Child Molesting Investigation Leads To Five Arrests

MENTONE - The two-month child molesting investigation of a Mentone man led to five arrests Thursday night.

Mentone police were conducting a two-month investigation on Scott Ryan Blevins, 31, of 513 N. Morgan St., Mentone. Blevins is believed to have molested a girl under the age of 14 on several different occasions.

Blevins was booked into Kosciusko County Jail Thursday night and held on a $200,000 bond.
After Blevins was arrested, he informed police of information concerning drug sales and participated in a controlled drug buy of 1-1/2 ounces of marijuana from Matthew Haag at his apartment.

After Haag was arrested, police found a quarter pound of weed in his apartment.

Haag was booked into KCJ on a charge of dealing marijuana and held on a $5,000 bond.

Officers then conducted a controlled buy in Warsaw involving Sarah Hein, Nicky Blair and Blevins.

Hein and Blair fled the parking lot, throwing a one-pound bag of marijuana out of their vehicle during a short pursuit in Warsaw.

Warsaw, Mentone and Kosciusko County officers stopped Hein's vehicle near Buffalo and Fort Wayne streets in Warsaw and discovered four children inside the vehicle.

Hein and Blair were arrested for neglect of a dependent, as well as Hein being preliminarily charged with dealing marijuana. Hein and Blair are each being held on $5,000 bond.

As officers were awaiting Child Protective Services to arrive, John Young approached officers at the scene. Young was found to be associated with Hein and Blair, and officers discovered that there was an outstanding warrant for Young's arrest out of Grant County.

Kosciusko County Sheriff Rocky Goshert and Mentone Town Marshal Jim Eads commended the joint effort of all officers from their departments, along with members of the Warsaw Police Department and the Drug Task Force.

Mentone also worked with Four County Counseling in Rochester and the Bowen Center along with Child Protective Services.

Zamora Turns Himself In To Police

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS - Israel Zamora is expected to return to the same jail he escaped from Feb. 21.

Zamora left the Kosciusko County Jail after a jailer allowed him to take trash to an outside container.

Police canvassed the area as well as Goshen and Elkhart County where Zamora is from.

Zamora's mother, Rosa G. Martinez, 42, Goshen, was booked into KCJ Wednesday morning and held on a $250,000 bond for her role in helping her son after he escape.

According to police, Zamora had learned of his mother's arrest and turned himself into U.S. Marshals in San Antonio, Texas. Zamora allegedly has family in the San Antonio area.

KCSD Sheriff Rocky Goshert stated U.S. Marshal special agents from Chicago, Detroit and San Antonio had worked daily with the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department and Drug Task Force during the entire investigation.

The Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department will be working with Texas law enforcement and federal agents in the near future to return Zamora to Indiana.

Father Booked For Neglect

A Claypool man was booked into jail Thursday afternoon for his alleged role in the injuries suffered by his now 3-year-old son.

Adam Wayne Booher, 25, of 1760 E. CR 700S, Claypool, was booked into Kosciusko County Jail on a charge of neglect of a dependent child and held on $20,000 bond.

Another charge of battery was filed against Booher but is still pending.

Booher is being jailed after his son, Cameron, 2 years old at the time, suffered injuries consistent with what doctors at Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis, associated with shaken baby syndrome.

Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department has been investigating the case.

According to police, Booher had been allowed to see his son though the staff at Riley and eventually Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where his son is doing physical therapy. The hospital staff were aware of the pending charges.

The child is able to walk but is relearning his fine motor skills, police said.

Heierman Unaware Of Warrant

A candidate for the vacant GOP county chairman seat was unaware of a failure to appear warrant for not paying an outstanding seatbelt ticket.

A report on a local radio station this morning stated Jeremiah Heierman has a failure to appear warrant out for him for not paying a seat belt ticket from September.

During a telephone conversation this morning, Heierman said he recently became aware of the outstanding ticket and was unaware that failure to appear warrants were issued for failing to pay for seat belt violations.

Heierman said he planned to settle the ticket this morning and cast this incident as his "introduction to small town politics."

The ticket was paid this morning.