Craig Colson

Craig Colson

News Director/Producer/Anchor
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Craig Colson became news director and anchor at WVII ABC 7 and WFVX Fox Bangor in December of 2012. He began his career in broadcasting in 1985 while working as a news photographer at another Bangor television station. Craig worked his way up through the ranks and became the main anchor for the nightly newscasts before leaving in 2009. At that point, he became news director for four local radio stations and delivered the morning news before taking on his current position.

Craig grew up in a "news family" and followed in the footsteps of his father who was also a news director and anchor. His brother is also a news photographer at a Boston television station.

Craig's career has brought him all over-reporting from everywhere from Washington D.C. to Red Square in Moscow, Russia. When he isn't reporting the news, Craig can be found taking on new adventures with his two daughters or exploring the coast of Maine in his kayak. His other passion is making furniture in his shop or just about anything involving the outdoors.

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Millinocket fire

Fire crews are battling a blaze at an apartment building in Millinocket. The fire on Wassau street was reported a little before 2:00 Monday afternoon. There aren't many details available, but we're told it is a  multi-family building. Fire crews from neighboring towns were also called for help.

Brewer high school opening delayed

It looks like students at Brewer High School will get a few extra days of summer vacation.

The school year was supposed to start on Thursday, August 28th, but because of the ongoing construction it's being pushed to Tuesday, September 2.

The new student orientation and the freshman parent meeting will still be held as planned.

The Brewer Community School will also open as planned on August 28th.

Pharmacy robber arrested

A man accused of holding up a pharmacy in Gardiner yesterday didn't remain free for long.

31 year old Jesse Mansir was arrested last night and charged with robbing the local Rite-Aid store.

Police believe he's the man who passed a note to a pharmacist yesterday morning--demanding drugs and threatening that he had a gun.

He then fled on foot and no one was hurt.

Gardiner police say they later received a tip that their suspect was hiding in a wooded area off Harrison Avenue.

15 police officers and 2 k-9 units moved in and arrested Mansir just after seven last night.

He's now charged with robbery and was taken to the Kennebec County jail.

Apple crop looks great

It looks like it will be a great year for Maine's apple harvest.

Growers all around the state are reporting good conditions--with some saying it could be a better year than most.

That's the case at Conant's orchard in Etna.

They say they've had plenty of rain and sunshine which has been great for the crop.

They're looking forward to seeing lots of families who enjoy picking their own.

Conant's offers more than 20 varieties of apples, but they also have many other Maine produced products.

The farm stand on Route 2 is already open for the season and "pick-your-own" apples will be ready by the first weekend in September.

Man accused of sexually assaulting dog

A very unusual case out of Farmington.

That's where a man has been charged with cruelty to animals after allegedly sexually assaulting a dog.

Police say they learned about it Monday when they were called to a home to investigate a domestic incident.

They learned no assault on a person had taken place, but two of the people there informed police that 24 year old Albert Farmer had performed a sexual act on the dog.

Officials say the dog belongs to a friend and Farmer no longer has access to it.

He was taken to the Franlin County jail and has since been released. 

Verizon adding jobs in Bangor

Verizon wireless is hiring scores of people to operate its Bangor call center.

It plans to host a special job fair on September 4th at the center on Telcom Drive.

Verizon has already hired more than 80 employees and plans to hire 90 more through the end of the year.

People are encouraged to apply online before the September 4th event so they can be eligible for an on-the-spot interview.

For more information you can visit   verizon dot com, backslash jobs.

Job id number: 363835

Verizon Wireless Hiring Event

Thursday, September 4

10:00-2:00 p.m.

6 Telcom drive, Bangor

Verizon.com/jobs

Meth bust

A suspected meth lab bust in Oakfield today.

The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency reports it found evidence of an illegal meth lab at a home on the River Road.

The investigation began this morning when state police were called to a disturbance at the home in which a person was said to be threatening to burn the house down.

The responding trooper saw chemicals and other suspicious materials and called the MDEA.

After a search warrant was conducted, authorities arrested 39 year old Douglas Morin and charged him with drug trafficking.

He's also facing a domestic violence charge.

Pregnant woman attacked

A Bangor man is accused of attacking a pregnant woman and assaulting the person who tried to intervene.

It happened just after two this morning at an apartment building at the corner of Essex and Garland streets in bangor.

Police say they found the woman severely injured in a hallway and the suspect locked himself inside and wouldn't come out.

The swat team was eventually called, but it ended when the man opened his door and an officer used a taser to subdue him.

34 year old Joshua Cole is now charged with elevated aggravated assault on a pregnant person and another count of elevated assault on the witness who tried to help.

He's also charged with assaulting another person who also tried to intervene.

Fisherman death

Authorities have identified a lobsterman who died in the waters of Vinalhaven.

The Department of Marine Resources says 36 year old Jeremy Philbrook was a father of three.

Officials believe he fell overboard while hauling traps about a mile from the island.

His body was found by another fisherman early Wednesday afternoon along with his unmanned lobster boat.

The Coast Guard is investigating the incident and released a statement urging other boaters to wear life jackets, especially when they're alone.

Burglar search

Bangor Police are looking for a man wanted for a local burglary.

They released a surveillance photo of a man suspected of breaking into the Pine Grove Crematorium off Outer Hammond Street.

Police say they responded to a burglar alarm at the facility on July 31, but the crook had already fled.

No human remains were tampered with, but some items were stolen.

The man was wearing a dark colored leather jacket and was garrying a blue blanket.

He also has a beard.

Anyone with information is urged to contact bangor's police department.

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