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Johnny Banse (left) and Wayne Jack Banse (right)
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two brothers from Pago Pago spent their New Year in the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) after cops allegedly discovered drugs in their vehicle during a traffic stop in Nu’uuli. The brothers, Wayne Jack Banse and his younger brother, Johnny Banse made their...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 42-year-old taxi driver who was charged with unlawful possession of a glass pipe containing methamphetamine after his vehicle was pulled over by police in January of this year has pled guilty in High Court. Talosaga Fiu, who has been in custody since his arrest,...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The driver of a pick-up truck pulled over by police officers last month for failure to stop at a stop sign is now charged with violating local drug laws. Henry Naasona was taken into custody when police discovered three small baggies containing white crystalline...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man arrested for disturbing the public peace, in front of his uncle’s home in the Tafuna area is now charged with violating local drug laws. Filemoni Afoa made his initial appearance in District Court last week. He is charged with one count of unlawful possession of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The driver of a vehicle pulled over by police officers for a traffic violation is now charged with violating local drug laws after cops discovered drugs in the vehicle and in his possession. The driver, Siaosi Saipani made his initial appearance in District Court this...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man convicted of stealing government equipment and later violating local drug laws is going to jail. Tanu Sefulu was ordered to serve 20 months at the TCF as a condition of his 5-year probation. Sefulu, who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A father of four was arrested again last month on the allegation that he violated conditions of his 5-year probation, which was handed down by the High Court 4 years ago. Vineula Pelenato, who has been in custody since his arrest two weeks ago pursuant to an arrest...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of assaulting another man during a drinking session last week is now in custody after police allegedly found two small baggies containing illegal drugs and a glass pipe — also containing drugs — in his possession. Chris Nikolao made his initial appearance...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two men were arrested during a public peace disturbance in Futiga two weeks ago and the government is charging them separately. The men are Sepulona Matagi and his wife’s uncle, Filisi Faavae. Matagi is charged with two counts of 1st degree sexual abuse and two counts of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The second of the four defendants arrested after police executed two search warrants last January at homes in Tafuna and Taputimu has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Apelu Alesana, who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $5,000 cash...

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