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

Judge dismisses lawsuit filed by parents of slain Chinese students

Los Angeles Superior Court judge dismisses lawsuit against USC filed by parents of two slain Chinese student claiming they were misled about campus safety.

Update: Officials find 'human remains' in burnt-out Big Bear cabin (photos, map)

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department say they have identified "charred human remains" amid the debris of the burned down cabin that was the scene of a fierce firefight earlier in the day.

LAPD manhunt: Police, others deny drone search for Christopher Dorner

Are unmanned aircraft plying the skies looking for fugitive Christopher Dorner? Should they? Does the public have a legitimate privacy concern? We called several police agencies to ask.

UPDATED: $1M reward for Dorner in LAPD manhunt

A $1 million reward has been offered for the capture of triple-murder suspect Christoher Dorner after a news conference Sunday afternoon and the name of the slain Riverside police officer has been released.

LAPD manhunt: Chief Beck says will reopen case that fired Dorner

Some law enforcement officials said Christopher Dorner appeared to be everywhere and nowhere, and speculated that he was trying to spread out their resources.

LAPD manhunt: Cops serve search warrant at Dorner's mom's house

Police and marshals executed a search warrant at Christopher Dorner's mom's house in connection with the manhunt for the suspected murderer.

LAPD manhunt: Officers who shot at bystanders placed on leave

Two women shot while delivering newspapers by LAPD officers in Torrance will survive. Their attorney says the shooting was mishandled by the cops.

Archbishop letter on sex abuse read in LA churches on Sunday

A letter from Archbishop Gomez describing the newly-released clergy sex abuse files as "terribly sad and evil," was read at Catholic churches around L.A. on Sunday.

Is it really human trafficking?

At a conference at USC this weekend, academic said the real scope of human trafficking is hard to know

Super Bowl Sunday is dangerous time for drivers

More crashes caused by drunk or impaired drivers occur on Super Bowl Sunday than on most other weekends. Police plan several DUI patrols and checkpoints.

Former LAUSD teacher Pimentel accused of another lewd act

A former L.A. Unified schoolteacher faces an additional charge of lewd act with a child stemming from a 2004 case in Orange County.

Off-duty Sheriff's deputy pleads not guilty to murder

An veteran L.A. Sheriff's deputy pleads not guilty to murder for allegedly shooting a Sylmar neighbor last summer while off-duty.

UPDATE: LA teacher in sex abuse scandal was also youth soccer coach

LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy said: "My determination was that (the principal) was previously mishandling other complaints. My intent was to fire them."

Lawsuit challenging LAPD's car impound policy moves forward

A Los Angeles judge clears the way for a lawsuit against the city challenging the LAPD's new vehicle impound policy. Trial is scheduled for September.

Alleged Northridge shooter could face death

Capital murder charges have been filed against a man authorities allege killed four people outside an unregulated Northridge boarding home.