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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Former police chief indicted

The former police chief of Howland has been indicted by a grand jury.

72 year old Carl Smith of Eddington is charged with gross sexual assault and two counts of unlawful sexual contact.

Authorities say he molested twin 5-year old girls.

Smith was arrested in May after police learned he was staying at a motel in Wells.

He had retired as Howland's police chief in 1988 after serving 18 years as a police officer. 

Manslaughter indictment

 

A man accused of causing the crash that killed a local teacher is among those indicted today by a Penobscot County Grand Jury.

43 year old Scott Ramsdell of Cutler is facing charges including manslaughter, criminal oui, driving to endanger and stealing drugs.

Authorities say he had just left a methadone clinic in january when he collided with a vehicle on Route 9 in Eddington.

The crash killed 47 year old Denise Golding---a teacher from Stearns High School.

There aren't many details about the stolen drugs charge, but police said they found pills at the scene and determined Ramsdell was under the influence of the medication.

Arson investigation

The Hancock County District Attorneys office is considering whether charges will be filed in a local arson case.

It was back in March when fire erupted in a home at the Birdsacre  sanctuary in Ellsworth.

It damaged the former home of Cordelia Stanwood which had been turned into a museum.

Fire marshals later determined the blaze had been intentionally set.

Assistant District Attorney, Carletta Bassano told us this morning that she is now working with fire marshal's on the case.

She says the evidence is still being reviewed and evaluated.

Sullivan stabbing

 A man and a woman have been taken into custody for a multiple stabbing in Sullivan. It happened this morning on the Morancy road in Sullivan. The Department of Public Safety confirms the stabbing took place and that the injuries are not life threatening. At last report, State Police were on the scene investigating. The two suspects were arrested at separate locations. We also have a crew there and will have more information as it becomes available.

Fatal crash

Vassalboro was the scene of a deadly accident this morning.

That's where a 91 year old man was killed when two vehicles collided at the intersection of the Legion Park Road and Route 3.

The Kennebec County Sheriff's Department says Clifford Welch of Windsor was a passenger in a Honda when it entered the intersection.

His wife apparently didn't see a pickup truck coming and the Honda was struck on the side, sending both vehicles into a ditch.

Clifford welch was killed at the scene and 82 year old Grace Welch was brought to the hospital.

The driver of the pickup wasn't seriously injured.

Power restored

The lights are back on for hundreds of Bangor residents following a problem at a local substation.

Emera Maine says strong winds caused a cable to disconnect at the Webster Avenue substation--causing the power to go out for people living on broadway and other heavily populated areas.

Emera says a portable substation was brought in and everyone was back on line by this morning.

They say it will take much of the week to repair the damage, but for now the mobile station will keep the power flowing.

Scattered outages were also reported in other areas because of the messy weather.

Arson arrests

The State Fire Marshal's office has pressed charges against three teenagers accused of torching 2 outhouses.

Officials say they set fire to the facilities on July 16th near the Scott Street Beach.

They're accused of setting fire to the replacements last week.

19 year old Daniel Spear and 18 year old Philip Seekins are both from South Thomaston and have both been charged with four counts of arson.

A 16 year old Thomaston boy is facing two counts of arson, but isn't being identified because he's a juvenile.

The older teens were taken to the Knox County Jail.

Child porn plea

A man from Corinth faces up to 20 years in prison.

40 year old David Livingston Brown pleaded guilty today to possessing child pornography.

The U.S. Attorney's office says Brown emailed child porn video to an undercover FBI agent in April of 2013.

His home was raided a few months later and officials say he admitted to sending and receiving child porn by email and also collecting hundreds of images and videos over several years.

In addition to a sentence of up to 20 years, Brown faces a fine of up to $250 thousand dollars.

A sentencing date hasn't been set.

The case was made possible by "Project Safe Childhood", a nationwide initiative to combat the growing problem of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

Drowning in Anson

Game officials have recovered the body of a young man in Anson.

21 year old Jordan Cummings is the victim of an apparent swimming accident in the Kennebec River.

Game officials say he and a friend entered the river near route 201A around 7:40 Thursday night with plans to swim down river to a rope swing.

He started struggling and slipped beneath the surface.

Wardens say the friend tried to help him and may have even had some contact with him underwater, but he couldn't return Cummings to the surface.

He was found this morning in the area where he was last seen.

It's still unclear what caused cummings to start struggling in the water.

Great white sighting

There have been several reports of great white sharks in northern waters this summer.

Now, there's a confirmed sighting off the coast of Maine.

This video was captured Monday by people aboard a Canadian tour boat.

The shark swam by the boat as it traveled outside Saint Andrews harbor in Passamaquoddy Bay.

According to Canadian news reports, a local scientist confirms it was a great white about 15 feet long.

The good news is that sharks tend to swim several miles off the coast and rarely come close to shore.

There has never been a shark attack reported off the coast of Maine.

 

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