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

Judge to rule if community can fight Echo Park gang injunction

A judge heard arguments Friday on a request from about 16 people who want to challenge a gang injunction in Echo Park. The group is not named in the injunction, but argue it will violate their civil rights.

LAX shooting: TSA leader rejects arming officers at airports (Update)

TSA administrator John Pistole said Thursday that arming TSA officers is not an option, rejecting a union proposal to train some officers to carry guns at airports.

Pasadena City Council considers spay/neuter rule for pit bulls

Council members will consider a proposed mandatory spay and neuter ordinance aimed at pit bulls and pit bull mixes. The local humane society would like an ordinance covering all dogs and cats.

Assistant Sheriff will join race to succeed Baca

Jim Hellmold, who's been with the LA County Sheriff's Department for 25 years, is one of two officials who Baca named as capable successors.

30 LAPD officers testing body cameras on patrol

The tests started Wednesday with patrol officers in downtown LA. The department will then seek public input and draft policy to address potential issues, like privacy concerns. View a video of how the system works.

Dorner manhunt: Torrance cop won't be charged for shooting at truck

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office will not file criminal charges against a Torrance police officer who fired on the wrong truck during the search.

LAPD: Crime in Los Angeles down for the 11th straight year

Overall, crime in 2013 fell by 5.2 percent across the city of Los Angeles compared to 2012, according to the LAPD. Leaders credit smart policing and partnerships with the community.

LA area clergy and faith leaders offer prayers to outgoing Sheriff Baca

Baca's appearance at the annual service was the first public event he's held since announcing his retirement earlier in the week.

As Baca withdraws, his possible successors line up

With the L.A. County Sheriff's sudden decision to retire, declared candidates prep for the fight while others consider a run in the June primary.

Update: Sheriff Baca to retire; LAPD deputy chief considering run

Embattled Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announced his plans to retire at the end of the month at a press conference Tuesday morning.

Drunk driving fatalities inch up after 5 year decline

An overview of statewide statistics shows for five years, fewer Californians died in drunk driving crashes but 2012 shows a bit of an uptick.

New anti-swatting law begins Jan. 1

California's new anti-swatting law that requires convicted pranksters to reimburse cities for the fake emergencies goes into effect January 1, 2014.

LAX creates team to better assist passengers in an emergency

LAX has created an emergency response team to tend to passengers after a major incident, in response to criticisms that people were stranded after the Nov. 1 shooting.

LAPD hosts immigration fraud forums to warn about scams

LAPD has been holding community meetings in South LA and to warn immigrants about potential scams as new immigration laws take effect next year.

LA DUI checkpoints will now test for drugs with oral swab kits (video)

Starting this weekend, LA Police will begin using oral swab kits on drivers suspected of being under the influence of narcotics. Watch our demo video.