Erika Aguilar Orange County Reporter

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Erika Aguilar covers Orange County for KPCC. Prior to that she was the station's crime, courts and public safety reporter.

Erika joined KPCC in 2012 after four years reporting on environmental issues for public radio station KUT in Austin, Texas, where she earned recognition for her work covering the 2009 shootings at the Fort Hood Army post in Killeen, the 2011 Texas wildfires and the state’s ongoing drought. Some of her reporting has been featured on NPR and American Public Media’s "Marketplace."

Before joining KUT, Aguilar worked in TV news as an assignment editor and assistant producer for the CBS affiliate in Austin. She’s a journalism and history graduate of Texas State University.

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Stories by Erika Aguilar

California led the nation in police officer deaths in 2014

California had more police officer deaths in 2014 than any state in the U.S. After years of declining police deaths nationally, officer deaths ticked up this year.

Motorcycle crashes, deaths spike 23 pct. in SoCal: Gas prices, economy blamed

The stats reverse an earlier trend as more inexperienced or rusty riders hit the road, enticed by years of rising gas prices and a better economy.

Mayor halts Metro arrests for cell phone charging after KPCC report

Mayor Eric Garcetti orders Metro officials to halt the practice of warning and in some cases arresting patrons who plug in their phones for a quick recharge.

LAPD to track how safely officers are driving patrol cars

The LAPD is testing technology that collects data from patrol cars to monitor how safely officers are driving. Commanders want to reduce cruiser crashes.

Metro: Don’t try to charge your cell phone in our outlets

Don't try to charge your cell phone using outlets at Metro Rail stops. A deputy will tell you to unplug and you could be charged with stealing electricity.

LAPD announces rollout of body cameras on officers

The LAPD says patrol officers in three neighborhoods will begin to wear body cameras in January. The city plans to outfit all officers by June of 2016.

LAPD says man shot in Hollywood was not wearing a costume

Los Angeles police say the man shot and killed by officers Friday in Hollywood was not wearing a costume and was brandishing a real knife.

Prosecutors delay death penalty decision for LAX shooter

More than a year after a deadly shooting rampage at LAX, federal prosecutors have not decided whether they will seek the death penalty against accused shooter Paul Ciancia.

Witnesses describe Hollywood and Highland shooting victim

Los Angeles police describe the victim as a young, white adult male. He was shot just before 7 p.m. on Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue.

Investigation underway into Hollywood & Highland officer-involved shooting

Two Los Angeles police bicycle officers shot and killed a man Friday night in Hollywood after someone called 911 to report a man with knife, according to L.A. police.

LAPD finding that patrol car cameras are not panacea

After fatal interactions across the country, reformers have called for more cameras on officers and in patrol cars. But the LAPD's experience shows that such cameras don't always help.

Woman body-slammed by LAPD officers gets $550,000 settlement

A woman who was body-slammed by LAPD officers during a traffic stop for a cell phone violation settles her excessive-force claim for $550,000. One officer was fired.

Jim McDonnell promises fresh start for LA sheriff's office

Former Long Beach police chief Jim McDonnell promised a fresh start for the troubled L.A. Sheriff's office after taking the oath of office Monday as its 32nd leader.

Signs reduced suicide by train in Los Angeles, officials say

Transportation officials say the number of suicides by train has gone down since a high in 2012. They believe suicide prevention signs with hotlines have helped.

Ferguson: LA protesters block 101 freeway (updated)

Groups of protesters made their way to Leimert Park, Beverly Hills and LAPD headquarters. More protests have been planned for Tuesday.