<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Southern California News]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California https://www.nbclosangeles.com en-usSun, 09 Dec 2018 20:59:40 -0800Sun, 09 Dec 2018 20:59:40 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Safety Tips to Follow If You're Planning to Buy From OfferUp During The Holidays]]> Sun, 09 Dec 2018 17:00:32 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/offerup+app+phone.jpg

Buying on sites or apps such as OfferUp can be a great alternative for those looking for great deals, but as the holidays approach, these avenues offer new opportunities for potential criminals to pull off scams or rob potential buyers.

According to OfferUp, a popular online marketplace, 46 percent of people will be using their phones and apps to buy gifts for the holidays, and OfferUp is working with 1,500 law enforcement agencies across the nation to educate consumers on how to stay safe when meeting to exchange an item.

As such, OfferUp has provided a list of safety tips for consumers to stay out of danger during the holiday season. Below are a few safety tips to take into consideration:

If you're going to search for an item, remember to shop smart, and when is time to meet the person you're buying from, make sure to meet at a safe location and be careful of late night transactions.

  • If buying an item from an online posting, take a good look at the photo, description, and condition of anything you're interested in. The photo should show the actual item for sale, not a catalog photo.
  • Use the sites' reviews to help you decide about reputable sellers.
  • Agree to meet in well-lit, well-crowded public locations (not in your vehicle), and let a friend or family member know where you're going.
  • You can meet at a Safe Trade Spot, a police station, or a grocery store to exchange high-value items.

It's also always important to remember to keep personal information private and to know the rules and policies of payment methods.

  • Do what you can to keep your cell phone number and other identifying information private. Apps like OfferUp let you use secure messaging.
  • Never share your account info, password, phone number, or email address. Sometimes people will "phish" for your confidential info, to try to steal your online identity. OfferUp will never ask you to put account or personal info in a message thread.
  • Don't use Western Union to send money blindly; don't use PayPal or Venmo to pay without having your item
  • If you're dealing with large amounts of cash, consider exchanging near a bank or investing in a counterfeit detector pen to verify the bills are real.

If you feel you're in danger, call 911 immediately, and if a crime has been committed, contact local law enforcement immediately to report the incident.

For the full list on safety tips, you can visit the OfferUp safety tips website and company blog.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Brent's Club Honors Son Lost to Drugs]]> Sun, 09 Dec 2018 15:16:32 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Brent%27s+Club.JPG

For attorney Robert Shapiro and his wife, losing their son Brent 13 years ago to drugs was a horrible tragedy. But from that tragedy grew something remarkable - the Brent Shapiro Foundation for drug prevention.

When Brent was a teenager, he started experimenting with drugs and alcohol and eventually going through rehab several times. By his early 20's, he was sober and succeeding at USC with a plan to attend law school, until he broke his sobriety in 2005.

"He took half an ecstasy and 2 shots of Jägermeister and he got very sick," Roberts Shapiro said. "His girlfriend at the time decided, let's take him home and let him sleep it off."

Brent never woke up. As his parents struggled with their grief, they knew they wanted to create something in Brent's honor to protect other children and families from their pain.

"The idea was to let people know that this was a disease and that it was a treatable disease, but not a curable disease," Robert said.

Shapiro and his wife started the Brent Shapiro Foundation focusing on drug prevention and awareness, with the primary goal of reaching young people.

He approached the Variety Boys and Girls Club in Boyle Heights with the idea of Brent's Club, which would offer academic support, mentorship and unique opportunities for middle and high schoolers. Brent's Club also offers young people the opportunity to tour college campuses, going to Dodgers games and even meeting their favorite players, and there's only one condition to do this.

These perks come with one condition. The kids have to consent to random drug tests to prove they are sober. The theory being any drug use could be caught early and treated before it grows into a life-threatening addiction.

Dr. Jeffrey Wilkins is part of the Brent's Club Board of Directors. He believes that drug testing may actually help when it comes to peer pressure.

"We're giving the kid a way that they can say if somebody is putting pressure on them, 'Look man I'm part of a club that requires I do this, so I can't do that,'" he said.

