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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Tafuna High School’s Francisco Mauigoa signed his official Letter of Intent to Washington State University Wednesday morning at Corner Cafe in Tafuna. Mauigoa is now officially on a full ride athletic scholarship to WSU. Mauigoa led Tafuna Warriors football team as a...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 39-year old Samoan woman, residing in Tacoma, Washington, who allegedly used identities of children living in American Samoa and Samoa to obtain federal benefits, has pled guilty to three felony charges in connection with a seven-year benefit fraud scheme. Iliganoa...
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Seattle WASHINGTON — A Samoan woman who is alleged to have used identities of children actually living in American Samoa and Samoa to obtain federal benefits, was charged last week at the federal court in Seattle, Washington under a 17-count indictment. Thirty-nine year old Iliganoa Theresa Lauofo...
Frederick Mauigoa with family members after signing with Washington State
Pullman, WASHINGTON — Washington State center Fred Mauigoa has been named to Rimington Trophy watch list, the Rimington Trophy Committee announced Friday. This is the second straight year Mauigoa has earned a spot on the 80-man preseason list. The Rimington Trophy honors the best center in Division...
Burien, WASH. — A youth pastor was arrested after admitting to repeatedly raping a family member, beginning when she was 15, according to charging papers obtained by KIRO 7. Epati “Pat” Lang, 38, is charged with rape of a child and incest. King County jail records show he’s still behind bars....
Washington State's Logan Tago
San Antonio, TEXAS — Logan Tago and teammates at Samoana High School in American Samoa gathered in a classroom or basketball gym to suit up for games. The school didn’t have a weight room or locker room, Tago said, part of the reason Division I offers were scarce. Tago is one of a handful from the...
Paul Harman in handcuffs with Homeland Security officers
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A Tongan national with an arrest warrant issued by the Washington State Court for raping an underage girl back in 2005 was arrested by armed Special Agents of the Department of Homeland Security (DHLS) last Friday here in American Samoa. Paul Harman appeared in High...
Former DPS police officer Steven Tuato’o
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Former DPS police officer Steven Tuato’o who eluded local authorities since last November and ducked out on answering the allegations against him is now in custody. Tuato’o, 43, was extradited from Washington state on Tuesday night and made his initial appearance in...
 6 women and 2 men who got their traditional malu and pe'a
A look at the 6 women and 2 men who got their traditional malu and pe'a during the 3rd Annual Northwest Tatau Festival hosted this year on June 29-30 at the Puyallup Fairgrounds in Washington State. The event was coordinated by Whitey Chen of Laulii and sponsored in part by Samoa News. Details of...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Former DPS police officer Steven Tuato’o who ran from local authorities in November of last year will be extradited to American Samoa to face charges against him, after he was served with the copy of an arrest warrant from American Samoa last month while being detained...

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