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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MADISON COUNTY, Ind. – A suspected child molester is behind bars because of a note a teacher caught students passing back and forth in class. Police say Paris James Voss was booked into the Madison County Jail on Friday on charges of child molestation. He accepted a plea agreement and was sentenced to six years. That sentence will run concurrent with another child molestation sentence out of Marion County. According to court documents, police learned that Voss molested at least […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. –The number of unaccompanied children crossing the southern border is on the rise. Last month, that number almost reached 12,000 according to information from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Did you know, some of those minors are landing right here in the Hoosier state? By definition from the Department of Health and Human Services, an unaccompanied alien child (UAC): Has no lawful immigration status in the United States Is under 18 years of age Has no parent or […]
FAYETTE COUNTY, Ind. – A church community in Bentonville is picking up pieces of history, literally, after a tornado ripped through their place of worship on Saturday. Minister Don Miller says he’s running on prayer and hope. The Bentonville Christian Church has stood strong since the 1800s, but when Miller found out that his church was now barely standing after Saturday’s tornado, he was devastated. “We’re not a lot of people, but we’re good people,” said Miller. “It’s been a […]
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind. – A recent vote by the Bartholomew County Council has started a public safety debate. On Tuesday, the Council voted to not hire two new dispatchers. Council President Matthew Miller says 911 dispatch currently has two openings, so they need to fill those positions first. He says the council is also waiting to find out how much money they’ll receive from the state for their annual budget. “There’s currently two open positions for the 911 center that […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Imagine riding 700 miles on a bike in one month, that’s a tough challenge! For the East District Community Prosecutor, he says bring it on. But, the reason why he rides is his true motivation. Each mile he logs means more money to help fight childhood cancer. According to the Great Cycle Challenge, cancer is the biggest killer of kids from disease in the United States. About 38 children die every week. “This is who I have […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A $191 million referendum is in the works for Lawrence Township schools. School leaders say it will be used to transform the state’s 9th largest public school district. So, how would this proposed referendum impact your wallet? Dr. Dana Altemeyer with MSD of Lawrence Township says, “It’s really important to clarify this is a capital referendum. The funds that are generated will only be used to renovate schools.” Lawrence Township is not seeking an operating referendum, as they […]
MUNCIE, Ind. — Counties in Indiana are making the grades based on their quality of life, and the results may catch you by surprise. Researchers at Ball State University recently updated the Community Asset Inventory and Rankings (CAIR). This study distributes letter grades to all of Indiana’s 92 counties based on their quality of life and economic conditions. The study was last conducted in 2012 and the new results look at county conditions between 2012 and 2018. Michael Hicks is […]
BROWNSBURG, Ind. — The kickoff to the summer season didn’t go exactly as planned at the splash pad in Brownsburg. When Parks and Recreation Department workers went to open the splash pad for the first time this year at Williams Park, they discovered someone vandalized their facilities, trails and equipment. Little did the suspect know, the crime was all caught on video. The surveillance video shows five people spray painting inappropriate words and images in several parts of the park. […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A summer youth play program on the near east side is scrambling for help after they say thieves stole over $20,000 worth of equipment just 10 days out from their first event. “Our kids are worth it. Our kids are worth doing the right thing. They’re worth telling someone and letting the proper channels handle this because more than anything our kids are the ones who will bear the burden of this lost equipment,” said Andrew Neal, the Director […]
NOBLESVILLE, Ind.– On this day one year ago, no one ever imagined what would happen the next morning. A school shooting would become a reality for central Indiana. As we reflect, students and families may experience distress. So, how can families cope with the painful memory? It’s common that an anniversary, especially a school shooting, could reactivate thoughts and feelings. In Noblesville, they’re working to channel those traumatic feelings into something positive. Patrick Propst is no stranger to grief, trauma […]