Chris Fuentes joined the Club when he was 10-years-old. He's now a freshman at Cal Poly Pomona with a scholarship from the Brent Shapiro Foundation.

"The club has really provided me with a sort of safe haven to stay away from the bad influences," Fuentes said.

Setting your goals is a key in Brent's Club because it motivates its members and keeps them out of trouble.

"That's one of the best protective factors against substance abuse, a plan for the future and that's exactly what we're doing here," said Susana Magana, Senior program Director.

The foundation started with 20 kids. Five years later, more than 1,500 children have gone through he program.

As for Robert Shapiro, he's sure that Brent would be happy with what his parents have achieved.

"He'd have a big smile on his face. One of the things our family has come to realize and believe is it takes a life to save a life," Shapiro said.

<![CDATA[Surf Instructor Harasses Women During NBC Shoot]]> Sun, 09 Dec 2018 13:01:31 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/TOS.00_00_36_20.Still001.jpg

A Venice-based surf instructor is under fire after aggressively pulling a woman surfer's leash.

<![CDATA[Man Sleeping in Car Killed in Hit-and-Run Crash]]> Sun, 09 Dec 2018 17:01:49 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Truck_Driver_Runs_Away_From_Deadly_Crash.jpg

A man was killed while sleeping in his car when a pickup truck struck the parked vehicle along the side of the road in Pacoima early Sunday morning. Police are searching for the driver of the truck, who witnesses say fled the scene on foot.

The crash occurred at around 3:20 a.m. along Branford Street and Telfair Ave. Another man sleeping in a separate car suffered back injuries.

Beer bottles and drug paraphernalia were found inside the truck, police say.

<![CDATA[Truck Driver Runs Away From Deadly Crash]]> Sun, 09 Dec 2018 07:55:30 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Truck_Driver_Runs_Away_From_Deadly_Crash.jpg

Police in Pacoima are looking for the driver of a pickup truck involved in a crash with a parked car, leaving a man believed to be sleeping in the car dead. Gene Kang reports for Today in LA on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018.

<![CDATA[Vigil Held for Victim of Deadly Walgreens Shooting]]> Sat, 08 Dec 2018 23:51:32 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Vigil_Held_for_Victim_of_Deadly_Walgreens_Shooting.jpg

A vigil for a man shot and killed at a Walgreens in Hollywood draws support. Rick Montanez reports for NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Dec. 8, 2018. (Troy McLaurin)

<![CDATA[Police Pull Off Pursuit of DUI Suspect in San Fernando Valley Area]]> Sat, 08 Dec 2018 23:16:59 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/210*120/Police-pursuit-San-Fernando-Valley-12-8-18.JPG

Police were pursuing a DUI suspect driving in a black sedan in the San Fernando Valley area Saturday night.

Newschopper4 Bravo and Gil Leyvas were overheat at approximately 11 p.m.

However, police appeared to lose track of the pursuit vehicle near the 134 Freeway and 101 Freeway interchange, and a short time later, the Los Angeles Police Department vehicles on the ground and LAPD airship all pulled off the pursuit.

As this was no longer an active pursuit, Newschopper4 Bravo also pulled off the pursuit at approximately 11:15 p.m.

<![CDATA['Emmet Otter' Swims for the Big Screen]]> Sun, 09 Dec 2018 09:23:51 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Emmet+OtterMa+Otter1.jpg

We're in a pretty Muppet-y mood, 'round these SoCal parts, in 2018, thanks to "The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited" visiting the Skirball Cultural Center over the summer, and sassy events like "Puppet Up!," which popped up at the Jim Henson Studio lot in November.

Of course, we're always and forever in a Muppet-y mood, and that's as true as the fact that Kermit is green, Miss Piggy loves her pearls, and Fozzie Bear has to "wocka wocka" with regularity.

And that Muppet-y mood is about to take a distinctly merry turn, with the return of that heartstring-tugger, "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas."

If you saw it when it first debuted in the U.S. in 1978, you saw it on television, the small screen, which is likely the place you've watched it ever since.

But best shine up the washboard and tell all the country critters the good news: The residents of Frogtown Hollow will be goin' a-callin' to the big screen for "the first-time ever," on two special days at select cinemas around the region.

