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
  • Fishers man attempts to locate family of soldier to return Purple Heart plaque

    HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. – A Fishers man has a mission to return a Purple Heart back to the family who it belongs to. Ron Patterson received the plaque from a friend who got it during an estate sale in Noblesville. “She found out that I was a veteran and was a paratrooper and she said ‘hey, I’ve got something that I know you can help me with’,” Patterson explained, “She bought this picture frame at an estate sale and it’s […]

  • Domestic violence survivor relives trauma, explains how advocates helped her heal

    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 […]

  • Butler University study finds nearly 60% of students have used JUUL: ‘Please think twice about doing this’

    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 […]

  • Conservancy group launches $650,000 campaign to preserve 25 acres of natural area

    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 […]

  • Street racing endangers residents on Indy’s south side: ‘It gets really rowdy’

    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 […]

  • Perry Township Schools work to implement drug tests on school grounds

    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 crisis center’s busiest advocate is a 9-year-old service dog named Odle

    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 […]

  • Local family’s spooky ‘Yard Haunt’ helps feed hundreds of Hoosiers

    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 Health opens new gateway facility that offers low-cost services

    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 […]

  • Warren Township teacher uses hip hop lessons increase test scores

    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 […]

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