Dessert Bandit Punches Cashier Over Lack of Favorite Ice Cream Flavor, Drop-Kicks Cake in Supermarket

Photo: Royal Oak Police Department

Photo: Royal Oak Police Department

According to the International Ice Cream Association, vanilla is the most popular ice cream flavor across the nation. But for Tricia Ann Kortes, vanilla doesn’t cut it. She felt passionate about Mackinac Island Fudge.

In fact, she punched the ice cream shop attendant at Ray’s Ice Cream Shop when they told her they had recently run out of her favorite flavor.

It seems that this ornery customer feels really passionate about her desserts. Turns out that Kortes, a Royal Oak resident, also drop-kicked a cake in the middle of a Kroger Supermarket recently, because she was dissatisfied with the design. Once her name got to the press, the ice cream attendant victim came forward, citing the attack from a year before.

The 46-year-old mother was picking up a cake for her seven-year-old son’s birthday when she saw the design and immediately started screaming expletives. The police were called and cited her for disorderly conduct.

A year before she was too fast to get caught as she fled Ray’s Ice Cream before the police were called. However, a mugshot speaks a thousand words, as the ice cream attendant recognized this dessert bandit and immediately called authorities.

According to the worker, Jenna Stevens, Kortes was incredibly upset that Ray’s had run out of her favorite flavor, Mackinac Island Fudge. The manager got involved, to no avail.

Stevens explains the situation to The Detroit Free Press, saying, “I know the manager tried to offer everything else, and she was just throwing a fit.”

The manager reported the assault to the police, but Kortes ran out of the shop before they arrived. After recognizing the woman’s mugshot following the Kroger incident, the manager called the cops again.

A warrant was filed for her arrest, and Kortes turned herself into Royal Oak police. She was arraigned on one count of assault and battery, a misdemeanor offense with a penalty of up to 93 days in jail, and a fine of up to $500.

January Ashby Row Block Club Meeting Date Announced!

The Ashby Row block club, which includes residents from the 600 blocks of Lyon, Innes and Crescent as well as from the 300 blocks of Benson and Grand, will be meeting January 27th at 6:30p. The agenda will include updates on Neighborhood Improvement (such as happenings on Michigan Street).

If you would like to attend because you live in or own property in Ashby Row please contact Midtown staff to get more information. Staff can be reached by calling 732-9191

City Planning Director to Review Michigan Street Corridor Draft to Midtown Feb 16th

Monday February 16th City Planning Director Suzanne Schulz will be presenting an overview of the current Michigan Street Corridor Plan draft to Midtown residents. This is a wonderful opportunity for YOU to come and ask questions and learn more about what the future holds in store for the neighborhood. Let’s make the most of this opportunity to speak directly to the person who can answer our questions! The meeting, at our office 1147 E. Fulton, begins at 7p. RSVP’s are encouraged as space is limited. In the event of a larger than anticipated crowd (based on RSVP’s) an alternative location will be determined.

Feb 7th 9:30a GRPL Field Trip for Residents Interested In Researching Their Home

Bring a picture of your house (if you have one), change for the copy machine or a digital camera and something to take notes on. If you already have some background on your house feel free to jot that down and bring it along as well. The History and Special Collections Department staff at the library is waiting to hear from us so that we can reserve a space which will be big enough (or small enough) for our group.

Please RSVP via our FB event page so that we can be prepared.

We will be gathering at 9:30a in the lobby of the Main Branch of the Library (downtown). We will keep an eye out for YOU!

Thank You

Midtown’s Marketing and Fundraising Committee Seeking Additional Members-Holding Meeting 7pm February 10th

Marketing and Fundraising in Midtown is a big job. A fun job. And a job that can always use “extra minds & hands”. If you are interested in helping us further our efforts in regard to advocating for the neighborhood we would appreciate hearing from you.

We are looking at re-branding and have an interest in streamlining our printed materials to compliment our house plaques, street signs and the general format of our newsletter, website and facebook page. We could certainly use your help.

For 2015 we are planning to move forward with fundraisers we hold annually including House Plaque Sales (year around), Membership Campaign (Summer-Fall) and Midtown on Tap- a Community Celebration (August)

We will be meeting at 1147 E. Fulton on February 10th at 7pm. We look forward to seeing you….