Police & Fire

Westfield Woman Arrested While her Wychwood Home Burned

Police say Schael assaulted officers after they stopped her from entering the fire scene Friday night. Credits: Jackie Lieberman

WESTFIELD, NJ — Courtney Schael, 50, of Westfield, was arrested while firefighters worked to extinguish the fire in her historic Wychwood home, according to Captain Scott Rodger of the Westfield Police.

Schael and her sister had just bought the Wychwood Gate House and had not moved in when it caught fire the evening of Dec. 6. To read that story, click here.

Schael has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and obstruction of law.

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The incident happened at about 9:30 p.m.

“She kept charging into the fire scene and inhibiting firefighters from doing their duties,” said Rodger.

“When the officer attempted to stop her by grabbing her arm, she turned around and shoved the officer,” Rodger said. “When the officer advised her she’d be under arrest for assaulting a police officer, she bit the officer.”

Schael resisted arrest, Rodger said, and when officers finally handcuffed her and attempted to place her in the car, Schael repeatedly kicked two other police officers.

Bail was set at $5,000.

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