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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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E-mail: Mcrash@Fox59.com
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Recent Articles
  • Madison County CASA looks for volunteers as need increases

    ANDERSON, Ind. – Madison County ranks fifth in the state for child abuse and neglect. And as those cases rise, CASA–court-appointed special advocates–could use more volunteers. CASA volunteers are advocates for children who are abused and neglected and end up in the child welfare system not because of anything they have done, but because of actions directed at them. Nellie Elsten has been a voice for abused or neglected children for 53 years. “When you think you’ve seen it all until […]

  • Indy thrift store credits Netflix’s ‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’ for uptick in donations

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Are you an untidy person? Some people don’t like to admit it. However, others are jumping into a cleaning frenzy, thanks to a new Netflix series. This new binge-worthy addiction has thrift stores in Indianapolis reaping the benefits thanks to the people who are saying goodbye to clutter. People are purging their closets. “We’ve noticed a drastic increase in donations over the past three or four weeks now,” said Bradan Pothier, the manager at the Wheeler Mission […]

  • Thieves caught on camera stealing donations at Greencastle non-profit

    GREENCASTLE, Ind. – Thieves target a non-profit group that collects items for homeless pets.  It was all caught-on camera this weekend.  Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time Rescued Treasures in Putnam County has caught suspects stealing donations. The organization Rescued Treasures says enough is enough.  Without the donations to the thrift store, there’s no animal shelter. And unfortunately, the stealing is just getting worse. Sandra Grimes says it’s now personal. “They’re filling their totes and their bags,” she said. Grimes […]

  • Lawrence Central steps up to give teen life-changing wheelchair

    LAWRENCE, Ind. – Imagine a teenager being confined to the same wheelchair since the second grade. It was a sad reality for one Lawrence Township girl. That is until her school stepped up to help to make her feel more comfortable, not only in her chair, but in life. Christian Williams is smiling a lot more these days. “I couldn’t do much in my old wheelchair, but in this one I can feel like the rest of the kids,” said […]

  • Indianapolis EMS response calls increase by 3,000 in 2018

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Countless lives have been saved thanks to emergency medical services. In Marion County, that number has spiked. In 2018, first responders noticed a significant increase in the number of responses. The main purpose of EMS is to provide immediate medical care to the people who most need it. As the number of calls increase, it changes the way they operate locally. Crews are on scene for every sporting event, overdose, crime and heart attack. “Our people are […]

  • Plowing the Road

    Snow removal companies impacted by mild weather: ‘We haven’t even made $60’

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – This mild weather has a lot of you talking.  We haven’t needed the big winter coat in a while.  However, this weather, has a direct impact on some companies. In fact, many businesses are keeping close watch on the forecast. There’s no business, like snow business. “The last four years or so there’s been less and less snow it seems,” said Joshua Russ, the Owner of I Cut Grass, LLC.  Although it’s not in the name, snow removal is […]

  • Controversial mixed-use development project in Broad Ripple withdrawn

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – It’s hard not to notice all the development happening now in Broad Ripple. Did you know more than $100 million worth of projects are currently under construction? But one controversial project has been withdrawn as of this week. The proposed mixed-use space was set to be located north of 62nd Street between College and Carrollton avenues. For the past 50 years, Robert Lucas’s dentist office has been located at 6211 North College Avenue. “I started here August […]

  • Lawrence announces plans for major $5.85 million Fort Harrison Cultural Campus

    LAWRENCE, Ind. – The city of Lawrence has plans to transform this year. It’s launching a major economic development project that’s focused on Fort Benjamin Harrison. The city is hoping to become a destination for art and culture. The city has announced plans for the Fort Harrison Cultural Campus. Thanks to a $5.85 million Lilly Endowment grant, the city will be able to start work this year on a project Mayor Steve Collier calls monumental. “It’s big. It’s huge. It’s probably […]

  • Community searching for answers after 2 dogs found dead in Greenfield

    HANCOCK COUNTY, Ind. – A Greenfield resident is pleading for answers after finding two dogs shot and dumped in a field. This story is gaining a lot of attention on social media. The Facebook post has more than 800 shares and hundreds of comments since John Jester posted on Sunday. It’s a picture of two dogs who have been shot and killed.  Jester added a long message to his community saying he wants to speak to the person who did […]

  • Social host law: Indiana party hosts have legal responsibility for guests

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Celebrate responsibly. It’s a term we have all heard before. New Year’s Eve ranks among the deadliest days for alcohol-related traffic fatalities. FOX59 discovered it’s not just Indiana partygoers that need to be responsible, but also the hosts. “Indiana has a social host law,” said Indianapolis Defense Lawyer Jack Crawford. That’s right. Crawford says as a host you have an obligation to the people at your party. “Some folks think, ‘hey, you came to my party. I wasn’t charging you drinks, […]