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

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.

UPDATE: No charges in USC loud party arrest case

The Los Angeles city attorney announced the decision after three City Council members requested a report on the arrests.

LAPD releases video of suspect in ambush shooting

Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck released a surveillance video hoping the public can identify a man believed to be the suspect in the shooting of two detectives.

UPDATE: Suspect found dead in shooting of LAPD officer in the face

The officer and a county probation officer were searching a home in Willowbrook when they were fired upon Tuesday evening. They are both expected to survive.

FBI: Ex-USC professor facing child sex charges may have more victims

At a press conference Wednesday, the FBI and LAPD said they're seeking information on additional victims of former USC professor Walter Lee Williams.

Man shot at by Torrance police during Dorner manhunt sues

The man who was mistakenly shot at by Torrance police during the search for ex-LAPD cop Christopher Dorner has filed a lawsuit against the city after mediation efforts were unsuccessful.

Caller who lied to Pasadena PD in McDade shooting gets jail time

The man who made a false emergency call to Pasadena police, that later contributed to the fatal shooting of an unarmed man, gets three months in jail and community service.

Fathers are thanked at Nickerson Gardens in South LA

Nickerson Gardens held its first Father's Day event for the young dads in the community. Many fathers say they feel left out.

June sees an uptick in shootings in South Los Angeles

A recent rise in shootings in South L.A. have police on alert. Overall, crime is down, but LAPD says they are looking for any possible trends.

Echo Park Lake reopens after two years of renovations (Photos)

Residents are eager to use Echo Park Lake after it was closed for two years for habitat restoration. One visitor said: “It’s a re-makeover. Echo Park really got hooked up.”

Los Angeles Superior Court begins layoffs

Besides laying off about 177 Los Angeles Superior Court staff, there will be no new hires, positions will go unfilled, plus pay cuts and demotions.

FAA: More study, meetings needed on LA helicopter noise

FAA representatives tell L.A. County residents fed up with helicopter noise that more studies and meetings are needed before mandatory restrictions can be discussed.

FAA to be at public meeting on how to quiet LA's noisy choppers

The 7 p.m. meeting at Griffith Park gives the public a chance to ask about FAA recommendations to quiet LA's constant din of chopper noise.

Survey: 20 percent of Californians have been a crime victim in the last 5 years

Victims of violent crime tend to be young, poor and either African-American or Latino. The leader of another criminal justice policy group said she was outraged by the report.