Craig Colson

Craig Colson

News Director/Producer/Anchor
ccolson@wvii.com

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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Bangor arson

It appears a fire in Bangor this morning was a work of arson.

Bangor fire crews were called to the home on Patten Street around 10:30 and discovered a small fire on a wall that was put out quickly.

Because the home was abandoned they were suspicious from the start.

Bangor detectives have already identified persons of interest in the case and are working with State Fire Marshal's on the investigation.

They hope to hear from anyone who has information about the fire.

 

Hiker rescued

RANGELY PLANTATION - A man from Texas is recovering after being rescued from the Appalachian Trail.  Game officials say 69 year old Charles Smith was hiking a section of trail near  the of the Bemis Trail Track in Rangeley Plantation when he broke his ankle. 

Budget could provide more school aid

AUGUSTA - The State Budget plan could bring relief to Maine schools that are struggling with their budgets, but they have to plan for the worst until they know for sure. 

Manhunt continues for murder suspect

An army of law enforcement officers continues to search Piscatiquis county for an accused killer.

There were no major developments today in the hunt for Robert Burton who's accused of killing his ex-girlfriend.

Maine police were joined once again today by officers from Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

They say it has been an intense search and they welcome the manpower.

They also aren't saying why they think Burton is still in the Parkman area where the crime took place.

Sergeant Darrin Crane says they continue to follow up every tip that comes in and urges local residents to remain on guard.

Meanwhile, Burton's family released a statement that appeared in the Bangor Daily News.

His father Roger, urges Burton to turn himself in.

He goes on to say "We are deeply saddened by Stephanie's tragic death and the continued chain of events. Our thoughts and prayers are with her children, family and friend at this difficult time., And will continue to be”.

Man Claims He Murdered Mother

An Orland Man is Accused of Assaulting His Neighbors While High on Bath Salts. 

 

ORLAND- State Police say they were called to a home on the Gross Point Road Monday after four people reported they had just been assaulted by 38 year old Christopher Wells. 

Free for Father's Day

Free on Father’s Day: Maine State Park Admission 

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage announced today that all Maine State Parks and Historic Sites will treat Maine residents to free admission on Father’s Day, which is this Sunday, June 21. This annual gesture is meant to show appreciation for Maine residents for their continued support of Maine State Parks and Historic Sites. All vehicles bearing Maine license plates on Father’s Day will be granted free-admission at all 48 state-owned and operated locations, according to Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s (DACF) Bureau of Parks and Lands.

Fatal fire

Authorities believe they know the cause of a deadly fire yesterday in Columbia Falls. 

They say it appears 65 year old Charles Rathburn was attempting to light a wood stove with gasoline when he was engulfed in fire. 

The blaze was reported around 4 o'clock yesterday when a neighbor spotted smoke coming from the home on the Tibbettstown Road.

There was water and smoke damage throughout the home. 

It is the seventh fire death in Maine this year. 

 

Fatal accident

UNION - The Knox County Sheriff's Department is looking for a truck involved in a fatal accident this afternoon. 

It happened around three o'clock on Route 17  in the town of Hope. 

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