In the Nation

Posted: May 28, 2012

Blaze destroys Conn. bell factory

EAST HAMPTON, Conn. - One of the oldest continuously operating factories in Connecticut that made bells has been destroyed in a weekend fire.

The blaze at the Bevin Bros. Manufacturing Co. factory in East Hampton started at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. More than 30 fire departments helped to bring it under control.

Bevin Bros. was the last of a once-thriving industry that earned East Hampton the nickname, "Belltown, USA."

It manufactured more than 700,000 sleigh bells a year and its products were featured in Hollywood's Christmas classic, It's A Wonderful Life, and at football games and ski races.

The Hartford Courant reported that fire officials said propane tanks in the factory caught fire and exploded, helping spread the blaze. At midday Sunday, the fire was still smoldering and firefighters were working to put out hot spots, East Hampton Fire Chief Paul Owen said. No one was injured. - AP

Bodies found may be family's

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia State Police said late Saturday they had found four bodies in a wooded area and believe they are those of a missing man, his girlfriend, and his two young children.

Police said in a news release that the bodies were found about a mile from where the man's missing 2003 Chevy Venture van was discovered Friday night near Carl, in Nicholas County. Police suspected foul play based on the vehicle's condition.

The news release said that police found the bodies after executing a search warrant.

Authorities said they believe the bodies are those of Steven Hendrix; his girlfriend, Amber Martin; and his two children, ages 6 and 4. They had not been seen since May 19.

Police say James Roy Belknap is a suspect. His whereabouts were not known. - AP

Criticized NLRB official resigns

National Labor Relations Board member Terence Flynn resigned amid criticism he released nonpublic information, and asked to pull his nomination for Senate confirmation.

Flynn's May 25 resignation letter was received by Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce, according to a statement Sunday by the board. Flynn will resign as of July 24, according to the statement. The resignation also was sent to President Obama.

The NLRB's inspector general said in a May 2 report that Flynn, while a board employee, gave unpublished information to an ex-agency member for personal gain. The AFL-CIO and two Democrats in Congress called on Flynn, a Republican, to resign. Obama in January appointed Flynn, nominated a year earlier, and two Democrats when the Senate wasn't in session, bypassing confirmation and triggering GOP challenges. - Bloomberg

Elsewhere:

Authorities have found human remains near a Colorado campsite believed to have been used by a hiker from Chicago who has been missing since October 2010. James Nelson, 31, was reported missing when he failed to return from a five day, 25-mile hike in the Holy Cross Wilderness area.

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