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South Bay Serial Arsonist Arrested; Bay Area Home Sales Fall While Prices Rise; Piedmont Woman Dead Ins SF

Plus, beware of wildfires; burglaries up in San Bruno; owner hopes to keep Angel Island-Tiburuon ferry afloat

Left, San Jose serial arson suspect Patrick William Brennan and his suspect sketch. Courtesy SJPD
Left, San Jose serial arson suspect Patrick William Brennan and his suspect sketch. Courtesy SJPD

By Genevieve Bookwalter/Patch


Welcome to Thursday’s Northern California Patch daily roundup!

Today’s top news comes from Los Gatos Patch, where police have arrested a serial arsonist who terrorized the South Bay this January. From the story:

“A man suspected of lighting at least 12 fires in San Jose, including a five-alarm warehouse fire, is behind bars and is being held on $1 million bail, police said today.”

“Patrick William Brennan, 48, of San Jose, was booked into the Santa Clara County Mail Jail on two counts of arson after police arrested him at about 8 p.m. Wednesday at his downtown home, San Jose police spokeswoman Heather Randol said.”

“While Brennan only faces two counts of arson for now, police said they believe he lit at least 12 fires between Jan. 8 and last Sunday, Randol said.”

Read on for more top stories from Patch sites around Northern California.

New El Cerrito Rules on Single-Use Bags and Foam Food Containers

Bay Area Home Sales Drop to 6-Year Low, Yet Prices Up Sharply

Piedmont Resident Found Dead in San Francisco

Brother of Bicyclist Killed in 2012 Hit-and-Run Says the Death Left Him in Overwhelming Grief

Caltrain Turns 150; Birthday Party Planned for Saturday

Four Residential Burglaries Reported in San Bruno on Tuesday

Fifth Generation Owner Hopes to Keep Angel Island Tiburon Ferry Afloat

Redwood City Fire Dept. Urges Clearing of Brush, Grass Near Homes

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