Daily Blotter – Feb. 5

A Roundup of All Things Criminal in CT

ATM In a Hoodie

Two Norwich men are facing charges, accused of stealing an ATM and disguising it as a passenger in a car. James Garand, 19, and Michael Michaud, 18, were arrested by police Wednesday.  The two teens are accused of stealing the ATM from the smoke shop on West Town Street last November. The men allegedly strapped the ATM inside a car with a seat belt, then put a hooded sweatshirt on the machine to make it look like a passenger.

Can a Prisoner Be Force-Fed?

A state inmate will testify Thursday in a court case that will determine whether prison officials can continue force-feeding him. Convicted rapist William Coleman has been on a hunger strike for 16 months, protesting what he calls a corrupt judicial system. Prison officials said they need to ensure Coleman's health and safety, but Coleman's lawyers say the force-feeding violates his rights. Thursday is the third day of the hearing in Hartford Superior Court.

Manhunt Suspect Sentenced

 A Waterbury man who tried to run over a city police officer during a manhunt for a bank robbery suspect nearly a year ago has been sentenced to five years in prison. Walva Wright wasn't the robber. Police said he fled from officers because he was on probation and had crack cocaine in his car. When he tried to hit a police officer with his car, the officer fired two shots and hit Wright once in the shoulder. Another man was charged in the robbery, during which a firefighter was shot in the thigh.

GPS Tracks Down Alleged Sex Crime

A global positioning system might have helped police solve a sex crime. The victim told police she was raped by Donald Tate, 50, of Berlin, Md., at a rest stop as she drove with him from her home state of Delaware to Massachusetts. GPS helped determine that the assault occurred in Milford, the New Haven Register reports.

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