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Owner Works to Keep Angel Island-Tiburuon Ferry Afloat; South Bay Serial Arsonist Arrested; Bay Area Home Sales Fall

Plus, a man in China tells Patch how a Bay Area death plunged him into overwhelming grief.

Maggie McDonogh and her daughter Becky stand in front of the Angel Island Tiburon Ferry dock.
Maggie McDonogh and her daughter Becky stand in front of the Angel Island Tiburon Ferry dock.

By Genevieve Bookwalter

Welcome to Thursday’s Northern California Patch daily roundup!

Today’s top news comes from the South Bay where police have arrested a serial arsonist. 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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