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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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Mad River Twp. residents urge Clark County to fight mining lawsuit
 Mad River Twp. residents urged Clark County commissioners to fight a lawsuit filed against it in federal court by a mining company seeking to bypass a local zoning board. About 20 Mad River Twp. residents and members of the group Citizens Against Mining attended the commission meeting held at the Clark County Fair on Tuesday to speak against...

Posted: 45 minutes ago

Mad River Twp. residents urged Clark County commissioners to fight a lawsuit filed against it in federal court by a mining company seeking to bypass a local zoning board. About 20 Mad River Twp. residents and members of the group Citizens Against Mining attended the commission meeting held at the Clark County Fair on Tuesday to speak against...
Clark County polling locations change, 2 for Aug. 8 special election
 Three Springfield voting precincts will have new permanent polling locations, while two other polling locations will move temporarily for the Aug. 8 special election, according to the Clark County Board of Elections. City precincts 15, 16 and 17 will now vote at the NTPRD Chiller, 301 W. Main St. Voters from those precincts previous cast...

Posted: 16 hours ago

Three Springfield voting precincts will have new permanent polling locations, while two other polling locations will move temporarily for the Aug. 8 special election, according to the Clark County Board of Elections. City precincts 15, 16 and 17 will now vote at the NTPRD Chiller, 301 W. Main St. Voters from those precincts previous cast...
$15K in tools, truck reported stolen from Springfield business
 More than $15,000 in tools and a truck were reported stolen from a Springfield business this weekend. Multiple welders, a saw and a truck were stolen from TS Steel, 212 Monroe St., between 11 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Monday morning, according to a police report. MORE CRIME: Springfield man accused of hitting pregnant woman with space heater...

Posted: a day ago

More than $15,000 in tools and a truck were reported stolen from a Springfield business this weekend. Multiple welders, a saw and a truck were stolen from TS Steel, 212 Monroe St., between 11 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Monday morning, according to a police report. MORE CRIME: Springfield man accused of hitting pregnant woman with space heater...
Urbana native to voice Marvel villain in third Thor film
 Urbana native Clancy Brown will have a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in one of Hollywood’s biggest franchises. SOCIAL MEDIA: FOLLOW REPORTER MICHAEL COOPER ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER. Brown will voice the role of the demon Surtur in the upcoming Marvel movie, “Thor: Ragnarok,” according to Comicbook.com. The film&rsquo...

Posted: a day ago

Urbana native Clancy Brown will have a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in one of Hollywood’s biggest franchises. SOCIAL MEDIA: FOLLOW REPORTER MICHAEL COOPER ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER. Brown will voice the role of the demon Surtur in the upcoming Marvel movie, “Thor: Ragnarok,” according to Comicbook.com. The film&rsquo...
Springfield man accused of hitting pregnant woman with space heater
 A Springfield man is facing domestic violence and drug charges after he allegedly threw a space heater at a pregnant woman who wouldn’t buy him drugs. MORE: Clark County suspected overdose deaths surpass last year’s total William W. Brewer, 22, of 2743 Elmore Drive, was charged with possession of drugs, possession of a controlled...

Posted: 2 days ago

A Springfield man is facing domestic violence and drug charges after he allegedly threw a space heater at a pregnant woman who wouldn’t buy him drugs. MORE: Clark County suspected overdose deaths surpass last year’s total William W. Brewer, 22, of 2743 Elmore Drive, was charged with possession of drugs, possession of a controlled...
Springfield woman charged after boy, 10, allegedly missing for 7 hours
 A Springfield woman is accused of child endangering after an Amber Alert was nearly issued for a 10-year-old boy who was allegedly missing for more than seven hours on Tuesday evening. Jana Chanel Stanhope, 29, of 2503 Virginia Ave., faces two counts of child endangering. Stanhope plead not guilty in the Clark County Municipal Court on Wednesday...

Posted: 4 days ago

A Springfield woman is accused of child endangering after an Amber Alert was nearly issued for a 10-year-old boy who was allegedly missing for more than seven hours on Tuesday evening. Jana Chanel Stanhope, 29, of 2503 Virginia Ave., faces two counts of child endangering. Stanhope plead not guilty in the Clark County Municipal Court on Wednesday...
Springfield wants hazardous waste dump named a Superfund site
 The city of Springfield wants the Tremont City Barrel Fill — which has 1.5 million gallons of hazardous waste near the city’s drinking water source — to be placed on the Superfund list to ensure federal action. Springfield city commissioners unanimously passed a resolution two weeks ago backing a reduced $24 million clean-up...

Posted: 4 days ago

The city of Springfield wants the Tremont City Barrel Fill — which has 1.5 million gallons of hazardous waste near the city’s drinking water source — to be placed on the Superfund list to ensure federal action. Springfield city commissioners unanimously passed a resolution two weeks ago backing a reduced $24 million clean-up...
Springfield man accused of unlawful sexual conduct with minor
 A Springfield man faces felony charges after he allegedly had sex with a minor. Michael Aldridge, 25, of 1321 Klobdenz Ave., has been charged with unlawful sexual activity with a minor between the age of 13 and 16. He plead not guilty in Clark County Municipal Court last week. Springfield Police Division officers were conducting a search...

Posted: 5 days ago

A Springfield man faces felony charges after he allegedly had sex with a minor. Michael Aldridge, 25, of 1321 Klobdenz Ave., has been charged with unlawful sexual activity with a minor between the age of 13 and 16. He plead not guilty in Clark County Municipal Court last week. Springfield Police Division officers were conducting a search...
Springfield woman charged after toddler allegedly found on roof
 A Springfield woman is facing child endangering charges after a 2-year-old child was allegedly found on the roof of their home with a dog. MORE: Clark County suspected overdose deaths surpass last year’s total Daun Morrison, 23, of 231 S. Shaffer St., was arrested and placed in the Clark County Jail. She’s expected to appear in...

Posted: 6 days ago

A Springfield woman is facing child endangering charges after a 2-year-old child was allegedly found on the roof of their home with a dog. MORE: Clark County suspected overdose deaths surpass last year’s total Daun Morrison, 23, of 231 S. Shaffer St., was arrested and placed in the Clark County Jail. She’s expected to appear in...
Clark County plan includes combined 9-1-1 dispatch, modern fairgrounds
 Clark County commissioners will focus on several objectives over the next four years as part of its first-ever strategic plan, including moving forward with a combined 9-1-1 dispatch center. The plan was approved by commissioners at Wednesday’s meeting. It will focus on three key areas — promoting access to services, improving...

Posted: 6 days ago

Clark County commissioners will focus on several objectives over the next four years as part of its first-ever strategic plan, including moving forward with a combined 9-1-1 dispatch center. The plan was approved by commissioners at Wednesday’s meeting. It will focus on three key areas — promoting access to services, improving...
Clark County suspected overdose deaths surpass last year’s total
 Clark County has seen 81 suspected drug overdose deaths as of July 18, surpassing the record total for all of last year, which local leaders say is a sign that drug abuse has become a public health crisis. About 60 overdose deaths have been confirmed through the end of April, Clark County Coroner Dr. Richard Marsh said. He’s still waiting...

Posted: 6 days ago

Clark County has seen 81 suspected drug overdose deaths as of July 18, surpassing the record total for all of last year, which local leaders say is a sign that drug abuse has become a public health crisis. About 60 overdose deaths have been confirmed through the end of April, Clark County Coroner Dr. Richard Marsh said. He’s still waiting...