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 park district receives national award for youth sports
 The National Trail Parks and Recreation District was recently honored by a national organization for having outstanding youth sports programs. The district recently received the National Excellence Award for Youth Sports Standards from the National Alliance for Youth Sports at its annual Youth Sports Congress earlier this month in Orlando...

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The National Trail Parks and Recreation District was recently honored by a national organization for having outstanding youth sports programs. The district recently received the National Excellence Award for Youth Sports Standards from the National Alliance for Youth Sports at its annual Youth Sports Congress earlier this month in Orlando...
Man threatens woman with butter knife, overdoses, police say
 A Springfield man is facing multiple charges after police said he told a woman he knows that he was going to slit her throat before overdosing on the floor of her home. Derrick S. Long, 29, has been charged with one count each of domestic violence and criminal trespassing. He also had an outstanding warrant for menacing. He’s expected...

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A Springfield man is facing multiple charges after police said he told a woman he knows that he was going to slit her throat before overdosing on the floor of her home. Derrick S. Long, 29, has been charged with one count each of domestic violence and criminal trespassing. He also had an outstanding warrant for menacing. He’s expected...
New Carlisle man allegedly strikes, head-butts woman over gift card
 A New Carlisle man has been accused of striking and head-butting a woman he knows during an alleged argument about a gift card. Joseph M. Hayden, 41, faces charges of assault and domestic violence, according to court records. He pleaded not guilty in Clark County Municipal Court on Monday. MORE: Springfield man hides from police in attic...

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A New Carlisle man has been accused of striking and head-butting a woman he knows during an alleged argument about a gift card. Joseph M. Hayden, 41, faces charges of assault and domestic violence, according to court records. He pleaded not guilty in Clark County Municipal Court on Monday. MORE: Springfield man hides from police in attic...
Springfield man allegedly threatens woman with butter knife, overdoses
 A Springfield man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly told a woman he knows he was going to slit her throat before overdosing on the floor of her home. MORE: Springfield man hides from police in attic, allegedly found with drugs Derrick S. Long, 29, has been charged with one count each of domestic violence and criminal trepassing...

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A Springfield man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly told a woman he knows he was going to slit her throat before overdosing on the floor of her home. MORE: Springfield man hides from police in attic, allegedly found with drugs Derrick S. Long, 29, has been charged with one count each of domestic violence and criminal trepassing...
Springfield sewer rates to go up to pay for $250M upgrades
 The city of Springfield residents may pay may for sewer services next year to pay for more than $80 million in federally mandated projects designed to cut down on raw sewage overflows into local waterways. Earlier this year, sewer rates increased 7 percent, bringing the total monthly utility bill for water, sewer and stormwater for a typical...

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The city of Springfield residents may pay may for sewer services next year to pay for more than $80 million in federally mandated projects designed to cut down on raw sewage overflows into local waterways. Earlier this year, sewer rates increased 7 percent, bringing the total monthly utility bill for water, sewer and stormwater for a typical...
Clark County to spend $140K for consultant for combined 9-1-1 center
 Clark County will spend $140,000 to hire a consultant to oversee the process of creating a unified countywide 9-1-1 dispatch center. Clark County commissioners voted unanimously this week to hire Fairfax, Va.-based Federal Engineering Inc. to help it transition from its current location at the Clark County Jail to the Springview Government...

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Clark County will spend $140,000 to hire a consultant to oversee the process of creating a unified countywide 9-1-1 dispatch center. Clark County commissioners voted unanimously this week to hire Fairfax, Va.-based Federal Engineering Inc. to help it transition from its current location at the Clark County Jail to the Springview Government...
MAP: Where drug overdose deaths happen in Clark County
 Nearly 20 percent of people who have died of drug overdoses since 2015 lived outside of Springfield — prompting law enforcement officials to seek more money to help with drug enforcement throughout Clark County. More than 40 people from areas outside of Springfield have died of drug overdoses in the past three years, according to data...

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Nearly 20 percent of people who have died of drug overdoses since 2015 lived outside of Springfield — prompting law enforcement officials to seek more money to help with drug enforcement throughout Clark County. More than 40 people from areas outside of Springfield have died of drug overdoses in the past three years, according to data...
Springfield man hides from police in attic, allegedly found with drugs
 A Springfield man is facing multiple felony charges after he allegedly hid from police in an attic before leading them on a foot chase and was later found with loaded handguns and drugs. MORE CRIME: Springfield man charged in connection with shooting at Wayside Tavern Christopher L. Culberson, 38, is facing four counts of having weapons while...

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A Springfield man is facing multiple felony charges after he allegedly hid from police in an attic before leading them on a foot chase and was later found with loaded handguns and drugs. MORE CRIME: Springfield man charged in connection with shooting at Wayside Tavern Christopher L. Culberson, 38, is facing four counts of having weapons while...
Springfield to spend $1.1M to replace aging fire truck, ambulances
 The Springfield Fire/Rescue Division will spend about $1.1 million to upgrade its aging fleet next year, its first new vehicles since 2010. The fire department will spend about $560,000 for a new rescue engine, including $100,000 from the city’s permanent improvement fund. The department will also spend about $540,000 on three new ambulance...

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The Springfield Fire/Rescue Division will spend about $1.1 million to upgrade its aging fleet next year, its first new vehicles since 2010. The fire department will spend about $560,000 for a new rescue engine, including $100,000 from the city’s permanent improvement fund. The department will also spend about $540,000 on three new ambulance...
Overdose deaths affect western Clark County, rural areas, too
 Nearly 20 percent of people who have died of drug overdoses since 2015 lived outside of Springfield — prompting law enforcement officials to seek more money to help with drug enforcement throughout Clark County. More than 40 people from areas outside of Springfield have died of drug overdoses in the past three years, according to data...

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Nearly 20 percent of people who have died of drug overdoses since 2015 lived outside of Springfield — prompting law enforcement officials to seek more money to help with drug enforcement throughout Clark County. More than 40 people from areas outside of Springfield have died of drug overdoses in the past three years, according to data...
Mayor: Lack of parks funding from Clark County ‘a scandal’
 Springfield Mayor Warren Copeland has called on Clark County to provide more funding for the National Trail Parks and Recreation District, which he says sees a majority of its participants from outside the city. “If you look at the numbers, it’s just a scandal that the county puts so little money into this operation,” Copeland...

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Springfield Mayor Warren Copeland has called on Clark County to provide more funding for the National Trail Parks and Recreation District, which he says sees a majority of its participants from outside the city. “If you look at the numbers, it’s just a scandal that the county puts so little money into this operation,” Copeland...