Those dates are Monday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 16, and tickets are available through Fathom Events.

But that isn't the only Muppet-flavored sweetness heading our way; "The Bells of Fraggle Rock" will also screen.

The whole adorable affair may be found under the header "Jim Henson's Holiday Special," and Cheryl Henson, the president of the Jim Henson Foundation (and Mr. Henson's daughter), will appear on screen to talk about this holidaytime favorite.

Your ticket to Frogtown Hollow and Fraggle Rock and two of the most festive Henson-happy happenings of the year?

Row your boat over to Fathom Events now, for this two-day-only event. And remember: "There Ain't No Hole in the Washtub," but there is plenty of heart in this enduring family tale.

Photo Credit: Jim Henson Company]]>
<![CDATA[NewsConference: Climate Change Consequences]]> Sun, 09 Dec 2018 11:36:24 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NewsConference_Climate_Change_Consequences.jpg

NBC4’s Conan Nolan talks with Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg about climate change and the new documentary “Paris to Pittsburgh”. It opens worldwide Dec 12 to 172 countries in 43 languages.

<![CDATA[Goblets and Spirits Raised, at The Bracebridge Dinner]]> Sun, 09 Dec 2018 16:13:04 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/bracebridge-dinner-93_1000x6671.jpg

WE LIVE IN A NEW WORLD... of storytelling, with immersive theatrical experiences at the fore, and chances to play a part in an interactive play or an escape room flowering in several quarters. And yet, there has long been an event, in Yosemite National Park, that has, if not called upon guests to speak lines, then to sit inside the middle of the action. Those guests are dining, on a sumptuous, multi-course meal, in a world-famous dining room, as revelries of olde go on about them, revelries inspired by a famous Washington Irving yarn. It's The Bracebridge Dinner, a Christmastime treat that takes place, over several select nights, in the dining room of the Majestic Yosemite Hotel, in Yosemite Valley. And there's still time to travel back, to the age of pantaloon-wearing aristocrats and merry jesters, at...

THE BRACEBRIDGE DINNER: There are a few dinner & lodging packages to choose from, or you can just go with the dinner alone, if you've already booked a place to to stay in the area or won't be lingering in the valley. What to expect? "More than 100 cast members" are part of the joyful evening, a night that centers on Squire Bracebridge and his nattily attired, bright-of-spirit circle. The final 2018 date is Saturday, Dec. 22, and the price, for dinner but not lodging, is $320 per adult, which does include gratuity (though alcohol and tax is additional). As for the historical angle of The Bracebridge? You could spend an anecdote-packed evening reading all about it, for it began over 90 years ago, in 1927, and featured no less than Ansel Adams as a player.

FOR ALL OF THE MERRY DETAILS... on one of the greatest and most gleeful traditions associated with any national park, unhand your goblet and read more, now, at this site.

Photo Credit: Golub Photography]]>
<![CDATA[NewsConference: Wildfires Impact Housing Crisis]]> Sun, 09 Dec 2018 10:55:36 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NewsConference_Wildfires_Impact_Housing_Crisis.jpg

NBC4’s Conan Nolan talks to Los Angeles Times Reporter Liam Dillon about his report that the housing crisis is getting worse in part because of the California wildfires. With 21,000 houses destroyed in the past few months and an entire city destroyed, can these homes be replaced?

<![CDATA[NewsConference: New LA County Sheriff, New Vision]]> Sun, 09 Dec 2018 10:19:51 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/New_Sheriff_in_Town__Villanueva_Sworn_In.jpg

Alex Villanueva is the new sheriff of Los Angeles County. In a historic election, he did what has not been done in over 100 years. He beat the incumbent. What are his plans? NBC4’s Conan Nolan talks with Sheriff Villanueva about replacing his command staff, ending cooperation with ICE and dealing with the mentally ill inmates in the LA County jail.

<![CDATA[Lakers Maul Grizzlies in Memphis]]> Sun, 09 Dec 2018 15:37:47 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/AP_18343084629939.jpg

The Lakers had all the grit and grind they needed against the Grizz.

