05/12/14 10:00am
05/12/2014 10:00 AM
A proposal to allow bowhunting on county property by non-Suffolk residents was recently withdrawn. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

A proposal to allow bowhunting on county property by non-Suffolk residents was recently withdrawn. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

A short-lived plan to allow Nassau County bowhunters onto Suffolk County lands was quickly shot down last week.

At Wednesday’s Suffolk County Parks & Recreation Committee, chairman Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk) pulled a bill he had sponsored personally after it was clear to him that the proposal had nothing but opposition from area hunters — and little support from those who suggested it in the first place.

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04/11/13 1:54pm
04/11/2013 1:54 PM

The Aquebogue man involved in a fatal car crash that killed two men in Nassau County last month was arraigned on a grand jury indictment for aggravated vehicular homicide, manslaughter, and other felony charges Thursday morning, prosecutors said.

ROBERT BEODEKER

ROBERT BEODEKER

Robert Beodeker, 50, who is also well-known in the North Fork’s performing arts community, was driving south on the Meadowbrook Parkway about 12:40 p.m. on March 4 when he hit a disabled Nissan Maxima and two pedestrians who were tending to the sedan in the road’s shoulder, police have said.

The two victims, John Elder, 76, of Freeport and Edward Ross, 65, of North Bellmore died at the scene.

Mr. Beodeker — an associate dean of student services at Suffolk County Community College — was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, first-degree vehicular manslaughter, several aggravated unlicensed driving counts, unlawful possession of a hypodermic instrument and a slew of other felony and misdemeanor charges, according to the indictment.

Mr. Beodeker was originally only charged with reckless driving after the accident, but the charges were later upgraded after  tests revealed his blood contained .17 percent of methamphetamine and .12 percent of amphetamine at the time of the crash, according to a criminal complaint.

During his initial arraignment Mr. Beodeker told the court that he had taken Ambien and depression medication before the crash, according to a News12 report.

Richard Wool, Mr. Beodeker’s attorney, could not be reached for comment.

In a previous interview with the News-Review, Mr. Wool said his client was “very upset.”

“Based on that fact that, whether there’s a criminal charge or no criminal charges he’s very upset that two people are not alive today,” Mr. Wool said. “But this is all new to him. He’s never been arrested, never mind convicted.”

He is facing up to 25 years in prison if convicted of the top charge.

Mr. Beodeker remains held on $500,000 cash bail or $1 million bond, court officials said.

He is due back in court on April 30.

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03/12/13 8:00am
03/12/2013 8:00 AM

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Police are investigating threatening phone calls made against an Aquebogue man charged with reckless driving after a Nassau County car accident that killed two people last week, authorities said.

Officials from Suffolk County Community College’s eastern campus contacted Southampton Town police Thursday about a voice mail regarding the college’s dean of student services, Robert Beodeker, who was involved in the fatal Nassau crash.

According to a police report, one of the school’s secretaries reported a message in which threats were made against Mr. Beodeker and his family.

Mr. Beodeker, who is active in the theater community in Riverhead and Southold towns, was driving a GMC pickup truck when he collided with a disabled vehicle on the side of the Meadowbrook Parkway last Monday, state police said.

The vehicle struck and killed two men who were working on the car, John Elder, 76, of Freeport and 65-year-old Edward Ross of North Bellmore, state police said.

Mr. Beodeker was charged with reckless driving and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in Nassau County criminal court last week, court officials said. He told the court that he had taken Ambien and depression medication before the crash, according to a News12 report.

He pleaded not guilty and was released after posting $1,000 cash bail, court officials said. Mr. Beodeker, who is representing himself in the proceedings, is due back in court April 12, according to online court records.

In the meantime, he has stepped down as president of the North Fork Community Theatre in Mattituck, theater officials said. Several calls to Mr. Beodeker seeking comment were not returned.

A Southampton police detective is investigating the threats, according to the police report.

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03/05/13 1:30pm
03/05/2013 1:30 PM
Aquebogue man charged in Meadowbrook crash

GOOGLE MAPS | Monday’s fatal crash reportedly happened just south of the Southern State Parkway.

An Aquebogue man is facing reckless driving charges after he crashed into a disabled vehicle along the Meadowbrook Parkway  in Nassau County Monday, striking and killing two men who were working on the car, state police said.

Robert Beodeker, 50 — a college educator who is active in the performing arts community on the North Fork — was heading south on the Meadowbrook about 12:40 p.m. in Roosevelt when he struck a disabled Nissan Maxima and two pedestrians that were tending to the sedan, police said. The pedestrians, John Elder, 76, of Freeport and Edward Ross, 65, of North Bellmore died at the scene.

The victims were both in the Nissan before it broke down, according to a police report. They had stopped the car in the parkway’s hazard markings, police said.

State police told Newsday.com the car was pulled over on the right shoulder near where three southbound lanes merge to two.

Mr. Beodeker, who was driving a GMC pickup truck, “either didn’t observe or failed to see that the lanes were merging, and he struck the vehicle that was broken down and was being worked on by the two individuals that were killed,” a state police investigator told Newsday.

An accident investigation closed the Meadowbrook’s southbound lanes for about six hours, state police said.

Mr. Beodeker was charged with reckless driving and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in Nassau County criminal court, officials said. He told the court that he had taken Ambien and depression medication before the crash, according to a News12 report.

He pleaded not guilty and was released after posting $1,000 cash bail, court officials said.

Mr. Beodeker is an associate dean for student services at Suffolk County Community College.

“We would like to express our sadness at hearing about the loss of life that resulted from the accident,” school officials said in a statement. ” While not officially contacted, we understand through news reports that the individual involved is one of our employees. As this is an ongoing police investigation, the college will wait until it can review the outcome of that investigation.”

Mr. Beodeker also teaches at Columbia University.

He’s also known locally as an actor, director and president of the North Fork Community Theatre group in Mattituck. He’s been involved with the Riverhead Faculty and Community Theatre group, which traditionally puts on a fall show at the high school.

Mr. Beodeker will next appear in court on Thursday, court officials said.

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