One Massachusetts The woman is facing multiple assault charges after allegedly releasing a swarm of bees on Hampden County sheriffs as they tried to enforce an eviction notice at her Longmeadow home.
Penn Live reported that Rorie Susan Woods was served on October 12, according to court records, when deputies arrived at the $1.5 million home to serve the homeowner, Alton King Jr, they found I was subdued with thousands of bees.
She “Began shaking the hive to let the bees out” According to the police report
“During this time, officers secured the facility and waited for Mr. King to return, as we were informed that he was in court attempting to delay deportation,” said the report issued by Deputy Sheriff Daniel. H. Soto wrote.
Minutes later, the SUV pulled a trailer into the driveway, with a woman getting out of the driver’s seat, Soto reports.
She then went to the back of the trailer and “started shaking the hive to get the bees out”.
“At that point, a woman later identified as Rorie Susan Woods got out of her vehicle and went to the back of the trailer and began shaking the hive to get the bees out,” the report read. “Deputy Michael Joslyn tried to stop Woods, who successfully freed one of the hive by breaking the envelope… which surrounded hundreds of bees. Deputy Joslyn was stung in the face and had to retreat.”
Rorie Susan Woods of Hadley, MA has indeed continued a long tradition of Irish resistance against emigration.
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The 55-year-old then donned a beekeeper’s suit before releasing more angry bees. Woods rolled three more large beehives out of the trailer and moved them toward the entrance to the house, which were placed in a cup.
“Staff at this point attempted to stop Woods but were attacked by bees,” Soto’s report reads.
Some Officers Are Allergic to Bee Stings; Woods allegedly replied
According to police, delegates and responders were stung, including three employees who were allergic to bee stings.
Woods tried to resist arrest, however she was eventually taken to the ground and handcuffed by police, while a group of protesters urged her not to be arrested.
Woods is said to have told a “good” officer when she learned of his bee allergy.
“While Woods was being escorted onto the cruiser, (another deputy) advised Woods that he and several officers were allergic to bees,” the report said. Woods’ reaction, according to the report: “Oh, you have allergies? Good.”
The bees caused absolute chaos, with some officials having to flee into their 10,000-square-foot home to escape the angry swarm.
Woods was eventually charged that morning with multiple counts of assault and beating with a dangerous weapon (bees) and disorderly conduct.
Charged with multiple charges, pleaded not guilty and released without bail
She pleaded not guilty to all charges and was released without bail, according to court records.
A 2021 column that Woods writes for the Daily Hampshire Gazette shows her as a veteran beekeeper who keeps honey bees in nearby Northampton, close to community gardens,
In 2018, she and 20 others were appealed by the Massachusetts Anti-Lending Coalition to the state’s Supreme Court of Justice. At the time, she had been struggling with her own case for several years.
Nicholas Cocchi, a spokesman for the Hampden County Sheriff, described eviction proceedings at this address as “stop and go” for years.
West Housing Court records show the owner, King, was given 72 hours’ notice to vacate the property in 2018, but a protracted court battle followed.
At the time that notice was served, King owed $1.2 million in property.
A spokesman for the Hampden County sheriff condemned Woods’ actions, which he called potentially deadly.
Cocchi went on to say that his Civil Service officers regularly serve eviction notices, and he understands the stress and frustration of going through such proceedings.
“We are always prepared for demonstrations when we are deported, but most protest groups understand that we are just doing our statutory duty under state law,” Cocchi said. speak. “And they appreciate how we go above and beyond to help those who have been evicted with anything they need from food and temporary shelter, permanent housing, jobs, health. psychiatry and the treatment of substance use disorders.”
But Cocchi condemned Woods’ actions in releasing bees as extreme and possibly even deadly.
“This woman, who had traveled here, put her life in danger because some of the staff at the scene were allergic to bees,” Cocchi said. “We had a staff member come to the hospital, and fortunately he was okay otherwise she could have faced manslaughter charges. I support everyone’s right to peacefully protest, but when you cross the line and put my employees and the public at risk, I promise you will be arrested.”
The ban on evictions was lifted earlier this year, after being put in place shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in 2020.
Before the pandemic, delegates sent 600 to 800 eviction notices each year, according to online records.
Niether Woods and King were immediately available for comment.