Six different players scored in double figures, as the Los Angeles Lakers mauled the Memphis Grizzlies, 111-88, on Saturday night at FedEx Forum. 

LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma each scored 20 points apiece, as the Lakers led by as many as 29 points in the game.

Both teams were playing on the second night of back-to-backs, but it was the visiting Lakers that brought all the energy and effort early, stealing the Memphis motto, "Grit and Grind," from the home team Grizzlies.

"Defense and energy," said James of how the Lakers were able to beat the Grizzlies. "I don't know how we had energy coming off that back-to-back where we gave a lot last night in San Antonio, and they took it from us, but we found it. It was a good win for us in a place where they've been playing extremely good basketball."

The Lakers outrebounded the Grizzlies 57-36, including 19 offensive rebounds in the rout.

"It seemed like he [Tyson] was around every offensive rebound and defensive rebound," said James of teammate Tyson Chandler who had 14 rebounds. "At halftime we were up 36-11 on rebounding. That means we were defending and we were cleaning the glass."

Wayne Selden led the way for Memphis with 17 points off the bench. Mike Conley had 12 points, and Marc Gasol and rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. each had 11.

For the second consecutive night, James nearly had a triple-double, finishing with 20 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.

Josh Hart had 16 points in his second start in place of the injured Brandon Ingram. JaVale McGee had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Lakers led by 23 points at the half, and unlike Friday night in San Antonio, they kept their foot on the gas, extending the lead to 29 in the third quarter and clamping down in the fourth quarter, holding the Grizzlies to just 88 total points. 

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Svi Mykhailiuk combined to hit seven three-pointers and 27 points.

The Lakers improved to 5-1 on the second night of back-to-back games this season. 

Photo Credit: Brandon Dill/AP]]>
<![CDATA[NC Extra: John Kelly Stepping Down]]> Sun, 09 Dec 2018 08:36:18 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_Extra_John_Kelly_Stepping_Down.jpg

President Donald Trump is once again re-arranging his cabinet. Now Chief of Staff Kelly seems to be on his way out. Does his position need to be replaced? NBC4’s Conan Nolan talks with Chuck Todd of “Meet the Press.”

<![CDATA[Video: Woman Attacks Store Owner With Cup of Hot Coffee]]> Sat, 08 Dec 2018 18:43:19 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Store_Owner_Attacked_With_Coffee_in_Doughnut_Shop.jpg

A Spudnuts Donuts store owner in Canoga Park was attacked when a customer threw hot coffee into her face upon being asked to leave because she was being too loud.

Cindy Seam, the victim, released the surveillance video that shows the attack.

Seam says that she approached the woman and asked her to leave after a customer complained that the woman was being loud, causing a little girl to cry. Seam says she tried to fight back, but the pain from the coffee was overwhelming.

The woman who threw the coffee was not caught and remains free on the streets. If caught, the woman could face assault charges.

Seam says she released the video as a warning to other small business owners and workers to be alert. The store owner says she has owned the store for about five years, but her family has owned the store for about 30 years, and she has never experienced an attack like the one caught on the surveillance video.

<![CDATA[4-Year-Old Girl With Cerebral Palsy Gets Stolen Wheelchair Replaced]]> Sat, 08 Dec 2018 23:35:34 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/wheelcahir-suspects-theft-120718.jpg

Little Emma Rivera, 4, who suffers from cerebral palsy depends on a wheelchair to be able to move around, but on Monday, two men stole her wheelchair.

Deputies responded to a vehicle theft in the 16000 block of Buena Vista Avenue when a family reported to the authorities that the custom wheelchair built for her daughter Emma had been stolen.

Deputies were able to obtained surveillance video that showed suspects Eric Pepper, 47, and Jeremiah Hernandez, 42, stealing the wheelchair from the family's vehicle at approximately 3 a.m. on Dec. 3. One of the suspects was also seen carrying a trash bag and tossing it into a nearby dumpster, with both men seen getting into a black Land Rover.

Deputies recovered the discarded bag and found a letter that appeared to be from an inmate in the Orange County Jail.

