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Epic 'rock war' may be over the wrong boulder

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Depending on who you ask, officials in
Kentucky and Ohio have been fighting the epic, interstate "rock
war" over the wrong 8-ton boulder.

The historic "Indian Head Rock" bears numerous carvings of
initials, names and a crude face and once jutted above the surface
of the river, serving as a navigation marker for boaters.

Kentucky officials believe that sandstone rock was raised from
the Ohio River in 2007, and have been fighting for its return to
the state every since.

Steve Shaffer of Ironton, Ohio, was charged with removing a
protected archaeological object in Greenup County in Kentucky.

That charge was dropped last week because the prosecutor isn't
sure the rock sitting in a garage in Portsmouth, Ohio, is
authentic.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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