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Michael Cooper

Michael Cooper has worked at the News-Sun since 2002 and covers the city of Springfield for the Springfield News-Sun. He began as a sports desk clerk and was hired as a  full-time sports writer in 2005. In 2012, he began a new assignment as a city reporter. Cooper is a graduate of both Southeastern High School and Wilmington. He now lives in Springfield with wife, Carey. Cooper became interested in journalism from growing up and reading sports books. He fell in love with telling stories about interesting people.

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Springfield man accused of selling relative’s guitars to pawn shop
 A Springfield man is facing charges after he allegedly stole about $2,000 worth of guitars from a relative and sold them to a local pawn shop. MORE CRIME: Springfield man accused of whipping pregnant woman with belt Vincent T. Ware, 32, has been charged with receiving stolen property and theft charges, according to Clark County Jail records...

Posted: 14 hours ago

A Springfield man is facing charges after he allegedly stole about $2,000 worth of guitars from a relative and sold them to a local pawn shop. MORE CRIME: Springfield man accused of whipping pregnant woman with belt Vincent T. Ware, 32, has been charged with receiving stolen property and theft charges, according to Clark County Jail records...
Clark County to educate patients about pain pill alternatives
 Clark County and Ohio leaders want to educate residents and doctors about the dangers of prescribing opioids, which could lead to illicit drug use and fatal overdoses. About 80 percent of people who died from drug overdoses were prescribed opioids at some point, according to data from the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System database, said...

Posted: 15 hours ago

Clark County and Ohio leaders want to educate residents and doctors about the dangers of prescribing opioids, which could lead to illicit drug use and fatal overdoses. About 80 percent of people who died from drug overdoses were prescribed opioids at some point, according to data from the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System database, said...
Clark County students might return to schools in wake of ECOT closure
 About 150 students in Clark County will need a new school after one of the largest online schools shut down on Friday. The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow is being closed effective immediately by its sponsor, according to Ohio Department of Education officials. “The Ohio Department of Education was informed this evening that the ESC...

Posted: 19 hours ago

About 150 students in Clark County will need a new school after one of the largest online schools shut down on Friday. The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow is being closed effective immediately by its sponsor, according to Ohio Department of Education officials. “The Ohio Department of Education was informed this evening that the ESC...
Springfield to vote on adding sexual orientation to discrimination law
 Springfield city commissioners will vote later this month on whether to add sexual orientation to its non-discrimination ordinance, a topic that’s long been discussed at meetings since it was rejected more than five years ago. The commissioners — including newly elected Commissioners David Estrop and Rob Rue — will vote...

Posted: 22 hours ago

Springfield city commissioners will vote later this month on whether to add sexual orientation to its non-discrimination ordinance, a topic that’s long been discussed at meetings since it was rejected more than five years ago. The commissioners — including newly elected Commissioners David Estrop and Rob Rue — will vote...
Drug crisis in Ohio: What solutions are making a difference?
 During a year of record deaths from drug overdoses in Springfield and across Ohio, glimmers of hope also exist as organizations and local governments have begun to find solutions that might make a difference. More than 30 news organizations statewide have partnered to share those solutions and help communities think about which ones might...

Posted: a day ago

During a year of record deaths from drug overdoses in Springfield and across Ohio, glimmers of hope also exist as organizations and local governments have begun to find solutions that might make a difference. More than 30 news organizations statewide have partnered to share those solutions and help communities think about which ones might...
Facebook hunting photos lead to wildlife charges for New Carlisle men
 A New Carlisle man faces multiple criminal charges for wildlife violations after allegedly posting pictures on Facebook of deer he shot but never tagged during gun season last year, according to court records. Forrest W. Parrott, 23, of 10331 Marquart Road, is expected to appear in court at 11 a.m. today. Parrott faces five counts of state...

Posted: 3 days ago

A New Carlisle man faces multiple criminal charges for wildlife violations after allegedly posting pictures on Facebook of deer he shot but never tagged during gun season last year, according to court records. Forrest W. Parrott, 23, of 10331 Marquart Road, is expected to appear in court at 11 a.m. today. Parrott faces five counts of state...
Man accused of bringing drugs into Clark County Jail
 A man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly attempted to hide drugs before being booked into the Clark County Jail. Donald R. Silvers III, 34, is facing charges of illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto the grounds of a specified governmental facility and drug abuse. He’s expected to appear in the Clark County Municipal Court...

Posted: 4 days ago

A man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly attempted to hide drugs before being booked into the Clark County Jail. Donald R. Silvers III, 34, is facing charges of illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto the grounds of a specified governmental facility and drug abuse. He’s expected to appear in the Clark County Municipal Court...
Springfield man accused of whipping pregnant woman with belt
 A Springfield man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly whipped a pregnant woman with a belt. MORE: Springfield man arrested, accused of robbing Fifth Third bank Ethan S. Gavin, 20, is facing one count each of domestic violence, resisting arrest and obstructing official business. He’s expected to appear in court at 10:30 a.m...

Posted: 6 days ago

A Springfield man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly whipped a pregnant woman with a belt. MORE: Springfield man arrested, accused of robbing Fifth Third bank Ethan S. Gavin, 20, is facing one count each of domestic violence, resisting arrest and obstructing official business. He’s expected to appear in court at 10:30 a.m...
Springfield, Clark County commissioners to hold joint work sessions
 The city of Springfield and Clark County commissions will hold joint work sessions later this year to improve communications between the two government entities, local leaders said. MORE: 3 new Springfield commissioners, fire chief sworn into office The meetings have yet to be scheduled but Springfield city commissioners approved holding...

Posted: 8 days ago

The city of Springfield and Clark County commissions will hold joint work sessions later this year to improve communications between the two government entities, local leaders said. MORE: 3 new Springfield commissioners, fire chief sworn into office The meetings have yet to be scheduled but Springfield city commissioners approved holding...
Clark County approves dispatching, law enforcement for townships
 Several contracts for law enforcement and dispatching services to be provided by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office in townships and one local city were renewed by county commissioners this week. MORE: Clark County land use plan includes entertainment district, youth programs The Clark County Sheriff’s Office will provide law enforcement...

Posted: 10 days ago

Several contracts for law enforcement and dispatching services to be provided by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office in townships and one local city were renewed by county commissioners this week. MORE: Clark County land use plan includes entertainment district, youth programs The Clark County Sheriff’s Office will provide law enforcement...
Springfield man arrested, accused of robbing Fifth Third bank
 Video footage of a bank robbery provided to local news outlets helped the Springfield Police Division track down the man responsible for the robbery. FIRST REPORT: Report: Bank robber asked to open new account before demanding money Drew Boddie, 21, of 501 S. Ohio Ave., is expected to appear in court at 10:30 a.m. today on a charge of robbery...

Posted: 11 days ago

Video footage of a bank robbery provided to local news outlets helped the Springfield Police Division track down the man responsible for the robbery. FIRST REPORT: Report: Bank robber asked to open new account before demanding money Drew Boddie, 21, of 501 S. Ohio Ave., is expected to appear in court at 10:30 a.m. today on a charge of robbery...