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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Columbus man accused of stealing private ambulance in Springfield
 A Columbus man was arrested after he allegedly stole an ambulance from a private transportation company in Springfield. Corey L. Brobst, 27, of 1308 Huron Ave., Columbus, has been charged with one count of theft, according to a police report. He’s expected to appear in court at 10:30 a.m. today. Springfield Police Division officers...

Posted: 18 hours ago

A Columbus man was arrested after he allegedly stole an ambulance from a private transportation company in Springfield. Corey L. Brobst, 27, of 1308 Huron Ave., Columbus, has been charged with one count of theft, according to a police report. He’s expected to appear in court at 10:30 a.m. today. Springfield Police Division officers...
Clark County busts nets 52 pounds of marijuana, cash from West Coast
 Clark County deputies found a large amount of cash and drugs from the West Coast totaling $190,000 after two related traffic stops and busts this week, leading to four arrests. More than 52 pounds of marijuana, $10,000 in cash and guns were found, Clark County Lt. Kristopher Shultz said. “This came from either Oregon or the Northern...

Posted: 8 hours ago

Clark County deputies found a large amount of cash and drugs from the West Coast totaling $190,000 after two related traffic stops and busts this week, leading to four arrests. More than 52 pounds of marijuana, $10,000 in cash and guns were found, Clark County Lt. Kristopher Shultz said. “This came from either Oregon or the Northern...
Clark County commissioners might vote this week on proposed 9-1-1 tax
 Clark County commissioners may vote Wednesday on a proposed tax assessment to pay for a $4 million combined 9-1-1 dispatch center. The commission held two public hearings in the past two weeks to discuss the issue. The agenda for Wednesday’s meeting includes a vote on the proposed fee. An informal session will be held at 8:30 a.m.,...

Posted: a day ago

Clark County commissioners may vote Wednesday on a proposed tax assessment to pay for a $4 million combined 9-1-1 dispatch center. The commission held two public hearings in the past two weeks to discuss the issue. The agenda for Wednesday’s meeting includes a vote on the proposed fee. An informal session will be held at 8:30 a.m.,...
Springfield man accused of robbing home with kitchen knife
 A Springfield man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly robbed a home with a kitchen knife and threatened to kill a woman if she called 9-1-1, according to a police report. MORE: Springfield woman charged after allegedly shaking 2-month-old baby William G. Dufner, Jr., 33, of 2128 W. Possum Rd., has been charged with one count each...

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A Springfield man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly robbed a home with a kitchen knife and threatened to kill a woman if she called 9-1-1, according to a police report. MORE: Springfield woman charged after allegedly shaking 2-month-old baby William G. Dufner, Jr., 33, of 2128 W. Possum Rd., has been charged with one count each...
Springfield police pepper spray man accused of assaulting roommate
 A Springfield man is facing assault charges after he allegedly slapped and choked his roommate, according to a police report. MORE CRIME: Springfield woman charged after allegedly shaking 2-month-old baby Zachary G. Berry, 29, is being charged with assault and resisting arrest, according to jail records. He pleaded not guilty in the Clark...

Posted: 2 days ago

A Springfield man is facing assault charges after he allegedly slapped and choked his roommate, according to a police report. MORE CRIME: Springfield woman charged after allegedly shaking 2-month-old baby Zachary G. Berry, 29, is being charged with assault and resisting arrest, according to jail records. He pleaded not guilty in the Clark...
Springfield woman charged after allegedly shaking 2-month-old baby
 A Springfield woman is facing multiple charges after she allegedly shook her two-month-old baby because it wouldn’t stop crying, according to a police report. RELATED: De Graff man allegedly found in Springfield with stolen car, heroin Brittany R. Taylor, 25, has been charged with felonious assault and child endangering. She pleaded...

Posted: 2 days ago

A Springfield woman is facing multiple charges after she allegedly shook her two-month-old baby because it wouldn’t stop crying, according to a police report. RELATED: De Graff man allegedly found in Springfield with stolen car, heroin Brittany R. Taylor, 25, has been charged with felonious assault and child endangering. She pleaded...
Springfield approves increases to water, sewer bills
 Water and sewer rates in Springfield will increase nearly 40 percent over the next three years to pay for more than $80 million in federally mandated projects designed to cut down on raw sewage overflows into local waterways. The Springfield City Commission approved increases of 13.7 percent in 2018 and 13 percent in both 2019 and 2020 at...

Posted: 2 days ago

Water and sewer rates in Springfield will increase nearly 40 percent over the next three years to pay for more than $80 million in federally mandated projects designed to cut down on raw sewage overflows into local waterways. The Springfield City Commission approved increases of 13.7 percent in 2018 and 13 percent in both 2019 and 2020 at...
Clark County Park District honored for Mad River Gorge project
 The Clark County Parks District has been honored by a state parks and recreation association for having one of one of the best projects in the state this year, the 78-acre Mad River Gorge & Nature Preserve — the largest climbing area Ohio. RELATED: Clark County continue massive clean up of new park, gorge The district won a first-place...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Clark County Parks District has been honored by a state parks and recreation association for having one of one of the best projects in the state this year, the 78-acre Mad River Gorge & Nature Preserve — the largest climbing area Ohio. RELATED: Clark County continue massive clean up of new park, gorge The district won a first-place...
Springfield approves $43 million budget for 2018
 The city of Springfield approved a more than $43 million budget for next year, which includes a surplus for the first time in eight years due to a recently approved income tax increase. FIRST REPORT: Springfield to use tax increase to hire 7 police officers, pave roads However, one outgoing city commissioner believes Springfield leaders must...

Posted: 6 days ago

The city of Springfield approved a more than $43 million budget for next year, which includes a surplus for the first time in eight years due to a recently approved income tax increase. FIRST REPORT: Springfield to use tax increase to hire 7 police officers, pave roads However, one outgoing city commissioner believes Springfield leaders must...
De Graff man allegedly found in Springfield with stolen car, heroin
 A De Graff man was arrested earlier this week after he was allegedly found driving a stolen vehicle with a bag of heroin inside, according to a police report. MORE: Green Twp. man accused of hitting woman, firing shots at car in garage Colt M. Scherer, 28, pleaded not guilty to charges of drug possession and receiving stolen property in Clark...

Posted: 6 days ago

A De Graff man was arrested earlier this week after he was allegedly found driving a stolen vehicle with a bag of heroin inside, according to a police report. MORE: Green Twp. man accused of hitting woman, firing shots at car in garage Colt M. Scherer, 28, pleaded not guilty to charges of drug possession and receiving stolen property in Clark...
Clark County mulls assessment for $4 million 9-1-1 dispatch center
 Clark county residents and local leaders spoke out about a proposed tax assessment to pay for a $4 million combined 911 dispatch center. FIRST REPORT: Property tax bills may go up to pay for new Clark County 911 center The Clark County Commission held a second public hearing on the issue Wednesday morning at the Clark County Municipal Court...

Posted: 6 days ago

Clark county residents and local leaders spoke out about a proposed tax assessment to pay for a $4 million combined 911 dispatch center. FIRST REPORT: Property tax bills may go up to pay for new Clark County 911 center The Clark County Commission held a second public hearing on the issue Wednesday morning at the Clark County Municipal Court...