Erika Aguilar Orange County Reporter

Erika Aguilar
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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

Jaywalkers beware in downtown Los Angeles

LAPD is bringing back its annual pedestrian citation campaign to downtown Los Angeles for the holidays, a time that LAPD says car accidents tend to tick up.

LAX shooting: Calabasas high teacher feels lucky to be alive

Theater teacher Brian Ludmer, who was shot inside Terminal 3, shares his story while recovering at home. View video of his full interview here.

Friends, family mourn victims of Compton pursuit and crash

Four people are dead after a sheriff's pursuit ended with two cars colliding in Compton. Deputies say their pursuit began around 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

Air regulators seek public comment on Vernon battery recycler

More than a hundred people turned out for the South Coast Air Quality Management District's hearing about the Vernon-based Exide battery recycling plant.

Meth drug bust in Pasadena has ties to Sinaloa drug cartel

Two-dozen people with ties to a Pasadena street gang were indicted on federal drug trafficking charges for selling mostly methamphetamine supplied by the Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel.

LAPD detectives search for jewelry made by slain Joseph Gatto

LAPD detectives released a flyer seeking jewelry made by homicide victim Joseph Gatto, father of State Assemblyman Mike Gatto, purchased or sold at a pawn shop.

Travelers reactions to TSA workers vary after LAX shooting

Some passengers say they feel more sympathetic toward TSA officers since the Nov. 1 shooting at the airport. For some TSA workers, it has changed how they view travelers.

Updated: LAX shooting suspect Ciancia ordered held without bail

Paul Ciancia, who is charged in the shooting at LAX last month, was not asked to enter a plea; a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 18.

New inspector general to oversee LA Sheriff's department

The LA County Board of Supervisors is expected to confirm public corruption prosecutor Max Huntsman for the post recommended by a blue ribbon commission.

Judge claims UCLA cops used excessive force in seatbelt citation

UCLA PD says the judge stood in the roadway and refused to get back in his car. The judge claims he was thrown roughly into the back seat and that the cuffs were too tight. Read the complaint here.

LAX shooting: Coroner says slain TSA officer was shot 12 times

The TSA officer killed during a shooting at LAX was shot 12 times causing major organ damage, according to an autopsy report made public Friday.

TSA officer killed in LAX shooting died within 2 to 5 minutes

The TSA officer killed in the shooting at LAX died within two to five minutes from multiple gunshot wounds, according to the LA County Coroner's office.

LAPD releases sketch of possible Joseph Gatto killing suspect

The L.A. Police Department released a sketch Tuesday of a suspect possibly associated with the killing of Joseph Gatto, father of California Assemblyman Mike Gatto.

Ex-Miramonte teacher gets 25 years for lewd acts with kids (Update)

Mark Berndt's no contest plea is the legal equivalent of pleading guilty. He was sentenced to the maximum sentence of 25 years and ordered to register as a sex offender.

Update: Assemblyman's father killed in Silver Lake

The 78-year-old father of state Rep. Gatto was found dead from a gunshot in his home Wednesday night. Residents of the well-groomed community don’t see much violent crime.