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BY: Sean O'Neil, Tonawanda Source | June 05, 2013

KENMORE/TONAWANDA - Two criminal investigations in the Ken-Ton area, including the homicide of a popular tavern owner, are still ongoing.

In Kenmore, police are still looking into the death of Vincent “Jim” Cottone, the owner of Malone’s Bar and Grill on Delaware Avenue. Cottone’s body was found inside his Landers Road home on May 19. Kenmore Police said Cottone died of apparent blunt force trauma to the head.

Kenmore Police Chief Peter Breitnauer assured residents that they are safe and should not be concerned of another attack.

“It appears this is not a random act,” he said. “The investigation is still active and moving forward.”

Kenmore police last investigated a homicide in 2011, when a 26-year-old man was stabbed outside the now-defunct Drifter’s Bar on Military Road. The 41-year-old man charged in the incident was later acquitted of 2nd degree murder in March 2012 when a State Supreme Court jury found he acted in self-defense.

Over in the Town of Tonawanda, police are continuing their investigation of an unnamed Kenmore Middle School teacher accused of undisclosed criminal acts. Lt. Nick Bado said the investigation is ongoing, and evidence is still be collected and processed in the case. No arrest has been made in the case, but the teacher is on paid suspension from the district.

“Student safety is always our first concern and we placed the teacher on administrative leave from all school district property immediately upon hearing the allegations,” District Superintendent Mark Mondanaro said in a press release. “The school district is cooperating with the (police department), who is working with the Erie County (assistant district attorney’s) office on this case.”

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