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

Lawsuit aganist LASD for toy gun shooting nears verdict

Verdict is due soon in a lawsuit filed against the LA County Sheriff's Department for the deputy-involved shooting of a teenager with a fake gun.

Gangs nabbed for alleged food vendor shakedowns

About two dozen alleged members of LA's Mara Salvatrucha 13 street gang were indicted Monday on extortion charges forcing street food vendors to pay "rent."

Prosecutor calls fake 'Rockefeller' a 'con man' in San Marino murder trial

Opening arguments paint different pictures of Christian Gerhartsreiter, a German native accused of a 1985 San Marino murder.

UPDATE: LA to cut $40,000 check for truck shot during Dorner manhunt

L.A. has agreed to issue a $40,000 check to compensate newspaper delivery women whose truck was damaged when police shot at it, believing Dorner was inside.

Legal aid groups: LA courts closures are denying citizens justice

A coalition of legal aid groups have sued the LA Superior Court for cut backs to tenant eviction court service hearings, claiming it violates the rights of the "vulnerable" and "disabled." Read the complaint.

Rally in Sacramento for legislation to stop prescription drug abuse

A rally at the state capitol on prescription drug abuse is on for Monday. It comes as the state legislature holds a hearing on the agency responsible for disciplining doctors.

Jury in Bell corruption case breaks for the day, resumes deliberations tomorrow

On the 10th day of deliberations, the jury heard a read-back of testimony from a district attorney investigator.

LA County Sheriff's second-in-command retires amid federal probe

Paul Tanaka, second-in-command at the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department who’s been strongly criticized for his handling of County jails, has announced he’ll be retiring.

LA County Sheriff Lee Baca joins Twitter

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is now on Twitter and is writing his own posts on his new blog, using social media to reach the community.

Update: LAPD defends discipline hearings in wake of Dorner case

After suspected murderer Christopher Dorner made claims about his firing, the LAPD defended its disciplinary process and called it fair.

Heaps of police cases audited after judge finds police misconduct

Years worth of detective case files will be audited after a judge finds two Pasadena police officers withheld evidence from the defense in criminal cases.

Memorial service held for alleged Dorner victims Quan, Lawrence (Updated)

Monica Quan and Keith Lawrence were found shot to death three weekends ago in their car in Irvine. The couple was remembered Sunday at Concordia University.

Extra patrols added in small Westmont area

L.A. Sheriff patrols beef up in the Westmont areas in response to a rash of gang-related shootings that happened over the President's Day holiday weekend.

LAPD Chief Beck questioned about Dorner racism allegations

The Los Angeles police chief met with a community group in South L.A. to answer questions about Christopher Dorner's allegations in his manifesto.

Chief Beck will meet with community on Dorner firing investigation

L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck will meet with South L.A. community members about the re-investigation into Christopher Dorner's firing and misconduct allegations he made against the department.