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June 6, 2014

Two indicted for Dalton home invasion

Two Rockmart men were indicted earlier this week on several charges stemming from a Feb. 20 home invasion in Dalton.

Trintis Duane Hodges, 21, of 153 Sycamore Drive, and Albert Ladale Ware, Jr., 27, of 422 Gordon St., were indicted together by the Whitfield County grand jury for armed robbery, first-degree burglary, aggravated assault, terroristic threats, false imprisonment and possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony. Ware was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Police reported at the time that a handgun was fired before suspects fled with almost $3,000 in cash and the victims’ bank cards following the incident that happened shortly after midnight at an apartment at 2214 Raintree Way.

“The victims told investigators they were asleep in their bedroom when they heard their front door being kicked in,” according to a press release from the Dalton Police Department. “One victim told investigators he went downstairs to check and that he was confronted by three black males wearing dark-colored hooded sweatshirts who demanded money. At least one of the suspects was armed with a silver handgun. One victim told investigators that after a brief struggle he fled to a neighboring apartment to call 911. He told investigators that as he ran from the apartment after confronting the three suspects he heard a gunshot behind him. Nobody was injured.”  

Hodges, who is currently in the Whitfield County Jail, is scheduled for arraignment on Aug. 8 before Conasauga Superior Court Judge David Blevins. His attorney, Steven A. Miller, could not be reached immediately Friday afternoon.

An indictment warrant has been issued for Ware’s arrest.

Other recent indictments include:

• Carl Edward Belgon, 21, 122 Denali Drive, Calhoun, and Anthony Deparish Quinn, 24, 1305 N. Hill Drive, Calhoun were indicted together on two counts of child molestation and one count of aggravated child molestation, according to Conasauga District Attorney Bert Poston. Belgon was also indicted on statutory rape.

On April 9, according to a Dalton Police Department press release, a teenage girl was reported missing after not returning home from school. She returned home later that same evening and reported that she had engaged in sex acts with Belgon and Quinn in an apartment at the Chalet Valley Apartments.

Both Belgon and Quinn remain in the Whitfield County jail. No lawyers are yet reported for them.

They are scheduled for arraignment before Superior Court Judge Jack Partain on July 18.

• Douglas Arthur Croy II, 27, 1702 Ross Court NW, Dalton, was indicted for serious injury by vehicle, possession of meth, violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act, escape, DUI, possession of drug-related objects, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, Croy was speeding and “driving recklessly” in a 2013 Chrysler 200 Touring on March 6 around 7:30 a.m. on Underwood Road when he crossed the center line while rounding a curve and hit a 2012 Nissan Versa head-on.

The driver of the Versa, Cynthia Hidalgo, 35, of Chatsworth, was injured and taken to Hamilton Medical Center.

Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office deputies found Croy behind a business after he left the scene.

Croy, who was on parole, was transferred back to the state prison system last month, according to officials at the Whitfield County Jail. No attorney has yet been reported for him.

Croy is scheduled for arraignment on Aug. 7 before Superior Court Judge William T. Boyett.


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