Prosecutor files motion to dismiss in rock fight

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky prosecutor wants to dismiss
criminal charges against an Ohio man who led efforts to remove an
8-ton rock from the Ohio River.

Historian Steve Shaffer sparked an interstate border fight
between Kentucky and Ohio in September, 2007, when he led a crew of
divers to raise the Indian Head Rock. Shaffer brought it to nearby
Portsmouth, Ohio.

Shaffer's criminal trial was set to begin early next month. But
Greenup County Commonwealth's Attorney Cliff Duvall says in papers
filed Friday that Shaffer's rock may not be the actual historic
boulder in question.

Duvall did not return a call seeking comment.

The rock Shaffer found bears numerous carvings of initials,
names and a crude face.

Shaffer was facing up to five years in prison. A Greenup County
judge must still decide on Duvall's motion.

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