NJ KILLING-HATCHET HITCHHIKER
Pa. coffee run leads to hatchet hitchhiker arrest
ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) - A hitchhiker who became an online sensation but was arrested Thursday in a New Jersey man's beating death has been arraigned in Philadelphia.
Caleb "Kai" McGillvary is charged with killing 73-year-old Joseph Galfy Jr. He was arrested in Philadelphia on Thursday night.
Authorities say the two met in New York City on Saturday and went to Galfy's suburban home. Galfy was found dead there Monday, wearing only underwear and socks.
McGillvary was arraigned via video Friday. A court official says he is being held without bail and has a U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement detainer for three arrests in Canada in recent years.
McGillvary became known as "Kai the hatchet wielding hitchhiker" after intervening in a February attack in California and giving an interview that was viewed millions of times online.
Jobless rates fall in 52 of 55 W.Va. counties
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Unemployment rates fell in 52 of West Virginia's 55 counties in April.
WorkForce West Virginia said Friday that jobless rates rose in Monongalia and Pocahontas counties, while the rate in Jefferson County remained steady.
Monongalia County continues to have the lowest rate in the state at 4.2%. Counties with the highest rates were Webster, 12.7%; Clay, 12.2, and Pocahontas, 11.3.
West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.6% in April, down four-tenths of a percentage point from March's rate.
New trail in works for Hatfield-McCoy system
WAR, W.Va. (AP) - An addition to the Hatfield-McCoy Trail system in southern West Virginia is in the works.
Hatfield-McCoy Trail Authority executive director Jeff Lusk says trail officials are collaborating with the town of War and the McDowell County Commission on the 80-mile section.
Lusk tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that the new trail will connect the communities of War, Gary and Welch. It would be a stand-alone trail when it opens but the hope is to connect it to the 63-mile Indian Ridge System that opened in 2007 near Northfork.
Lusk says grant funds and right-of-way agreements must be in place before construction can begin.
The Hatfield-McCoy system has more than 600 miles of trails and attracts more than 30,000 visitors annually, mostly from out of state.
STREET SIGN AMNESTY
WVU students ignore street sign amnesty offer
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - So much for amnesty. The city of Morgantown says not a single West Virginia University student took advantage of a program allowing them to return stolen street signs without penalty.
Students often claim souvenirs of their college careers, and the practice has become expensive for the city.
It offered to accept signs with no questions asked. But as of Friday, only 16 signs were turned in - and all of them by landlords.
Assistant Public Works Director Lyle Matthews says they typically find them while cleaning out apartments at the end of the year.
Morgantown has experimented with different kinds of signs to deter theft.
Officials have settled on a stronger pole with supports several inches thick - instead of a thin, metal sign that's often pliable enough to remove.
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