Rorie S. Woods, 55, pleaded not guilty at her arraignment on Oct. 12 in Springfield District Court and was released without bail. Her lawyer did not immediately respond to a voicemail.
The Hampden County Sheriff's Department deputies went to a home in Longmeadow on the morning of Oct. 12 and were met by protesters, according to the official department report.
Woods, who lives in Hadley, soon arrived in an SUV towing a trailer carrying bee hives, the report said. She started "shaking" the hives, broke the cover off one, causing hundreds of bees to swarm out and initially sting one deputy, according to the report.
Woods, who put on a beekeeper's suit to protect herself, was eventually handcuffed 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.
Let me point out that the only people quoted in this article are cops, so this is by definition not journalism, it is a copaganda press release. E.g., no statement from the other eviction protesters.
Therefore, it is safe to assume that the officers who were "allergic to bee stings" are only allergic because those bees were also coated in fentanyl.
However, her booking photo does tell a tale.
I note that the Hampden County Massachusetts Beekeepers Association has not released a statement.