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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Waterville store damaged by fire

 An automatic alarm helped prevent more damage when a fire broke out last night in Waterville.
 
The alarm went off after nine oclock last night at the party supply business on Sanger Avenue. Fire crews discovered there was a fire in the basement and quickly went to work. The fire ended up destroying a vehicle that was being stored in the building along with thousands of dollars worth of equipment. Fire officials say if it wasn't for the smoke alarm that alerted authorities the entire building could've been lost. The business reopened today as workers tried to salvage what they could. The owners say the rental portion of the business will reopen because many of tents, chairs and other party rentals are stored at another location in Winslow.

A Bapst thank you

A group of Bangor firefighters received a special treat this morning.
 
The folks at John Bapst High School wanted to come up with a way to say thank you for all the firefighters did to save their school last week. The Bapst chefs and student leadership groups decided to cook them a great meal. They were there this morning making omelets and other tasty food. The fire started when a worker was trying to thaw some ice on the schools roof. The fire fighters managed to stop the blaze before the damage was more severe.

Sex offender returned to prison

A man who robbed a Rockport pharmacy last year will serve six years in prison.
 
Authorities say 56 year old Donald Keating jr. of Owls Head had a shopping bag over his head when he held up the pharmacy and demanded drugs. He was captured later that day because a witness was able to identify his getaway car. A judge has ordered Keating to serve 1 year of a 10 year sentence for the robbery. He also ordered him to serve an additional 5 years in prison for violating his probation. Officials say Keating was on probation at the time of the robbery after being convicted of sexually assaulting a girl in 2003.

Waterville apartment fire

A big apartment fire sent heavy smoke into the sky above Waterville today.
 
Crews were called to the building on Paris Street a little after 10:00 this morning. At last report they were still on the scene using an excavator to knock down walls in order to reach the remaining hot spots. There are no injuries reported, but 12 people were left homeless by the fire. 3 of them are children. We're told two dogs also escaped, but some cats are still missing. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Umaine student will run across the nation

A University of Maine student is training for an incredible journey.
 
 Marie Miller will take part in the "4-k for cancer", a run from San Francisco to New York to raise money for the Ulman Cancer Fund. It provides money and services to young adults who are battling cancer. Marie says she was inspired to do something after her own grandfather died from the disease.
 
 Marie is currently running 10 miles a day to train for this summers epic run. She also needs to raise more than 4 thousand dollars and plans to hold a spaghetti supper in Hampden on April 3rd to raise funds.It will be held at the Hampden snowmobile club. To learn more or to contribute visit   
http://4kforcancer.org/profiles/marie-miller/

Baby deaths

An important message today from Maine's Attorney General and Chief Medical Examiner. They're warning parents about the danger of sharing their beds with their infants. They've investigated the deaths of 5 babies since early January. All of the children were under the age of four months and all of them died as the result of asphyxiation while sleeping in the same bed as their parents. Medical Examiner Mark Flomenbaum says he has never before seen such numbers in his 23 year career and urges parents to resist the practice. The American Academy of Pediatrics says up to 12 babies die in Maine each year because they slept with their parents. It warns about sharing a bed or a couch with infants because even a quick nap can prove to be deadly. All of the recent baby deaths have been ruled accidental. You can find more information by visiting: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/…/Docu…/Safe_Sleep_Baby_English.pdfhttp://www.cdc.gov/features/sidsawarenessmonth/http://www.nichd.nih.gov/sts/materials/Pages/default.aspx - parentshttp://www.healthychildren.org/…/A-Parents-Guide-to-Safe-Sl…http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/279572.phphttp://maineaap.org/…/SleepingLikeaBaby201

Fairpoint strike ending

It appears the Fairpoint strike is coming to an end. The company just announced it has reached an agreement with employees who have been on strike since October after the two sides reached an impasse during contract talks. The company says it has reached an agreement and the workers will return to their jobs next week of the employees sign off on the agreement. The following is a press release sent by Fairpoint.

 

FAIRPOINT, IBEW, AND CWA REACH TENTATIVE AGREEMENTS

 

February 19, 2015 - FairPoint Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: FRP); System Council T-9 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (AFL-CIO) Locals 2320, 2326, and 2327; and the Communications Workers of America (AFL-CIO) Local 1400 are pleased to announce that today they have reached tentative agreements on the terms for new collective bargaining agreements.

 

The Company and the Unions agree that the terms of their new collective bargaining agreements will address, in meaningful and constructive ways, the objectives of the parties and that the new labor agreements will provide employees with wages and benefits that are among the best in northern New England. At the same time, the agreements permit the Company to achieve a much more competitive position in the marketplace.

 

Union members will vote on ratification of the tentative agreements as soon as possible. Effective with the signing of the tentative agreements, the parties agreed that striking employees will return to work on Wednesday, February 25, 2015.

 

Further comments will be withheld until the ratification vote is complete.

 

 

Stolen UMaine data

A potential security breach involving the University of Maine.
 
A laptop computer and memory card used by UMaine faculty members was stolen  from a checked bag earlier this month during a flight from Seattle to Washington. The device contained personal information about 941 students who were enrolled in physics courses since 1999. That includes social security numbers, phone numbers and other information for more than 600 of those students. UMaine says authorities have been notified about the computer and there's no indication that any of that information has been used since the theft. The 604 students whose records included the social security numbers will be offered free identity theft protection for one year.

People escape fire

Residents of a Brewer home managed to escape after flames erupted inside their garage. It happened on South Brewer street early this afternoon. The flames started in the attached garage and started to spread to the home. A car also caught fire. We're told the people who lived there tried to escape through the homes front door, but it was blocked by snow. A passerby and a policeman stopped and helped them reach safety. They've been identified as Officer Mike Wilson and the passerby is Andy Field. The residents were unhurt, but may be treated for smoke inhalation. The State Fire Marshal's office will try to determine what started the fire.

Free dental care

A lot of Maine children don't get the dental care they need. That's why the American Dental Association created "Give Kids a Smile Day"..
 
It's a chance to get that important care at no charge. The dental health clinic at the Bangor campus of the  University of Maine at Augusta will be offering a wide variety of services this Friday to kids who dont have a dentist of their own. They know that improper tooth care can impact everything from a child's health to how they perform in school.
 
They'll be offering free cleanings, xrays, sealants and other services. Volunteer dentists will also be there Friday to see children from one to 17 years old. You can make an appointment by calling 262-7872.

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