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POLICE INVESTIGATE BROTHER IN MURDER

Police this week shifted their investigation in the July 18 shooting death of Kenneth L. Tatar to his Blasdell brother.

Police, armed with search warrants, went to Blasdell to search the home and vehicle of Andrew Tatar Jr. They also searched the World of Wheels Skateland, along Route 219 south of Springville, which the victim operated jointly with his parents and brother.

Sources close to the case say the brother has hired attorney Joel L. Daniels of Buffalo. Daniels was unavailable to comment.

Meanwhile, investigators had little to say about the development.

"At this time there are no suspects," Cattaraugus County Sheriff Ernest J. Dustman said.

Cattaraugus County Sheriff's deputies and state police used three search warrants signed by Cattaraugus County Judge Larry M. Himelein.

Dustman would not say what they were seeking or what was recovered. He confirmed only that some items were removed and are being tested in the state police forensic laboratory in Albany. He added that it will be several days before results are available.

In the meantime police are following other leads in the case.

Dustman decline to discuss a motive in the shooting death or identify what weapon was used. Initially, police removed several shotguns from the family home.

Kenneth Tatar, 27, lived next-door to the business, in the home of his parents, Andrew and Shirley Tatar, who discovered him shot to death, still seated in a chair in front of a TV set in the living room. He was shot several times, once in the head.

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