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.

Latest from Michael Cooper

Victims identified in shooting and hit-and-run in Springfield
 Two men injured in a shooting and another man injured in an apparent hit-and-run accident in the 300 block of West Grand Avenue have been identified, according to multiple police reports. All three men were all taken to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight, the report said. Luis Garza, 27, was shot several times, including twice in the left...

Posted: 11 hours ago

Two men injured in a shooting and another man injured in an apparent hit-and-run accident in the 300 block of West Grand Avenue have been identified, according to multiple police reports. All three men were all taken to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight, the report said. Luis Garza, 27, was shot several times, including twice in the left...
Springfield woman charged after allegedly fabricating accident story
 A Springfield woman faces charges after allegedly fabricating a story about an accident to avoid facing consequences from law enforcement. MORE CRIME: Mechanicsburg man accused of raping 2 young kids Kimberly L. Powell, 36, of 826 Eastmoor Drive, has been charged with making false alarms about an accident that occurred earlier this year....

Posted: 21 hours ago

A Springfield woman faces charges after allegedly fabricating a story about an accident to avoid facing consequences from law enforcement. MORE CRIME: Mechanicsburg man accused of raping 2 young kids Kimberly L. Powell, 36, of 826 Eastmoor Drive, has been charged with making false alarms about an accident that occurred earlier this year....
Springfield pharmacy robbed at gunpoint, narcotics stolen
 A Springfield pharmacy was robbed at gunpoint and multiple bottles of prescription narcotics were stolen, according to a police report. MORE: Mechanicsburg man accused of raping 2 young kids A man entered the Rite-aid pharmacy at 1805 S. Limestone St. about 12:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon and allegedly pointed a gun at the pharmacy counter and...

Posted: 2 days ago

A Springfield pharmacy was robbed at gunpoint and multiple bottles of prescription narcotics were stolen, according to a police report. MORE: Mechanicsburg man accused of raping 2 young kids A man entered the Rite-aid pharmacy at 1805 S. Limestone St. about 12:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon and allegedly pointed a gun at the pharmacy counter and...
$1.8M road diet discussed for busy north side Springfield corridor
 Some Springfield and Clark County leaders believe a $1.8 million project on Derr Road will improve safety and quality of life in the area, while others said it will slow down traffic and affect businesses at the nearby shopping center. Scott Schmid from the Springfield-Clark County Transportation Coordinating Committee and Steve Thieken,...

Posted: 3 days ago

Some Springfield and Clark County leaders believe a $1.8 million project on Derr Road will improve safety and quality of life in the area, while others said it will slow down traffic and affect businesses at the nearby shopping center. Scott Schmid from the Springfield-Clark County Transportation Coordinating Committee and Steve Thieken,...
Mechanicsburg man accused of raping 2 young kids
 A previously convicted sex offender has been accused of raping two young children in Clark County, according to court records. Charles C. Skelton, 44, of 13041 Ohio 56 in Mechanicsburg, has been charged with two counts of rape. The victims were 6 and 4 years old at the time of the alleged offenses, which deputies alleged occurred in Pleasant...

Posted: 5 days ago

A previously convicted sex offender has been accused of raping two young children in Clark County, according to court records. Charles C. Skelton, 44, of 13041 Ohio 56 in Mechanicsburg, has been charged with two counts of rape. The victims were 6 and 4 years old at the time of the alleged offenses, which deputies alleged occurred in Pleasant...
Clark County council votes against merging 2 clerk of courts offices
 The Clark County Criminal Justice Council voted to no longer examine consolidating two local clerk of courts offices, due at least in part due to the cost to combine computer systems. Council members also questioned the Chamber of Greater Springfield’s motivation for asking local government leaders to move forward with the consolidation...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Clark County Criminal Justice Council voted to no longer examine consolidating two local clerk of courts offices, due at least in part due to the cost to combine computer systems. Council members also questioned the Chamber of Greater Springfield’s motivation for asking local government leaders to move forward with the consolidation...
What happened when the Ku Klux Klan came to Springfield 23 years ago?
 The Ku Klux Klan propelled Springfield into the national spotlight in March 1994 when it held a rally in front of the Clark County Common Pleas Court. The Springfield News-Sun’s headline of the event read: “They came, they shouted, they left.” Earlier this week, Springfield Mayor Warren Copeland spoke out about the recent...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Ku Klux Klan propelled Springfield into the national spotlight in March 1994 when it held a rally in front of the Clark County Common Pleas Court. The Springfield News-Sun’s headline of the event read: “They came, they shouted, they left.” Earlier this week, Springfield Mayor Warren Copeland spoke out about the recent...
Clark County commissioners approve store rezoning despite objections
 Clark County commissioners approved Wednesday a rezoning for a proposed retail store in Bethel Twp., despite multiple objections from upset residents who live nearby — including some who asked voters to remember the decision at the polls. The rezoning for a proposed two-acre Dollar General store at 5550 W. National Road was approved...

Posted: 6 days ago

Clark County commissioners approved Wednesday a rezoning for a proposed retail store in Bethel Twp., despite multiple objections from upset residents who live nearby — including some who asked voters to remember the decision at the polls. The rezoning for a proposed two-acre Dollar General store at 5550 W. National Road was approved...
Hundreds flock to Springfield vigil to stand against hate, racism
 More than 250 people attended a vigil in downtown Springfield in light of recent events in Charlottesville, Va., that saw three people die amid violent protests. Several local leaders from different backgrounds spoke out about the hatred seen during the white supremacist rallies in Virginia — and stressed Springfield won’t stand...

Posted: 6 days ago

More than 250 people attended a vigil in downtown Springfield in light of recent events in Charlottesville, Va., that saw three people die amid violent protests. Several local leaders from different backgrounds spoke out about the hatred seen during the white supremacist rallies in Virginia — and stressed Springfield won’t stand...
Springfield mayor speaks out about Charlottesville violence
 Springfield Mayor Warren Copeland spoke out about the violence in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend and also said the city will enforce its anti-discrimination ordinance if similar actions were to occur here. A Unite the Right rally was held Saturday morning in the Virginia city where a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee has long been...

Posted: 6 days ago

Springfield Mayor Warren Copeland spoke out about the violence in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend and also said the city will enforce its anti-discrimination ordinance if similar actions were to occur here. A Unite the Right rally was held Saturday morning in the Virginia city where a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee has long been...
Woman accused of crashing car in Springfield with child while high
 A Tennessee woman faces multiple charges after police alleged she crashed a rental car in Springfield while under the influence of drugs with a 4-year-old child in the back seat. Amber L. Rollins, 40, of Madisonville, Tenn., is charged with two counts of drug possession as well as one count each of child endangering, operating a motor vehicle...

Posted: 7 days ago

A Tennessee woman faces multiple charges after police alleged she crashed a rental car in Springfield while under the influence of drugs with a 4-year-old child in the back seat. Amber L. Rollins, 40, of Madisonville, Tenn., is charged with two counts of drug possession as well as one count each of child endangering, operating a motor vehicle...