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County sheriff enters not guilty plea for shots fired

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Placer County Sheriff Lt. John Savage’s attorney William Rapoport entered a not guilty plea in court Tuesday on Savage’s behalf for a misdemeanor charge of negligent discharge of a firearm. Charges were filed against Savage for shots allegedly fired into the air on Oct. 8, 2009 in his Rocklin neighborhood. According to the Rocklin Police report, police were called to Savage’s neighborhood on Lakebreeze Drive in Rocklin, after receiving 911 calls that neighbors reportedly heard five or six gunshots fired at 9:43 p.m. on Oct. 8, 2009. Rapoport said that in his experience, it is very unusual for a misdemeanor charge to take six months to process. “It seems to me that something else is going on,” he said. If convicted, Savage could face up to one year in the county jail and/ or be fined up to $1,000, according to Placer County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Art Campos. Placer County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Jeff Ausnow issued a statement last month regarding the charges against Savage. “We are very concerned about the criminal allegation against one of our officers and take the charges very seriously. Lt. John Savage is currently on active duty and is assigned to the main office in Auburn. We are monitoring this case and are running a concurrent personnel investigation, which by law restricts us from making further comments,” the statement read. Savage is scheduled to appear in court at 8:30 a.m. May 17 in Dept. 31 at the Santucci Justice Center in Roseville. ~ Lauren Gibbs