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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High speed chase

  A scary scene on the interstate this afternoon.

A police chase reached speeds over 100 miles an hour as authorities tried to stop a stolen car.

law enforcement had been looking for the Saab sedan ever since it was stolen in Howland around 6:00 this morning.

A State Police trooper spotted it near Dysarts in Hermon and tried to pull it over, but the driver took off.

With police in pursuit, the vehicle sped down the interstate and got off in Newport before spike strips could be deployed.

It ended when a trooper managed to slam into the vehicle with a pit manuever, bringing the dangerous chase to an end.

The two people inside the vehicle were quickly arrested and are expected to face a long list of charges.

Their names have not been released, but officials say more information will be available this evening.

Ticket to work

There's good news for people living on social security disability benefits.

The "Ticket to Work" program allows them to return to the workforce without losing their benefits.

Special forums are being held around the state to teach people about the program.

Administrators says the physical condition has improved for a lot of people and they want to work to earn more money, but they dont because they worry those benefits will be taken away.

The program encourages people to work with Maine's career centers to help reach their employment goals..

Additional forums will be held all around the state.

For more information visit www.mainecareercenter.com or call 1-888-457-8883

Daycare under investigation

A Bangor daycare has gone out of business and now under investigation.

The Department of Health and Human Services confirms the "Almost Home Daycare" on Charles street closed on Friday and owner Tracy Rowe voluntarily surrendered her license.

Officials say the investigation began after DHHS received a complaint about the business, although they wont comment on what it was.

The Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services is now investigating and no further details will be released.

Tracy Rowe has operated the daycare since 1999. 

Grenade scare

Turned out to be a false alarm in Skowhegan today.

The State Police Bomb Squad had to be called in when a grenade was found outside the Towne Motel on Madison Avenue.

It was located outside near and oil tank and officials weren't taking any chances.

The area was evacuated and it wasn't until later police discovered the grenade was a toy. 

Baby death

Police in southern Maine are investigating the tragic death of a baby.

It happened Monday afternoon at an apartment in Lewiston.

The boy, who was a week shy of his first birthday, was placed into a tub with his two year old sister.

Their father, 27 year old Sean St. Amand then left the room.

When he returned to check on them, the baby was unresponsive and died despite efforts to revive him.

Police are now awaiting autopsy results as part of their investigation.

The child's mother was taking a nap in another room at the time of the incident.

Child pornography conviction

A Penobscot man faces up to 10 years in prison after being convicted of possessing child pornography.

52 year old Kevin Lee Ross was found guilty today during a trial in U.S. District Court in Bangor.

The U.S. Attorneys office says police found a child pornography video playing on a computer when they raided Ross's home in 2011.

They also found thousands of images of child porn when they searched his computer.

Ross faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250 thousand dollar fine when he's sentenced at a later date. . 

Vehicle autopsy complete

A teenager critically hurt in a hayride accident has been released from Boston Children's Hospital on the day State Police complete the autopsy on the Jeep involved.

Connor Garland of Belgrade suffered a broken jaw and other serious injuries in the crash last Saturday night in Mechanic Falls.  The hayride accident killed a 17-year-old girl and injured two-dozen others. 

Everyone injured in the accident has now been released from the hospital.

State Police say the result of the vehicles inspection will be included in the final report that will be compiled and released to the district attorney's office when the State Fire Marshal's Office completes the investigation.

Some witnesses say the Jeep was struggling and believe a mechanical failure caused it to crash.

Ebola scare prompts teacher absence

The ebola scare is having an impact on Maine. The school board in the town of Strong has decided to place a teacher on paid administrative leave after the person returned from a conference in Dallas, Texas. That's where one man died and two healthcare workers were infected with the illness. School officials released a statement saying they made the decision after hearing from concerned parents. The unidentified teacher will remain on leave for 21 days and the district will remain in close contact with the Maine CDC in regard to the issue. Just yesterday, Governor Paul Lepage also issued a statement saying he's confident the state is prepared to handle ebola should it spread here.

Telephone scam costs woman $3,000

Ellsworth police are warning about a telephone scam.

They say an elderly woman fell victim to it  and it ended up costing her 3-thousand dollars.

It began when someone called her claiming to be her grandson and saying he had been arrested and needed money to get out of jail.

Believing it was him, she sent the money and by the time she realized she had been taken it was too late.

  These scammers were a little more elaborate than others.

When Detective Dotty Small called the return number a person answered as though he was a police officer in California and they even had a police scanner playing in the background.

When small told the person she was also a police officer they hung up.

Home invasion stabbing

An investigation continues following a home invasion and stabbing.

The Somerset County Sheriff's department says it happened  around 11:00 Monday night at a home on Highland Avenue.

The owner says three men entered his home and assaulted him while trying to steal his property.

He fought back and stabbed one of the robbers several times before they fled the scene.

One of the robbers later appeared at a hospital seaking treatment for his stab wounds.

At last report no arrests had been made, but that's expected to change as the investigation continues.

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