Port Aransas Police Department searching for pickup driver in Hit & Run fatality

OCT 13, 2014 • by Island Tom, Contributor to News7.TV

PORT ARANSAS — The PAPD is searching for the driver of a Ford F-150 King Ranch Edition pickup truck that is suspected of hitting and killing 26-year-old Dustin Willis of Port Aransas. The exact time of the hit-and-run is not yet known, or has not been announced. The cause of the fatality is also not known at this time. If the occurrence was accidental, charges could be filed by authorities; if it is determined to be intentional, felony charges could be filed in the case.

In a telephone interview with Chief of Police Scott Burroughs, the chief told Island Tom that the suspect vehicle will be identfiable by “severe front end damage on the passenger side, and damage down the right side of the vehicle.” According to Burroughs, the impact left identifiable badging at the scene... with the King Ranch Edition emblem being some of the evidence confiscated by first-responders from Port Aransas Police Department. Burroughs went on to tell Island Tom that ANY help from the public is welcomed. “We’ve put out a statewide bulletin... including DPS, Border Patrol, Sheriffs departments and others — we want to catch this suspect.” said Burroughs.

According to reports, a driver called police after spotting something out of the ordinary in the area of SH361 near the Port Aransas Post Office. The suspect in this hit-and-run could be hiding the vehicle in a garage or other place. If you know someone who normally drives a King Ranch Edition pickup and is suddenly not driving it or may be hiding it, CALL POLICE right away. If you know anything about the King Ranch Edition pickup, or an owner of such a vehicle that is acting unusual or has front end damage, call the Port Aransas Police Department at Island 6241 (361-749-6241).

Island Hotel reportedly sold, new owners to take over soon

OCT 13, 2014 • by Island Tom, Contributor to News7.TV

PORT ARANSAS — The former Mariner Inn has reportedly been sold. Its current name, Island Hotel, has been in place for less than two years, according to reports. Some believe that the sale may have resulted from high revenues over the past two summer seasons and the owners chose to sell while the market would allow for a higher asking price. While not verified, it is believed that the Patel family may have purchased the property; Rick and Jyoti Patel are successful hoteliers in the Coastal Bend area, with other properties operating under franchises with Holiday Inn, Radisson, Quality Inn, Hampton Inn by Hilton and several others. It is anticipated that the Island Hotel may change operation as early as October 26th, but no confirmation of a date is available at this time. For the time being, it’s “Operations as usual” until further information becomes available. Book now!

Marcel’s Restaurant scheduled to close its doors after November 8th

OCT 13, 2014 • by Island Tom, Contributor to News7.TV

PORT ARANSAS — Those who know the fine culinary skills of Marcel Althauser will be saddened to know that Marcel’s Restaurant is planning to close after November 8, 2014. The property has reportedly been sold to Ed Zieglar, Sr. and is still awaiting title closing. In a discussion with owner-operator and master chef Marcel Althauser, the respected chef told Island Tom that the closing process is still ongoing. Once the title is transferred and Mr. Althauser closes his doors, one of “Port A’s BEST secrets” will be no more. For those who follow News7.TV, you should take Island Tom’s advice and get into Marcel’s for AT LEAST one more Steak au Poivre or Schnitzel... it’s an Island Tom favorite and is top-rated on TripAdvisor. Mr. Althauser will be missed around Port A and the Texas Coastal Bend.
Port Aransas Police Department searching for pickup driver in Hit & Run fatality

OCT 13, 2014 • by Island Tom, Contributor to News7.TV

PORT ARANSAS — The PAPD is searching for the driver of a Ford F-150 King Ranch Edition pickup truck that is suspected of hitting and killing 26-year-old Dustin Willis of Port Aransas. The exact time of the hit-and-run is not yet known, or has not been announced. The cause of the fatality is also not known at this time. If the occurrence was accidental, charges could be filed by authorities; if it is determined to be intentional, felony charges could be filed in the case.

In a telephone interview with Chief of Police Scott Burroughs, the chief told Island Tom that the suspect vehicle will be identfiable by “severe front end damage on the passenger side, and damage down the right side of the vehicle.” According to Burroughs, the impact left identifiable badging at the scene... with the King Ranch Edition emblem being some of the evidence confiscated by first-responders from Port Aransas Police Department. Burroughs went on to tell Island Tom that ANY help from the public is welcomed. “We’ve put out a statewide bulletin... including DPS, Border Patrol, Sheriffs departments and others — we want to catch this suspect.” said Burroughs.

According to reports, a driver called police after spotting something out of the ordinary in the area of SH361 near the Port Aransas Post Office. The suspect in this hit-and-run could be hiding the vehicle in a garage or other place. If you know someone who normally drives a King Ranch Edition pickup and is suddenly not driving it or may be hiding it, CALL POLICE right away. If you know anything about the King Ranch Edition pickup, or an owner of such a vehicle that is acting unusual or has front end damage, call the Port Aransas Police Department at Island 6241 (361-749-6241).

Island Hotel reportedly sold, new owners to take over soon

OCT 13, 2014 • by Island Tom, Contributor to News7.TV

PORT ARANSAS — The former Mariner Inn has reportedly been sold. Its current name, Island Hotel, has been in place for less than two years, according to reports. Some believe that the sale may have resulted from high revenues over the past two summer seasons and the owners chose to sell while the market would allow for a higher asking price. While not verified, it is believed that the Patel family may have purchased the property; Rick and Jyoti Patel are successful hoteliers in the Coastal Bend area, with other properties operating under franchises with Holiday Inn, Radisson, Quality Inn, Hampton Inn by Hilton and several others. It is anticipated that the Island Hotel may change operation as early as October 26th, but no confirmation of a date is available at this time. For the time being, it’s “Operations as usual” until further information becomes available. Book now!

Marcel’s Restaurant scheduled to close its doors after November 8th

OCT 13, 2014 • by Island Tom, Contributor to News7.TV

PORT ARANSAS — Those who know the fine culinary skills of Marcel Althauser will be saddened to know that Marcel’s Restaurant is planning to close after November 8, 2014. The property has reportedly been sold to Ed Zieglar, Sr. and is still awaiting title closing. In a discussion with owner-operator and master chef Marcel Althauser, the respected chef told Island Tom that the closing process is still ongoing. Once the title is transferred and Mr. Althauser closes his doors, one of “Port A’s BEST secrets” will be no more. For those who follow News7.TV, you should take Island Tom’s advice and get into Marcel’s for AT LEAST one more Steak au Poivre or Schnitzel... it’s an Island Tom favorite and is top-rated on TripAdvisor. Mr. Althauser will be missed around Port A and the Texas Coastal Bend.

Port Aransas Police Department identifies a suspected driver in Hit & Run fatality

OCT 25, 2014 • by Island Tom, Contributor to News7.TV

PORT ARANSAS — The PAPD has reportedly identified a suspect in the OCT 12th hit-and-run death of 26-year-old Dustin Willis of Port Aransas. 
A warrant has reportedly been issued for 35-year-old John Pope IV — Pope is believed to reside in the Corpus Christi area and may have been the driver of the vehicle that hit and killed Mr. Willis. The exact cause of the fatality is also not known at this time, but the PAPD investigation is ongoing. If the occurrence was accidental, charges could be filed by authorities; if it is determined to be intentional, felony charges could be filed in the case.
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