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News Nearby: Romney Sightings in Belmont, a Hero Laid to Rest in Winchester

News from Arlington's neighboring communities.

Belmont

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was in Belmont last weekend, taking some time off from the campaign trail.

The former Massachusetts governor dined at il Casale with his wife Ann and their son and daughter-in-law, Tagg and Jennifer. Romney was also sighted at Belmont’s Town Field, watching his grandson play soccer. Read more.

Winchester

The Winchester community showed support for one of its own Wednesday as people lined the streets from Costello Funeral Home to St. Eulalia’s Chuch, where former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty was remembered by friends and family. Doherty, a Winchester native, was among the four Americans killed at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11. Photo gallery.

Lexington

You may be familiar with Lexington’s seclusion-room saga, but did you know two more families have now come forward with stories of their own?

Last weekend, Robert Ernst and his mother Wendy said that Robert, now a 17-year-old high school senior, was put on an individualized education program (IEP) since pre-school, but wasn’t diagnosed with Asperger’s until fifth grade. During the intervening years is when, according to the family, Robert was shut in a seclusion room and physically restrained on several occasions by teachers and aides at Fiske and Estabrook elementary schools. Read more.

Somerville

A 20-year-old Somerville man was arraigned in Somerville District Court Monday and charged with indecent assault and trespassing after allegedly touching a female student at Tufts University the previous night.

According to a statement from the university, Tufts police received a call at about 10:50 p.m. last Sunday from a student who had been working at the Jackson Photo Lab on Talbot Avenue, on the Somerville side of the campus. The student told police that she was approached from behind by a male she didn’t know, and he struck up a conversation with her and placed his hands on her lower back and buttocks.

She fled out the back door and toward her residence, and the man followed her, attempting to hug and kiss her, according to the statement.

When she got back to her dorm, she contacted Tufts police, who, with the help of Somerville and Medford police, soon apprehended the suspect, Bethony Jean-Baptiste. Read more.

Medford

A Medford man has been ordered to forfeit nearly a million dollars as part of his plea agreement in a large scale marijuana smuggling conspiracy, according to court records.

Huy Hoang Nguyen -- known to his accomplices as "Boston" -- struck a plea agreement with federal prosecutors in western New York in July, pleading guilty to a count of conspiracy to possess at least 100 kilograms of marijuana.

While he's expected to receive a 5- or 6-year sentence, he's going to also pay a hefty cash penalty, according to court records. Federal Judge William M. Skretny issued an order Aug. 23, calling for Nguyen for forfeit $900,000 in a money judgement as part of the plea agreement.

Nguyen, 40, was indicted in January after allegedly arranging to receive two 300-pound shipments of marijuana in 2010, according to one federal affidavit. Read more.

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