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Diver indicted over alleged theft of eight-ton boulder

An Ohio diver has been indicted for his role in the raising the eight-ton boulder known as the Indian Head Rock from the Ohio River.

Greenup County Commonwealth's Attorney Cliff Duvall says a special grand jury has indicted 54-year-old David G. Vetter, The Daily Independent of Ashland reports. Duvall says Vetter is charged with the same felony charge of removing a protected archaeological object as Ohio historian Steve Shaffer of Ironton.

Meanwhile, Shaffer says he's not guilty of the charge. Shaffer was in court on Thursday and has a trial date set for Oct. 16.

A call to Vetter was not immediately returned.  The rock's removal caused a dispute with officials in Kentucky who insist it belongs in their state. Shaffer says he saved it from being damaged or lost forever. It now sits in a city garage in Portsmouth, Ohio.

The rock was once a navigation marker and an attraction for locals.

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