KENMORE, N.Y. (WIVB) - Local bar owner Vincent James "Jim" Cottone, 62, was found dead in his home Sunday around 11 a.m. Police remained on the scene well into Sunday evening. According to Peter Breitnauer, Kenmore Police Chief, Cottone appeared to suffer blunt force injuries.
The Erie County District Attorney is assisting in the investigation. In the Village of Kenmore, where police response times are under a minute, it's not often you see a home surrounded in crime scene tape.
"It appears to be blunt force trauma that is causing the injury, We're investigating it as a homicide," said Kenmore Police Chief Peter Breitnauer.
The commotion started around 11:00 Sunday morning. Cottone owns Malone's Bar and Grill on Delaware, only a block away from his home on Landers Road. His neighbor, Eric Bakke, says an employee went to check on him when he didn't show up for a meeting.
"The dogs didn't come to the door like they usually do and so she went up to check on him and that's when she saw him covered in blood," said Bakke.
That's when neighbors first knew something was wrong. "She came down and she was hysterical. She called the police right away and my son saw her running back and forth obviously there was something wrong," said Bakke. Something was wrong, but they never could have guessed their neighbor had been murdered.
"This is crazy, it's two doors down from my house. I can't believe it." Bakke says Cottone lived alone with his two dogs. Police spent most of the day at the home collecting evidence and removing a pick-up truck from the driveway. They aren't saying why they think Cottone was murdered or what exactly his injuries were. Bakke says he was well liked in the neighborhood. "Obviously he's a business owner so that comes with its own trappings, but he seemed like a decent guy."
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