Justyn Melrose took on the mantle of FOX8 morning web producer in July 2018.
He grew up in a family of writers in Northampton, a small artsy city nestled in the mountains of Western Massachusetts.
In 2011, he packed up and moved down to Greensboro to attend Guilford College where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the college’s award-winning newspaper, The Guilfordian. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English in 2015.
Justyn came to FOX8 from RockinghamNow, a community newspaper based out of Reidsville, after reporting for nearly three years.
Outside the office, Justyn loves good stories wherever he can find them, from written works to movies and shows to tabletop RPGs.
A 72-year-old’s false teeth got stuck in his throat during surgery and weren’t discovered for eight days, doctors have said. The man was having surgery to remove a harmless lump in his abdominal wall, but the operating team neglected to take out his dentures before the operation. He returned to the hospital six days later complaining of blood in his mouth and difficulties breathing and swallowing, which had prevented him from eating solid food. Ultimately, more surgery was needed to […]
DURHAM, N.C. — A Durham woman and her 14-year-old daughter were kicked off a plane and the mother was arrested after a disagreement with a flight attendant. The woman says the airline refused to clean vomit off their seats or relocate them. Now, the woman has filed a complaint Thursday for more than $55 million in damages. The defendants are listed as Frontier Airlines Inc., Indigo Parners LLC, ABC Corporation 1 through 4, an unknown woman referred to as Jane […]
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Beachgoers in Myrtle Beach got a frightening surprise Monday morning when multiple sharks were spotted off the coast. Tara Savedge, who caught video of scene, said she was at the beach with her husband, watching her son and nephew skimboard, when her husband saw fish jumping out of the water. “He assumed something was chasing them and then we saw a shark breach the water,” Savedge told FOX8. “We told all of our family to get […]
WALKERTOWN, N.C. — A black bear was spotted in Walkertown Friday morning. A couple caught video of the black bear on a Ring camera as it walked through their backyard near Ruxton Drive. One bear is seen walking across before disappearing onto a neighbor’s property. The bear does not appear to be fully grown. They said this is a first for them and alerted animal control.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — One Winston-Salem teenager was excited about graduation and he had the moves to prove it. Joshua Ishimwe Gakeri graduated from Carver High School on Saturday. Video, captured by his mom, shows that Gakeri was excited even before he made it to the stage, waving his arms and dancing. Once he got to the front, however, that’s when the real celebration began. Gakeri spun around, losing his graduation cap, and dropped down with a split before bouncing back […]
TORRINGTON, Conn. — Police have struck an unusual deal with a wanted man. Jose Simms, a 29-year-old wanted for multiple counts of failure to appear, said he would turn himself in if the police department could get 15,000 likes on a Facebook post. It sounds like one of those attention-hungry posts you see all over the Internet, but this time it’s coming from the law. Torrington Police, in Connecticut, posted the details of the odd deal on Tuesday, explaining that […]
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — After the City of Winston-Salem took down the Confederate monument at the corner of Liberty and Fourth streets, the United Daughters of the Confederacy fought back. Turning to the court, the UDC sought to force the city to return the monument to its corner. The judge, however, dismissed the case on Wednesday, according to court documents. Superior Court Judge Eric C. Morgan dismissed the UDC’s complaint with prejudice on Wednesday, meaning the UDC cannot bring up this […]
RALEIGH, N.C. — Some North Carolina lawmakers want to make it illegal for telephone solicitors to call you with fake phone numbers. House Bill 724 — or the Truth in Caller ID Act — was filed April 11, and while it would be a small text change to North Carolina law, its already garnered a lot of support. The law would ban telephone solicitors from misrepresenting themselves or use misleading information with regard to caller identification technology. This means, if […]
WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr addressed the release of the Mueller report Thursday morning before the public release of the redacted report slated for about 11 a.m. The redacted report, which is nearly 400 pages, will fill in some — but likely not all — of the details explaining what Mueller’s team uncovered during the 22-month investigation that’s hung like a cloud over Donald Trump’s presidency while the special counsel investigated possible collusion between Trump’s team and Russia and […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Across the world, competitors are stepping up to find out who is “the very best like no one ever was.” On Saturday, trading card and video game players of all ages flocked to the Greensboro Coliseum Complex for the 2019 Pokémon Regional Championships in Greensboro, one of 13 regional events happening across the United States. Players filled the event center to battle their best 60-card decks of trading cards or their best team of six Pokémon from […]
As North Carolina’s flu death toll rose to 35, hospitals are buckling down on who is allowed inside to see patients. Beginning 7 a.m. Friday, Cone Health, Novant Health, Randolph Health, Atrium Health and Wake Forest Baptist Health ask that children under the age of 12 do not visit patients at any of the medical centers affiliated with the companies. Children under the age of 12 will, of course, still be allowed to visit medical facilities for treatment and may […]
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The United Daughters of the Confederacy have until the end of the day Thursday to remove a confederate monument in Winston-Salem or the city may take matters into their own hands. Early Thursday morning, it appeared little efforts were made thus far to take the monument down. On Dec. 31, the Winston-Salem City Attorney Angela Carmon sent a letter to the UDC, which owns the statue, directing the organization to remove and relocate it by Jan. 31. […]