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

Want the $1M Dorner reward? LAPD establishes application process (PDF)

Anyone who believes they deserve all or part of the $1 million reward offered when ex-cop Christopher Dorner was on the loose must file an application by April 19.

Sexual assault, kidnapping, burglary charges filed in Northridge abduction

One suspect is charged with sexual assaulting a 10-year old Northridge girl taken from her home last week.

Drama over jurors in deputy toy gun shooting case

Allegations of jury intimidation surface in the civil case against the LA deputy who shot a Palmdale teen in 2009.

Mistrial on whether deputy shooting done with malice

Judge declares mistrial on a part of a civil suit to determine whether an LA Sheriff's deputy acted with malice when he shot a teen holding a toy gun three years ago.

Teen with toy gun who was shot by LA deputy is awarded $1 million

A jury awards more than $1 million to a teenager who was holding a toy gun when he was shot three years ago by an LA County Sheriff's deputy in Palmdale.

A year after the Pasadena police shooting of Kendrec McDade

One year later, the officers have been cleared. But there's been no action on calls for greater civilian oversight of the Pasadena police.

Pasadena police say McDade fatal shooting was within policy

An internal review by the Pasadena Police Department into the fatal officer-involved shooting of 19-year-old Kendrec McDade found that the officers acted "within policy."

50 yrs since criminal defendants have the right to an attorney

The 50th anniversary of the landmark Gideon v. Wainwright case reminds us of the role of public defenders and the perennial funding issues facing state courts.

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.