SALEM — A man police had sought for two months in connection with a tenant's death at a former Salem sober house was arrested this week in Lynn.
Anthony Burney, 36, was picked up Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. by Lynn police on outstanding warrants for breaking and entering and other charges, according to Lynn police.
Burney used to reside at Hilltop Manor, 179 Boston St., a former sober house, according to Salem police.
He was a resident there on Dec. 4, when a 40-year-old Lynn man was founded dead in his room from an apparent drug overdose. The door to the room had been removed, police said.
Burney was not charged with the man's death.
In February, Salem police obtained an arrest warrant for Burney, charging him with breaking and entering in the daytime with the intent to commit a misdemeanor, malicious destruction of property worth more than $250 and willful obstruction of a police investigation.
Burney, who is being held in Middleton Jail, is the fourth person arrested this year in connection with two deaths last year at Hilltop Manor.
Three men have been charged with moving the body of a 29-year-old Lynn man who was visiting Hilltop Manor and died there Nov. 9.
The three Salem men facing charges — Raymond Young, 58, of 87 Federal St.; Richard Hollett, 47, of 81/2 Herbert St.; and Joseph Encarnacion, 27, of 179 Boston St. — are due back in Salem District Court later this month. They pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The body was moved by truck to Young's home in the McIntire Historic District, police said.
Since the rash of incidents, the Salem Licensing Board has cracked down on Hilltop Manor. It is no longer operating as a sober house, a place for recovering drug addicts and alcoholics, and is no longer receiving referrals from the drug court at Lynn District Court.
The licensing board also ordered a change of managers at the 17-room lodging house. After a public hearing in February, it revoked the rooming house's license, but then suspended its decision for one year because it did not want to evict the building's residents.