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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Still no charges in shooting

Police continue to investigate a shooting in Dover Foxcroft that sent a man to the hospital.

Authorities said today that no charges have been filed in the case, but that could change as the investigation progresses.

Police say an altercation erupted yesterday morning when a man went to a home on lLancaster Avenue.

The man ended up getting shot in the abdomen with a 22 caliber rifle.

Officials say the district attorneys office is also reviewing the case and will decide whether to pursue charges.

The names of the people involved haven't been released. 





Kahbang!

BREW FEST AT KAHBANG EXPANDS TO INCLUDE HOMEBREWING EXPO

To Feature Special Broadcast by the Brewing Network

April 15, 2014, BANGOR, ME – The Brew Fest at KAHBANG, part of the annual KAHBANG Festival in Bangor, Maine, is expanding in 2014 to feature a Homebrewers Expo in conjunction with its popular micro-brew tasting events. The Brew Fest consists of events on Friday, August 8th and Saturday, 9th on the Bangor Waterfront.

Event organizers are also excited to announce the attendance of the Brewing Network at this year’s Brew Fest – their first ever appearance in Maine. The BN will be recording a special episode of their show, The Session, live from the festival grounds, focused on the Maine brewing scene.

Often irreverent and always informative, the Brewing Network has been producing quality radio programming about craft beer and homebrewing for nearly 10 years. Their shows include Brew Strong, hosted by brewers/authors Jamil Zainasheff and John Palmer, and The Sunday Session, the original LIVE beer radio program. The Brewing Network has its finger on the pulse of the world beer industry, and has hosted a virtual who’s who of industry newbies and veterans on its shows.

The Brew Fest at KAHBANG is comprised of multiple events, including but not limited to:

  • The KAHBANG Epic Gathering Party on Friday, August 8th – a BBQ and Beer Event that combines special selections from two highlighted micro-breweries and some of the best local BBQ.

  • The KAHBREWS Micro-Brew Tasting event on Saturday August 9th, which allows attendees to sample over 50 microbrews. Participating breweries will include Banded Horn, Pretty Things, Six Point, Lagunitas, Allagash, Black Bear, Urban Farm Fermentory, Sea Dog, Gneiss, Foundation, Geaghan's, and Grittys.

  • The Homebrewers Expo, presented by Central Street Farmhouse on Saturday 9th. A series of speakers, presenters, demos, and networking opportunities for brewing enthusiasts and homebrewers of all skill levels.

KAHBANG The 4-day KAHBANG Festival, hosted each August on the Bangor Waterfront has grown to become New England’s largest discovery festival. It is comprised of multiple events including the Music Festival, Film Festival, Art Festival, Brew Fest and Creative Conferences. KAHBANG features over 65 regional, national and international music performers, dozens of film screenings and various art installations across multiple venues & stages.

More information will be available at www.kahbang.com.



Flooding

Flooding continues to be a problem for several areas of the state today. In Dexter, a roadway has been shut and some residents were encouraged to evacuate after a bridge collapsed. There's also word that another nearby roadway has been washed out and a culvert has been unearthed. Authorities are also keeping a close eye on the local historical society building which is dangerously close to a swollen stream and officials are worried it could collapse.

 People in northern Maine are keeping a close eye on swollen rivers and streams which are still packed with ice in that area. The concern is that they could create ice jams and cause more flooding. In fact, a bridge in Fort Fairfield is closed because the ice is crashing into the bridge as it flows by. We're also hearing concerns from local residents who live on ponds and lakes. The water level has risen so high in some areas that their camps and surrounded by water. People are encouraged not to walk or drive through any water covered areas.

Former top cop enters plea

The former head of the Maine State Police has pleaded not guilty to charges that he sexually assaulted a young family member. 73 year old Andrew Demers entered the plea today in Portland Superior Court.

Demers was arrested last month and charged with gross sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact with a person under 12 years old. Authorities say he admitted to the crime when he was arrested. Demers, now of New Gloucester, was once the chief of the Maine State Police and served 26 years with the agency. He was also the most decorated officer with the State Police before his retirement. He'll be back in court in June.



Police identify body

This just in from the Waldo County Sheriff's Department:

The body found floating yesterday in Stockton Springs has been identified by the Medical Examiner’s Office as forty-six year old Cecil Worster of Bangor. Mr. Worster was reported missing to the Bangor Police Department on 11/22/13.  Bangor Detective Myron Warner is the primary investigator assigned to the case by the Bangor Police Department.  There are no indications at this point that Mr. Worster’s death is suspicious.   

 

 

Woodward out at UMaine

The University of Maine has fired the coach of the men's basketball team.

The institution decided to buy out the remaining year of his contract and part ways with Ted Woodward.

Woodward had been with the team for the past ten years.

The team ended this years season with a 6 and 23 record.

The University is using the President's discretionary fund to pay Woodward more than $113 thousand dollars.

A search for his replacement is now underway.

We'll hear from UMaine's athletic director about the situation tonight on ABC 7 News at six and on FOX 22 news at 10:00.



Pittsfield hearse crash

rescuers were greeted by a grim scene this afternoon in Pittsfield.

That's where a man was badly injured after a hearse crashed and rolled over on the interstate.

Authorities say 55 year old Michael Kelley was transporting a persons body around 3:30 when he apparently fell asleep at the wheel.

The hearse ended up crashing while he was traveling in the northbound lanes.

Police say Kelley's injuries, though serious, were not life threatening.

The hearse is owned by Jordan Fernald Funeral Home of Ellsworth.

The casket remained in the vehicle during the crash, but was transffered to another.




Fairfield meth lab

Police believe they've uncovered a methamphetamine lab in fairfield.

Authorities say they made the discovery Wednesday when local police were called to a home on Serenity Circle for an unrelated matter.

According to the Department of Public Safety, police found materials consistent with the manufacturing of the drug.

Maine drug agents were among those who responded to dismantle the lab and collect evidence.

No arrests have been made, but the investigation continues.



Chester Fatal Fire

Chester - The State Fire Marshal’s Office says the body of 78 year old Shirley Day, has been found in the rubble of her mobile home in Chester.  

 

The fire was discovered by her grandson, who also lives at the home on Loop Road.  He had left on an errand and found the mobile home on fire when he returned about 10 am.  State Police investigators have joined fire marshals at the scene to assist them with the investigation.

Anti drug legislation moves ahead

The Maine House today gave initial approval to a bill that takes a different approach to fighting the states drug problem.

It provides money for both fighting and prosecuting drug crimes, but will also provide more money to treat those who are fighting addictions.

The bill calls for funding 10 additional drug enforcement agents, along with two judges and assistant attorney general positions  to handle drug related cases.

It will also provide 750-thousand dollars to the Department of Health and Human Services for opiate addiction treatment.

The bill faces additional votes in both the House and Senate.



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