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Three men to be arraigned on charge they moved body from Salem rooming house

Posted by Justin Rice  January 26, 2012 12:24 PM

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Three men who allegedly moved a body from a Salem rooming house on Boston Street in November will be arraigned in Salem District Court on Feb. 10, according to Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett's spokesman, Steve O'Connell. 

Raymond Young, 58, of 87 Federal St, Richard Hollett, 47, of 8 1/2 Herbert St and Joseph Anthony Encarnacion, 27, of 179 Boston Street allegedly moved the body of a 30-year-old man from a rooming house at 179 Boston St. on Nov. 9. to another rooming house on Federal Street.  

O'Connell said the men are charged with misleading the police with intent to obstruct or delay as well as removal or conveying away a human body.

On Dec. 4, the body of a 40-year-old man was also found at Hilltop Manor. The deaths are believed to be caused by an overdose but the medical examiner has not released the official cause of death, according to police.

While the trustees of the rooming house (Paul Dacey of Salisbury and E. Gaines of Newburyport) denied during a Monday night Licensing Board meeting that they advertised their facility as a sober house, a spokeswoman for the Supreme Judicial Court, Joan Kenney, said the Drug Court of the Lynn District Court has referred probationers to the Boston Street facility.

A sober house is a substance-free rooming house where people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol are often referred to by a judge. Licensing Board officials said on Monday that the facility known as Hilltop Manor was only licensed as a 17-room lodging house.

Kenney, however, said that the facility was known to the court as Hilltop Recovery House and no referrals were made there after the Dec. 4 death.
 
"The Drug Court of the Lynn District Court referred probationers to the Hilltop Recovery House as a sober living facility with treatment options and regular drug testing," Kenney said in a statement. "Judge James LaMothe has referred several people there, but there have been no referrals since December 2011."
 
At the Licensing Board meeting on Monday night, Salem Police Detective Peter J. Baglioni said Dacey and Gaines had no knowledge of the death or the body being moved. The Licensing Board ordered the men appear in front of them on Feb. 13 so they could put restrictions on their license.

Baglioni said this morning that his investigation is ongoing and he is meeting with the courts on Friday.

The Salem City Council, which created a subcommittee on rooming houses in this fall, will also discuss the overall issue of rooming, sober and lodging houses during their bi-weekly meeting tonight as well.  

City Council President Joan B. Lovely said the issue will be referred to the Committee of the Whole during tonight's meeting so the council can take action during a hearing at a another date. She said at that time the council could pass systematic guidelines or regulations for lodging and sober houses. 

"I'm going to try to schedule it right away," Lovely said of the hearing.

The mother of the man who died on Dec. 4, Karen Rivers of Beverly, said she is comforted by the fact that so many public officials and investigators are on the case.

"The grief I have is so physical and emotionally painful," she said. "If I can prevent this from happening to any other mother that's my goal."

Justin A. Rice can be reached at jrice.globe@gmail.com.

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