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2-hour standoff in Wadsworth ends with arrest

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    Brian Newsom



WADSWORTH — A standoff with the Medina County SWAT team at a First Street residence ended peacefully Tuesday morning.

Brian Newsom, 35, of 248 First St., surrendered at about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to a news release from the Wadsworth Police Department.

At 2:27 a.m., the department received a 911 call that a man was in possession of several firearms and making threats to three people inside the house, the release said.

Officers removed the three people from the home as well as residents from several surrounding homes, police Lt. Dave Dorland said.

No children were present or reside at the home, police said.

After Newsom surrendered following negotiations, he was taken to the Medina County Jail on a fourth-degree misdemeanor charge of aggravated menacing. He posted bond of $1,000 the same day, a jail spokesperson said.

Dorland said Newsom did not give a motive for the standoff.

Besides the SWAT team, officers from the Medina County Sheriff’s Office, Rittman police and Ohio Highway Patrol also responded.

According to the Medina County auditor’s website, the house is owned by Dean and Miriam Newsom.

Brian Newsom is scheduled to be arraigned on the aggravated menacing charge at 8:30 a.m. today before Wadsworth Municipal Court Judge Stephen B. McIlvaine.

Newsom has multiple traffic violations in Wadsworth Municipal Court between 2004 and 2015.

Dorland said the last time the SWAT team was activated in Wadsworth was in October 2014 for a suicidal man, who “gave up right when” the SWAT team arrived.

Contact reporter Ashley Fox at (330) 721-4048 or

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