July 3, 2009
CITY HALL — In his first Board of Education meeting since taking over as Burbank Unified School District’s new superintendent, Kevin Jolly on Thursday took a back seat to trustee Larry Applebaum, who grilled a pair of competing food service vendors hoping to win a contract. After hearing starkly different proposals from the companies, trustees opted to end a 20-year relationship with Sodexo School Services to turn over the rights to the district’s food services department to Philadelphia-based Aramark Corp.
January 24, 2001
Jenna Bordelon BURBANK -- A mother's sorrow and an eyewitness's account kicked off the trial of a North Hills man accused of the first-degree murder of his wife's boss in Burbank. Stephen Kopy, 64, was charged with the June 12 killing of Aramark Uniform Services executive Andrew J. Camarata, 63, of La Crescenta, who was shot twice in the chest and once in the temple. Kopy believed his wife, 61-year-old Martha, and Camarata were having an extramarital affair.
June 24, 2000
Amber Willard CIVIC CENTER -- A North Hills man man accused of shooting one of his estranged wife's co-workers pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murder and assault charges in Burbank Superior Court. Prosecutors say Stephen Kopy, 64, killed La Crescenta resident Andrew J. Camarata because he suspected the Aramark Uniform Services executive of having an affair with his wife. Police said they have no evidence to support Kopy's claim that his wife and the 63-year-old Camarata were lovers.
June 14, 2000
Amber Willard and Darrell Satzman BURBANK VILLAGE -- A North Hills man held on suspicion of shooting one of his estranged wife's co-workers in their Burbank office is scheduled to be arraigned for murder and assault with a deadly weapon today, police said. Meanwhile, a neighbor of the shooting victim described him as a private man and dedicated husband, and suggested the alleged killer was "delusional." After confronting his wife on the third floor of the Aramark building Monday afternoon, Stephen Kopy, 64, allegedly moved on to a rear office, where he shot and killed Andrew Camarata, 63, of La Crescenta.
April 10, 2002
Karen S. Kim Warner Bros. restructures Christian music unit MEDIA DISTRICT WEST -- Burbank-based Warner Bros. Records has announced that it will restructure its Nashville, Tenn.-based Christian music unit to reach out to more mainstream audiences. Under the restructuring plan, Jim Ed Norman will be charge of all Warner Bros. Records units in Nashville. His purview includes the record labels of Christian music company Word Entertainment. Word Entertainment's President and Chief Operating Officer Malcolm Mimms will stay on, taking on the additional title of chief operating officer of Warner Bros.
March 14, 2001
Josh Goldstein PASADENA -- Convicted killer Stephen Kopy Jr., 65, received what probably will be a life sentence Monday for the shooting death of a La Crescenta man. Stephen Kopy Jr., of North Hills, was ordered by Pasadena Superior Court Judge Teri Schwartz, who presided over the trial, to serve 59 years to life in state prison. Kopy was found guilty Feb. 2 of first-degree murder for the shooting death of Andrew Camarata on June 12, 2000, at Aramark Uniform Services in Burbank, where Kopy's wife, Martha, worked as a secretary.
June 17, 2000
Amber Willard BURBANK VILLAGE -- The man accused of slaying a La Crescenta executive in his Burbank office was apparently directed to the victim by unsuspecting employees, police said. After confronting his wife, Stephen Kopy sought out Aramark Uniform Services Vice President Andrew Camarata, shooting him twice in the chest and once in the head as he sat at his desk around 3:40 p.m. Monday, officials with the Los Angeles District Attorney's office said.
January 27, 2001
Jenna Bordelon PASADENA -- Holding a wad of tissues to his eyes, accused killer Stephen Kopy Jr. cried as a police officer played the tape of his muttered confession for a stunned Pasadena Superior Court jury. As the tape -- obtained by Burbank police Officer Dennis Offerman moments after the 64-year-old Kopy, of North Hills, allegedly traveled to Burbank and killed 63-year-old Andrew Camarata of La Crescenta -- unspooled Thursday, Kopy could be heard crying softly.
August 19, 2000
Jenna Bordelon BURBANK -- A North Hills man accused of killing his wife's boss and assaulting both her and a co-worker was ordered to stand trial for the crimes, Judge Alan S. Kalkin ruled. Stephen Kopy, 64, looked alert and interested Thursday as witness after witness stood up to testify that he did indeed shoot Andrew J. Camarata of La Crescenta. At one point, Kopy turned toward courtroom spectators and smiled. Kopy believed his wife, Martha Kopy, and Camarata were having an illicit affair.
February 17, 2001
Jeffrey C. Jonas As a 32-year "veteran" prosecutor for Los Angeles County, the last 18 as head deputy district attorney in various supervisorial capacities, I feel compelled to call your attention to several aspects of the People vs. Stephen Kopy trial, which I prosecuted and your paper covered. It took the jury all of 6 1/2 hours, not four days, to return a verdict of first degree murder, along with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. The residents of Burbank should know how professional and restrained, yet compassionate the Burbank Police Department was in handling a very volatile deadly and intense situation.