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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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Domestic violence is a community problem that advocates across Central Indiana are working to fix. Around the clock, they’re assisting clients in hopes of putting a stop to the cycle of violence. Cheryl Forrester is no longer a victim, she’s a survivor of domestic violence. She’s turned her trauma into triumph, and she hopes by sharing her story others can heal as she did. September 1, 2018 was a day that changed Forrester’s life forever. “This is […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The discussion on the vaping crisis continues, as a committee met at the Statehouse to talk taxation of vaping and CBD products. One of the arguments against the tax is that products like JUUL help people quit traditional cigarettes, but a Butler University study found that’s not the main reason why people are vaping. “Please think twice about doing this,” said Amy Peak, the Director of Undergraduate Health Science programs at Butler University, “This is a hazard […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A group on the northeast side wants to preserve 25 acres of natural habitat and to do so, they have to raise more than half a million dollars. If you drive past 82nd Street and Sargent Road, you’ll noticed a new, large sign on the corner of the intersection. It reads: You can help preserve this property. “Our mission is to preserve the natural habitat in this area that’s really critical,” said Ben Miller, the President of […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A man on the south side wants to put an end to street racing. Joshua Wilcoxon is concerned by the hundreds of cars and people that he says show up to the corner of East Street and Hanna Avenue every weekend. “It gets really rowdy here on the weekends,” said Wilcoxon. “Normally it’s around a couple hundred cars here on a Friday night if it’s nice out.” The activity happens blocks away from his neighborhood. “There’s trespassing, there’s loitering, there’s […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A south side school district is working to put in place their first-ever drug test policy on school grounds. “For testing, no not right now this is new for us. It’s our first time walking in these waters. We’re looking at ways we may be able to protect and help our students,” said Robert Bohannon, an Assistant Superintendent at Perry Township Schools. It’s a move that administrators say is unavoidable in today’s society. “What I think right […]
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – A crisis intervention center in Noblesville has helped thousands of victims of crimes or abuse. Advocates for those who have suffered trauma are critical, especially for children, and traumatic stories are told inside the offices at Prevail of Central Indiana. “We primarily serve victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, but also all types of crimes so home invasion, or the loss of a loved one by homicide or a robbery,” said Brittany Winebar, the director of […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A family on the northeast side plans to help feed the hungry, while putting on quite the scare. The second annual yard haunt is an effort to help hundreds of hungry people across the city. “How do we take care of our neighbors,” said Heidi Smith, when asked about the message behind the spooky fun. Heidi Smith and her husband, Randy, have spent hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars transforming their front and back yard into […]
HANCOCK COUNTY, Ind. – Finding health care in a rural community can be a challenge, but health providers in Hancock County are trying to fix that. The new Gateway Hancock Health facility is located 15 minutes or less from every major community in the area. Providers say they want to keep you and your wallet healthy. “Cost, cost is huge these days,” said Stephenie Hoskins, the lead technologist of diagnostic imaging. “Everyone is trying to find the cheapest access to […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – There’s a local teacher that uses a unique tool that has kids excited to go to school. He’s teaching his students that it’s okay to get our of your seat, as long as they’re rhyming along with the beat. Inside room 25 at Grassy Creek Elementary School in Warren Township you’ll find a group of enthusiastic fourth graders. Mr. Dustin Ecker is setting the stage for success, quite literally. The students put together their desk to create a stage in the […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – There’s a new way for bicyclists to get around the Circle City, however there are some who say it’s making things worse. “It’s confusing, potentially dangerous,” said City-County Councilor Jefferson Shreve of District 16. “It just further constricts the flow of movement up through Illinois through our city.” Shreve is referring to the bike lane IndyGo moved from Capitol to Illinois Street. It’s all part of the Red Line project. IndyGo added bollards, green pavement markings and […]