Ring Indicted for Child Abuse

April 18, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page
Kenneth Brian Ring
Matthew Gilles
Elizabeth D. Riley
Sharon Morton
Bratten Hale Cook, III
Samuel Wade Walker
Donna Sue Overall

A 26 year old Smithville man has been charged in a grand jury sealed indictment with child abuse.

The indictment against Kenneth Brian Ring of Foster Road, Apartments alleges that "On or about December 18th, Ring intentionally and knowingly did, other than by accidental means, treat a fifteen month old child, in such a manner as to inflict injury, constituting the offense of child abuse."

The case was presented to the April term of the grand jury by Detective Matt Holmes of the Smithville Police Department.

Ring's bond is $25,000 and he will be in court on May 20th.

Meanwhile, 25 year old Matthew Allen Gilles of Short Mountain Highway, Smithville is charged under a sealed indictment with sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance. His bond is $60,000 and he will be in court on May 20th.

Gilles' girlfriend, 20 year old Elizabeth D. Riley is charged with filing a false report for allegedly trying to keep officers from serving the warrant on Gilles. Her bond is $1,500 and she will be in court on April 21st.

According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, "We went to Gilles' home on Short Mountain Highway to execute the warrant. We could see Gilles through the window and knocked on the door to get him to come out. But Riley, who was also there, told officers that Gilles wasn't in the house and added that unless officers had a warrant, they were not going to be allowed to enter. She tried to shut the door on us but we went in and arrested him".

35 year old Sharon Morton of Readyville is charged under a sealed indictment with theft of property over $1,000. Her bond is $25,000 and she will be in court on May 20th.

Chief Mark Collins of the Alexandria Police Department said that Morton was working as a property manager for the Maplewood and Parkview apartment complexes in Alexandria which is owned by MACO Management Co, Inc . Chief Collins states that between November 2009 and September 2010 Morton took approximately $9,873 from approximately 10 tenants living at the properties . Chief Collins states that the money came from security deposits and rent which never got deposited to Maco. The case was investigated by Sergeant Chris Russell. Morton was booked in the DeKalb County Jail on April 15th.

Meanwhile, two people have been charged in connection with a recent theft.

Sheriff Ray said that 30 year old Bratten Hale Cook, III of East Bryant Street, Smithville is charged with theft of property over $1,000. Cook was also issued a citation for simple possession of a schedule II , III, IV, and VI controlled substance. His bond is $5,000 and he will be in court April 28th.

According to Sheriff Ray, at the time of his arrest Cook had in plain view at his residence a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, eight xanax pills, half of a percocet pill, oxycontin, suboxone, and suboxone strips. Cook allegedly admitted that these items belonged to him.

Samuel Wade Walker of Jerry Walker Road, Smithville is charged with two counts of theft of property over $1,000 and one count of aggravated burglary. His bond totals $25,000 and he will be in court on April 28th.

According to Sheriff Ray, both Cook and Walker, who were arrested on Wednesday, April 13th, are charged with taking four shotguns from a residence on Maple Lane without the owners consent on January 1st. The stolen guns were then sold.

Meanwhile in a separate case, Walker is alleged to have committed an aggravated burglary of a residence on Cripps Lane with the intent to commit a theft on August 29th. Entry was made through a back door. He allegedly took four shotguns and several other items from the home with a total value of $5, 575.

41 year old Donna Sue Overall of McMinnville is charged with failure to appear. Her bond is $1,500. Her court date is set for May 20th.

Sheriff Ray reported that on Friday April 15th, Overall was supposed to report to the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department to serve a forty eight hour jail sentence but she failed to report until Sunday, April 17th at 6:08 p.m.

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