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Woman assaults cops, EMT in Sussex County

FRANKLIN BOROUGH, NJ (Sussex County) – A Sussex County woman who police say was intoxicated assaulted police officers and an EMT Monday evening in Franklin Borough.

Sheila Celentano, 44, of Franklin Borough was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault on an emergency medical technician, resisting arrest, driving while intoxicated and numerous motor vehicle summons.

On March 2, at around 5:07 p.m., borough officers responded to the area of County Route 631 for a vehicle driving erratically with two flat tires. Officers then were advised that the driver of the vehicle had exited the moving vehicle and began running away down Newton Street while the vehicle rolled off the roadway into a ditch, police said.

Upon their arrival, officers found a female, later identified as Celentano, barefoot and intoxicated. She continually yelled profanities and resisted arrest, police said.

Celentano was found to have an open container of an alcoholic beverage on her person while she was being placed under arrest. While in police custody, she kicked Sergeant Grissom in the chest and also struck/kicked Detective Schneider in the chest.

Due to Celentano’s level of intoxication, an ambulance was requested to transport her to a hospital. When the Wallkill Valley First Aid Squad was securing her in the ambulance, she kicked an emergency medical technician in the stomach, police said.

Celentano was charged and released, as per the New Jersey Bail Reform act, pending an appearance in Central Judicial Processing in Sussex County Superior Court. She was transported to the Newton Medical Center for evaluation, police said.

According to Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch, Celentano previously pleaded guilty on April 5, 2019, to one count of third-degree resisting arrest, one count of foruth=degree obstruction, and one count of disorderly person simple assault.

Celentano admitted on May 24, 2019 in Newton Superior Court that on November 2, 2018, she purposely did prevent Franklin Law Enforcement Officer, Sgt. Robert Vander Ploeg, from effecting a lawful arrest by using physical force against the officer and to obstructing Law Enforcement Officers from effecting a lawful arrest by shouting obscenities and threatening kicks in their direction. Later that same day, she admitted to purposely causing bodily injury to another person in Newton, Koch said.

Celentano was sentenced to two years’ probation, with conditions, and a 30 day term in the Keogh Dwyer Correctional Facility, to be satisfied by participation in the Home Detention Program, with 6 days’ credit for time served, was ordered to pay $460.00 in fines and fees, Koch said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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