Investigators came to the conclusion that the author or recipient of the letter was one of the suspects from the wheelchair theft. The surveillance video also helped authorities arrest both men at a home in Buena Park.

As for Emma, her wheelchair was recovered, but it was damaged and no longer useable.

Rivera's parents, Franklin and Genesis Rivera, said that her daughter relies on the wheelchair, which costs approximately $10,000.

This story has a happy ending, as the wheelchair manufacturer donated a brand new wheelchair after investigators contacted the company.

Photo Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Department ]]>
<![CDATA[Officials Prepare Homeowners for Flood and Mudslide Risk]]> Sat, 08 Dec 2018 11:19:14 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/AP_18340849486622.jpg

The rain in recent days has been putting many communities on edge, especially the ones near the Woolsey Fire Burn Scar. On Saturday, Ventura County held an event to get people ready for any possible flooding and mud flow problems.

Dozens of people packed into Oak Park High School to learn more about mudslides and debris flow after the Woolsey Fire.

The event provided helpful information to people like Angelika Humig, who moved to Oak Park with her family just two weeks before the fire started.

"I'm a newbie here. I have no clue about anything. I just know I have mountains in the back yards," she said.

Several different agencies explained how fire make certain areas more vulnerable to flooding and mudslides and which parts of Ventura County are most under threat.

"We just have to be really mindful when it does rain that we have protections in place so that people's lives and properties are safe," said Linda Parks, a member of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors.

Booths at the event offered practical tips, such as what to have in an emergency "go bag" and how to have alerts from the county sent to their phones. Though she arrived to the event as a "newbie," Angelika Humig leaves with a trove of valuable knowledge.

"Prepare yourself, have a plan, get out when you need to get out," she said.

For more information, visit the Ventura County Recovers website.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Motorcyclist's Helmet Cam Captures Hit-and-Run Crash]]> Sat, 08 Dec 2018 15:17:44 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/204*120/motohetty.JPG

A motorcyclist who was involved in a hit-and-run crash is hoping footage from his helmet camera will help track down the driver who fled the scene.

Dale Waterman was riding between cars slowed by traffic on the 210 Freeway when the driver of a black sedan abruptly switched lanes in front of him. The camera's first-person view shows Waterman had no chance of avoiding a crash.

"I just see the camera go blurry when the impact happened," Waterman said. "After that, I went in chest first into the windshield."

The driver of the car, according to Waterman, pulled over and began to discuss exchanging insurance information before speeding off.

"I tend to be trusting in people I really didn't see him as going to run," Waterman said. "It just stunned me."

The California Highway Patrol confirms it is investigating the incident as a misdemeanor hit and run.

"He could have killed other people. He needs to be held accountable," Waterman said.

<![CDATA[When Life Unravels, Where Do Police Officers Turn for Help?]]> Sat, 08 Dec 2018 02:39:47 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/police+tape+generic+4.png

David Swailes was a 10-year Los Angeles Police Department veteran who was married to his high school sweetheart. A father of four boys, he was making plans for a family trip to Disneyland.

His wife of 14 years had noticed something was horribly wrong in recent months. His behavior had changed. There were fits of rage. He wasn't sleeping well and having nightmares when he did sleep.

"There were all kind of pieces of a puzzle," said Melissa Swailes. "At the time, I didn't see how they all fit together.

"I had every confidence that he would get through it."

One day in 2016, on a son's second birthday, the day they were supposed to make that Disneyland visit, David Swailes killed himself with a gunshot to the head. 

"It's just so still surreal, to go from making plans [as a] family to go to Disneyland, to making funeral arrangements," said Melissa Swailes.

David Swailes' death was one of 36 LAPD officer suicides reported between 1998 and 2017, according to a study done by the department's Behavioral Science Services. During that same time, there were 16 officer deaths while in the line of duty.

NBC4 -- with the support of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union that represents the department's more than 7,000 rank-and-file officers -- sent surveys with questions about job-related stress faced by officers.

More than 600 officers responded to the NBC4 I-Team survey.

There were some common themes in the responses. Among them, 90 percent of respondents said there is a stigma in law enforcement that creates a barrier to seeking help for emotional or behavioral health issues.

