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Serial Arson Suspect Caught; Grief in China over Cyclist Killed in Dublin; Plastic Bag Ban in El Cerrito

Plus, an effort to keep the Angel Island-Tiburuon ferry afloat was among the top Patch stories around the greater Bay Area on Thursday.

San Jose serial arson suspect Patrick William Brennan and his suspect sketch. Courtesy San Jose Police Department
San Jose serial arson suspect Patrick William Brennan and his suspect sketch. Courtesy San Jose Police Department
By Genevieve Bookwalter

The top Patch stories from the greater Bay Area today, Thursday, include the arrest of a serial arsonist who terrorized the South Bay this January. From the story on Los Gatos Patch:

“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.”

Other top headlines around the region:  

Missing Piedmont Woman Found Dead in SF Hotel

Home Prices Soar 28% in Alameda County – Highest in Bay Area

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

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

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

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