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

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

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

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

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

An official department report said 55-year-old Rorie S. Woods, who lives in Hadley, arrived in an SUV pulling a trailer with beehives.

Rorie S. Woods, 55, of Hadley, Mass., left, and a Hampden County Sheriff's Department officer, right, fight for control of containers of bees, in Longmeadow, Mass., on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022.

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

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

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Woods was eventually arrested, but not before several 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 being taken into custody by Hampden County Sheriff's Department officers in Longmeadow, Mass., Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022.

Rorie S. Woods, 55, of Hadley, Mass., center, wears a beekeeping suit while being 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 Oct. 12 arraignment in Springfield District Court and was released without bail, Masslive.com reported Wednesday.

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

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Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi said Woods could have faced more serious charges if something worse had happened to those who were stabbed.

“We had an employee at the hospital and luckily he was OK,” Cocchi said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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