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

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.

LAPD: LAX dry ice bomb suspect was playing a prank (Update)

Dicarlo Bennett, 28, was taken into custody in the city of Paramount and booked on a charge of possessing and/or exploding a destructive device near an aircraft.

USC strengthens security with cameras, closer ties to LAPD

Over the last year, the University of Southern California has added several layers of security after high profile crimes that happened on campus and in the surrounding neighborhood.

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoes bill giving non-citizens jury duty

Jerry Brown said that serving on a jury, like voting,is a distinct responsibility of citizenship.

Echo Park residents seek to stop LA's gang injunction

Some Echo Park residents are asking a judge to temporarily block the city's newly granted gang injunction, claiming it unfairly includes people not involved in gangs.

Hate crimes drop by 6 percent last year in LA County

The Los Angeles County's Human Relations Commission issued its annual report that showed a 6 percent decline in the number of hate crimes reported in 2012.

Judge grants gang injunction for 6 gangs in Echo Park

A judge granted the city of Los Angeles a permanent injunction against six rival gangs in the Echo Park area.

2 drive-by shootings interrupt peace in Watts

Drive-by shootings in Watts Monday left two men dead and the public housing neighborhoods with a third homicide during what has been a relatively peaceful two years.

Violent crime down in LA County despite weekend spike in violence

Ten people were shot or stabbed to death over the weekend in LA County, during a time when law enforcement officials say statistics show violent crime is down.

UPDATE: Brown signs bill increasing online privacy for minors

A new law requires websites and other services aimed at minors to offer young web users an option to delete or remove the information they post.

LAPD cops could soon test lapel body cameras

City officials want the LAPD to test lapel or on-body cameras as a way to reduce complaints, minimize litigation risk and augment field tactics.

UPDATED: Neighbors grieve death of South LA store clerk

The Happy Bargain 99 Cents store clerk was a mother of five children. A makeshift memorial has been set up in front of the store at 74th and Broadway.