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

Update: LAPD says review of ex-cop Christopher Dorner's firing continues

The LAPD says any reports about its review of the rogue ex-cop are premature; the Associated Press earlier reported that the review had found the firing justifiable.

Pit bull attack: Arraignment delayed for owner facing murder charge

A dog owner is charged with murder in the mauling death of a 63-year-old Antelope Valley woman. Legal experts say the case will be difficult for prosecutors to prove.

UPDATE: Charges not filed against USC students arrested after noisy parties (VIDEO)

Charges were not filed against USC students when they appeared in LA Superior Court Thursday. They arrested when police shut down two loud parties earlier this month, leading to allegations of racial profiling by officers.

California legislature may restore $100M to court system (Chart)

While every bit helps, the boost in funding is likely not enough to stop the closure of eight courthouses set to lock its doors under the L.A. County Superior Court consolidation plan.

Low-riders and bikers cruise South LA for peace

About 200 people cruised South LA in low-riders and motorcycles Sunday as a symbolic message of peace to reduce gang violence in neighborhoods.

Memorial Day remembrances begin with humble East LA event

Cypress Park residents remembered their neighbors who never made it back from military service. The humble event was the first of many this Memorial Day weekend.

Boat washes ashore in Manhattan Beach carrying a ton of drugs

Authorities say the panga boat contained about 1,800 pounds of drugs. The low-slung fishing speedboats are increasingly used to try to sneak drugs into the U.S.

LAPD will not pursue complaints about police helicopter noise

Irritated by police helicopter noise? LAPD policy dictates that the department not pursue complaints about low-flying choppers.

What's it like to fly on an LAPD helicopter patrol?

A ride-along on an LAPD helicopter patrol is largely uneventful, as are many patrols. But the department insists the choppers play a valuable role.

How effective are police helicopters at fighting crime?

The data show that police helicopters often are first on scene, provide backup, and deploy officers to surround crime scenes. But measuring their effectiveness is tricky.

Family: Downey agrees to pay $4.5 million for police shooting

The city of Downey has settled a lawsuit with the family of an unarmed man shot and killed by an officer. Read the city's reaction and a report into the shooting.

Man arrested at LAX with alleged smoke grenade released on lesser charges

The 27-year-old was arrested at LAX for allegedly bringing a smoke grenade into the U.S. He was released Monday after accepting a plea bargain for making false statements on a customs declaration forms.

Witness testifies about molestation by ex- Los Angeles elementary teacher

The minor said Robert Pimentel touched her inappropriately. She testified during a preliminary hearing to determine if there is enough evidence for the case to proceed to trial. Pimentel has pleaded not guilty.

Cabin where Dorner died becomes a 'must see' attraction, memorial

Visitors to Big Bear stop to see the ruins of the cabin Dorner died in. For some, it's an attraction. For others, a memorial. The property's future remains unclear.

Can LA's gang reduction strategy be exported to Latin America?

The LAPD and the mayor’s office estimate that since 2005, gang-related crime has fallen by 55 percent in L.A. But will the policies credited with the drop work elsewhere?