• Thieves stole a U-Haul truck from outside the Comfort Inn By the Bay on Van Ness Avenue Sunday night that was full of 500 handmade shadow puppets being used in a touring show, Song of the North. The show's creator, Hamid Rahmanian, says he spent three years crafting the puppets, and he hopes the thieves will return the contents of the truck. [Chronicle]
  • A suspect was arrested Sunday in a homicide in Monte Rio, in western Sonoma County, after a brief manhunt. Sheriff's deputies arrested Joseph Douchette, 41, on suspicion of murder, domestic violence, violating a restraining order, resisting arrest, and for an outstanding felony warrant; the victim has not been named. [KPIX]
  • A Pittsburg man, 35-year-old Bryant Donquile Gray, has been arrested in connection with a May smash-and-grab robbery at Sam's Jewelers in the Sun Valley Mall in Concord. [KRON4]
  • A retired pilot and airline consultant wonders whether yesterday's scary Alaska Airlines incident might be enough to make pilots lose their jump-seat privileges across the industry. [Bay Area News Group]
  • The owner of Tacolicious says business is way down at both his SF restaurants, and that it's generally a "terrifying" time to own a restaurant here. [Chronicle]
  • Oakland's popular First Fridays events won't be happening January through March, as organizers say they're taking a hiatus due to financial concerns. [KTVU]
  • Time Out magazine has again shined a spotlight on a San Francisco neighborhood as one of the "world's coolest" — last year it was Dogpatch, and this year it's the Richmond. [Time Out]

Image via Kingorama/Hamid Rahmanian