Kentucky Grand Jury Indicts Ohio Man In Rock Dispute

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky grand jury has charged 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. He
is accused of breaking Kentucky law by removing a protected
archaeological object from the river.

Shaffer says he's 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 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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