Kentucky, Ohio boulder dispute leads to indictment - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Kentucky, Ohio boulder dispute leads to indictment

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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