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Massachusetts woman unleashed swarm of bees on deputies serving eviction notice, police say

This booking photo provided Hampden County Sheriff’s Department shows Rorie S. Woods, 55, of Hadley, Mass., Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022, at Western Massachusetts Regional Women’s Correctional Center, in Chicopee, Mass. (Hampden County Sheriff’s Department via AP)

A Massachusetts woman is accused of unleashing a swarm of bees on sheriff’s deputies who were trying to service an eviction notice.

The chaotic situation unfolded Oct. 12 when Hampden County Sheriff’s Department deputies serving the notice were met with protesters outside the home in Longmeadow, Mass.

An official department report said 55-year-old Rorie S. Woods, who lives in Hadley, arrived in an SUV towing a trailer carrying bee hives.

Woods, who put on a beekeeper’s suit to protect herself, started “shaking” the hives and broke the cover off one, causing hundreds of bees to swarm out and initially sting one deputy, according to the report.

Rorie S. Woods, 55, of Hadley, Mass., left, and a Hampden County Sheriff’s Department officer, right, vie for control of containers of bees, in Longmeadow, Mass., Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. (Robert Rizzuto/Hampden County Sheriff’s Department via AP)

Woods was eventually arrested but not before several more sheriff’s department employees were stung, including three who are allergic to bees, the report said.

When Woods was told that several officers were allergic to bees, she said “Oh, you’re allergic? Good,” according to the report.

Rorie S. Woods, 55, of Hadley, Mass., center, wears a beekeeping suit while taken into custody by Hampden County Sheriff’s Department officers, in Longmeadow, Mass., Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. (Robert Rizzuto/Hampden County Sheriff’s Department via AP)

She pleaded not guilty at her arraignment on Oct. 12 in Springfield District Court and was released without bail, Masslive.com reported on Wednesday.

Her lawyer did not immediately respond to a voicemail left by Fox News Digital.

Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi said Woods could have faced more serious charges if anything worse had happened to those stung.

“We had one staff member go the hospital, and, luckily, he was all right,” Cocchi said.

(Fox News)

 

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