In Swailes' tragic case, his widow saw that running from call to call took its toll. He had become emotionally unstable, but knew services were available, she said.

"He looked up the number, but he never called it," said Melissa Swailes. "Instead, he walked into our bathroom with one of his guns and shot himself in the head."

"I would hate for another family to learn about this issue the way that I did."

Ninety-seven percent of NBC4 survey respondents said they are aware of behavioral health services, but only 24 percent report using them. Seventy-six percent reported lingering or unresolved emotional issues from on-the-job stress.

The survey results do not mean the streets are flooded with cops unfit for duty or excuse some officers' controversial actions, but the survey gives insight into the burdens of the badge.

The union, department and families of those who have died by suicide are now speaking out about the issue in hopes of breaking any stigma attached to seeking help when they are experiencing those emotional issues.

"Officers don't want to appear weak," said Steve Gordon, a director at the LA police union. "You know, they've got to be the tough guy. They've got to be the problem solver."

Gordon, a veteran SWAT officer, is part of a peer support network.

"What we want to do is break down that barrier and have these officers seek out the help they need without the stigma attached."

Officer Tim Olsen understands that feeling. He had been on the job for just two months when he was thrust into the middle of the North Hollywood shootout. Two heavily armed gunmen wearing body armor opened fire on out-gunned officers and bystanders after a robbery at a bank in February 1997.

Before his first year with the department was over, he was involved in two more shootings.

"I drank a lot," Olsen said. "I didn't tell anybody that I was bothered by it, so I just sucked it up."

The stress packed into those first months on the job cost him his marriage, Olsen said. He knew help was available, but felt shame and fear about asking for it.

Chief Michel Moore advocates for peer-to-peer support and multiple checks even months after an an incident impacts an officer.

"We want them to be involved in these services," he said.

Moore sat down with the I-Team and opened up about losing his friend, officer Sonny Medina, who was also at the North Hollywood shootout and killed himself years later.

"Why didn't we see that coming and how can we prevent that from ever happening again?

"What we've done more recently is now we require them to go a second and third time," he said.

Dr. Denise Jablonski-Kaye, a full-time psychiatrist with the LAPD, said she's heard excuses and stories, such as officers worried about being seen as unfit for the job. 

"It just means that you're going through a difficult time," Jablonski-Kaye said. "If they get some help from us, it's not a sign of weakness. It's just getting some assistance, like a back-up call."

As for Olsen, he said he's doing well. His turning point was when he thought about his daughter and being there for her. 

"My goal is someone is going to watch this and realize that there is help for them, there are resources out there," said Olsen.

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<![CDATA[Mt. Baldy Gets Snow]]> Fri, 07 Dec 2018 21:51:40 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Baldy_Gets_Snow.jpg

Mt. Baldy got 15 inches of white stuff. Alex Vasquez reports for the NBC4 News on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018.

<![CDATA[Grave Markers Stolen From Glendale Cemetery]]> Fri, 07 Dec 2018 19:23:40 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Authorities_are_Searching_for_Glendale_Grave_Robbers.jpg

Ten grave markers were stolen during the past few weeks at Grand View Memorial Park Cemetery. Angie Crouch reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018.

<![CDATA[Mom Says Cancer Charity Turned Lives Upside Down]]> Fri, 07 Dec 2018 19:33:38 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Mom_Says_Cancer_Charity_Turned_Lives_Upside_Down.jpg

A mother of a young girl with cancer said a charity called "Beautiful Faces Foundation" promised to help pay the family's rent as they tried to pay medical bills, but then never came through and they lost their home. Randy Mac reports for the NBC4 News at 5, Dec. 7, 2018.

<![CDATA[Man Runs 5,000 Miles to Raise Money for Firefighters Battling Cancer]]> Fri, 07 Dec 2018 19:27:59 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Man_Runs_to_Raise_Money_for_Firefighters_Battling_Cancer.jpg

Former Apple engineer Matty Greg has a goal to run 5,000 miles and has raised over $1 million dollars to help firefighters who are battling cancer. Kathy Vara reports for the NBC4 News at 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018.