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N.C. school board member won't step down in connection with vandalism of Howard's Rock

Published on Wednesday, August 21, 2013

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Clemson police say Howard's Rock was damaged on the night of June 2 when its protective casing was destroyed and a portion of the rock was chipped away.

Clemson police say Howard's Rock was damaged on the night of June 2 when its protective casing was destroyed and a portion of the rock was chipped away.

A Transylvania (N.C.) County School Board member arrested in connection with the vandalism of Howard’s Rock at Clemson University told a North Carolina online news reporter he will not resign.

BlueRidgeNow.com reported that Michael Rogers, 46, told the board Tuesday he will not resign after being charged with felony counts of obstructing justice and conspiracy.

The charges were filed after Rogers’ son, Micah Rogers, was accused of damaging Howard’s Rock June 2, according to the report.

Board chairwoman Tawny McCoy said the board has no authority to remove a member accused of a crime.

Clemson University police arrested and charged Rogers and a Brevard teen last week. A warrant accuses Rogers of encouraging people to lie about their actions

Micah Rogers is charged with malicious injury to personal property, trespassing; and illegal entry.

Rogers issued a written statement that read: “My determination to find the truth has resulted in me being charged with a crime that I absolutely did not commit. Unfortunately my role in trying to find the truth has led to these allegations.”

Police say the rock was damaged on the night of June 2 when its protective casing was destroyed and a portion of the rock was chipped away. The incident was partially captured by a video surveillance camera, according to the Clemson University Police Department.

Micah Rogers was arrested and charged June 28 with malicious injury to personal property valued at more than $2,000 but less than $10,000; trespassing, and unlawful entry into enclosed spaces.

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