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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Fourth oui charge

A woman from Litchfield is facing her fourth oui charge following a crash last week.

State Police say 33 year old Kristy Cookson was intoxicated when she crashed a van on Route 132 last week while her four year old son was a passenger.

The car went off the road into a clump of trees in Wales and rescuers had to use a chainsaw to cut them free.

The son received minor injuries.

Police say Cookson was brought to the hospital with a serious ankle injury, but was accidentally discharged over the weekend.

She was arrested today and brought to jail. 

She's charged with aggravated oui, operating with a revoked license and violating the conditions of her release.

State Police say Cookson has 13 active drivers license suspensions and drugs and alcohol were factors in the latest crash.

She was also shot by Lewiston police in 2009 after she tried to run an officer over during a chase through the city.

Deployment canceled

A Maine Army National Guard unit will not be deployed to Kuwait after all.

The Skowhegan based 136th Engineering Company was planning to deploy next spring, but it has now been canceled.

That's because the company is part of the transition to an infantry unit which will be happening around that time.

That transition was also at the center of controversy that led to this weeks firing of the head of the Maine Army National Guard after the Governor said Adjutant General James Campbell wasn't being forthright about the plans.

The Governor is now vowing to keep the engineering battalion in maine.

He'll meet with Brigadier General Gerard Bolduc next week to discuss whether they can make that happen.

Coffee express closing

A lot of people simply cant start their day without a hot cup of coffee.

It looks like some folks in Ellsworth will have to find another place for their favorite brew now that a local coffee distributor is closing.

Coffee Express has been serving coffee and other items for 20 years.

The owners have decided to retire and are closing the ellsworth location next week.

The ellsworth location will close on Tuesday, March 31.

The owners do plan to keep the Bangor Coffee Express open at its location along State Street.

Truck tips in Albion

A scary accident today for a trucker in Albion.

He was delivering a building for New England Rent To Own LLC. when he was cut off by another driver.

He had to swerve and the load ended up crashing onto its side in the middle of Route 137.

Fortunately there weren't any injuries.

Bobby James says the crash was a testament to how strong the buildings are constructed.

The roadway had to be closed while the building was removed from the trailer and righted.

No word on if the woman who allegedly cut off the driver will face charges.

 

Plea deal for attempted murder suspect

One of the men accused of trying to kill a man in Dover Foxcroft has reached a plea deal with prosecutors.

In exchange for pleading no contest today to charges of aggravated assault, the District Attorney agreed to drop the more serious charge of attempted murder for 22 year old Wilber Corson Junior.

Corson and his cousin Kyle are accused of attacking 48 year old Reginald Melvin after they say Melvin started smashing windows in their vehicles last April.

Melvin was beaten and as also shot in the stomach, but survived.

Wilbur Corson also pleaded no contest today to charges filed after a brawl outside the Dover courthouse earlier this month while jury selection was taking place for the shooting case.

Those charges include terrorizing and assault.

Corson will receive his sentence at 1:00 tomorrow.

The case against his cousin Kyle is still pending.

Skier killed at Sunday River

State Police say the skier killed yesterday at Sunday River was 35 year old Benjamin Taylor of Bethel. Taylor was an employee of Sunday River, but was not working at the time of his death. A friend of Taylor's saw him ski off the trail called " Black Hole" and found him unresponsive after colliding with trees. The incident was reported at 10:54 am

One person killed in Madison crash

One person was killed following a horrible crash this morning in Madison.

That's where an s-u-v collided with a flatbed tow truck around 11:00 this morning on Route 201.

Police tell us a wheel from the s-u-v came off while the driver was heading toward Skowhegan and it caused her to swerve into the path of the wrecker. 

49 year old Amy Bowman of Solon was killed and the wrecker driver survived. 

The crash left debris scattered across the roadway.

Police spent several hours at the scene documenting the wreckage and trying to figure out what caused the accident.

 

Maine Guard leader relieved of duty

Breaking news:  Governor Lepage has fired the head of Maine's National Guard. Adjutant General James Campbell was relieved of duty this morning before he was set to address a joint session of the Legislature. Brigadier General Gerard Bolduc was sworn in as acting Adjutant General.  This story is still developing and we'll have more information as we get it.

Hermit completes court program

The man who became known as the North Pond Hermit has completed a specialty court program.
 
A celebration was held in Augusta this morning for Christopher Knight and others who took part in the special program for offenders who have substance abuse or mental health disorders. Knight made international news in 2013 after getting caught stealing food from the Pine Tree Camp in Rome. He had lived in the woods for 28 years, surviving by taking food and other property from camp owners in the area. Knight committed more than one thousand burglaries over the years and pleaded guilty to 13.

By taking part in the alternative court program Knight was able to avoid a lengthy jail term.

He's now living with and working for his brother and will maintain regular contact with his probation officer.

State website hacked


A hacker group from Russia brought down Maine's official government website today.
 
www.Maine.gov went offline for a brief time this morning. A group that goes by the Twitter handle, "vikingdom 2015" claimed responsibility and is also believe responsible for taking down a New Hampshire tourism site. The same group is responsible for taking down government sites all around the nation. 

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