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.
Warning: This video may be considered graphic. BURLINGTON, N.C. — Burlington police released multiple body camera videos after a witness posted video on social media sparking outrage over a man’s recent arrest. The police video shows the body camera videos beside and synced up with the witness video, police say. Police Chief J. Jeffrey Smythe gives a statement. The body camera video begins at the 1-minute-51-second mark. Bobby Lamont Harvey, 41, of Burlington, was arrested on three counts of felony […]
BURLINGTON, N.C. — The man accused of assaulting three Burlington police officers has been released from the hospital, and is being held on a $1.25 million bond. The officers say Bobby Lamont Harvey, 41, of Burlington, was uncooperative during the investigation and assaulted his arresting officers. The Burlington police chief offered a play-by-play of a recent arrest after a video surfaced on social media. Harvey and the officers were treated at Alamance Regional Medical Center and released with non-life threatening […]
HIGH POINT, N.C. — Two people are charged with murder after an attempted robbery ended with a man stabbing the alleged robber more than 20 times, according to High Point police. At about 10 p.m. Wednesday, police responded to the area of Player Drive and Austin Street after an out-of-breath caller reported that he was attacked and his SUV was stolen. The caller described his SUV as a Subaru Forrester and said that a woman named “Christie” was driving around […]
OCRACOKE, N.C. — As Hurricane Dorian swept across the North Carolina coast, people all across Ocracoke island shared video of high floodwaters blanketing their neighborhoods. Deborah Lacks shared jarring video of floodwaters climbing over her porch on Ocracoke Island, the ground buried beneath the water. A pick-up truck is visible with water up and over its tires. Flooding may have overtaken Moonraker Tea Shop, but the Ocracoke shop still has a sense of humor about it. “This is not what […]
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 […]