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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Oxycodone arrest

A New York man is accused of selling oxycontin here in Maine.
 
32 year old Jason Jones was arrested in Searsport last night and is now charged with drug trafficking. Maine drug agents say they've been investigating the illegal distribution of prescription drugs for the past several months. The trail led them to Jones who has been identified as the source of supply of oxycodone in the midcoast area.
Thousands of pills have been sold from Bangor, along the coast and even into the Augusta area. Officials say Jones was arrested last night when he agreed to drive from Bangor to Searsport to deliver 200 pills to a buyer at a convenience store. He didn't realize he was selling to an undercover agent.

Augusta robbery

Augusta police are looking for the man who held up a local convenience store. They say the man walked into the Augusta Quick Mart on Western Avenue around 8:30 last night and showed what appeared to be a gun to the clerk. He demanded money and then fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. Now police are looking for the man and hope to hear from anyone who has information about the robbery. The suspect is described as a white male between 20 and 30 years old. He's about 5 feet, seven inches tall and was wearing a red and black plaid jacket. He was also wearing sunglasses and a bomber hat. Please call Augusta police if you have any information about the robbery.

Lengthy sentence for sexual abuse

A man from Norridgewock will spend a very long time in prison.

28 year old Patrik Arsenault has been sentenced to 65 years after pleading to child pornography and sexual exploitation of a minor.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Arsenault was a special education teacher when he sexually abused three minors and recorded video of the incidents.

He then shared the video with others, as well as other images of child pornography.

He was arrested in August of 2013 when agents raided his home and seized his computer.

An examination of his hard drive turned up over 75-hundred images and 250 videos depicting child porn.
"Despicable crimes like this rob our children of their innocence. We entrust teachers to serve as role models for our children and safeguard their welfare. As this sentence makes clear, when that trust is violated, there will be severe consequences," said Bruce Foucart, special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Boston. "This case should also serve as a stern warning to those who mistakenly believe cyberspace affords them anonymity on the Internet to sexually exploit children with impunity."
U.S. Attorney Delahanty commended the work of HSI Special Agent Anthony Castellanos, the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit and the Bangor Police Department noting that “this case was quickly solved because these law enforcement agencies worked closely together. It was their hard work and diligence in identifying the defendant after his activity had been discovered that brought him to justice. These cases are very difficult because of the subject matter, but also because of the necessity to link the defendant to the disturbing images and on-line conduct. The agents continued persistence also limited the exposure of the minors to further exploitation.” U.S. Attorney Delahanty added: “People who engage in this conduct should expect to receive very lengthy sentences.”
The investigation was conducted jointly by HSI, the Maine State Police, the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit and the Bangor Police Department. This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Search for murder suspect

Maine police are keeping their eyes open for a murder suspect who may be coming to our state.
 
66 year old Harold "Butch" Knight is a suspect in the death of his wife, 48 year old Sara Lee Knight. She was found strangled to death last week in their home. Michigan news sources report the couple had recently moved to Michigan from Maine and authorities say they had reason to believe Harold Knight may try to return to the Turner area where he still has ties. He apparently purchased a pistol and ammunition before he left. Michican authorities say there have been reports that Knight has been spotted in Maine, but according to our Department of Public Safety there haven't been any confirmed sightings and the Michigan sheriff was citing information that was a week old. Still, people are being asked to keep their eyes open for Knight who was last driving a light green Subaru, Forester.

Man dies after getting hit by truck

A man has died after getting struck by a vehicle in Bangor this week.
 
Police say 55 year old Timothy Gotto passed away last night while being treated at Eastern Maine Medical Center.Gotto was struck by an s-10 pickup Monday night while crossing Outer Hammond Street near the Leadbetters convenience store.Police say he was a transient who was from the town of Mexico, but had recently been staying in Bangor.No charges have been filed against the driver.Bangor police are still trying to determine how the accident happened.

BJ's Coming to Bangor

A vacant big box store in Bangor wont remain empty for long.
 
The old Home Depot store by the Bangor Mall has been sold to a developer that plans to open a BJ's Wholesale Club. It's similar to Sam's Club where customers buy a membership in order to shop there. The developer plans to begin renovations next month. A portion of the building will be used for the wholesale club and the owners are still looking for a business to take over the rest. According to the Bangor Daily, the building sold for more than $3.5 million dollars this month.

Woman killed in truck crash

A woman was reportedly killed this morning during a crash with a propane truck in Fayette.

It happened around 8:00 Monday morning on Main street. Officials say that's where a woman driving a Subaru collided with a propane truck. The woman was taken to nearby Kents Hill School where she was loaded onto a Lifeflight helicopter. According to the Morning Sentinel the woman has since passed away. At last report the propane truck was leaking and crews were working to offload the propane to another tanker so that the wreckage could be cleared. The driver of the truck wasn't seriously hurt. The names of the people involved haven't been released.

Medway fire

Black smoke could be seen streaming into the sky over Medway this morning.
 
It was coming from the Pine Grove Campground on Grindstone road where a building was destroyed by fire. Captain Kevin McAdam from the East Millinocket Fire Department tells us someone had been working on a table saw in the workshop when some saw dust caught fire. The man tried to put it out, but quickly realized it was time to escape and call 911. Fire crews from nearby towns couldn't save the large building or the owners new camper that was parked nearby. They did however manage to save the campground office which was also close to the fire. No injuries are reported.

Free ice fishing for children

You're not alone if your kids arent getting enough activity this winter.
 
Here's a chance for them to learn something new and have a good time in the outdoors at the same time. The Penobscot County Conservation Association is once again holding a children's winter ice fishing day in Brewer. All you have to do is show up at the associations club house on North Main Street and your kids will have a blast trying to catch a fish.
 There's a small pond on the property that has been stocked with brook trout. All the holes will be drilled and bait and other gear provided. Hot chocolate, coffee and hot dogs will also be available in the club house where people can escape the cold to warm up. The event is free of charge and is opening to youngsters 15 years of age or younger. It all takes place at the clubhouse on north main street in Brewer from nine until 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Franklin fire

Fire crews from several departments are battling a fire in the town of Franklin. They were called to a mobile home on the Reservoir Road around 11:00. Smoke was pouring from the building when they arrived. At this point, the flames have been knocked down and fire crews are snuffing out remaining hot spots. There are no reports of any injuries. We also have a crew on the scene and will have an update as soon as more information is available.

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