FRANKFORT — A Kentucky prosecutor filed papers Friday asking a judge to dismiss criminal charges against an Ohio man who led efforts to remove an 8-ton rock from the Ohio River.
Historian Steve Shaffer sparked an interstate squabble between Kentucky and Ohio in September 2007, when he led a crew of divers to raise the rock, thought to be an American Indian relic.
Shaffer brought the rock, known as "Indian Head Rock," to nearby Portsmouth, Ohio, prompting some verbal exchanges between representatives in Kentucky and Ohio, as well as a federal civil lawsuit by the Kentucky attorney general.
Residents in Portsmouth wanted to keep the rock, where it has sat in a city garage. But Kentucky residents directly across the river wanted it returned to Kentucky, which has rights to the river.
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But now Greenup Commonwealth's Attorney Cliff Duvall said in court papers filed Friday in Greenup Circuit Court that the rock's authenticity is uncertain.
Saying there is "no doubt" more than one rock has over the years been dubbed "Indian Head Rock" or "Indian Rock." He said in court documents that another rock is thought to sit upstream from the one Shaffer pulled that "has a likeness of an Indian with a headdress of feathers."