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

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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  • by WR Location: Lexington on Jun 20, 2008 at 04:55 AM
    This is about the stupidest thing I ever heard of...going to court over a rock. Drug dealers relax, assault victims hold on, we gotta protect our rock. And remember we taxpayers are paying this county attorney to look after our rock's best interest. Oh yeah, shouldn't we put the rock up in a 5 star hotel??
  • by jake on Jun 19, 2008 at 02:59 PM
    What has become of these stupid laws,they want this man to go to prison with murderers and rapists because he moved a rock hmmm that is freakin dumb


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