Melissa Crash is happy to be back home reporting in the Circle City! Melissa is from the northeast side of Indianapolis in Lawrence. She began her career at FOX59/CBS4 in October of 2018. 

Prior to joining the FOX59/CBS4 news team, Melissa held several roles as the Morning Anchor, Reporter and Producer in Terre Haute. While in Terre Haute Melissa was nominated for two Emmy awards and an Associated Press award. 

Melissa graduated from Indiana State University. Go Sycamores!

If Melissa is not at work you can find her trying new food spots around town or hanging out with her husband and her 100 pound dog, who thinks he’s a lap dog.

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Recent Articles
  • IU moves forward with test-optional admissions policy

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind.– Future Indiana University Hoosiers could soon decide if they want to include their standardized test scores on their college application. The university is one step closer to a test-optional policy. “It’s simply a way to offer a chance to broaden the pool of applicants for people who may not necessarily test well, but they obviously demonstrated a high academic quality through their GPA,” said IU spokesman Chuck Carney. It’s a discussion that’s happening across the country and universities […]

  • Bloomington high schools offer sign language as foreign language: ‘I don’t allow voices in class’

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Which foreign language class did you take in high school? Was it Spanish, French, German–something else? The Monroe County Community School Corporation has added a new option for its students that teachers are calling life changing and the skills could be applied for years after graduation. Inside Karla Castellanos’ room 312, it might not sound like your typical classroom. In fact, it’s silent and there’s a strict “no voices allowed” policy. “We established those rules,” Castellanos explained. […]

  • BBB study reveals home, vacation rental scams are on the rise

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Fraudulent rental and vacation properties are on the rise. In fact, 85% of consumers reported to the Better Business Bureau that they’ve encountered a fake listing. Although many don’t fall victim, the ones that do end up losing a lot of cash. Crystal Housley was so excited to rent a home she found on the far east side. “We were exchanging information, going back and forth,” Housley said. Until the money she paid to live there was gone. […]

  • Greenfield organization to open warming shelter for those with inadequate heating

    GREENFIELD, Ind. – Bitter cold temperatures expected overnight could be dangerous for those who don’t have proper heat at home or no home at all. A group called Community Organizations Active in Disaster, or COAD, wants people to know their doors are open and that there’s more of a need in Hancock County than what’s represented. COAD says they’re ready to help, whether that’s for one person or 20 people. “Our need is different than what you see traditionally,” said […]

  • Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center gifts toys, clothing and food for 600 families

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Hundreds of local families have been gifted coats, blankets, toys and food. It’s all thanks to the Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center and its donors. Jeffrey Sorrells wants to pick out the best gifts to surprise his four-year-old granddaughter. Toys, books, a winter coat – it can get expensive! “You could probably see how quickly those little things add up,” said Sorrells. Sorrell’s shopping trip was made possible by the Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center. An annual event to […]

  • Former caseworker for DCS faces felony charges in Madison County

    ANDERSON, Ind. – The Madison County Prosecutor has a strong message for the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS). That’s after his office filed charges Monday against a former caseworker of DCS who he says failed to protect a child. Prosecutor Rodney Cummings says he’s frustrated not only with this specific case, but the overall problem facing our state. However, the Indiana Department of Child Services says, child safety is their top priority. “Really, really sad case,” said Cummings. Cummings […]

  • 16-year-old known as a community leader in multiple programs shot, critically injured

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A 16-year-old is fighting for his life after a shooting on the east side happened Friday. People closest to him say there’s a serious problem impacting youth that needs to be addressed. The number of teens Allison Luthe knows that have been impacted by gun violence continues to climb. “It’s way too familiar,” said Luthe. As Executive Director of the MLK Center, she’s doing what she can to put a stop to it. “It is heartbreaking,” Luthe […]

  • Man shot and killed while celebrating bachelor party on Indy’s south side

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A family on the south side is mourning the loss of their loved one after they say he was shot and killed on Friday night while out celebrating his bachelor party. Shanon Singer-Mann should be helping her sister plan her wedding. Instead, she’s helping her plan a funeral. “To go from supposed to be going to your bachelorette party to having to go and plan your fiance’s funeral, it’s just so tragic,” said Singer-Mann, “You’ll never understand […]

  • Mother claims her son was assaulted and bullied at Roncalli High School

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A mother says her son who has down syndrome was assaulted at Roncalli High School.  She claims the school did not take proper actions to address the bullying and now her son is scarred by the actions of other students. Lesli Woodruff says her son, Jack, wanted nothing more to be a Roncalli Rebel.  She says, he wore number 17, proudly as a student manager. It was a dream come true. “It was a big achievement for […]

  • Police investigation underway following bullying report at Roncalli High School

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A bullying incident at Roncalli High School has prompted a police investigation. A mother claims that her son was bullied and says it was all caught on video. The mother claims the incident involved inappropriate touching. We’re still working to confirm many of the details. However, we have learned police were called to Roncalli High School in October. The mother of the boy claims when the school and administration learned of the incidents, the situation was not […]

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