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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HENDRICKS COUNTY, Ind.– The mission of Theratails is to help children with special needs take their very first steps or say their first words. Kids are saddling up to face their struggles, but where they’re riding has become more of the challenge. On days like Friday, when it’s windy, cold, and rainy outside, some kids with special needs are having to go outside for their therapy. That’s why Theratails says they need a new facility. “We have to close basically […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A school on the far east side is in desperate need of help. Phalen Leadership Academy opened its doors in 2017. It’s an A-rated, tuition-free charter school for grades 7-10. Their goal was to provide a safe place for education, in one of the city’s most dangerous zip codes. They’re working to do just that, but they’re having a hard time keeping up with the high demand. Right now, only half of their school is operating, while […]
LAWRENCE, Ind. – The City of Lawrence is working to put a limit on the number of temporary used car lots on one busy road. This initiative will bring a new look to Pendleton Pike. If you’ve driven on Pendleton Pike, it’s hard to miss the number of used car lots lined up along the street. Mayor Steve Collier says that could soon be a thing of the past. Vale Autosales has been located on Pendleton Pike for more than […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The number of juveniles being killed by gun violence is alarming, but the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office is working to curb the city’s deadly statistics. A new effort called Project LIFE is giving juveniles a second chance. The juveniles are ordered by probation to participate in the program, which stands for Lasting Intense Firearms Education. “It just breaks my heart every time I hear a juvenile being in trouble,” said Reverend Malachi Walker. Last weekend, two juveniles were […]
GASTON, Ind. — We’re three weeks away from the Indiana primary elections. In Gaston, there’s an interesting race happening now for Town Council. Let’s just say, two of the Democrat and Republican candidates have a bit of a past. There’s big talk around this small town heading into the primaries. Candidates are hoping their names come up at dinner tables across the community. For Audra and Benji Koontz, their conversations are a bit more unique. “People have to pay attention,” […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — After multiple complaints into the city, the owner of a car repair shop on the east side is pleading for help. Michael Cantrell of Michael’s Automotive told us he was worried about road conditions in front of his business located at 10th and Emerson. Cantrell’s life centers around fixing cars, but recently city roads were getting in the way of that. Once his customers drive away, he’s afraid potholes will ruin his hard work. “I don’t want to […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) received the largest investment ever by a single donor to get students ready for life after high school. Local leaders say it’s an investment that’s desperately needed for your child’s education. IPS hopes this investment will transform thousands of young lives. JPMorgan Chase announced a $1 million investment to Indianapolis Public Schools, EmployIndy and JFF to increase access to work-based learning opportunities. They made the announcement Wednesday at the Arsenal Technical High School STEM […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The seven people killed across Marion County this past weekend, sadly, aren’t the only victims. These tragedies devastate hundreds of people, from family, friends, to an entire community. Now, organizations and local groups are speaking out and demanding change. “It makes the pit of my stomach turn,” said Deandra Dycus, the Founder of Purpose 4 My Pain. Dycus is no stranger to gun violence. She sees it in her neighborhood daily. “A 17-year-old was killed at least […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Every second matters during the threat of an explosive device. IUPUI officials decided they needed a specialized officer to protect the campus in case of an emergency. Indy, a pup named after the city he’ll protect, is the newest addition to the Indiana University Police Department at IUPUI. Although he looks like your typical 9-month-old puppy, he has many new responsibilities. “He’s pretty much the perfect dog. He’s cute, he’s soft, he’s cuddly,” said Officer Robert Botts, […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – City leaders are focused on bringing new life to an old and empty church–a critical development for the turnaround of the far east side. “An area that has been not neglected but isn’t the center of arts activity,” said Ernest Disney-Britton, the director of grant services and education partnerships at Arts Council of Indianapolis. The arts community says this is something that has never been done before in central Indiana. It’s a project so powerful that Indy’s […]