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 stops LAPD impound policy; says it conflicts with state law

A judge ruled LAPD's relaxed vehicle impound policy for unlicensed drivers conflicts with a state law that allows vehicles to be impounded. The ACLU and others say the law unfairly punishes undocumented immigrants without licenses.

Feds: Mexican Mafia sought 'merger' with drug cartel, LA gangs

Dozens of alleged gang members were among those indicted in federal court and accused of working on a "merger" between a Mexican drug cartel and the Mexican Mafia prison gang.

California appeals LA County man's overturned conviction

A San Fernando Valley man whose conviction was overturned three years ago waits to see how a recent Supreme Court ruling impacts his case.

2 minors rescued locally in FBI child prostitution sweep

Authorities rescued two children in the L.A. area who were forced into prostitution — part of a coordinated sweep that freed 105 minors nationwide, the FBI said.

Opposition is organizing to proposed Echo Park gang injunction

Some residents and L.A. youth justice advocates are planning to challenge a proposed gang injunction for the Echo Park area. They believe it is not needed.

Long Beach police adding officers to its ranks

The city of Long Beach announced this week another police academy for next year. A current academy is under way after four years of not hiring any new officers.

Anti-Semitic incidents decline in California, says ADL

The Anti-Defamation League reports that the number of anti-Semitic incidents it recorded last year in California and nationwide declined when compared to 2011.

Law enforcement tries to stay one step ahead of 'bash mobs'

They gather via social media, and go on sprees in which they vandalize, steal, and assault people. Law enforcement is using social media to combat the phenomenon.

Zimmerman verdict: Vandalism and arrests near Leimert Park (Photos)

A peaceful protest turned ugly when about 150 protesters marched south on Crenshaw, with some vandalizing stores and cars. LAPD declared it an "unlawful assembly," dispersed the crowd and made arrests.

Saudi princess labor trafficking case first in O.C. under Prop. 35

Prosecutors have used the new Prop. 35 law to go after sex traffickers. But this may be the first case of forced labor to be brought to court in Southern California.

Will higher altitudes for choppers in Torrance lower noise complaints?

If the FAA approves the plan, helicopters in Torrance could fly higher in an effort to reduce noise on the ground from buffeting rotors. Some are raising concerns about safety in the sky.

Torrance fighting lawsuit by man shot at during Dorner manhunt

After settlement talks failed, Torrance fighting liability for officers who mistakenly fired at an LAX baggage handler during the search for Christopher Dorner.

Hawthorne police beef up Internet security after cyber threats

An online video claiming that the hacker group Anonymous is making the Hawthorne Police Department its “primary target” has police concerned about cyber security.

Police seek help in identifying suspect in freeway shooting

Police released a composite sketch and are searching for clues to help identify a suspect after a man was shot in the head on the 110 Freeway in South L.A.

Feds want $12.5 million in Antelope Valley bias case (Update)

Officials who claim authorities discriminated against black public housing residents want L.A. County and two Antelope Valley cities to pay the alleged victims $12.5 million.