■ CAPTURED A Lawrence man accused of strangling the mother of his son to death in her Methuen home last September was arrested in California on Wednesday morning, according to a statement from the Essex district attorney’s office. Emilio DeLarosa, 33, was taken into custody by State Police troopers after they identified him in Patterson, Calif., the statement said. DeLarosa is charged with killing 29-year-old Wanda Rosa, his ex-girlfriend and the mother of his 4-year-old son, in her home at 5 Tudor St. in Methuen on Sept. 12, 2016. Rosa had an active restraining order against DeLarosa at the time of her murder, the statement said.
■ SHOOTING JUSTIFIED A Chelmsford police officer was justified in the non-fatal shooting of 35-year-old William Omar Santiago of Lowell in July, the Middlesex district attorney’s office said Wednesday. Officer Kristin Leary shot Santiago after he had attacked at least four officers and a civilian woman during a violent rampage on the morning of July 23, prosecutors said in a statement.
■ BANK FRAUD A 34-year-old Winchester woman was charged in federal court Wednesday with using forged checks and account numbers to steal almost $1 million dollars, federal prosecutors said. Sager Kopchak, who is also known as Sager Dallai, agreed to plead guilty to four counts of bank fraud, according to a statement from the US attorney’s office in Boston. Kopchak, according to prosecutors, lied about having cancer and undergoing cancer treatment while staying with an individual in late 2009 through the following summer. During that time, she stole a checkbook and used it to steal almost $1 million during the next eight years by forging checks and using routing numbers to make charges against the person’s bank account, according to the attorney’s office statement. She used the money to buy diamond earrings, five fur coats, and a trip to the Bahamas, prosecutors said.
■ MURDER ARREST A Leominster man, 20, has been charged with fatally stabbing his older brother, according to the Worcester district attorney’s office. Leominster police received a 911 call around 7:25 p.m. Tuesday about a stabbing that took place at a home at 20 Lakeshore Drive. The victim, 23-year-old Nathan J. Record, was taken to the UMass Memorial-HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster, where he died from the stab wound, according to prosecutors. His younger brother, Timothy, was questioned and later charged with murder.