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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Truck set on fire behind Springfield restaurant suspected arson
 A truck set on fire behind a business on Bechtle Avenue this weekend is believed to be an arson. Springfield police and firefighters responded to a fire at about 1:55 a.m. Saturday morning behind the Hibachi Grill, 1071 N. Bechtle Ave. MORE: Springfield man allegedly rams car after washing machine dispute The full-size truck had rags hanging...

Posted: 14 hours ago

A truck set on fire behind a business on Bechtle Avenue this weekend is believed to be an arson. Springfield police and firefighters responded to a fire at about 1:55 a.m. Saturday morning behind the Hibachi Grill, 1071 N. Bechtle Ave. MORE: Springfield man allegedly rams car after washing machine dispute The full-size truck had rags hanging...
Springfield man allegedly rams car after washing machine dispute
 A Springfield man has been accused of ramming a car with a truck after an argument reportedly about a washing machine. Charles J. Smith, 38, faces two counts of criminal damaging. He’s scheduled to appear in court at 11 a.m. today. MORE CRIME: Car rams into Springfield drive-thru, money and cigarettes stolen Police were sent to the...

Posted: a day ago

A Springfield man has been accused of ramming a car with a truck after an argument reportedly about a washing machine. Charles J. Smith, 38, faces two counts of criminal damaging. He’s scheduled to appear in court at 11 a.m. today. MORE CRIME: Car rams into Springfield drive-thru, money and cigarettes stolen Police were sent to the...
Car rams into Springfield drive-thru, money and cigarettes stolen
 A car was used to ram into a Springfield drive-thru early Saturday morning where more than 100 packs of cigarettes and money were stolen, according to a police report. MORE: Bystanders rescue 2-year-old from street, grandfather charged The same car used in the incident was later set on fire, according to a separate police report. Police were...

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A car was used to ram into a Springfield drive-thru early Saturday morning where more than 100 packs of cigarettes and money were stolen, according to a police report. MORE: Bystanders rescue 2-year-old from street, grandfather charged The same car used in the incident was later set on fire, according to a separate police report. Police were...
Bystanders rescue 2-year-old from street, grandfather charged
 A Springfield man faces child endangering charges after a 2-year-old boy in his care was allegedly found by drivers in the middle of the intersection of North Bechtle Avenue and Broadway Street last week. Starley Lynch, 60, of 1324 Broadway St., pleaded not guilty in Clark County Municipal Court last week. MORE: Springfield woman accused...

Posted: 2 days ago

A Springfield man faces child endangering charges after a 2-year-old boy in his care was allegedly found by drivers in the middle of the intersection of North Bechtle Avenue and Broadway Street last week. Starley Lynch, 60, of 1324 Broadway St., pleaded not guilty in Clark County Municipal Court last week. MORE: Springfield woman accused...
Ex Springfield Superintendent Estrop sees jobs as critical to rebound
 After 10 years as the superintendent at the Springfield City School District, David Estrop now hopes to serve the community in a different capacity — as a city commissioner. Last year Estrop served as a member of the Community Financial Advisory Committee and was chairman of the city’s tax increase campaign last fall. That issue...

Posted: 2 days ago

After 10 years as the superintendent at the Springfield City School District, David Estrop now hopes to serve the community in a different capacity — as a city commissioner. Last year Estrop served as a member of the Community Financial Advisory Committee and was chairman of the city’s tax increase campaign last fall. That issue...
Martin wants Springfield to end drug crisis, bring more jobs
 Dan Martin wants Springfield to be a place where his children decide to stay and be successful. He doesn’t just want to reverse the population loss — he wants to see Springfield thrive. “There’s definitely a place for us in the market as a medium-sized city where people want to live,” he said. “We have...

Posted: 2 days ago

Dan Martin wants Springfield to be a place where his children decide to stay and be successful. He doesn’t just want to reverse the population loss — he wants to see Springfield thrive. “There’s definitely a place for us in the market as a medium-sized city where people want to live,” he said. “We have...
Rue wants to reverse population loss, make Springfield more attractive
 Rob Rue has watched over the years as his Springfield North High School classmates left the city for different areas across the country. He feels a sense of responsibility to make Springfield a better place, Rue said, a place his children will want to make their home in the future — and that’s why he’s running for a seat...

Posted: 2 days ago

Rob Rue has watched over the years as his Springfield North High School classmates left the city for different areas across the country. He feels a sense of responsibility to make Springfield a better place, Rue said, a place his children will want to make their home in the future — and that’s why he’s running for a seat...
4 Springfield residents to vie for 3 city commission seats
 The Springfield City Commission will have at least one new member next year, the first change to the five-person governing body in eight years. Four Springfield residents — including two incumbents and two political newcomers — will vie for three seats on the city commission. Incumbent Commissioners Joyce Chilton and Dan Martin...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Springfield City Commission will have at least one new member next year, the first change to the five-person governing body in eight years. Four Springfield residents — including two incumbents and two political newcomers — will vie for three seats on the city commission. Incumbent Commissioners Joyce Chilton and Dan Martin...
Incumbent Chilton wants to be voice for all of Springfield
 Eight years ago, Joyce Chilton decided to wade into the political waters to serve the people of Springfield. With the help of her mentor, outgoing City Commissioner Orphus Taylor, Chilton was elected in 2009. MORE: Springfield candidates debate north-south divide, discrimination law “I was looking to bridge the gap between some of the...

Posted: 3 days ago

Eight years ago, Joyce Chilton decided to wade into the political waters to serve the people of Springfield. With the help of her mentor, outgoing City Commissioner Orphus Taylor, Chilton was elected in 2009. MORE: Springfield candidates debate north-south divide, discrimination law “I was looking to bridge the gap between some of the...
Springfield now allows urban beekeeping
 Springfield residents who live on smaller properties can now keep beehives. City code previously banned them on properties less than three acres. But commissioners unanimously approved an amendment last week that would allow people to have up to two beehives as long as they have a 6-foot barrier wall. RELATED: Homeowner told to remove honeybees...

Posted: 3 days ago

Springfield residents who live on smaller properties can now keep beehives. City code previously banned them on properties less than three acres. But commissioners unanimously approved an amendment last week that would allow people to have up to two beehives as long as they have a 6-foot barrier wall. RELATED: Homeowner told to remove honeybees...
Shawnee blanked by Bellefontaine; Chieftains claim share of title
 After his team fell to Bellefontaine 35-0 on Friday night, Shawnee High School football coach Rick Meeks told his team just how difficult it can to win if you can’t take care of the football. “I once read a statistic about turnovers: If you have four or more turnovers in a game, your team is likely to win about five percent of...

Posted: 4 days ago

After his team fell to Bellefontaine 35-0 on Friday night, Shawnee High School football coach Rick Meeks told his team just how difficult it can to win if you can’t take care of the football. “I once read a statistic about turnovers: If you have four or more turnovers in a game, your team is likely to win about five percent of...