Northshire men charged with drug trafficking, possession


Two Northshire residents were arrested Sunday after police reported finding heroin and fentanyl in the car during a traffic stop in Bennington.

Derek Bushee, of Arlington, and Joshua Bushee, of Sunderland, both 37 years old, are facing state charges of trafficking fentanyl and possessing at least 200 milligrams of heroin. Trafficking fentanyl is punishable by up to 30 years in prison and/or a maximum $1 million fine.

Vermont State Police, in a news release, said troopers stopped their vehicle for speeding on Route 7 in Bennington. During the interaction "Troopers observed indicators of criminal activity, which lead to them gaining consent to search the vehicle," according to the news release.

During the search of the vehicle Troopers located approximately 1.3 grams of Fentanyl, according to the state police press release.

The men pleaded not guilty to the charges Monday, Bennington County court records show.

According to sworn statements by Vermont State Police, troopers found 70 glassine bags of illegal drugs inside the men's car after they were stopped for speeding along state Route 7 in Bennington on Sunday evening. Troopers said they also found a receipt indicating the men had just traveled from Troy, N.Y.

Manchester Police investigating burglary

MANCHESTER — Police are investigating a burglary that occurred at 4 a.m. Saturday, May 17, at Season's restaurant.

Police said the restaurant's safe and contents were stolen. No information about the contents were provided.

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Security cameras captured many still photos of the suspect, who appears to be wearing camouflaged pants, a light jacket, some type of hood and face covering. A video camera showed the man carrying the safe out of the building. He drops it and stumbles to the ground. He begins to drag the safe — reported to weigh 83 pounds — before picking it up again and walking out of camera range.

Police would like anyone who recognizes the person in the photos to call Officer Ryan Matteson of the Manchester Police Department at 802-362-2121, or submit information through the department's Facebook page.

Weed trimmer stolen from Arlington home

ARLINGTON — Police are asking the public for information regarding a weed trimmer that had been found stolen from an Arlington home Monday.

Around 9 a.m., Vermont State Police responded to a call at a residence along state Route 7A in Arlington, according to a news release. Police discovered that between Sunday evening and Monday morning, someone "forced entry into a detached garage/barn and stole a Stihl FS 56 weed trimmer" from the 75-year-old owner.

Investigators didn't have a suspect as of Monday afternoon. State police are encouraging anyone with information on the incident to call their Shaftsbury barracks at 802-442-4252 or to submit an anonymous tip online at

Manchester man charged with possessing heroin

MANCHESTER — Police charged a Manchester man with possessing heroin following a traffic stop in town on May 2.

Around 6:30 p.m. that day, Manchester police stopped a vehicle being driven by Joshua McMahon for speeding along West Road, according to a news release. During the stop, officers saw McMahon "throwing a small object across the front of his vehicle and into the grass adjacent to his vehicle."

Police said the item was recovered and determined to be packaged heroin. McMahon was arrested and ordered to appear at the Vermont Superior Court in Bennington County.


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