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

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.

Public memorial held for TSA officer killed in LAX shooting

Gerardo Hernandez, 39, was slain by a gunman reportedly targeting officers working for the Transportation Security Administration.

LAX shooting: What is the LA Airport Police Division? (FAQ, Photos)

After the Nov. 1 shooting at LAX, many wondered, "What is the L.A. Airport Police Division? Where does it patrol? How long has it been operating?" We provide some answers.

LAX shooting: FBI eyeing Ciancia's focus on 'New World Order'

The agency confirmed that it has found evidence suggesting that Ciancia believed in a conspiracy theory about a global government takeover.

LAX shooting: FBI searches home; wounded TSA agent speaks

Victims of Friday's shooting and the suspected shooter's family gave prepared statements on Monday, expressing their condolences and relating their experiences of the attack.

Riverside judge: Boy who killed neo-Nazi dad must go to lockup

A Riverside judge decided Thursday a 13-year old who murdered his neo-Nazi father will go to a state-run detention center. His attorney argued he should go to a private facility.

Helicopter noise relief taking too long, say LA politicians

Members of Congress from the Los Angeles region want the FAA to release a schedule for completing six action items to relieve helicopter noise in Southern California.

2 arrests made in Los Angeles Craigslist killing

Los Angeles police have arrested two men they believe lured a man to his death with a Craigslist ad — gunning him down in front of his son.

LA valet permit rules to get stricter next month

November 14 is the deadline for valet operators and attendants to obtain a permit from the L.A. Police Commission in order to operate in the city.

LAPD release video of suspect in killing of a South LA store clerk

Los Angeles police hope video of a suspect in the shooting of a South LA store clerk last month will prompt witnesses to come forward.

Oakland uses 'Dear John' letters to deter prostitution

Last year, the East Bay city became the first California city to send notes to suspected solicitors. Could such a program work for LA's prostitution problem?

2 Latinos plead guilty to hate crimes against black Compton teens

Two Latino gang members pleaded guilty to a hate crime for attacking African-American teenagers last year. Prosecutors say it was part of a series of threats to drive black residents out of Compton.

Court grants temporary stay for LAPD's vehicle impound policy

A state court of appeals granted the city of L.A. a temporary stay, which will allow police to reinstate a relaxed vehicle impound policy for unlicensed drivers.

Kidnapper threatened Northridge girl with knife, leather belt

New details of the kidnapping of a 10-year-old girl taken from her Northridge home were revealed in court. Attorneys unsuccessfully tried reaching a plea deal to avoid details of the crime.