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A man accused in a bizarre rape of a woman in Vallejo faces 40 years in prison. Matthew Muller pleaded guilty to federal kidnapping and was accused of kidnapping for ransom, rape and first degree robbery and false imprisonment by violence. He pleaded not guilty to the rest. And represented himself in court Monday in the case which was continued until this afternoon at 130. A preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 25th and Muller was being held on $2.25 million in Solano County Jail. The story went viral when the victim and her boyfriend filed a defamation of character lawsuit against the Vallejo Police Department when police said the kidnapping was a hoax. They later apologized. Police say the victim was driven in the trunk of Muller’s car, held her hostage two days, made ransom demands, then released her by her Huntington Beach home. He was arrested 3 months later after video evidence showed he was with the victim.

A reward’s being offered in connection to an assault in Lakeport. Sheriff’s deputies are searching for two men they say assaulted another man last month. They got a call to Sutter Lakeside Hospital for the assault report Sunday, August 26th where the victim told them he was assaulted at his house in the area of Waldo Lane. The victim says the two men, one dark skinned Hispanic and the other a light skinned Hispanic, came into his home that night, assaulting him, one had a firearm and showed it to the victim, then the pair left with some cash. The victim did not know the men. There’s now a $2000.00 reward for any info leading to the arrest and conviction of the pair.

The old Georgia Pacific lumber mill in Fort Bragg may be getting some action. The owners of the Skunk Train are reportedly interested in buying part of the land. The Press Democrat reports the Mendocino Railway President announced they were in contract to buy 70 acres at the northernmost end of the 419-acre mill site across from the downtown train depot. The Skunk Train partners looking at potentially extending their railroad west to the headlands and north for about a half-mile along the coast. Some other options on the land being discussed include a high-end hotel, a public plaza, housing construction and possibly new production facilities for North Coast Brewing Co. The old mill closed in 2002 due to a downed timber industry. The land had been contaminated and there are protected Native American cultural sites there too.

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