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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Dept. of Public Safety remains in the line of fire, as the court continues to see cases with no police reports. Judge Elvis P. Patea told Assistant Attorney General Jason Mitchell last week that he has a 'long list' of police reports he needs to get from DPS. "Police...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — This past week, the Immigration Office still had not located overstayer Kalava Sefo, for which a bench warrant was issued after he failed to appear in District Court for a pretrial conference earlier this month. Sefo, 31, is charged with assault and public peace...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An overstayer charged with public peace disturbance and third degree assault failed to appear in District Court last Thursday for his pretrial conference. As a result, District Court Judge Fiti Sunia has ordered that a bench warrant be issued for Kalava Sefo. The charges...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The court has set bond at $500 for a man being charged with public peace disturbance and resisting arrest. Sangster Loia made his initial appearance in District Court on Thursday. The charges against him stem from an incident that occurred in Tafuna this past Wednesday....
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA  — District Court Judge Fiti Sunia granted the government's motion to dismiss the case against Manaia Lalokou yesterday morning. According to Assistant Attorney General Jason Mitchell, the government is not able to move forward successfully in prosecuting the case. The...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — After spending 125 days at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) in Tafuna, District Court Judge Fiti Sunia ordered the immediate release of Tevita Moala yesterday, after Moala pled guilty to public peace disturbance, a class B misdemeanor that carries a maximum...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man charged with private peace disturbance after he allegedly damaged the interior of his home with an axe was remanded to the LBJ Behavioral Center yesterday morning, per a request from his attorney, Assistant Public Defender Ryan Anderson. Tau Maugalei Veavea...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Public peace disturbances and traffic citations dominated the District Court calendar this past Monday, New Year's Eve. Samoa News points out that the number of these types of cases — during the holiday season — has dropped compared to last year. OVERVIEW Over a dozen...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was "harassing" customers at a store in Pava'ia'i on Christmas Eve has pled 'not guilty' to public peace disturbance. District Court Judge Fiti Sunia has ordered a pretrial conference for January 30, 2019. According to the criminal complaint, police were called...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Local law enforcement has been busy this holiday season with traffic enforcement and refereeing disputes in villages across the island.  Here are some of the latest LINO TUFELE An alleged assault in the far west village of Nua & Seetaga resulted in Lino Tufele being...

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