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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.

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