Cleveland man accused of kidnapping son from Alabama in 2002 pleads not guilty

Melissa Reid joined the Fox 8 news team as a general assignment reporter in April 2011.

Before coming to FOX 8, Melissa worked at WTRF in Wheeling, WV and KDKA in Pittsburgh, PA as a reporter and producer, respectively.

Melissa was born and raised south of Pittsburgh. She attended Bentworth High School and went on to study at Bethany College where she majored in broadcast journalism.

Melissa has covered some of the most high-profile murder court cases in Cleveland history, including Anthony Sowell, the Chardon High School shooting, the Amish Beard cutting trial, the Steubenville rape trial, as well as extensive coverage of Ariel Castro and the Cleveland captives rescued. She has also interviewed everyone from Betty White to Alice Cooper to Lebron James. Melissa also sat down one-on-one with Governor Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. She has also filed reports for Fox News, CNN, and HLN.

Melissa has been nominated for seven Emmys, including Best TV Reporter. She was also voted Cleveland Scene’s best local to follow on twitter, and Cleveland Magazine’s sexiest local celebrity, as well as most interesting people of 2014.

In her spare time, Melissa likes to spend time with her husband, Billy, and her dog, Miss Sophie Charlotte. She also plays volleyball, softball, golf, tennis, and is a mean ping-pong player. Melissa also admits to having a mean shopping habit.

Melissa is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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    Certain deals have some people camping out at Best Buy

    PARMA- It’s camping season outside the Best Buy in Parma. Wednesday morning, Leonard Thompson of Cleveland was the first to pitch a tent and get in line in front of the store ahead of those Black Friday deals. “I got here about 9 o’clock this morning and what made me come out was my grandkids. I am getting them TVs and laptops,” said Thompson. Morris Stone of Old Brooklyn was the second camper in line. “I’m going to get a 49 inch […]

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    Text neck: The growing epidemic among teens and even younger

    It has become a growing health concern all because of how much we rely on smartphones and tablets. Local doctors say so-called ‘text neck’ is a real thing, doing irreparable damage to our spines. Watch Melissa Reid’s report above for more.

  • Candlelight vigil for Emily Plickert

    Powerful ceremony to remember teen killed in crash: ‘To keep her life in our hearts’

    ORWELL, Ohio– A solemn candlelight ceremony was held Tuesday night as hundreds of students at Grand Valley High School in Orwell remembered 17-year-old Emily Plickert. “Tonight is a memorial that the students, staff, and her parents wanted to put together, to keep her life in our hearts,” said Bill Nye, superintendent. Plickert’s family, along with her friends, teachers, and the community lined the entire football field at Mustang Stadium, a place where she cheered many games there. “She was a cheerleader, […]

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    Drone spotted less than a mile from Hopkins Airport

    CLEVELAND – Lonnie King of Westlake is in flight school, just five hours away from becoming a pilot so he can fly drones commercially. “I used to fly drones recreationally.  But now I do it for still photography and aerial video,” said King. And while King follows the current rules concerning drones set by the Federal Aviation Administration, he says there are plenty of people who don’t. “Right now, the rules are stay five nautical miles away from an airport.  Most […]

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    Dash camera video shows Lorain dog attack, officers shoot both dogs

    LORAIN – Lorain Police have released cruiser dash cam video of a vicious dog attack, in which officers were forced to shoot both dogs back in October. “The initial call was a woman who was walking home on West 29th Street and was attacked by two dogs,” said Officer Rick Broz with the Lorain Police Department. Officer Broz was among several officers who responded after three women were injured in a series of dog attacks in that area. “We formed a […]

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    Peace of mind at your fingertips: Watch as we put life-saving apps to the test

    Have you ever been walking alone and suddenly wished that your family and friends, as well as the police, would know your exact location? Well, there’s an app for that. As FOX 8’s Melissa Reid reports in the video above, there are new life-saving apps that promise to protect you.. anywhere. All 3 apps are free; however, after 30 days, LifeLine Response then charges $4.99 a month. Information on all the apps is below: CLICK HERE for the Companion app […]

  • Big Shots. Little Stars

    Cancer survivors are true stars of the show as they team up with Cavs for fundraiser

    CLEVELAND– The stars were out Wednesday night as the Cleveland Cavaliers hosted the annual “Big Shots and Little Stars” fundraiser at Quicken Loans Arena. “We have 42 little stars on the runway tonight and all of them are pediatric cancer survivors,” said Allison Clarke, founder of Flashes of Hope. The money raised goes to Flashes of Hope and The Children’s Tumor Foundation. **Check out some of the great behind-the-scenes tweets below** “What means the most to me is to see the […]

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    ‘Oh my God!’: Witnesses describe terrifying moment plane crashed into apartment complex

    AKRON, Ohio– Roberta Porter was driving down Mogadore Road in Akron on Tuesday afternoon, when she witnessed a plane crash into an apartment building. “A plane just dropped out of the sky. It was about 50 feet in front of me; it veered to the left and then right into the duplex. And then it was a massive explosion and flames instantly.” “I was going to run up towards there and it sounded like ammunition was going off. Didn’t know what was […]

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    Small helicopter crashes in field in Erie County

    WAKEMAN, Ohio- One person was taken to the hospital after a small helicopter crash Wednesday in Erie County. It happened shortly after 2 the Wakeman Airport in Wakeman. According to Sheriff Paul Sigsworth with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, a two-seater helicopter took off from the runway at the Wakeman Airport. As the helicopter gained flight, the engine lost power. The helicopter crashed about a half mile south of the airport in an agricultural field. Sigsworth said there were two people in […]

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    Bold move: Parents go before judge because of their children’s misbehavior

    CLEVELAND– Over 50 Cleveland Metropolitan School District parents, along with their children, stood before a judge Wednesday night. The Cleveland Municipal Court held court at Jane Addams High School. Parents were arraigned on charges of violating curfew, all because their child was stopped by police during school hours. “The parent receives a citation when the child is out during daytime curfew,” said Judge Emanuella Groves. Groves said 76 parents were summoned. “If the parent does not show up here, this is […]

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    ‘I have some closure’: Teen’s family reacts to arrest in deadly hit-and-run

    LORAIN, Ohio– Family and friends of 17-year-old Jayvian Johnson, of Lorain, are still grieving. The teen was killed in a hit-and-run accident. “He is in a better place,” said Linease Johnson, mother. However, news of the arrest of Damion Cheers, 25, of Lorain gave them some peace Tuesday. “I have some closure knowing that justice will be served for my grandson,” said Patricia Johnson, grandmother. Lorain police say Cheers was behind the wheel of the car that struck and killed Jayvian […]

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    Brooklyn Law Director running for mayor among those arrested during Seven Hills drug raid

    SEVEN HILLS, Ohio  – An undercover narcotics investigation by the Cleveland Police Narcotics Unit and the U.S. Postal Service resulted in three arrests Monday night. Only Fox 8 cameras were there as the men were handcuffed and taken into custody outside a home on Broadview Road in Seven Hills. Detectives say among them is Scott Claussen, 40, of Brooklyn. According to the city of Brooklyn, Claussen is the current Law Director there. Claussen is also running for Mayor in the November […]