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ASHLAND — Ashland police charged a man on Monday who was involved in a four-standoff that ended peacefully over the weekend.

James Sowders, 37, of Ashland, faces aggravated menacing, domestic violence and disorderly conduct after a standoff between him and police around 4 p.m. Sunday.

Ashland Municipal Court records show Sowders pleaded not guilty on Monday. The judge issued a temporary protection order on the victim, and set bond at $50,000. 

Police said they responded to a trailer home at Silverstone Lake Estates after receiving complaints that Sowders, armed with a knife, was threatening to hurt his family, a news release said. 

When police got there, Sowders went under his home's foundation, "holding a knife to his throat and warned officers to stay away." 

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"Officers surrounded the trailer and continued talking with Sowders to surrender," the news release read. "Sowders eventually made his way back into the trailer, where officers continued to negotiate a peaceful resolution." 

Police said the division's Ashland Special Response Team also responded, along with hostage negotiators, the Ashland County Sheriff's Office and Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Police said Sowders ended up giving up his knife and was taken into custody at the Ashland County Jail.

Court records do not list an attorney for Sowders. 

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