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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, Clark County safety forces officers honored
 Four safety forces officers were honored Monday by a local service organization for their commitment to protecting the Springfield community. Three Clark County law enforcement officers and a Springfield fire captain were honored with Service Above Self awards as part of the the 12th annual Safety Services Day ceremony by the Springfield...

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Four safety forces officers were honored Monday by a local service organization for their commitment to protecting the Springfield community. Three Clark County law enforcement officers and a Springfield fire captain were honored with Service Above Self awards as part of the the 12th annual Safety Services Day ceremony by the Springfield...
Overdose deaths in Clark County could reach record high by summer
 Clark County is on pace to break last year’s record drug death total by this summer as the opioid crisis continues to spread. The county has seen 67 suspected drug deaths this year as of May 16, including 35 which have been confirmed, Clark County Coroner Dr. Richard Marsh said. Last year, the county saw a record 79 drug deaths &mdash...

Posted: 2 days ago

Clark County is on pace to break last year’s record drug death total by this summer as the opioid crisis continues to spread. The county has seen 67 suspected drug deaths this year as of May 16, including 35 which have been confirmed, Clark County Coroner Dr. Richard Marsh said. Last year, the county saw a record 79 drug deaths &mdash...
$180K awarded to improve health in Clark, Champaign counties
 The Springfield-based Community Health Foundation distributed about $180,000 to local organizations this year, three times more than when it began giving out money four years ago. The foundation expects to exceed $200,000 in awards next year, Executive Director Joy Rogers said. The foundation gave out about $67,000 in grant money in its first...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Springfield-based Community Health Foundation distributed about $180,000 to local organizations this year, three times more than when it began giving out money four years ago. The foundation expects to exceed $200,000 in awards next year, Executive Director Joy Rogers said. The foundation gave out about $67,000 in grant money in its first...
Pokemon Go leads to drug, alcohol charges for New Carlisle man
 A New Carlisle man plead guilty to drug and alcohol charges after he was pulled over while playing Pokemon Go earlier this week. Christopher W. Applegate, 36, was charged with drug paraphernalia offenses and open container, according to court records. He appeared in the Clark County Municipal Court on Friday morning. RELATED: Employee allegedly...

Posted: 4 days ago

A New Carlisle man plead guilty to drug and alcohol charges after he was pulled over while playing Pokemon Go earlier this week. Christopher W. Applegate, 36, was charged with drug paraphernalia offenses and open container, according to court records. He appeared in the Clark County Municipal Court on Friday morning. RELATED: Employee allegedly...
Employee allegedly stole $13K from Family Dollar in New Carlisle
 A Dayton woman faces felony theft charges after she allegedly stole more than $13,000 in prepaid gift cards from her New Carlisle employer. Tabatha Litchfield, 24, appeared in the Clark County Municipal Court on Friday morning. She pleaded not guilty. Deputies alleged she stole more than $13,000 from the Family Dollar store at 2137 Dayton-Lakeview...

Posted: 4 days ago

A Dayton woman faces felony theft charges after she allegedly stole more than $13,000 in prepaid gift cards from her New Carlisle employer. Tabatha Litchfield, 24, appeared in the Clark County Municipal Court on Friday morning. She pleaded not guilty. Deputies alleged she stole more than $13,000 from the Family Dollar store at 2137 Dayton-Lakeview...
Opioid crisis straining children’s services in Ohio, Butler County
 The opioid epidemic is overwhelming children’s services providers in both Butler County and Ohio as the public health crisis deepens throughout the state. Of the 375 children in the care of Butler County Children Services, 161, or 43 percent, come from families where drugs were cited as the reason for the removal of the children, Bill...

Posted: 4 days ago

The opioid epidemic is overwhelming children’s services providers in both Butler County and Ohio as the public health crisis deepens throughout the state. Of the 375 children in the care of Butler County Children Services, 161, or 43 percent, come from families where drugs were cited as the reason for the removal of the children, Bill...
Cyclists Bike to Work in downtown Springfield, despite stormy weather
 Cyclists descended on City Hall Plaza on Friday morning as part of the fourth annual Bike to Work Day in Springfield. An estimated 75 to 100 cyclists attended the annual event designed to promote cycling as a mode of transportation, despite the storms early in the morning, Deputy City Manager Bryan Heck said. “Given the weather, we...

Posted: 4 days ago

Cyclists descended on City Hall Plaza on Friday morning as part of the fourth annual Bike to Work Day in Springfield. An estimated 75 to 100 cyclists attended the annual event designed to promote cycling as a mode of transportation, despite the storms early in the morning, Deputy City Manager Bryan Heck said. “Given the weather, we...
Clark County to examine consolidating clerks after contentious meeting
 A local committee will examine consolidating the municipal and county clerk of courts offices — a proposal that was recently pulled from the state budget bill. The Clark County Criminal Justice Council discussed in a contentious meeting Thursday the way the proposal was submitted with state Rep. Kyle Koehler, R-Springfield, and state...

Posted: 4 days ago

A local committee will examine consolidating the municipal and county clerk of courts offices — a proposal that was recently pulled from the state budget bill. The Clark County Criminal Justice Council discussed in a contentious meeting Thursday the way the proposal was submitted with state Rep. Kyle Koehler, R-Springfield, and state...
Springfield examines officer, medic safety after Ohio police overdose
 Springfield law enforcement and health leaders are examining safety and training policies for first responders — including having police officers carry naloxone kits for their own use — in light of the potency of illicit fentanyl hitting the streets. An eastern Ohio officer had to be revived with four doses of the overdose antidote...

Posted: 7 days ago

Springfield law enforcement and health leaders are examining safety and training policies for first responders — including having police officers carry naloxone kits for their own use — in light of the potency of illicit fentanyl hitting the streets. An eastern Ohio officer had to be revived with four doses of the overdose antidote...
Clark County agency seeks to create local drug-free work places
 A new initiative in Clark County will help employers create drug-free work place policies as the opioid epidemic has left employers searching for qualified workers. The Mental Health and Recovery Board of Clark, Greene and Champaign Counties was one of 17 Ohio cities recently selected to participate in the Working Partners Drug-Free Workforce...

Posted: 7 days ago

A new initiative in Clark County will help employers create drug-free work place policies as the opioid epidemic has left employers searching for qualified workers. The Mental Health and Recovery Board of Clark, Greene and Champaign Counties was one of 17 Ohio cities recently selected to participate in the Working Partners Drug-Free Workforce...
Springfield wins healthy community award
 The city of Springfield was honored last week for its commitment to fighting chronic disease and promoting active living in the community. The city was named a 2016 Healthy Community Award Winner from the Ohio Department of Health’s Creating Healthy Communities program. Springfield was one of 13 cities statewide that won the award out...

Posted: 8 days ago

The city of Springfield was honored last week for its commitment to fighting chronic disease and promoting active living in the community. The city was named a 2016 Healthy Community Award Winner from the Ohio Department of Health’s Creating Healthy Communities program. Springfield was one of 13 cities statewide that won the award out...