Recovery specialist arrested

By Nikki Blankenship -

Local recovery community advocate Jennifer (a.k.a. Kortney) Calver, 36, of West Portsmouth, has been indicted on charges of illegal conveyance of drugs onto grounds of a specified governmental facility, a felony of the third degree.

According to Scioto County Common Pleas docket information, Calver is charged with sending drugs into a government facility along with co-defendant Todd Williams, 38, who is currently incarcerated at Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (SOCF) in Lucasville. Williams was incarcerated on Oct. 21, 2013 for one count of robbery, and is currently eligible for early release in October of 2018.

Calver is a certified peer support specialist who has worked in the recovery community for numerous years and organized the March Against Heroin held at Spartan Stadium on March 25. At the time, she informed The Daily Times that she had been sober for six years, but only after losing her children and being homeless.

The conveyance of drugs into the Lucasville penitentiary is causing increased risk for guards. Last month, Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (SOCF) staff argued they were working in unsafe conditions, stating the drug problem in the prison as a leading cause of inmate violence.

Corrections Sgt. Nick Brabson, who has been with the prison 24 years, commented at the time agreeing that the drug problem is unlike he has ever seen it.

“K2 spice (commonly known as synthetic cannabis or fake weed) is a big one. They soak paper in the oil and will mail the letters in. They guys will chew the paper up and get high,” Brabson stated in explanation to how offenders are getting drugs into the prison.

Both Calver and Williams were indicted on June 6. Scioto County Sheriff’s Dept. arrested Calver on June 21, and she was arraigned Tuesday in the courtroom of Judge Howard H. Harcha III. Calver plead not guilty and was released on a $15,000 bond. Williams was also scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.

By Nikki Blankenship

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.