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Serial Arsonist Arrested, Bay Area Home Sales Fall While Prices Rise, Woman Found Dead In SF

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

San Jose arson suspect Patrick William Brennan. Courtesy SJPD
San Jose arson suspect Patrick William Brennan. Courtesy SJPD
—Written by Genevieve Bookwalter

Welcome to today's Northern California Patch daily roundup!

Thursday's top news came from Los Gatos Patch, where a story about San Jose police arresting a serial arsonist who terrorized the South Bay this January dominated the headlines. 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.


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