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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Man charged with raping child

A man from Farmington is accused of sexually assaulting a minor.

27 year old Josh Austin was arrested last week and chared with gross sexual assault.

Authorities say the investigation began last month after police learned about the alleged offense from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Police haven't said if the victim was male or female, but will say the person was under the age of 18 and they both knew each other.

Planned power outage in Bangor

Folks in downtown Bangor are being warned about a planned power outage.

Emera Maine says it will have to cut off electricity to make improvments to the system.

The outage will take place from midnight until 6:00 Saturday morning.

It will impact businesses and apartments on  Central, Franklin, Hammond, Columbia and Harlow streets.

Crash victims identified

Police have identified the two people involved in a bad hit-and-run crash in Orrington.

The Penobscot County Sheriff's Department says it was 59 year old Robin Rie of Brewer who had slowed  Saturday morning to make a left hand turn from Route 15..

That's when her suv was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by 29 year old Marc Sparks of Bucksport.

Rie's vehicle ended up going off the road before crashing into a porch and officials say Sparks sped away.

Police later caught up with him in Bucksport where he confirmed his involvment in the crash.

Sparks wasn't injured, but at last report Robin Rie was still in critical condition.

Authorities expect sparks will face charges as the investigation continues. 

Domestic violence suspect facing drug charges

A Bangor  man accused of assaulting his girlfriend  is also facing drug charges.

19 year old Tyler Williams is accused of injuring his girlfriend Friday night after she confronted him about text messages on his phone.

She told officials he also threatened to kill her if she reported the incident to police.

She did anyway and also told police that williams had a secret marijuana growing operation in their apartment along with heroin and other drugs.

Williams was arrested and is now facing charges including possession of heroin and domestic violence assault.

Medical marijuana doctor fined

A Maine doctor has been reprimanded by the state for the way he signed up new medical marijuana patients.

Dr. William Ortiz gave certificates to almost 60 people while holding special clinics at Orono motels.

The Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine investigated and found the doctor failed to create adequate medical records for those patients and charged them $200 dollars each for a certificate that will allow them to buy medical pot.

The board also found Ortiz saw too many patients to conduct proper medical exams and that he created a negative impression of his activities which reflects badly on the medical profession.

Dr. Ortiz was fined $2 thousand dollars and must also pay more than $1,411 dollars to cover the cost of the investigation. 

Goode suspended from sports following deadly crash

Samantha Goode, the Bucksport High School student charged with the death of a classmate has received a suspension from the school as well.

Though she is allowed to participate in everyday classes, she is not allowed to take part in any athletics...

That suspension is for 30 days, and is because of a breach of the school's athletic code of conduct...

Goode is a cheerleader for the school's football team, meaning the suspension is in effect at this time.

Goode also served a ten day sentence in a juvenile facility after admitting to causing the wreck that killed Taylor Darveau in October of 2013.

Officials say she had been racing other teenagers when she lost control and crashed.

Woman pleads guilty to driving drunk with kids in the car

A woman from the town of Washington will serve time in jail after driving drunk with her children in the car.

34 year old Crystal Saunders pleaded guilty today to operating under the influence.

In exchange for her plea, prosecutors dropped the charge of endangering the welfare of a child.

Authorities say Saunders was arrested August 30 in rockland after police received reports she was driving drunk with her kids in the vehicle.

The children, ages 13, 12 and 4 were turned over to other family members and Saunders was brought to jail.

She'll begin serving a 10 day sentence on October 3.

Campaign controversy

The release of an audio tape by Maine's republican party is stirring some controversy on the campaign trail.

It's a recording of State Senator, Geoffrey Gratwick, a democrat who stopped by a constituents home while drumming up support for his own re-election.

The recording captured Gratwick saying if it was a race between Michael Michaud and Eliot Cutler he would vote for Cutler.

He apparently questioned Michaud's intelligence, stating he isn't a "brain guy"..

The Maine GOP says the recording was legally obtained even though Gratwick didn't know he was being recorded and has refused to release the entire recording.

Gratwick has since released his own statement saying his comments were taken out of context and that he fully support Michaud in the governor race.

Michaud released his own statement saying the republican party is resorting to desperate and dirty political tactics to distract from Governor Lepage's leadership record.

Eliot Cutler's camp says it doesn't condone secretly recording campaign visits and that  it's a reminder of why the parties are more interested in scoring political points than doing what's best for maine.

The GOP's recording can be found on Youtube.

 

Sex offender back in jail

A registered sex offender from Newport  is back behind bars.

46 year old Marc Alberi is accused of taking photos of a young boy in a public bathroom.

State Police say Alberi used a cell phone to take pictures of an 11 year old boy while he stood at the urinal inside the Palymyra, Walmart.

The boy reported the incident Sunday and Alberi was arrested yesterday.

His phone and laptop were also seized and examined by the computer crimes unit.

As a result of the investigation, Alberi was charged with possessing sexually explicit material of a child under 12.

He already has a total of 8 sex related offenses including his conviction in 1998 of unlawful sexual contact.

Arson

Authorities say a house fire in Machias last week was a work of arson.

It happened Thursday morning on West Street.

A fire that apparently started in a barn spread to a nearby home and destroyed both structures.

State Fire Marshal's investigated the fire and have determined it was intentionally set.

However, they have not said how they believe it was started.

The mother and daughter who lived there were away at the time.

Members of the community have been making donations to help them get back on their feet.

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