The Night Note: 7/20/10

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    TWO CHARGED AFTER TODDLER WANDERS FROM DAY CARE
    Two Woodbridge women have been arrested after a 2-year-old girl in their care wandered away from their licensed home day care during a rain storm Monday, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan L. Perok.

    The child was found by a neighbor on Carter Lane at about 11:25 a.m., according to police reports. (Inside NoVA)

    HERNDON PREPARES FOR METRO'S ARRIVAL
    Town of Herndon residents are embracing the concept of change in an area of town now primarily populated by one-story office parks with large parking lots.

    The town is preparing for the arrival of Metro in 2016 by replanning about 183 acres that are within a half mile of the planned Herndon-Monroe station.

    "We are working to bring the town to a new era," said town Planning Commissioner Bernadette Batard. (Fairfax Times)

    AREA UNEMPLOYMENT DROPS
    Unemployment in the District, Maryland and Virginia fell for the third consecutive month in June, according to government data released Tuesday. But while the previous decreases illustrated job gains, experts say, the June data reflect renewed pessimism about the economy as employers put the brakes on hiring and unemployed people stopped looking for work.

    The District's unemployment rate fell to 10 percent in June, down from 10.4 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Maryland's unemployment level decreased to 7.1 percent from 7.3 percent, and Virginia's rate dropped to 7.0 percent from 7.1 percent. In comparison, the U.S. unemployment rate in June fell 0.2 percent to 9.5 percent.  (Washington Post)

    GAITHERSBURG MAN GETS 37-YEAR SENTENCE FOR TRAFFICKING GIRLS
    Convicted sex trafficker Lloyd Mack Royal III was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to 37 years in prison for coercing three young girls to perform sexual favors for money in 2007.

    U.S. District Court Judge Alexander Williams Jr. also sentenced Royal, 29, of Gaithersburg to 10 years of supervised release and said Royal must register as a sex offender where he lives, works, or goes to school, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release. (Maryland Gazette)