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Ice cream vendor describes assault

September 2, 2012
By JOHN BORGOLINI , The Leader Herald

GLOVERSVILLE - The sight and sound of an ice cream truck are usually well-received on a warm summer evening, but one Oakland Avenue resident is accused of being less than welcoming.

City police charged Kathleen Zapp, 53, of 7 Oakland Ave. with second-degree harassment at 7:30 p.m. Thursday after an incident in which she is accused of striking an ice cream vendor in the face.

Sno Kone Joe employee Amanda Scott said she was following her typical route in the ice cream truck Thursday and reached Oakland Avenue around 7 p.m. She said Zapp came out of her residence and began yelling.

Scott said Zapp opened the door to the truck, threw its trash bin into the street and began striking Scott in front of the children on the street.

"She grabbed me by the hoodie, threw me to the ground and started punching me in my face," Scott said. "I didn't even know I was bleeding until the cop told me. I was so mad."

Scott said the responding police officer told her to clean up the trash that was in the street - the trash that Zapp threw out of the truck into the street before the alleged assault.

When Zapp went back inside, the nearby children came over to see if Scott was OK and helped her clean up the garbage in the street, Scott said.

Zapp was issued a ticket to appear in City Court. Neither Zapp nor Police Department officials could be reached for additional comment.

Despite suffering scratches on her face and a cut lip, Scott said has no intentions of leaving her job.

"Of course I'm going to continue my job. I love it," she said. "In an ice cream truck, I don't think I should have to deal with this again. I could try and lock the door. I guess I should. Anything could happen."



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