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Wadsworth man pleads guilty after standoff with police

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    Brian Newsom



A Wadsworth man who threatened to shoot his family and caused a two-hour standoff with police earlier this year pleaded guilty to a felony charge Monday in Medina County Common Pleas Court.

Brian Newsom, 35, of the 200 block of First St., is charged with inducing panic, a fifth-degree felony. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Nov. 13 before Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier.

The charge stems from a June 27 incident when Newsom reportedly threatened to kill himself, his wife and parents, according to Wadsworth police. Police said they received a call from Newsom’s wife about 2:27 a.m. stating Newsom was in possession of several firearms and made threats to family members.

Officers removed three people from the home as well as residents from several surrounding homes. Newsom surrendered at about 4:30 that morning.

Newsom told Collier in court Monday that he was “extremely drunk” the night of the incident and took “too much (anxiety) medication.”

“I’m an alcoholic … and I get verbally and extremely violent when I’m drinking,” Newsom said.

Newsom, who was ordered to have no contact with his parents and wife, is being held in the Medina County Jail after committing a bond violation last month, court records show. Collier said he was notified by Wadsworth police that Newsom was found living with his parents at the same residence the incident occurred.

Newsom also is facing a charge of aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor, in Wadsworth Municipal Court. A trial date for that charge is set for Nov. 15.

He also has a prior conviction in common pleas court for failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer in 2006, and for assault in Wayne County courts in 2014.

Contact reporter Halee Heironimus at (330) 721-4012 or

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