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

Local organizations stepping up to improve Clark County oral health
 In the wake of a dental crisis in Clark County, local organizations want to improve dental health throughout the community. FIRST REPORT: Health district to pursue fluoridation in Springfield, New Carlisle More than 32 percent of Clark County residents have had between one and five permanent teeth removed because of tooth decay or gum disease...

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In the wake of a dental crisis in Clark County, local organizations want to improve dental health throughout the community. FIRST REPORT: Health district to pursue fluoridation in Springfield, New Carlisle More than 32 percent of Clark County residents have had between one and five permanent teeth removed because of tooth decay or gum disease...
Springfield woman allegedly assaults man for bashing Barack Obama
 A Springfield woman is facing multiple charges after she allegedly assaulted a man she knows for bashing former President Barack Obama, according to a police report. MORE CRIME: Springfield man accused of biting woman’s face during argument Carla J. Carter, 51, has been charged with domestic violence and assault, court records said...

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A Springfield woman is facing multiple charges after she allegedly assaulted a man she knows for bashing former President Barack Obama, according to a police report. MORE CRIME: Springfield man accused of biting woman’s face during argument Carla J. Carter, 51, has been charged with domestic violence and assault, court records said...
Air conditioners, pipes stolen from Springfield church, restaurant
 Air conditioning units and copper pipe were reported stolen from both a church and a restaurant this week, according to police reports. Two free-standing 2-ton air conditioning units and copper pipe were reported stolen from the First Church of the Nazerene, 901 E. Home Road, between 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 4 p.m. Monday. An air conditioning...

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Air conditioning units and copper pipe were reported stolen from both a church and a restaurant this week, according to police reports. Two free-standing 2-ton air conditioning units and copper pipe were reported stolen from the First Church of the Nazerene, 901 E. Home Road, between 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 4 p.m. Monday. An air conditioning...
Should Springfield fluoridate its drinking water?
 Clark County ranks among the worst in Ohio for children’s dental health, but the Springfield community remains divided over whether it should fluoridate its drinking water to address it. Clark County health leaders and local dentists believe adding fluoride to the public water supply will reduce dental decay but a vocal group of residents...

Posted: 2 days ago

Clark County ranks among the worst in Ohio for children’s dental health, but the Springfield community remains divided over whether it should fluoridate its drinking water to address it. Clark County health leaders and local dentists believe adding fluoride to the public water supply will reduce dental decay but a vocal group of residents...
Clark County Fairgrounds to make $170K improvements to buildings
 The Clark County Fairgrounds at Champions Park will spend about $170,000 this spring to make improvements to its facilities, including installing air conditioning at one of its buildings, which officials say will allow it to bring more events to Springfield. The fairgrounds and Champions Center account for half of Clark County’s local...

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The Clark County Fairgrounds at Champions Park will spend about $170,000 this spring to make improvements to its facilities, including installing air conditioning at one of its buildings, which officials say will allow it to bring more events to Springfield. The fairgrounds and Champions Center account for half of Clark County’s local...
Springfield man accused of biting woman’s face during argument
 A Springfield man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly bit a woman’s face because she wouldn’t buy drugs, according to a police report. Antonio Leffel, 38, pleaded not guilty to both domestic violence and assault charges on Feb. 9 in Clark County Municipal Court. Bond was set at $2,000. Police were sent to the intersection...

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A Springfield man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly bit a woman’s face because she wouldn’t buy drugs, according to a police report. Antonio Leffel, 38, pleaded not guilty to both domestic violence and assault charges on Feb. 9 in Clark County Municipal Court. Bond was set at $2,000. Police were sent to the intersection...
Study calls for new bike trail, safer park crossing in Clark County
 Local transportation officials will examine modifying a Springfield bridge and adding new bike trails to connect three Clark County and Springfield parks. A traffic consultant hired by the Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee recently studied modifying the Plum Street Bridge to connect Veterans Park and Snyder Park...

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Local transportation officials will examine modifying a Springfield bridge and adding new bike trails to connect three Clark County and Springfield parks. A traffic consultant hired by the Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee recently studied modifying the Plum Street Bridge to connect Veterans Park and Snyder Park...
Women beat up Springfield store employee over Facebook post
 An employee at Family Dollar on North Limestone Street was assaulted after two women became upset that a video of them allegedly shoplifting earlier in the day had been posted on Facebook by the store’s manager, according to a police report. Springfield Police Division officers were called to the store about 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The...

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An employee at Family Dollar on North Limestone Street was assaulted after two women became upset that a video of them allegedly shoplifting earlier in the day had been posted on Facebook by the store’s manager, according to a police report. Springfield Police Division officers were called to the store about 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The...
Springfield man robbed by six men at apartment complex, report says
 A Springfield man was robbed by six men with guns as he attempted to go to a friend’s apartment on Saturday evening, according to a police report. The man went to visit a friend’s apartment in the 900 block of Sunset Avenue at about 9 p.m., the report said. As he entered the apartment complex on Sunset Avenue, the man saw feet...

Posted: 4 days ago

A Springfield man was robbed by six men with guns as he attempted to go to a friend’s apartment on Saturday evening, according to a police report. The man went to visit a friend’s apartment in the 900 block of Sunset Avenue at about 9 p.m., the report said. As he entered the apartment complex on Sunset Avenue, the man saw feet...
Permanent traffic signal going in at busy Springfield intersection
 A permanent traffic signal at a controversial intersection near a busy shopping corridor in Springfield is expected to be ready later this month. The signal — paid for by developers of the recent Hobby Lobby store north of Walmart — will replace temporary lights placed at the intersection years ago, Springfield City Engineer Leo...

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A permanent traffic signal at a controversial intersection near a busy shopping corridor in Springfield is expected to be ready later this month. The signal — paid for by developers of the recent Hobby Lobby store north of Walmart — will replace temporary lights placed at the intersection years ago, Springfield City Engineer Leo...
Two Republicans to vie for Clark County juvenile judge seat in May
 A local magistrate will challenge a recently appointed judge at the polls in May to become the next Clark County Juvenile Court Judge — a position that handles cases for more than 4,000 children annually with a more than $4.5 million general fund budget. MORE: 3 Republicans in running to replace Clark County juvenile court judge Republican...

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A local magistrate will challenge a recently appointed judge at the polls in May to become the next Clark County Juvenile Court Judge — a position that handles cases for more than 4,000 children annually with a more than $4.5 million general fund budget. MORE: 3 Republicans in running to replace Clark County juvenile court judge Republican...