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

Pasadena police may change officer review process

The Pasadena police chief moves to make some small changes to how the department handles internal reviews and tracks officer behavior.

FAA to hear LA helicopter noise complaints at public forum

Los Angeles residents will get a chance to voice complaints to federal officials about helicopter noise in their neighborhoods.

3 major tuna companies settle claims of skimpy cans of tuna

Three major tuna companies will donate canned tuna to California food banks as part of a civil settlement agreement signed this week.

Pinkberry co-founder pleads not guilty in homeless beating

One of the founders of the frozen yogurt chain Pinkberry pleaded not guilty to allegations that he beat a homeless man with a tire iron.

NASA's Mars mission challenges JPL employees

When engineers and scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory dedicated themselves to Curiosity's mission to Mars, so did their families.

Cal Fire could lose inmate firefighters next year

The state agency could lose up to 1,500 inmate firefighters by next year as prisoners are transferred to county jails under California's prison realignment plan.

$50,000 reward offered in the murder of Sherman Oaks cook

The family of a restaurant cook and a father of five asks the public to call police with information that could put a man who killed their loved one behind bars.

Residents want citizen oversight committees to police the police

Controversial police shootings and complaints spark calls for citizen oversight committees to monitor the police department.

Suspect in LA homeless stabbings charged

A man arrested for allegedly stabbing three homeless people in the back as they slept, and leaving 'death warrant' notes with them faces attempted murder charges.

Anaheim investigates police shootings, weekend conflicts

Police are tangled in tumultuous rallies after accusations of a wrongful shooting.

Police arrest suspect in a series of homeless stabbings

LAPD detains a man who is considered to a person of interest in the stabbing of three homeless people in Los Angeles and Santa Monica.

Quarreling lawyers involved in the McDade case get fired up

Attorneys involved in the civil lawsuit filed by the family of Kendrec McDade bicker over conduct and a judge steps in to set some ground rules.

More complaints of Pasadena police officer abuse filed

Another complaint against a few Pasadena police officers accused of beating a man during a police interview has been sent to the county.

Experts brief LAPD officers on sex offenders' practices

At a Rape Treatment Center conference, experts drew parallels between the high-profile Sandusky child molestation case and everyday sex assault investigations.

$10K reward offered in shooting of 14-year-old girl

Los Angeles Sheriff’s detectives hope a $10,000 reward will help generate clues about who shot and killed a 14-year-old girl in South L.A. on Independence Day.