from April to July of 2020, followed by a 1% drop in August and “then continued to increase throughout the rest of 2020 to current, suggesting that food cost is on the rise,”...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Samoa News first reported of a man allegedly assaulted by another man in front of an Asian store for attempting to steal his groceries that were in the back of his vehicle last month. The man was arrested by police last month and further information of the assault has...

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