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

LAPD to release more info on Northridge quadruple shooting

LAPD officials are keeping a tight lid on the shootings, which took place at an illegal boarding home early Sunday morning.

At least one of the victims shot at Northridge house didn't live there

It's unclear whether four people shot and killed outside of a crowded home in Northridge lived at the residence. At least one of the victims' relatives says no.

Judge dismisses case against tennis umpire

The L.A. County District Attorney asks a judge to dismiss its case against a tennis umpire accused of killing her husband because of new information it received.

Two orchestrators of a massive fraud scheme get 25 years

Two men who orchestrated a large bank fraud and identity theft scheme from state prison are sentenced to 25 years in federal prison.

Man suspected of killing three people at a business, home pleads not guilty

The suspected shooter in the murder of three people last month at a Downey business and home pleads not guilty to 14 criminal charges.

Preventing foster care kids from being trafficked

An LA County official wants to convene a task force to address why and how Los Angeles foster care children get caught up in the sex trafficking industry.

'Top 10' fugitive Jose Luis Saenz heads to Pomona court

One of the FBI's 10 most-wanted fugitives, Joe Luis Saenz is in custody thanks to a joint operation between Mexican law enforcement and the U.S.

Meet the Watts Bears: LAPD's new pee-wee football team

The newly formed boys football team is one place where the 'hood you live in, the color you wear, or the street you're from doesn't matter.

Black Friday crimestoppers: Slow down and be safe

Shoppers beware of car burglar thieves and distracted or reckless drivers this holiday shopping weekend to stay safe and victimless.

L.A. County graduates its first batch of jail inmate firefighters

About a hundred inmates serving time in L.A. County jails are now certified to fight wildland fires with the county's fire department as part of a new program.

LAPD shootings: 3 incidents in 2012, officers fired 60+ rounds

There have been more so-called "high round" LAPD officer-involved shootings so far this year than in any year since 2007.

Autistic man goes missing while on adult day care trip

An autistic man who cannot communicate goes missing in downtown L.A. while on his first day with an adult care group.

Family of unarmed man shot by deputies wants the FBI to investigate

The family of a man shot and killed by two L.A. Sheriff's deputies want the FBI to investigate because they say investigators tried to pressure witnesses to change their story about what happened.

LA Sheriff's deputy charged with murder lived near victim

After a five-month investigation, L.A. police arrested a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy who has been charged with the murder of a Sylmar man shot and killed in June.

89-year old man assaulted on bus died from natural causes.

L.A. County Coroner says an 89-year old man who was punched on a bus died from natural causes and not from the assault.