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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Rescue at sea

We learned today about a scary experience for members of a lobster boat that sank last week.

The crew of the fishing boat, "Kendra and Maysie" were fishing near Vinalhaven island in thick fog when they struck a ledge and sank early Tuesday morning.

Crewmembers, Richard Bickford of Vinalhaven and William Deane jr. of Friendship both scrambled into an inflatable life raft.

That's where they remained for about nine hours until people aboard a passing sailboat heard their cries for help.

They pulled the two wet and cold men on board and gave them warm clothing and put one in a sleeping bag.

Members of the Maine Marine Patrol also responded and brought them to shore where they were checked out by medical personel and later released.

The U.S. Coast Guard continues to investigate the incident.

Defense rests in Attempted murder trial

The defense has rested in the trial of a man accused of trying to murder his wife by pushing her from a cliff.

71 year old Charles Black is on trial in Rockland where the case is expected to be considered by a jury Monday afternoon.

Prosecutors says Black had been having an affair and wanted the millions of dollars his wife was inheriting following the death of her father.

They say black struck his wife in the head in april of 2011 while they were atop Maiden Cliff in Camden.

He's then accused of pushing his wife who was badly injured after falling.

Black was also hurt when he tumbled.

He's on trial for attempted murder and other charges.

Both sides were expected to present closing arguments Monday afternoon before sending the case to the jury.

 

Kahbang moving to Portland

A big shock today for people looking forward to the annual Kahbang festival in Bangor. The organizers announced today they're moving the festival to Portland. They say one of the biggest reasons was because they were having a hard time finding a suitable camping area in the Bangor area. A local campground in Hermon has decided not to welcome the campers back and the city declined a request to allow the campers on Bangor's waterfront. The festival will now be held from August 7-10 at various venues around Portland. A shuttle service will also be provided from a local campground. Tickets that have already been purchased will be honored and those ticket holders who can't make it to Portland can get refunds.

Accused killer enters pleas

The suspect accused of killing an elderly man in Waterville says he's not guilty.

That's the plea entered this morning by 44 year old Roland Cummings.

He's facing several charges for the stabbing death of 92 year old Aurele Fecteau who was found murdered in his home on May 23.

Police say the home had been broken into and jewelry and other items were missing.

Cummings has since been indicted on charges including intentional, knowing or depraved indifference murder, theft, burglary and burglary to a dwelling.

He entered not guilty pleas on each charge and is being held without bail. 

Manhunt for robber

 

Armed and dangerous.

That's how authorities are describing a man named today as a bank robbery suspect.

The FBI and other law enforcement agencies announced today they're searching for 66 year old John Cecil Slater of Augusta.

They believe he's the person who robbed the Bank of Maine in Hallowell on June 23.

Officials say it was Slater who entered the bank, issued threats and demanded money.

He didn't show a weapon, but he is considered dangerous.

Authorities now hope to hear from anyone who can help track him down.

They say Slater has tattoos on both arms and has a deformed left hand because of a previous injury.

Anyone with information can contact their local police or visit tips dot fbi dot gov.

Cold case murder sentence

A man who murdered an Augusta woman in 1976 has begun serving his sentence.

64 year old Gary Raub pleaded guilty to second degree homicide charges Friday and was ordered to serve 20 years in prison.

Raub was homeless and living in Seattle, Washington when dna taken from a piece of chewing gum tied him to the death of 70 year old Blanche \Kimball.

She was found stabbed to death 38 years ago.

Raub had been renting a room from Kimball, but denied any involvement in her death.

The case set a record in maine for being the oldest cold case arrest in state history.

Animal cruelty

A man accused of killing a dog in Dexter has  been indicted in Penobscot County.

52 year old Anthony Bari is charged with aggravated cruelty to animals.

Authorities say he was arrested last month after reporting that he had killed a pitbull mix.   

Police later discovered the dead dog off the post road.

Authorities are not discussing how the animal was killed.

Teacher indicted

A Penobscot County grand jury handed down a list of indictments today.

Among those on the list is 46 year old Michael Gagnon of Winslow.

He's the teacher and coach who's accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17 tear old girl.

Authorities say he was working at Waldo County Technical Center  when he had sex with the girl in cars.

They say the encounters also took place at his home and in a Bangor motel.

Gagnon was indicted today on a charge of gross sexual assault.

It is illegal in Maine for any school employee to have sexual contact with a student under the age of 18.

Deadly atv crash

A 16 year old boy was killed Monday night after crashing an atv in Whitefield.  Officials say the boy was returning to the travel lane after passing a Subaru on Howe road when the two vehicles collided. The atv overturned on the side of the road and the teenager died from his injuries. Officials say the boy wasn't wearing a helmet. Another 16 year old was driving the Subaru, but he wasn't hurt. The crash remains under investigation and at last report the names of those involved had not been released.

Phony logowear plea

 From the U.S. Attorney's office:
 
Corinna Business Pleads Guilty to Trafficking in Counterfeit Goods
 
        Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Robert Berg Enterprises, Inc., d/b/a “Berg Sportswear” of Corinna, Maine pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Bangor to trafficking in counterfeit goods. 
 
        The defendant operates a screen printing business that prints, markets and sells apparel items bearing trademarks and other logos and images. A trademark is a symbol, word, or words legally registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office or established by use as representing a company or product.  According to court records, between January 2006 and January 2011, the defendant counterfeited apparel bearing the trademarks of the Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, New England Patriots, New York Yankees, Harley Davidson, John Deere, Jack Daniels, Orange County Choppers and Playboy.  Employees designed counterfeit trademarks, created screens from which the trademarks could be printed on apparel items and printed the counterfeit trademarks on those items.
 
        The defendant faces a fine of up to $5,000,000.   It will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.
 
        On January 7, 2014, defendant’s owner, Robert Berg, pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact to the manufacture of 1,000 or more marijuana plants arising from his involvement in assisting individuals involved in the operation of the Township 37 marijuana grow evade apprehension.
 
The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, with the assistance of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Internal Revenue Service -- Criminal Investigation Division.
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