Kentucky Grand Jury Indicts Ohio Man In Rock Dispute

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky grand jury has indicted an Ohio
historian who led efforts to pull an 8-ton boulder from the Ohio River.
Greenup County Commonwealth's Attorney Cliff Duvall says a local
grand jury indicted Steve Shaffer of Ironton, Ohio, on Thursday for
allegedly breaking Kentucky law by removing a protected archaeological object from the river. The charge is a Class D felony, punishable by one to five years in prison.
Shaffer says he's "really surprised" by the indictment and plans to fight it in court.
Shaffer has said the rock was neglected and in danger of being damaged when he saved it.
The historic rock bears numerous carvings of initials, names and a crude face. It had been submerged since about the 1920s until last September when Shaffer led a crew to extract it.
The boulder now sits in a city garage in Portsmouth, Ohio.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by K Location: ky on Jun 20, 2008 at 03:40 AM
    Since the "damage" is already done,instead of spending money on trying to send someone to jail,why can't the "proper" people of Kentucky and Ohio get together,decide a neutral place and share the history with everyone, spend money and time sharing this instead of feuding. Either have neutral area year round or divide if feasible the locations for this piece of history. Don't cause it to be locked away now that it is above ground. Share this instead of fighting.
  • by jj Location: Hyden on Jun 20, 2008 at 02:58 AM
    How idiotic can the people be! Total waste of tax money!
  • by Tim Location: Ashland on Jun 19, 2008 at 08:22 PM
    You can bet your tax dollars are going to pay for this stupid frivalous law suit. Not just Ashland's tax dollars but all of our tax dollars. This rock was, to my knowledge, never a toursit attraction. The Historian from Portsmouth probally saved the rock from errosion. It would seem to me that things could be worked out between the parties involved without taking my money to fight this stupid legal battle. We have to pay the judge, the jury, yes juries get compensated, and the trial has various other fees including the prosecutors sallary. Yes we are paying and paying a high price over a rock! It is another example of poor judgement on the part of Kentucky and poor communication between people in general. Just in case I am wrong can some on with knowledge tell me what real world value this rock has! I mean is it worth $50,000 dollars, or $200,000 dollars? If I retrieved this rock how much could I realistically sale it for? Maybe an historian can change my feeling on this!
  • by james Location: magoffin on Jun 19, 2008 at 07:20 PM
    It's just an old sandrock which was better pulled from the river anyway...some people will go to great lenghts to get their name in the news....that historian should be compensated for removing a safety hazard from the river, not indicted!
  • by Ron Location: Firebrick on Jun 19, 2008 at 06:50 PM
    Waste of our tax dollars yes. Just like the ad on TV about KY home land security. They say be prepared. The news & weather on TV lets us know when a storm is coming. That is all we need to know. It is just another way to scare people to vote for the republicans. Stop wasting our tax dollars.
  • by Jake Location: Grayson on Jun 19, 2008 at 02:12 PM
    It is hard to believe that our state and county officials don't have something better to do than harass someone that done no harm to anyone
  • by ARNOLD Location: LONDON on Jun 19, 2008 at 12:42 PM
    IF HE WANTS TO FIGHT IT,THAT'S FINE.IF KENTUCKY WANTS TO INDICT HIM,THAT'S FINE ALSO.BUT IF THERE IS ONE DOLLAR OF MY TAX MONEY SPENT FOR ANY REASON THEN THAT'S NOT FINE.WE HAVE A LOT OF BETTER THINGS TO SPEND OUR STATES MONEY ON WITH GAS AT 4.00 A GALLON THAN SOME ROCK THATS BEEN BURIED FOR 100 YEARS.PEOPLE NEED TO GET THEIR HEAD OUT OF THE SAND AND SEE THAT THIS IS JUST LAWYERS CREATING AN EASY PAYCHECK AND WE FOOT THE BILL.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 19, 2008 at 11:59 AM
    who gives a flipping s*&% it's a rock

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