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

Beck: Officer who handcuffed actress 'acted appropriately'

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck is defending the officers who handcuffed actress Daniele Watts last week while responding to a call about two people having sex in a car.

Kendrec McDade: Pasadena has 10 days to decide on report release

A judge has lifted a seal and ordered the city of Pasadena to decide whether it will release a report on the 2012 police shooting of Kendrec McDade.

Anaheim police officers to wear body cameras

The Anaheim Police Department plans to equip some officers as early as November after the city council approved a $1.1 million purchase request Tuesday night.

High surf, hot weather and huge beach crowds expected this weekend

The hotter weather, combined with large swells, has drawn record crowds to beaches in Los Angeles County.

Judge orders report on McDade police shooting sealed for now

A judge has ordered the city of Pasadena to keep an independent review of the 2012 police shooting of Kendrec McDade concealed until another hearing can be held.

Map/Timeline: Man charged in series of shootings, named suspect in 4 others

Authorities say a Sylmar man is responsible for a series of shootings dating back to Aug. 20 that left four people dead. See an interactive map/timeline here.

Neighbors say they hardly saw alleged serial shooter

A man accused of going on a five-day rampage of serial shootings in the L.A. area has made his first court appearance on charges that could lead to the death penalty.

Anaheim protests of 2012 brought change to police and city

Images of protesters clashing with police in Ferguson evoke memories of the 2012 unrest in Anaheim when police shot and killed two young Latino men in one weekend.

LA Police Commission gives Chief Beck 2nd term

Beck has worked for the LAPD for more than three decades. Violent crime has fallen under his tenure but it's also come with controversy.

LAPD admits errors in how it reports crime stats to the FBI

The revelation and investigation by the Los Angeles Times comes a few days before city officials vote on whether Charlie Beck will get reappointed as police chief.

National Night Out grows from porch lights to festivals

National Night Out started with porch lights and neighbors more than 30 years ago but has grown to become consolidated festivals and parades in many neighborhoods.

LA County lifeguards to develop lightning plan following death

Lifeguard officials say they plan to develop a lightning safety plan for when severe thunderstorms hit the beaches after a deadly lightning storm killed one swimmer.

Lightning struck Catalina hours before it hit Venice: Why didn't anyone call?

Los Angeles County lifeguard officials say there isn't a protocol for clearing the beach when lightning storms roll onto the coast like the deadly one that hit Venice Beach Sunday.

LA police union says city patrolled by 'ghost cars'

The Los Angeles police inspector general is investigating allegations filed by union officers that high-level supervisors are over-reporting how many patrol cars they actually have on the street.

'Yellow Alert' would broadcast hit-and-run suspect info

A state bill would create a "yellow alert" for California that would broadcast vehicle information for suspect drivers involved in serious hit-and-run collisions.